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Wouxun KG-UV6D showing up now?

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by fortyfiver, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. fortyfiver

    fortyfiver Member

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    At least one outlet - 409 Shop - is showing the KG-UV6D is now available for US, possibly in two variations. I've purchased from this site with no complaints at all on their service but their website can be confusing and not entirely "US User Friendly". Delivery from Hong Kong is agonizingly slow even by USPS making the term "slow boat from China" too real!

    If someone has any hands-on with these I'm curious about what is in the MKII version to justify an additional $49 price.

    For me, the only change from my current KG-UV1D that interests me is the higher horsepower on UHF, even though I have no issues so far with 440 signals at only 2 watts. Due to reflectivity, sometimes more is not better on UHF.



    They aren't showing accessories yet.

    409Shopwww.409shop.com
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  2. W5LZ

    W5LZ Crotchety Old Bastard

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    The one thing about the new '6' Wouxun is the frequency step option for the commercial narrow FM requirements. Not so 'necessary' for ham use but makes the newer frequencies easier to do.
    - 'Doc
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  3. Moleculo

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    The way I understand the specs, the MKII version is the one with the 2.5Khz step.
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  4. Need2Know

    Need2Know KK4GMU - The Villages, FL

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    Doesn't one of the submodels also have a wider 2 meter and 70cm frequency range? And a couple of extra "direct acces" buttons.

    Google Wouxun "KG-UV6D Reviews". Here is one:
    http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/10060

    Here is a model comparison table from Powerwerx...
    Wouxun Radio Model Feature Comparison KG-UV3D KG-UV6X

    I'm researching the right radio to get as my first. Just passed my tech exam and waiting for my license. Don't want to spend a lot. Interested most in emergency communications.
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  5. W5LZ

    W5LZ Crotchety Old Bastard

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    First, I would not recommend a hand-held as your first radio. All hand-held radios are very limited in ability.
    Having said that, if you need a hand-held radio -and- a commercial radio, then the KG-UV6X is a nice one. It doesn't have all the 'bells-n-whistles' the big names do, but in my particular case who needs'em?
    If you don't need, or are not able to use the thing on commercial frequencies, why bother? There's no huge benefits other wise.
    One thing that I've found is that especially with the change in antenna connections on the newer Wouxun(s), that adapter thingy is a very nice thing to have! Extra batteries are nice too.
    One thing to watch with programming the new '6' radio is be sure to have the program software required for it! It isn't the same as for the older Wouxuns.
    There's a lot I definitely do NOT know about the new '6', I don't have one yet. It would fit my needs (amateur and commercial use) but hasn't found a 'slot' in my budget yet. it ain't easy being this cheap!
    - 'Doc
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  6. Need2Know

    Need2Know KK4GMU - The Villages, FL

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    Actually, a hand held may be a good match for me as a newbie because I am also quite limited in ability.:blink:

    OK, I'll bite. If not a handheld, what radio WOULD you recommend for a first radio for a newbie, a retiree on a tight budget who wants to use it primarily for emergency/civil defense/personal preparedness, has no real interest in DX, does not intend to turn it into a time consuming hobby, but wants the flexibility of a few more frequencies beyond the "ham" bands such as the additional frequencies the "6" offers?:whistle:
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  7. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Supporting Member

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    Good research dude.
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  8. W5LZ

    W5LZ Crotchety Old Bastard

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    I'm not trying to tell you to get any particular radio or brand of radio. I'm saying that all hand-held radios are small, not simple to program/reprogram, see, or be able to hit just one button instead of two, you know? Usable range is less due to the typical small antenna supplied. Replace that, or connect to a "real live" full sized antenna and a hand-held will have the same range any other radio of the same power would have on the same antenna.
    I know what limited income is, and abilities that ain't what they used to be. You ever find a 'cure' for that sort of thingy and I'll give you a radio! :)
    - 'Doc
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  9. Need2Know

    Need2Know KK4GMU - The Villages, FL

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    Doc:

    Yes, with the handhelds, especially the Wouxun, manual programming is a career. I would definitely purchase the computer cable which makes programming relatively simple.

    I was at a friends "shack" this morning, a retired gent who is getting back into the hobby after a few years out. He is heavy into digital. His radios are hooked up to a couple of computers, an interface program displaying on a 26" flatscreen mounted over his desk that shows freqency, power, repeaters contacted, stations contacted, maps showing locations of stations contacted, auto logging info, macros for communicating data, and probably a dozen other things that I didn't have a clue what they were.

    Anyway, I digress. Yes, the handheld usually requires the user to go a couple of button presses into the functions to get to a desired control. Multi-purpose buttons - dont' you love them. At least the "6" has a couple of extra buttons to make a couple of the more common functiions more accessible.

    And yes, I would love to have one of those all band Kenwood that has a separate knob or button and meter that shows and controls every function. Yea, life is full of compromises. http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/1978.html
    or this---> http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/0355.html

    If anyone has a suggestion for a more "user-friendly" 2 meter radio, I'm all ears. By user friendly, I'm referring to something with good visible, accurate meters, and enough knobs and buttons to make the most important functions readily accessible, pretty much what Doc is advocating - and not more than twice the price of the Wouxun 6, i.e. less than $300.
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  10. NorthStar

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    You get what you pay for!
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  11. Need2Know

    Need2Know KK4GMU - The Villages, FL

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    Please elaborate on this - maybe making a suggestion or two.

    I guess that is why I've started looking at the Yaeus and Kenwoods, especially the Kenwood TH-D72A. As a "first radio" the Kenwood will sure provide a lot of growing room, the instructions are more intelligible, and options for computer interfacing are part of the design of the radio, which I like a lot.
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  12. thercman

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    Since I purchased the Kenwood mobile, I have been looking for a handheld to use in the woods. The mobile has cross band repeat so I just need to be able to hit that from wherever I may be. With that said I have been considering the Wouxun 1D based on it's price at $110. I completely ruled out the 6D also based on its price at $159 because you can get a Yaesu FT-60R for the same price. It has much better features such as 1000 channel memory vs 199, 5w on both bands and NOAA Weather Alert which is key for emergencies or preparedness. IMO. What do yo think looking at it from that perspective? I am actually leaning towards the Yaesu... You know what I have invested in the mobile and soon to be HT I could have just purchased something like this: Yaesu FT-897D Amateur Transceiver FT897D :rolleyes:
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  13. Mudfoot

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    Having owned both Wouxun and Baofeng...I've been very happy with the money I parted with.
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