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 IC-93AD – Another Fake Icom
A real Kenwood TH-F9 for $64. Sure.
How to make your own Icom IC-V90
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.