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QYT KT-8900D Dual Band Mini Radio

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by RatsoW8, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. RatsoW8

    RatsoW8 Supporting Member, W9WDX ARC Member - WD8T

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    I ordered one of these today from eBay. It's the Gen 2 version and the price is under $100 including the programming cable and software CD. Anyone else have one? I just wanted something to monitor the local not so busy repeaters and to play around with. I may take my aging Kenwood dual bander out of the truck for the winter and Velcro this one in there somewhere. It's small enough.





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  2. Robb

    Robb Yup

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    Are you liking its performance?
     
  3. RatsoW8

    RatsoW8 Supporting Member, W9WDX ARC Member - WD8T

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    Just ordered today and it's coming from China. The ad says delivery by 11/26 and usually anything I order that ships from China arrives earlier that what they estimate. US retailers should take a lesson from the Chinese on shipping.
     
  4. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Cute
     
  5. 222DBFL

    222DBFL Sr. Member

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    They aren't bad little radios for the money. Use one in the work van and it does a good job for what it is.
     
  6. BJ radionut

    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    Kit Includes: KT-8900D, Speaker Mic (DTMF function), 6 ft DC Cable with Cigarette Plug Connector, Radio & Mic Brackets, Mounting Hardware, PC04FTDI Programming Cable and User Guide
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  7. RatsoW8

    RatsoW8 Supporting Member, W9WDX ARC Member - WD8T

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    Do you have one?
     
  8. binrat

    binrat WDX Club Coordinator
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    let me know what you think of it. Looking for something like that for our SAR group.
     
  9. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Alright I am going to pull the trigger on one
     
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  10. 2RT307

    2RT307 Sr. Member

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    I had been considering the Baofeng 50 watt unit, but this one looks interesting . Please let us know how you guys like them.

    73,
    Brett
     
  11. Blackcat630

    Blackcat630 Sr. Member

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    I'm interested as well. Thinking I might pick one up for the ol rust bucket honda...
     
  12. 222DBFL

    222DBFL Sr. Member

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    Sorry gents if I mislead anyone into thinking I had one of these when I said what I did in my post. I have a QTY dual band mobile 50w radio and it works great for how small it is. The whole radio is basically a heat sink LOL. But with just a small whip on the top of the van for the 70cm band, for our business radio, I had a range of about 20-25 miles depending on the terrain. 20 miles confirmed in all directions. But any ways the mic is kind of quiet, but the radio is built like a small tank and it seems to be working fine still. My boss lost his 85ft tower in thehurricabe due to tree falling on on of the guyed wires. He is planning on removing all remaining trees from the area and repalce tower with a taller one. Anyhow. The small QYT radio in my work van works well for what it is and the cost. No frills, just an easy to use radio as long as you have the programming cable:D.
    The one posted looks nice. I'll show it to the boss and see if he will spring on one!! Let you gents know!! That way I don't pay for it;).
     
  13. RatsoW8

    RatsoW8 Supporting Member, W9WDX ARC Member - WD8T

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    The wifey just got back from the mailbox and plopped this down on my desk. 8 day shipping from China isn't bad! I'm working a half day from home today so, I'll be opening my new toy a little later on this afternoon :)

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    8 days is great, but makes me wonder what U.S. Customs is actually doing...

    Let us know how you like it! Really considering one of these, as a a couple of guys in my club.

    Happy belated Thanksgiving, and 73!
    Brett
     
  15. RatsoW8

    RatsoW8 Supporting Member, W9WDX ARC Member - WD8T

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    Quick first impressions. It’s a nice little radio and good quality. Weighs exactly 1 lb. and is tiny. All I've done so far it programmed in two local repeaters, 144 and 440 MHz. The receive audio is nice for such a small rig and it has plenty of audio volume for mobile operation.

    I did make a vain attempt to fire up the programming software but right off the bat there doesn’t seem to be any way to set the language to English and I can’t get it recognize the radio. Manual programming isn't difficult at all if your used to English translations of Chinese manuals..lol Programming from the mic is much easier for me than from the button menus on the radio.

    LCD screen is nice and clear and offers some different color schemes.

    I'm seeing 30 watts out on both bands and only talked to one person on a 2 meter repeater who gave me a good audio report. Its well worth the $87 and change I paid for it.

    Incidently, when you transmit the model number showing on the bottom of the lcd screen goes away and you see a nice bright green bar graph with rf output and then the same whth a received signal. I think it's calibrated in % right now so with a strong local repeater the received signal reads 95 at the end of the bar graph. Maybe there's a way to change it.

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