The KG-UV8D is one of the most popular Wouxun handheld transceivers on the market, and with good reason. It has a crisp, color LCD display that dwarfs the screen of other analog radios in its class, it's loaded with powerful features found on high end amateur radios, and it's very reasonably priced. Not only that, on a local ragchew, it's just plain fun. Now, Wouxun has released a new iteration of the 8D to market that adds even more to the mix: The KG-UV8D Plus.
It's not the first time Wouxun added a plus to its line. They did it quite recently with a significant update to the its barely year old KG-UV9D, when they introduced the KG-UV9D Plus, and in a Limited Edition, no less. The upgrade was apparently in response to hams who liked the 7 band 9D but lamented the omission of the cross band repeat feature first introduced into the UV8D.
This time, Wouxun is giving the KG-UV8D a Plus. Well, several, actually, in the form of several upgrades to existing functions and some brand new ones (or rather, new to the 8D).
The KG-UV8D Plus now supports companding, which is a form of compression to improve the signal to noise ratio for clear audio.
Most radios typically follow a standard set of CTCSS and DCS codes, and radios such as the KG-UV8D have this pre-set list to choose from in the menu of the radio. The KG-UV8D Plus allows you to manually enter non-standard CTCSS and DCS codes into the radio.
The KG-UV8D Plus is now equipped with a voice scrambler. Since this radio is only approved for use as an amateur radio in the US, and hams are not allowed to scramble their signals, this is not a feature most operators will likely use. However, every country has its own regulations, so the addition of a scrambler may be useful in other parts of the world.
One of the most useful upgrades to the KG-UV8D Plus is the ability to adjust the timing and intensity of the backlight for the LCD display. This is the same upgrade incorporated into the KG-UV9D Plus and is a long time coming. This feature should be in every two way radio with a display.
FM Radio Frequency Storage and Retrieval
The KG-UV8D Plus now allows you to store up to 20 preset frequencies into the built-in commercial FM radio. Some operators do use the FM radio to hear their favorite local commercial radio stations and will likely find this to be a very handy feature.
Editable Power-On Message
Well, technically, it isn't really editable, since you can't seem to create your own. However, you can choose which power-on message displays when you turn the radio on. Your choice is either the Wouxun logo graphic bitmap or a graphic representation of your battery level and voltage.
With these additions and improvements, The KG-UV8D Plus really does a one up on the original UV8D, plus it does all this without upping the price significantly when you get it from Buy Two Way Radios.
The KG-UV8D Plus currently sells for $119.99, only $10 more than original KG-UV8D with the 2600 mAh high capacity battery upgrade, and you get the bigger battery, too.
Now, that's a PLUS.