Programming the KG-818, can be accomplished with either CHIRP or WouXun KG-816 software. CHIRP will definitely get the job done with little fuss and I cannot recommend this universal radio program highly enough – its freeware and continually developed – supporting just about every transceiver currently available on the market.
The WouXun KG-818 is something of an enigma. There isn’t much info about this radio on the internet but having recently purchased the 4M/2M KG-UV6D I felt safe in the knowledge that this single band radio would live up to expectations.
This model was on my original short list, back when I was weighing up numerous WouXun’s. At that time I really needed a dual band but the KG-818 kept calling!
As a little taster of what’s to come… here is a first look at the WouXun KG-UV6D!
I have only just purchased this unit off ebay so I’m currently giving it a thorough testing, including programming it with two different software programs (CHIRP and KG-UV6 Commander – links at bottom) prior to writing the review proper.
There are numerous versions of the UV6D and this is the VHF only 66-88/136-174 MHz “International Version” (WouXun KG-UV6D-E-V3 to be precise, designed for the EU market), making it 4M (70MHz) and 2M (145MHz) friendly. It has 2.5kHz step sizes needed for US 2013 FCC narrow channel spacing compliance, but only through software programming not menu operation. 2.5kHz spacing is not necessary in Europe, but of interest to our US readers/users (more on that in the write-up).
As mentioned this transceiver is suitable for 4M/2M radio amateur bands, but I have purchased it primarily for licenced business use in the Low VHF and Mid/High VHF PMR bands.
If you have a question about this radio and its functionality please feel free to ask in the comments section and I’ll try to answer it in the upcoming review… Part 1 here.