Hand-Held Radio Collection 2013

The picture below shows the the 2m/70cm ham radio HTs I own at this point. Click for larger image.


  1. Icom IC-U82
  2. Icom IC-T3H
  3. Yaesu VX-170
  4. Yaesu VX-177
  5. Quansheng TG-UV2
  6. Wouxun KG-UVD6P (just in, to be compared with the KG-UV-D1P)
  7. Waccom WUV-6R
  8. Wouxun KG-UVD1P
  9. Baofeng UV-B5
  10. Puxing PX-888K
  11. FM Transceiver 708 (my first ever Chinese radio, total crap)
  12. Feidaxin (FDC) FD-268A (the FD-268B died recently)
  13. Alinco DJ-S40 (In need of keypad repair)
  14. Baofeng UV-5R (BFB239), Camo
  15. Baofeng UV-5R (BFB231)
  16. Baofeng UV-3R
  17. Baofeng UV-3R Mark II Camo
  18. Tianyi TY-100
  19. Baofeng BF-666S
  20. Baofeng UV-3R (2nd sample)

Not included: CB/10 meters, 70MHz, FRS/GMRS, PMR/LPD. Adding these would about double the number of HTs currently owned.

25 comments on “Hand-Held Radio Collection 2013

  1. Among your collection, which are your favourite radios?

    I’ve a UV-3R+ but notice that it has this auto power shutdown every now and then, can’t figure out what is the problem.

    • My favorite radios are the VX-170 and VX-177, followed by the Wouxun, Quansheng and Baofeng UV-B5.

      The problem you have sounds familiar and is likely caused by the battery (contact problem). When I replaced my battery by a Fuji NP-60 battery, the problem went away.

  2. Hans,
    I believe you are suffering from a problem known as Compact Transceiver Obsession Syndrome (CTOS). Common symptoms include feeling compelled to buy a new handheld transceiver just because it is new and slightly different from the ones you already have. CTOS has been linked to the loss of all close relationships as the sufferer loses all perspective on life and focuses exclusively on those “cool little radios.”

    Normally, I would advise you to seek professional help but there is no effective treatment for this. Usually, they just sedate the patient to “slow him down a bit” which tends to reduce the number of radios in his collection.

    73, Bob K0NR

  3. A problem ? what would that be ? just having fun and to like something ? see it as a “love” for something instead of someone. 🙂

  4. Think of all the chargers laying around to keep them up and running 🙂

    But very nice collection indeed. Hope to get my license soon and start getting infected with CTOS 😉

    More interested in QRP but hey, the most of them are less then 5 W (and have a low power setting) so they apply also 😀

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  6. Wow, nice collection Hans. When are you starting a handheld radio museum? 🙂
    But seriously I think a lot of people read your reviews before they buy a handheld. I certainly do!
    73, Bas

  7. Hello
    I hesitate between the Quansheng TG-UV2 and Yaesu FT-270.

    you have an opinion on the matter?


    • You can’t really compare these radios. The FT-270 is a IPX7 waterproof, powerful monoband HT. At $150 it’s also expensive, especially with the sub-par 1400 mAH NiMH battery and slow overnight charger in mind.

      The TG-UV2 is a 5-band HT (when you include the FM band), costs about $70, and comes with an 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery and drop-in charger.

      If 2 meters is all you need and you don’t mind the cons, the FT-270 is still one of the best radios you can buy. Excellent receiver, great RX audio, and excellent transmitter.

  8. Thanks for your kindly reply 🙂
    I do not have a good experience with my Wouxun KG-679E
    the audio is Bad
    but after your return on another article, TG-UV2 seems to be a good product.

  9. Hans, thoroughly enjoyed your website.
    I hope you can help me with a decision on a HT. The application is for for SOTA work on 2m and I wish to use an external antenna. As you will be aware mountaintops can be RF noisy so intermod is a major consideration, also I don’t want to overload the front end. My experience with a UV-5R has not been good in this regard. I’m looking at replacing the UV-5R with either a UV-B5, TG-UV2 or a monoband yaesu. Of course there is a vast price difference in this range. Would the yaesu be significantly better in this application than the others? What would be your choice?

    • Hi Andrew,

      if you can afford it, go for the Yaesu FT-270R. No flaws, great front-end, great RX/TX audio, and submersible. I own its predecessor, the VX-170. You can’t go wrong with that one.

      From the Chinese radios the Wouxun KG-UVD1P, Quansheng TG-UV2 and Baofeng UV-B5 are affordable alternatives. RX-wise not quite on par with the Yaesu, but excellent value for money.

      • The Wouxun KG-UVD6P is basically the same radio as the KG-UVD1P, but with more memories and a dedicated repeater button. They’re both very good radios.

        The Baofeng UV-B5 is the best sub $50 radio at this time. It has slightly less output power and less fancy menu options, but a very good receiver and excellent TX audio.

        When price is not an issue, the Wouxun wins. When you do take price into account, the Baofeng wins.

  10. I have the FM Transceiver 708.
    I need to reprogram the channels but don’t have the user manual.
    can you help me please.
    How do I change the freq’s

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