Dear 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, I won’t review counterfeits. I’ll report them instead.
In our never ending endeavor to track scams, here is our latest free-of-charge info: the non-existing Kenwood TH-F9. This Chinese HT with Kenwood stickers attached to it has been listed on AliExpress for quite a while, but I kinda forgot about it. Shame on me.
Yep, fake as hell.
Click on image for AliExpress link
Sold by ‘Thomas Edison ‘s Electrical Factory‘.
No battery included, but you do get a pair of test leads which will burn up in 0.001 seconds if you ever try to use the 20 AMP range.
- Buy a box of TYT TH-F8’s
- Buy some stickers in China
- Order some carton boxes with the Icom brand name on them
- Sell them to unsuspecting customers
- Congratulations! You did it!
More unbelievable scams here (scroll down the topic)