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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 Item Description Option
01 STEP Step frequency settings 2.5k to 100.0k|5k
02 WN Wide/Narrow bandwidth settings NARR (12.5k)|WIDE (25k)
03 MPOWSET Medium level power settings MPOW1 (20W)|MPOW2 (10W)
04 OFF-SET Offset frequency settings 0-599.995|0
05 ROGER Transmission prompt settings BOT|EOT|BOTH|OFF
06 BEEP beep prompt settings ON|OFF
07 VOICE voice prompt settings CHINESE|ENGLISH|OFF
08 BCL Busy Channel Lockout ON|OFF
10 SC-REV Scan Mode SE|TO|CO
11 TOT Timeout Timer 1-60 minutes|2MIN
12 TOA Transmission overtime alarm 1-10 seconds|OFF|5
13 ANI-SW Caller ID TX Settings ON|OFF
14 RING Ring time 1-10 seconds|OFF|3
15 ANI-EDIT Editing caller ID 100-999999
16 DTMFST DTMF sidetone settings DT-ST|ANI-ST|DT-ANI|OFF
17 PTT-ID Caller ID TX mode BOT|EOT|BOTH
18 TX-LED TX backlight color WHITE|BLUE|GREEN|OFF
19 WT-LED Standby backlight color BLUE|GREEN|OFF|WHITE
20 RX-LED RX backlight color GREEN|OFF|WHITE|BLUE
21 DEL-CH Deleting a channel 999 channels
(CH1 and CH2 not deletable)
22 CH-NAME Editing a channel name Name***
23 PRICH-SW Priority channel switch ON|OFF
24 SPK-CONT Speaker settings SPK1|SPK2|SPK1+2
25 AUTOLOCK Keypad auto lock ON|OFF
26 RX-CTC Receiving CTCSS 1-50|OFF
27 RX-DCS Receiving DCS 1-105|OFF
28 TX-CTC Transmitting CTCSS 1-50|OFF
29 TX-DCS Transmitting DCS 1-105|OFF
30 RPT-SPK Repeater speaker switch ON|OFF
31 RPT-PTT repeater PTT switch ON|OFF
33 SCAN-ADD Scan add ON|OFF
34 APO-TIME Automatic power off Levels 1-5 (30 Min increments)|OFF
35 ALERT Single-tone pulse frequency 1750Hz|2100Hz|1000Hz|1450Hz
37 FAN-SET Overheating detection TX|HI-TE/TX|ALWAYS
38 LOW-V Voltage testing ON|OFF
39 SCRAM Voice scrambler 1-8|OFF
43 SC-GROUP Scan group settings ALL|GROUP (1-10)
44 RC-SW Remote control ON|OFF
45 PF1-SET Side key setting OFF|Stun/Kill/MONI/Inspec
46 RPT Tone Repeater tone ON|OFF
48 FM-RADIO FM radio function ON|OFF
49 AUT.AM Air band auto recognize ON|OFF
50 AM-SW AM setting ON|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:

Button Operation
UP ARROW Select previous channel|Select menu option
DOWN ARROW Select next channel|Select menu option
MAIN Change master channel/frequency
1-BAND Change master channel/frequency
2-MHz Frequency/channel selection
3-B/SW Band switching
4-MEMCH Save channel
5-H/L Set Power output (H-M-L)
6-VFO/MR Frequency mode/Channel mode switch
7-SET-D Frequency shift direction
8-TDR Single/dual display switch
9-SQL Set Squelch level
0-SCRAM Set voice scrambler
*-SCAN Scanning
#-LOCK Keyboard lock
MENU Enter program menu|choose/set menu option
EXIT Exit 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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