Today was my last chance to review the radio; I did my best to make the most of it. One measurement didn’t make the deadline yesterday: frequency accuracy.
Accuracy @ 145MHz: +2Hz, accuracy @ 435MHz: -71Hz. This is as good as it gets.
Is the new version perfect? Almost. A few things should be on Wouxun’s to do list:
- You can’t change the volume of VFO A while transmitting on VFO B or vice versa. Only after you release the PTT switch the volume will change. Any other radio will allow you to change the volume without having to interrupt the conversation.
- When changing the frequency of the active VFO, the audio of the secondary VFO mutes momentarily before returning to normal. This is accompanied by a ‘plop’ sound.
- You can’t generate a 1750Hz burst tone from the microphone keypad; instead you have to press PTT and reach for the ‘Band’ key on the front panel. The ‘Band’ key on the microphone keypad only generates a DTMF tone. In Europe a 1750Hz burst tone is essential for opening repeaters. Reaching for the front panel isn’t really something you want to do while driving.
- Not only the TX range of this EU version is limited to the amateur bands (which is good), but the RX range too. That’s a pity. Many hams like to listen to other traffic on VHF and UHF. TX and RX boundaries can be set by software, but this specific program is not meant to get into the hands of end users.
- The ‘Volume Mod‘ doesn’t seem to be implemented yet in this version. It should.
On a personal note: I would like to see amber as a an extra option for the LCD background color.
The new Wouxun KG-UV920P addresses the most important problems we encountered when reviewing the previous version. We were surprised, impressed, and satisfied. What remains are minor flaws, flaws you can live with. Every radio has minor flaws, and it’s up to the readers to decide whether they’re considered important or not.
The strongest point of the Wouxun KG-UV920P is the quality of the receiver. On the frequencies that matter this receiver does what it’s supposed to do. And it better be good – we lost all those RX bands we originally drooled over.
Personally I prefer this version over a ‘I-can-do-it-all’ radio with a front end as wide as a 10-lane highway. If you want to listen to other frequencies, buy a scanner or a communications receiver.
Bottom line: Wouxun finally competes with the big three. Expected price point in NL: €299.