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Wouxun KG-UV950P programming and menu options

KG-UV950P-2.jpgThe Wouxun KG-UV950P quad band mobile two way radio has all the great features of the popular KG-UV920P-A dual band mobile radio, and more, two bands more, to be precise. It transmits and receives on the 2 meter (144-148 MHz), 70cm (420-450 MHz), 6 meter (50.1-54 MHz) and 10 meter (28.3-29.7 MHz) amateur radio bands. This is a great transceiver for hams who want access to multiple bands without paying through the nose to get on the air.

Like the the KG-UV920P-A, the KG-UV950P has cross band repeat capability for even greater functionality. It also makes a nice base station radio when connected to the Wouxun SPS31WIN or similar power supply as shown in the Wouxun KG-UV950P Quad Band Amateur Radio Unboxing video.

KG-UV950P Key Features

  • Quad Band 2m/6m/10m/70cm transmit and receive
  • Eight band receive only
  • 87.5-108MHz FM Radio (Receive Only)
  • 50W/20W/10W/5W (VHF) Transmit Power
  • 40W/20W/10W/5W (UHF) 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 Caller ID 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
  • Simultaneous scanning on AB areas
  • AIre band function
  • AM Mode receive capability
  • PC Programmable
  • Supports 2.5k Step
  • Reset
  • Roger Beep Enable/Disable
  • Wideband/Narrowband operation

Programming the KG-UV950P
Programming The Wouxun KG-UV950P is the same as programming the KG-UV920P-A. You can do it direct from the console on the front panel of the radio, from the DTMF keypad on the speaker microphone, or through a PC using the Wouxun KG-UV950P programming software.

Direct from the radio
If you know how to program frequencies into the KG-UV920P-A, the UV950P will be old hat. If you haven't programmed a UV920P-A, or you are new to programming a two way radio, you will need to read the manual carefully and keep it with you for reference until you get the hang of it. The manual is not very intuitive, especially when explaining some advanced features, but it sure beats reading the original manufacturer's user guide for the Baofeng UV-5R, which is widely regarded in the ham radio community as one of the worst operating manuals ever written for an amateur radio of this century. While this latter point is not particularly inspiring, it may be of some consolation if you have trouble getting through the Wouxun manual. Compared to Baofeng, the Wouxun owner's manual is a literary masterpiece.

The KG-UV950P menu consists of 50 items compared to the menu options of the KG-UV920P-A, which has 45 menu options. 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
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
19WT-LEDStandby backlight colorBLUE|GREEN|OFF|WHITE
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
34APO-TIMEAutomatic power offLevels 1-5 (30 Min increments)|OFF
35ALERTSingle-tone pulse frequency1750Hz|2100Hz|1000Hz|1450Hz
37FAN-SETOverheating detectionTX|HI-TE/TX|ALWAYS
38LOW-VVoltage testingON|OFF
39SCRAMVoice scrambler1-8|OFF
43SC-GROUPScan group settingsALL|GROUP (1-10)
44RC-SWRemote controlON|OFF
45PF1-SETSide key settingOFF|Stun/Kill/MONI/Inspec
46RPT ToneRepeater toneON|OFF
48FM-RADIOFM radio functionON|OFF
49AUT.AMAir band auto recognizeON|OFF
50AM-SWAM settingON|OFF

Programming with software
The KG-UV950P uses the same USB programming cable as the KG-UV920P-A, so if you already have one, you are halfway there. If you don't, you will need the PCO-003, which includes the Wouxun cable driver and programming software CD when purchased from Buy Two Way Radios. Simply follow the Wouxun KG-UV920P-A cable driver installation instructions and the programming cable should be set to go.

Unlike the programming cable, the Wouxun KG-UV950P programming software is specific to the radio and is currently available for Windows PCs only. If you have the programming software for the KG-UV920P-A, it will not work with the KG-UV950P. If you purchased the programming cable from Buy Two Way Radios, the KG-UV950P software will be included on the cable driver and programming software CD. It is also available as a free download.

KG-UV950P Operation
Working the KG-UV950P is almost exactly same as operating KG-UV920P-A. The only real difference is the layout of the console and redesign of the speaker microphone. While the key layout is the same on the consoles for both models, the location of the speaker mic jack is not. The speaker microphone plugs into the front of the KG-UV920P-A; on the KG-UV950P, the jack is located on the side of the front panel. The location of everything else on the front panel is the same. The LCD display with a selectable three color backlight, channel knobs, volume knob and DTMF keys, they are all there.

As for the DTMF speaker mic, it is a noticeable redesign of the speaker mic for the KG-UV920P-A. The speaker microphone is shaped differently and a multi-function squelch open/remote control button is added below the PTT button on the left side. All the DTMF keys are there, and a MAIN key is added to change the master channel/frequency on the display. The keypad lock/unlock switch is resized and moved towards the top right of the keypad, and a second switch is added to turn the keypad backlight on and off. The 3 key assigned for CTCSS/DCS setup and scanning on the 920P-A is now assigned for band switching on the 950P. All other key assignments and operations are the same. The keys and their primary functions are listed in the chart below:

UP ARROWSelect previous channel|Select menu option
DOWN ARROWSelect next channel|Select menu option
MAINChange master channel/frequency
1-BANDChange master channel/frequency
2-MHzFrequency/channel selection
3-B/SWBand switching
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
#-LOCKKeyboard lock
MENUEnter program menu|choose/set menu option
EXITExit program menu/cancel

As a quad band radio alone, the Wouxun KG-UV950P is a great value. As a mobile/base station radio or cross-band repeater, it can add affordable versatility to any ham shack.

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