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By wptthebill

Verified

I could not get the radio to program manually

 
1.0

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I could not get the radio to program manually and that is very important if someone needs to do so plus it will probably get hot if used for long periods of time


By none

Verified

I have 2 of these radios and like them very much

 
5.0

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  • small compact

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  • 1 is my base station and the other is mounted in

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Bought one for in the house, and the other is in my compact car.


By Strick

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Not a good radio.

 
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I have this radio, it worked for just about 37 days and just froze up. I managed to do a factory reset and it worked for another 2 days. Before it froze again. I suppose if you wanted to do a factory reset every time you wanted to change repeaters this radio could work for you.


By Gene

Verified

I would buy the higher wattage next time.

 
5.0

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Gift for grandson


By Rudio

Verified

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

New portable VHF/UHF

 
5.0

PROS

  • Smalll light flexible

CONS

  • Non found yet Oh the fuse holder Tape it

BEST USES

  • Small portable rig for travel

Comments:

I purchased this little rig a few months ago. I pack it in a small bag with a 5 amp power supply and a small mag mount antenna. I stick the mag mount on the roof of a rental or a curtain rod in motel room and off we go. Radio can be programmed manually or (easier) via a small laptop using CHIRP. I specifically ordered the 10 watt low power unit, for several reasons. 1, can be run off an small SLAB, and 2, power supply is smaller, lighter. If you need more range a high gain antenna would help. I have used mine in the hills of PA and had no problem getting in several repeaters with good signal reports. A nice features is that I programmed all the WX , several MURS and GMRS frequencies. I do have a portable handheld that is legal on these frequencies if I need to use them. The little mag mount antenna has a BNC connector and with an add adapter it can be used on both radios if needed. I have not had the problems that some users have reported, it worked right out of the box. Overall I am very pleased with this little rig. Rudio

 
 
It all fits in that little bag!

By Sad radio buyer

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

Bad Radio. Bad Customer Service.

 
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I bought this radio as a back up to use around the shack. It's been nothing but trouble. The radio came with a scratched up face. I was told it must have skipped quality control. Upon using the radio I found it had an intermittent transmit issue and problems with power. The radio kept dropping the repeater. Keep in mind this wasn't happening with other rigs. When I went to return it I was told it would have to be tested and the problem duplicated in order to receive a refund. That is after they hit you with a 15 to 20 percent restock fee. You also have to cover shipping. Bottom line buy at own risk because the company doesn't care about supporting this radio. I was also told that most hams are dishonest and don't know how to program radio properly.


By KA9UCN

Verified

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

vv898

 
5.0

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  • price programs with chirp

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I live in a very rural part of the country so noise is not a problem for any radio. The local 6 or 7 repeaters are all within 10 miles and the radio works quite well. I originally bought this radio for playing with some of the FM satellites as the specifications on the receiver are quite good. I have not yet tried to use it for the intended purpose but am quite satisfied with its performance.


By William McMullen

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

Do not buy this radio

 
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i bought this radio from this company as a brand new ham in the last 9 month's i have had to send it in 3 times it just quit's tx & rx and i have been through 2 hand mics the radio stay's on my desk its not in a car out in the weather its not even moved once i programmed them i'm on my 2nd radio the company will just send you another if its with in the original year and you can not pay extra to up grade to a better radio they have your money there keeping it DO NOT BUY THIS RADIO YOU ARE WASTING YOUR MONEY.


By hammer359

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

VV-898 mobile

 
4.0

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  • small compact size

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I am new to Ham and purchased one of these basically due to the low cost. I can hit every repeater within 40 miles and a couple others out to 70 miles. The TX audio is good and all of my contacts report good clean RX audio. I have this hooked up in my truck with a TRAM 1181 fender mount antenna and I am very pleased with this little radios performance.


By sun

(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

vv.898.leixen.radio.junk

 
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junk


By KA9UCN

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

a nice little radio with a sensitive receiver

 
5.0

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I have only had this short time and have not used it mobile. I live in a rule setting with low noise. I bought it for its reported sensitive receiver for satellite work and was not disappointed. It can be easily program with chirp. I had no luck with the supplied program disk. The mic feels a bit cheap but works very well with good audio reports. I suspect a similar Kenwood mic might work but that mic cost more than this radio delivered. The manual programing is a bit tricky the first few times but the process is easily learned. I am running it on a bench power supply in a rule setting so I can't say how it will work in a high noise setting. The audio is a bit flat but not too bad with the internal speaker. With an external it is very good. The audio level is very loud and has a smooth response from minimum to max. The TX audio reports have all been positive. It draws very little power. I can only speak for myself. Being in a rule setting with low noise. If you are looking for a low cost radio or upgrading from an HT you will not be disappointed for the price. I would defiantly buy it again and probably will for a backup and as a duel setup for satellite work. It was shipped promptly and delivered double boxed. It arrived in an excellent condition. Customer service was excellent. Joe KA9UCN


By K0CEL

Verified

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

It finally came now it's forsale

 
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Seems like it might be refurbished seals broke screen has some small scratches, I'm going to take the loss and sell it locally not happy. But hey whatever. It powers up but it beeps and don't make a sound until key it again kerchunking is not good. So I'll save up for a better radio before I transmit again. 73 K0CEL


By bod

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

junk

 
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no


By rhaller

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

included software & cable

 
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software & data cable would not run on my window 7 laptop ,tried 3 diff comp. with no luck . Can"t comment on the radio because I have not been able to use it


By cop790

Verified

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Leixen VV 898

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy Rt Sys Programming
  • Kenwood Kmc35 Mic Works
  • Small Size Easy To Mount
  • Cost is great
  • Great Freq Coverage
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Mic Audio Could Be Better

BEST USES

  • Public Safety
  • Gmrs Repeaters

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As a Law Enforcement Officer it give me the opportunity to cover ept. Freq. with ease. The mic audio was a little low but was corrected by use of a Kenwood KMC35 mic. Just plug and play. It works great on the GMRS repeaters as well.