Radio Review: Leixen VV-898

I should have written this review a long time ago, but I am catching up with some items on this blog. This Leixen VV-898 radio is new in the U.S. and was released last year. The radio comes in a kit which include the programming cable and software for $149.99. Sometimes you can find these […] Read more »

Motorola MCS2000 Model Breakdown Chart

This is the model breakdown chart for the MCS2000: M 01 K L M 9 P W 6 A N SP01 Type of Unit Model Series Frequency Band Power Level Control Head Channel Spacing Primary Operation Primary System Type Specification Level Version Unique Model Variation “SP” Model Suffix M Mobile 01 Model Series F 66-88 […] Read more »

Some Great Ideas for new Chinese Ham Radios

I was reading a Google+ article about the new VITAI Quad Band Transceiver, and someone had posted it since it is FM-only, it is useless to ham operators. Well, no… that isn’t true, at least not in the U.S., but… here is my reply to this copy-of-a-copy radio. I’ve been saying for a long time […] Read more »

Connect Systems Upcoming Radios

Everyone is anticipating the next release from Connect Systems for their DMR and DSTAR radios. Arguably, the most popular DMR radio on the market right now is the CS700, their UHF-only handie talkie that will transmit in both Digital DMR and Analog for ham operators. These radios are also very popular among Red Cross members […] Read more »

Radio Review: Wouxun KG-UV8D Dual Band HT

This review has been a long time coming, I wish I had posted it before now, but better late than never, I guess. When I first started this review, there was only 1 version of this radio out, but now there are two. All radios with firmware 1.02 (1.01 was the old number) include the […] Read more »

Baofeng DA-77: Dual-band DMR radio

Hans PD0AC, Joop PA2JM, Carel PA3EHA and I had some pre-production pictures of this radio for quite a while, but some preliminary specs are now public. The good The most interesting fact is that the Baofeng DA-77 is a dual-band radio, something which didn’t exist so far. The second most interesting fact is the expected price […] Read more »

New Release: Wouxun KG-UV8D Dual Band HT Radio

Thanks to Brick for the first post I saw, and also to Matt over at for this new post this morning. Matt states: 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 […] Read more »