“Could you please review the Kenwood TH-F5?”

Kenwood-TH-F5Dear reader(s), I would if there was such a radio. The Kenwood TH-F5 doesn’t exist. It’s a fake, one of many. The radio is actually a cheap TYT TH-F5 mono-band HT.

Counterfeiting, a Chinese Disease
Counterfeiting well-known brands is all too common on websites like AliExpress.com. So far I have never (ever!) seen genuine Kenwood, Icom or Yaesu radios there.

Most fakes are easy to recognize, but some are not. I’ve ran into counterfeited radios which looked absolutely identical to the original, but a small piece of text gave them away in the end: “Works just like the original.” Ha!

In short: even when a radio looks genuine, please remember that you can’t get a top brand for less than $50. Period. When in doubt, contact your local Kenwood, Icom or Yaesu dealer and have them check it out.

No reviews?
No, I won’t review counterfeits. I’ll report them instead.

Icom buys Baofeng

Well, not exactly, but I got your attention, right? Who wants a Baofeng UV-5R which only does a lousy 4/3 Watts at best while you can get an Icom variety which does 10 Watts on both bands? Well?

I think all of this must drive Icom crazy, but I wonder if they can do anything about it.

Icom Fake 01Icom Fake 02Icom Fake 03

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IC-93AD – Another Fake Icom.

Either Icom hides new models from us westerners, or this Icom is fake. Well, the last option is correct.

The price isn’t right (Icom is generally very expensive, a bit too expensive actually), the red dot above the “I” isn’t there, I saw this radio before under another (Chinese) brand name, an no single Icom website, not even the Japanese one, lists this model.


This is not the first time I run into counterfeit / fake Icom models. I’ve seen a few in the same enclosure as some less known Baofeng models. Search for Icom on AliExpress and you’ll probably find more. Read what Icom has to say about the IC-V89.