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By J22 Sailor

Verified

Good but some short comings

 
3.0

PROS

  • Nice package
  • Good Audio

CONS

  • Display dim

BEST USES

Comments:

Appears to be a great radio for the money. The display is a serious issue since my activities are out side and on a boat. Will probably use the voice prompt to toggle between two or three channels I programmed it with the Wouxum cable using Cirp and Windows 10. That went well.


By Mr.G.Clips.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT! :(

 
1.0

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Comments:

THE GOOD: - Nice large display. - Cross-Band Repeater. - Dual Receive. - Good feel. - Stock antenna is surprisingly good. - FM radio reception sensitivity is very good also. THE BAD: - The radio is frequency-limited by factory default, you need to unlock it with an extra software, but the company warns against it with void-of warranty. - Programming software is horrible as is and the radio is NOT compatible with CHIRP! - Popping, crackling sounds, as well as 'jar-effect' sounds as if you're talking from an underwater tankwith unrecognizable high-pitch noises all over. - Unit got burning hot after a short time use. - Display is invisible, completely blank outdoors in the sun. - With fully charged battery (the 2,600 mAh one!), the Maximum power output on UHF was measured at only 3.3 Watts! - NO Part-90 certification! :( - Side buttons are hard to push and hold. - Sound quality was the WORST I've ever heard! - NOAA weather channel reception is completely distorted. - Since the radio uses SMA-Male antennas, I needed to buy an adapter in order to be able to use my SMA-Female antennas. - NO weather sealing of any kind. - Scanning is very slow! - Battery life, even with the 2,600 mAh extended battery is very short. - FM radio operation is illogical. After activating it, you still can't use the Up/Down Arrows to go to channels, you need to press teh RPT button, then enter the frequency manually. - Squelch shuts off reception, as if it overloads. Whatever causes it, you either get distortions or blank cut-offs. - Display is very soft plastic, you MUST protect it. - Both Transmission and Reception Power Level indicator shows High, even when the battery is low or the reception is very week. - Using plugged-in external speaker-mic, the audio gets even weaker and worse in quality, just to confirm that it is the unit itself! - Stop watch? Really? - Other than the Cross-Band Repeater, there is NOTHING good about this radio! IS THIS RADIO TOTAL JUNK, OR I GOT A LEMON?! :(


By Victor

Verified

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

Thinking about purchasing a second for back up

 
5.0

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The KG-UV8D is a fairly easy radio to maneuver through. Audio on air is very good quality and has outstanding transmit range. For the price I would definitely recommend it!


By Sue

Verified

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Excellent Radio

 
5.0

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I love the wouxun KG-UV8D radio it works great and has wonderful audio.


By Mr.A

Verified

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

good radio

 
5.0

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bought this for backcountry communication mostly. I give youth wilderness experience for confidence and self reliance. always have a front radio and back. I am replacing Baofeng radios that have failed before the warranty and they will not respond. These will be put to the test in a week. I have only heard good reviews and only expect quality for the safety of the youth. also ordered 2 more.


By Joe

Verified

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

crock

 
1.0

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after being assured I the unit would go up to 520mhz,it only went to 450mhz. I am thru with this place


By Radio User

Verified

(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

To much whiz not enough bang.

 
2.0

PROS

  • Crossband Repeat

CONS

  • scratchy reception

BEST USES

  • It's A Radio

Comments:

Lots of nice feature's scratchy reception is the only drawback for me. I wish I could recommend.


By Pumpdog

Verified

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

It's a good radio for the price

 
3.0

PROS

  • The Radio Works Fine
  • Many Nice Features
  • Programing Software Is Go

CONS

  • Screen not bright enough
  • Unusable Outdoors

BEST USES

  • Night Time Operation
  • Good For Uses Indoor

Comments:

The shipping was quick. I use indoors or at night, outdoors I am unable to see the screen to operate any of the menue functions. Hard to see inside the car during the day as well. Programing software is good, I like the radio but be aware it's almost useless outdoors during the daylight hours. I would recommend this radio with the understanding of it's daylight limitations.


By Mr. Bill

Verified

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

KG-UV8D Very Nice

 
4.0

PROS

  • Works Well As Described
  • Very Nice Solid Rig
  • Fast shipping
  • Larger Battery Lasts
  • Easy to program
  • Get The Computer Cable

CONS

  • none at this time

BEST USES

  • Portable Ham Rig

Comments:

First hand held purchased in many years. Worth the price.


By Jack

Verified

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

I like the radio, I wish transmit audio was higher

 
4.0

PROS

  • Dual Band At The Same Tim

CONS

  • Low Output Transmit Audio

BEST USES

  • Public Safety

Comments:

Public safety use. Wish I could set light to go off while scanning. Wish I could continue scanning if it stops on a channel I don't want to hear.


By The Great Scott

Verified

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

Wouxun KG-UV8D

 
5.0

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I love the radio. No problems so far. The features are great and so was the price. Programming the radio is simple and the manual is written so that performing most all operations is easily explained. A great product and I love the feature of an FM radio which you can listen to in the field and calls still come in as it mutes the radio. I also like the voice prompter that explains the functions and channel selections. A great color display thats easy to read. I have a friend who has the Baofeng and after looking at my radio and the manual said that the Wouxun is much easier to program and has a much easier manual to explain functions. He also liked the display and compactness of my Wouxun. He said it feels like a more sturdy radio than his. I personally would spend the extra money for the Wouxun because I think you get a much better radio.


By Fourzero40

Verified

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Quality all the way!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Economical
  • Feature packed
  • Well made

CONS

  • Better Manual For Novices

BEST USES

  • Everywhere and anywhere

Comments:

Although still learning all this radio can do (new to the hobby), it is packed with features and has the "feel" of a well constructed, quality radio. The framework of the radio is durable and all pro.


By kk6sxb

Verified

(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Love this radio, love the service.

 
5.0

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I use this radio every day. Great little radio.


By Bob

Verified

A lot of radio at a very low cost. Highly recommended!

 
5.0

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Comments:

Use the UV8D for amateur radio repeaters. Love the many features and small size.


By Sly Dog

(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

OUTSTANDING customer service!

 
5.0

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I bought the version of this radio that had the squelch issue. I discovered the issue recently when I read a review mentioning it, several months after my purchase. I contacted customer service via email, thinking it had been too long since my purchase to have it replaced. I was wrong. They offered to swap out my unit. EXTREMELY happy with the service. I'll be buying all the radios I can from these guys from now on if they have them in stock. About the radio. Breeze to program even without using a computer, great looking display, and pretty good battery life (doesn't last for days like the baofeng, but it definitely gets the job done).