Review QuanSheng TG-UV2

The QuanSheng TG-UV2It is interesting to see how many Chinese dual-band handhelds hit the market lately. The quality varies from below average (Baofeng UV-3R) to surprisingly good (Wouxun KG-UVD1P).  The QuanSheng TG-UV2 isn’t one of the most popular models, nor is it the prettiest one, but it sure is one of the cheapest. I paid 60 Euros for mine, which translates to about $85 or so. This includes handling and shipping.

Look and feel
Opinions may vary, but personally I don’t think that the QuanSheng will ever win a beauty contest. It looks slightly military, and somewhat dated. At the top we find the on-off/volume switch, a (very bright!) LED flashlight and a female SMA connector. A dual-band antenna is supplied. At the right there’s a connector for an external microphone/speaker (Kenwood compatible), which doubles as a connector for programming the memories by computer.  The left is taken up by the PTT switch, a monitor switch and a button to activate the flashlight. The front is predictable: a speaker, a microphone and a keypad.

The belt clip is attached to the back of the handheld, not to the battery. The quality is good. Attaching the belt clip is a bit tricky, as the tension on the spring is quite high. It does mean however that you won’t lose the transceiver accidentally. The supplied Lithium-Ion battery is rated 2000mAh. A desktop charger is part of the package and it takes about 5-6 hours to charge the battery completely.

The LCD displays the two frequencies you listen into. The backlight is green, bright and turns on for a few seconds after hitting a key on the keypad, or when activating the flashlight.

Frequency range
If you like to listen to more than HAM frequencies only, the QuanSheng won’t disappoint you. There are five bands present: F0 (88-108 MHz, FM radio, RX only), F1: 136-173.995 MHz (RX/TX), F2: 350-389.95 MHz (default RX only, RX/TX after mod),  F3: 400-469.995 MHz (RX/TX) and F4: 470-519.995 MHz (RX only).

RX/TX quality
Reception is clear, though the sound is somewhat tinny. Sensitivity and selectivity are on par with the three great names in the business. Modulation quality is good. No muffled sound whatsoever, which is great. Power output is selectable: 5Watt, 2.5Watt or 1Watt (VHF) or 4Watt, 2Watt or 1Watt (UHF). Harmonic suppression on all bands is about 58-60dB down (courtesy PA2TSL). Some people take this for granted, but you really shouldn’t. When testing the dirt cheap Baofeng UV-3R, PA2TSL was the first HAM to discover that harmonic suppression on the VHF side was totally absent. A dangerous toy!

Frequencies can be entered directly, or by using the up/down buttons. With the help of the function key you can program repeater frequency offset, sub-audio and all other parameters. The QuangSheng lacks DTMF. Programming storage is 200 channels, probably more than you will ever need. Pressing the function key only, followed by pressing the PTT button will generate a 1750Hz burst tone, which is needed to open European repeaters.

Battery life
According to the manufacturer, the capacity of the battery is 2000mAh. Yeah right. Or is it? Although I have not measured the exact capacity, the almost unbelievable battery life seems to fully support that claim. Duty cycles are high here, but this battery just doesn’t give up. Good job.

Only one (working, risk-free) is known to me at this time: activating TX for 350-389.95 MHz. Switch on the transceiver while holding the ‘band’ button. Keep holding down the ‘band’ button until the display shows six stars (******) . Let go of the ‘band’ key and type ‘350390’. TX is now activated. Repeating the procedure will disable TX again. Please note that the standard antenna is not designed to be used there. SWR might be high and destroy the PA transistor in the process.

Pros: little money, great fun, excellent quality, well built, rain proof construction. It tried to be as picky as possible, but the lack of DTMF is the only con I can think of.

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  3. Hi Hans,
    This unit was too good to pass up on, so I ordered 2 of them. Can’t wait until they get here. What voltage and connector size of DC car power cable will work with these base chargers? 5.5mm/2.5mm?

    Strangely, the units I ordered (from only seem to be listed as:
    FM: 88-108MHz (RX)
    VHF: 136-174MHz (RX/TX)
    UHF: 400-470MHz (RX/TX)

    The F2 and F4 bands seem to be missing. I would assume that the code “470520” would open the F4 band. If the sticker on the back of the radio shows that the hardware is capable of more bands, I will try to unlock them with your method. There seem to also be versions with a blue LCD out now.

    • Hi Julian,

      I’m hoping the extra bands are there, maybe they’re not listed. The frequency ‘mod’ does not work for 470-520MHz. TX inhibit seems to be hard coded.

      Charger designs vary from time to time. Better check yours before ordering other cables… mine uses 5.5mm.


  4. I just finished my basic qual, and this will be my first HT. I’m pretty excited, actually.

    When I first saw this unit on deal extreme i thought it was way too good to be true. The amateur who mentored me is quite old school, and his equipment (and purchasing experience) predated online shopping. The costs he quoted me for his equipment almost turned me away from getting my license. So thanks very much for the review. It’s comforting to know that, while I’m not spending a fortune, that I’m getting something of half-decent quality. I even ended up finding one advertised with a free handset thrown in. Not really expecting much out of the handset, but it’s a nice little bonus.

    It’ll be nice to have access to marine bands too. A lot of naval officers and sailors purchase radios to carry around when in a foreign port… just in case we really need quick contact with our ship.

    • Hi Kurt,

      congrats on your license. I still use the TG-UV2 under the most challenging conditions, and it never let me down. I think you’ll like it.

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