It 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.
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).
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.
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.