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Wouxun KG-UV920P-A programming and menu options

KG-UV920P-A-2.pngThe Wouxun KG-UV920P-A dual band mobile two way radio is a popular choice for ham radio operators who want to go mobile on the 2 meter (144-148MHz) or 70cm (420-450MHz) amateur radio bands without burning all the cash needed to get around town. But there's a lot more to this mobile than just the transceiver. The KG-UV920P-A also has cross band repeat capability, which means you can have a mobile repeater in your vehicle on demand. It can even become a base station radio when connected to an AC power source and mounted to a wall or desk, as depicted in this unboxing video. The typical mobile radio can cost hundreds, without premium features. Investing in the KG-UV920P-A for a low cost, low power cross-band repeater can save a lot of money on two way communications.

Key features

  • Dual Band UHF/VHF transmit and receive
  • 87.5-108MHz FM Radio (Receive Only)
  • 40W (UHF)/50W (VHF) Transmit Power
  • 999 Memory Channels
  • Dual Display
  • Remote Head Mounting Capability
  • Full Duplex Cross Band
  • CTCSS/DCS Encode/Decode
  • Dual Speakers
  • Backlit DTMF Speaker Microphone
  • Incoming Message Display
  • DTMF Encoding and Decoding
  • Group Calls, All Calls and Selective Calls
  • Optional 8 Group Scramble
  • Priority Channel Scanning
  • APO Power Management
  • English Voice Prompts
  • Minimum Operating Voltage Alarm
  • Stun/Kill Function
  • Single Tone Pulse Frequency
  • Remote Control Settings
  • Frequency/Channel Scanning with CTCSS/DCS Detection
  • Cooling Fan
  • Companding
  • Selectable 3 Color Backlit LCD Display
  • Timeout Timer
  • PC Programmable
  • Supports 2.5k Step
  • Reset
  • Roger Beep Enable/Disable
  • Wideband/Narrowband operation

Programming the KG-UV920P-A
As with many mobile two way radios, the KG-UV920P-A can be programmed in one of two ways, either direct from the console on the front panel of the radio, or through a computer via programming software. Technically speaking, there is a third way. The radio can also be programmed directly from the DTMF keypad on the hand speaker mic.

Direct from the radio
While not impossible, programming direct from the radio can seem daunting, not so much because it is, but because of the sheer number of configuration options available. An evening with the owner's manual is helpful, but may not be particularly enlightening on the first read. However, it may be well worth the time and effort to learn, just in case you ever need to add a channel or two on the fly.

The menu consists of 45 items. Default settings are bold.

Menu #Menu ItemDescriptionOption
01STEPStep frequency settings2.5k to 100.0k|5k
02WNWide/Narrow bandwidth settingsNARR (12.5k)|WIDE (25k)
03MPOWSETMedium level power settingsMPOW1 (20W)|MPOW2 (10W)
04OFF-SETOffset frequency settings0-599.995|0
05ROGERTransmission prompt settingsBOT|EOT|BOTH|OFF
06BEEPbeep prompt settingsON|OFF
07VOICEvoice prompt settingsCHINESE|ENGLISH|OFF
08BCLBusy Channel LockoutON|OFF
09SP-MUTEMute SettingsQT|QT*DTMF|QT+DTMF
10SC-REVScan ModeSE|TO|CO
11TOTTimeout Timer1-60 minutes|2MIN
12TOATransmission overtime alarm1-10 seconds|OFF|5
13ANI-SWCaller ID TX SettingsON|OFF
14RINGRing time1-10 seconds|OFF|3
15ANI-EDITEditing caller ID100-999999
16DTMFSTDTMF sidetone settingsDT-ST|ANI-ST|DT-ANI|OFF
17PTT-IDCaller ID TX modeBOT|EOT|BOTH
18TX-LEDTX backlight colorWHITE|BLUE|GREEN|OFF
19WT-LEDStandby backlight colorBLUE|GREEN|OFF|WHITE
20RX-LEDRX backlight colorGREEN|OFF|WHITE|BLUE
21DEL-CHDeleting a channel999 channels
(CH1 and CH2 not deletable)
22CH-NAMEEditing a channel nameName***
23PRICH-SWPriority channel switchON|OFF
24SPK-CONTSpeaker settingsSPK1|SPK2|SPK1+2
25AUTOLOCKKeypad auto lockON|OFF
26RX-CTCReceiving CTCSS1-50|OFF
27RX-DCSReceiving DCS1-105|OFF
28TX-CTCTransmitting CTCSS1-50|OFF
29TX-DCSTransmitting DCS1-105|OFF
30RPT-SPKRepeater speaker switchON|OFF
31RPT-PTTrepeater PTT switchON|OFF
32RPT-SETRepeater settingsX-DIRPT|XTWRPT|CRPT-RX|CRPT-TX|RADIO
33SCAN-ADDScan addON|OFF
34APO-TIMEAutomatic power offLevels 1-5 (30 Min increments)|OFF
35ALERTSingle-tone pulse frequency1750Hz|2100Hz|1000Hz|1450Hz
36COMPANDCompandON|OFF
37FAN-SETOverheating detectionTX|HI-TE/TX|ALWAYS
38LOW-VVoltage testingON|OFF
39SCRAMVoice scrambler1-8|OFF
40SC-QTCTCSS/DCS scannerDECODER|ENCODER|ALL
41RPT-TONERepeater toneON|OFF
42SC-GROUPScan group settingsALL|GROUP 1|GROUP 2|GROUP 3|GROUP 4
43FM-RADIOFM radio functionON|OFF
44RC-SWRemote controlON|OFF
45RESETResetVFO|ALL

Programming with software
The Wouxun programming software isn't the greatest application, but it's really not too bad, considering the alternative, which is to program the radio directly from the keypad.

The USB programming cable connector is somewhat specific for this mobile radio, so it isn't something you can freely swap out with other mobile transceivers. The Wouxun programming software is also specific to this model and is currently available for Windows PCs only, but it is available as a free download from Buy Two Way Radios. While not particularly intuitive, the software isn't that complicated, either. If you have programmed a two way radio before, it is somewhat self-explanatory. The USB cable driver needs to be installed first, which can become a challenge if the Wouxun KG-UV920P-A cable driver installation instructions are not properly followed, but once it is set up and the cable is working, it is ready when you need it.

Operation
The detachable front panel of of the KG-UV920P-A can be mounted inside your vehicle almost anywhere you need it for instant access and ease of operation. The console on the front panel includes an LCD display with a selectable three color backlight, channel knobs, volume knob and the equivalent of a DTMF keypad spread out across the face of the console. In effect, every operation that can be performed from the keypad on the speaker mic can also be initiated from the front panel of the radio.

Once the power button is pressed on the console, The KG-UV920P-A can be configured and controlled directly from the built-in DTMF keypad on the hand speaker mic. This is quite convenient, especially when the mic is in hand and the console is slightly out of reach. The speaker mic even has a volume wheel to adjust the output of the speaker on the mic. It also includes a keypad lock to prevent accidental key presses of the keys on the hand mic. The keypad consists of 16 keys. The keys and their primary functions are outlined in the chart below:

ButtonOperation
UP ARROWSelect previous channel|Select menu option
DOWN ARROWSelect next channel|Select menu option
1-BANDChange master channel/frequency
2-MHzFrequency/channel selection
3-QT/DTCTCSS/DCS setup|CTCSS/DCS scan
4-MEMCHSave channel
5-H/LSet Power output (H-M-L)
6-VFO/MRFrequency mode/Channel mode switch
7-SET-DFrequency shift direction
8-TDRSingle/dual display switch
9-SQLSet Squelch level
0-SCRAMSet voice scrambler
*-SCANScanning
#-LOCKKey lock
MENUEnter program menu|choose/set menu option
EXITExit program menu

The Wouxun KG-UV920P-A is a feature rich mobile radio at a value price. When you add in the cross-band repeat functionality, it's really quite a bargain.

One thought on “Wouxun KG-UV920P-A programming and menu options”

  • Paul Leatherman
    Paul Leatherman March 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I purchased a Wouxon kg-uv920p-a from you a few months ago. I wanted to hook it up to a digital rigblaster but I don't know the mic pin location. I wanted to know if you have this so I could set the jumpers correct. I can't find anything on the net.
    Thanks,
    Paul

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