The news that Import Communications will stop selling / supporting Wouxun products didn’t come as a surprise — Ed has shown to been unhappy on more than one occasion. He has no intention to stay diplomatic, as the image below clearly shows:
What did surprise me (of all people) is that Wouxun hand-helds appear to develop a problem regarding retaining memory contents. After some searching and reading I must conclude that the problem really exists.
ALL Wouxun dual band radios have an internal defect that the factory refuses to address. They know there is a problem, they know how to fix it, but they will blame the problem on everything in the world except what it really is. Without warning, any of their dual band models can “lose memory”. One day when the radio is turned on, it will revert to speaking Chinese and the display will show channel numbers instead of channel names. Often the programmed channels themselves will be gone. Reprogramming the radio may restore it for a short time but often it’s cured for only one off/on cycle.
I have both the KG-UVD1P and the KG-UVD6P in use, and so do numerous Dutch hams I know. Yes, some had to replace the PTT micro-switch after years of (ab)use, but that’s about it. I have not encountered ‘Alzheimer Wouxuns’ yet.
Ed will now strengthen his relation with Anytone. I hope that Anytone will live up to Ed’s expectations. This brand too started off earning a questionable reputation by introducing products too fast and having their customers sort out the bugs.
*Update* I just talked to Ruud PE1OPG, owner of Bamiporto.nl. While he sold at least 500 dual-band Wouxun models, he only ran into the problem once. Statistically that’s an irrelevant percentage of failures.