Wouxun has announced the launch of a new dual band portable handheld radio with cross-band repeat capability, the KG-UV8D! Billed as an upgrade version of the popular KG-UV6D, the new KG-UV8D will have some significant feature additions and improvements.
One of the most exciting new features of this transceiver is duplex cross-band repeat operation, a standard feature on Wouxon's popular base/mobile radios (the KG-UV920P-A and KG-UV950P), but is a first on their handheld models. According to Wouxon, the KG-UV8D will also work in duplex, providing the ability to transmit on one band and receive on another simultaneously.
One feature that really stands out is the display. The KG-UV8D will sport a large, color LCD display that is more than double the size of its predecessor. The screen alone looks impressive, encompassing nearly half the front face of this handheld.
The new KG-UV8D is also FCC Part 90 approved and will be available in both 2 meter/406.1-512MHz and 2 meter/217-222MHz versions. The tentative launch date for the KG-UV8D is around mid-April 2014.
We are very excited about this new radio and are eager to learn more about it. Two samples are on the way and as soon as they arrive, we'll unbox one on video and provide more details.
UPDATE (3/11/2014): The Wouxun KG-UV8D is now available for pre-order.