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WouXun KG-UV6D-E-V3 Preview

WouXun KG-UV6D-E-V3
WouXun KG-UV6D-E-V3

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.

Useful links

BaoFeng UV-5R/UV-5R+ Plus FM Transceiver Review Part 2

Buy a Baofeng UV-5R from Sain Store on Amazon.com

BaoFeng UV-5R (left) and UV-5R+ Plus (right)
BaoFeng UV-5R (left) and UV-5R+ Plus (right)

The BaoFeng UV-5 is a neatly engineered little radio. And it is little: 55mm (wide) x 150mm (L) x 27mm (D) approx (measured at widest/longest parts and with no antenna). The plastic moulding is good and belies the price tag.

Before we proceed to operating/programming, a quick tour of the unit is in order.

The tri-colour LED backlit dual frequency display sits above a small speaker that provides good clean audio. The mic aperture is positioned to the left of the speaker (viewed from the front) and just below the RX/TX LED and orange VFO/MR button. Same side and from the top is the Call button, PTT (Push To Talk) and MONI (monitor) button. On the right side is the combined SP (speaker) MIC (microphone) socket – accessed via an attached flexible plastic cover.

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