Behold the new Wouxun KG-UV8D. While rumors of an upgraded Wouxun HT have been out for awhile, we have received confirmation from several sources that the KG-UV8D 144/440 version will be available in the United States in late March, 2014. Though no vendor would confirm specific pricing, one source indicated that it will have a street price of less than $150.
According to Wouxun, features will include a large color screen, true dual receive, full-duplex operation (ham sats!) with cross-band repeat, and FCC Part 90 approval. Wouxun has yet to publish full specs on their website.
Based on the wild success of the previous Wouxun models, I suspect this radio will sell briskly (especially at the sub-$150 price point). I do hope that Wouxun has addressed the loss of programming issue seen occasionally in some of the earlier versions.
Of course I’ll be picking up this HT as soon as it is available. Not sure if Ed over at Import Communications will get it or not, since he says he is done dealing with Wouxun. Honestly I am hoping to see it from Main Trading Company. But whoever has it first, is probably where I will get it. Time will tell. I’m excited to see that it could drop this month, originally I had heard April of 2014. Check back here for posts as soon as it is available.