Earlier this year, Wouxun launched the KG-UV9D Multi-Band Two Way Radio. Similar in style to the popular and venerable KG-UV8D, with its impressively large, color display, the 9D upgraded the screen of the 8D and added 5 additional RX bands for a grand total of seven.
The KG-UV9D generated quite a bit of interest in the ham community, and it was naturally assumed this new transceiver would only add to the features of its predecessor without taking any of them away. While it was generally well received, some users lamented the fact that the 9D lacked the one specific feature that gave the 8D much of its venerability. We're talking, of course, about cross-band repeat functionality.
For those who wished for it, you're in luck. Now Wouxun is granting that wish, and just in time for the holidays, with the introduction of the new Wouxun KG-UV9D (Plus)!
The KG-UV9D (Plus) has all of the standard features of the KG-UV9D, plus cross-band repeat capability. It also has 6 additional menu items, most of which are related to cross-band repeat configuration.
While the Plus does look nearly identical to the standard 9D cosmetically, on closer inspection there are noticeable differences. The buttons on keypad of the UV9D are somewhat square, but the buttons on the 9D Plus are rounded. The speaker grill on the Plus is wider, and the knobs on top are shorter and wider. The PTT button looks and feels different as well, with a bit more play on the edges. The chassis of the UV9D Plus is also a little thicker, measuring about a millimeter or so more than the regular 9D.
However, both radios use the same battery, belt clip, desktop charger, case and other accessories, plus they use the same Kenwood K1 accessory connector, which means if you already have a 9D, adding a 9D Plus to the mix really won't be much of an issue.
The KG-UV9D (Plus) is news, to be sure, but here's the real kicker. This radio isn't available in a general release. It is currently only available as a part of a special package for the 2015 holiday season - The Wouxun KG-UV9D (Plus) Limited Edition!
This Limited Edition is a complete 9D (Plus) package at an incredible price point. It includes:
- The Wouxun KG-UV9D (PLUS) Two Way Radio
- Two Li-Ion Battery Packs - yes, two of them
- Multi-Band High Gain Antenna
- Dual Band Stubby Antenna
- Two Belt Clips - one for each battery
- Wrist Strap
- Charger Tray
- AC Adapter
- 12V DC Adapter - to charge in a vehicle!
- Battery Eliminator - to power directly in a vehicle!
- C-Ring Earpiece with PTT - nice!
- Speaker Microphone - another nice extra!
- Leather Case
- SMA Male to UHF Female (SO-239) Adapter - to connect a mobile antenna!
- USB Programming Cable
- USB Driver CD
- Programming Software CD
- Owners Manual
This isn't a mere mish-mash of Wouxun stuff thrown into a box, either. The Wouxun KG-UV9D (Plus) Limited Edition is a complete collection of the radio and accessories assembled by the manufacturer and presented in style - in a limited edition holiday box!
Great, but how much does it cost? Well, the regular KG-UV9D minus a cross-band repeat feature currently sells for $179.99 without any extras. This kit includes a radio plus cross-band repeat, plus over $100 in accessories. The price? The Wouxun KG-UV9D (Plus) Limited Edition is only $229.99.
No doubt about it, plus or not, this package makes a phenomenal gift, either for your favorite friend or family member who likes ham radio, or just for yourself. The KG-UV9D Plus LE Dual Band Two Way Radio - Limited Edition is a real value, especially for the price.
There's just one caveat. Wouxun only made one thousand of these sets. One thousand. That's why it's a Limited Edition. We have them at Buy Two Way Radios, but when they're gone, we may not be able to get any more. If you want one for the holidays, you may want to get it now.