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  • The new Wouxun KG-UV7D and KG-UV9P high powered portables are here!

    Wouxun KG-UV7D and KG-UV9PWouxun has a reputation for feature rich, well constructed handheld transceivers at great prices. Models such as the KG-UV8D and KG-UV9D Plus have long been favorites of many hams, particularly for their powerful features, cross-band repeat capability and, of course, the now legendary Wouxun color LCD display. Recently Wouxun announced it is taking two of its popular, classic models, refreshing them into new models and adding more power. These two new radios, Wouxun KG-UV7D and KG-UV9P, are high powered portables, with up to 5 watts on UHF and 7 watts on the VHF band. Now, the new Wouxun KG-UV7D and KG-UV9P high powered portables are here!

    Wouxun aimed each model at a specific user, although both can be used by amateur radio operators. According to Wouxun, both radios have the same FCC IDs as their predecessors and use the same programming software. The KG-UV6D accessories are also compatible with the KG-UV7D, and KG-UV9D Plus accessories will also work with the new KG-UV9P.

    Wouxun KG-UV7DKG-UV7D
    The Wouxun KG-UV7D is the successor to the KG-UV6D, a business grade workhorse of a radio that was Part 90 type accepted for business use. The 7D not only replaces the 6D, it is the same radio, with one exception. It now has 5 watts of power on UHF and 7 watts of power on VHF.

    This extra power only enhances the already powerful features carried over from the 6D, such as the 199 programmable memory channels with CTCSS and DSC Scan, priority channel scanning, and 1750 Hz burst tone. the selectable power feature allows the 7D more latitude as well, giving you the option to transmit at high, medium or low power instead of simply in high or low power mode.

    Other standard features include VOX support, SOS function, multi-scan mode, busy channel lockout, auto and manual keypad lock, customizable power on display message, English voice guide, FM radio, and a built-in flashlight. It's also quite rugged, as it is IP55 dust and waterproof. After all, it's primarily built for business use. Price- $109.99.

    Wouxun KG-UV9PKG-UV9P
    The KG-UV9P is the model that is more likely to appeal to hams. It is an amateur radio, and replaces the KG-UV9D Plus. In fact, it is a 9D Plus, with the addition of the same 5 watt UHF and 7 watt VHF power boost given to the KG-UV7D.

    Like the 9D Plus, the KG-UV9P has UHF/VHF dual band tranmit, 7 band reception, 999 programmable memory channels, QT/DQT encoding and decoding, DTMF encode/decode and 25KHz/12.5KHz wide/narrow bandwidth selection. It features simultaneous dual band reception and can transmit on one band at the same time it receives on the other!

    It also has the now legendary Wouxun color LCD display with five brightness levels and plenty of screen space to display two bands simultaneously. The display alone is a premium feature of this radio, and greatly enhances the overall operating experience.

    One of the biggest features of the 9D Plus was the cross-band repeater. The KG-UV9P includes it as well! Other features include multiple scan functionality, priority scan, CTCSS/DCS scan and the ability to scan two bands simultaneously.

    Of course, as we all know, hams like to talk. So, operating an amateur radio at higher transmit power for an extended period may require an power source that can adequately handle it, and without losing uptime. No worries. The KG-UV9P includes something really special, a high capacity 3200mAh battery pack! This super sized battery comes standard with the 9P package, which adds even more value to an already feature packed portable! Price- $139.99.

    The KG-UV7D and KG-UV9D may be made of the same stuff as their predecessors, but they do add something new to the mix - more power. Both models are now available to ship from our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios.

  • Wouxun Radio FCC ID and Type Acceptance Chart

    Wouxun KG-UVD1P Two Way RadioThere has been some concern about the effects of the recent FCC enforcement advisory on the marketing and sale of import radios, especially within the amateur radio community. As a dealer, we shared those concerns and discussed them at length in episodes TWRS-128 and TWRS-129 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.

    We are an authorized Wouxun dealer in the US, and our friends at Wouxun were very helpful in providing us with the additional information needed to ensure that the models we sell are compliant with the FCC rules. We want our customers to be confident that the radios they purchase from us will meet these requirements, so we created a Wouxun Radio FCC ID and Type Acceptance Chart using the information provided by Wouxun for reference.

    Wouxun manufactures and distributes their products around the world, so some models may be available in different markets in different versions. Because we are a US dealer, we carry the commercial version when both an amateur and commercial version is available, since the amateur frequency ranges are included in the FCC grant for the part 90 approval. For example, the KG-UVD1P is listed with an amateur version and a commercial version, but we only carry the commercial one.

    The following chart lists the Wouxun models on our web site with FCC IDs and FCC type acceptance.

    Wouxun Radio FCC ID and Type Acceptance Chart
    Model Radio Type FCC ID FCC Standard Approved Frequency Range
    KG-UVD1P Amateur WVTWOUXUN04 Part 90 144-148/430-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UVD1P Commercial WVTWOUXUN05 Part 90 136-174/217-222MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UVD1P Commercial WVTWOUXUN04 Part 90 136-174/406.1-470MHz TX/RX
    KG-UV6D V2 Commercial WVTWOUXUN07 Part 90 136-174/406.1-512MHz TX/RX
    KG-UV8D Amateur WVTWOUXUN10 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV899 Amateur WVTWOUXUN10 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV8D (Plus) Amateur WVTWOUXUN12 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV8E Amateur Part 15B 144-148/222-225/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV9D(E) Amateur WVTWOUXUN12 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV9D (Plus) Amateur WVTWOUXUN12 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV920P-A Commercial WVTWOUXUN09 Part 90 136-174/406.1-470MHz TX/RX
    KG-UV950P
    KG-UV980P
    Amateur Part 15B 28-29.7/50-54/144-148/430-450MHzTX, Full band on RX
    KG-D901 Commercial WVTWOUXUN11 Part 90 406.1-470MHz TX/RX

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We welcome your feedback! You can also leave a comment below.

  • Buy a Wouxun KG-UV8D, get a free upgrade to the Plus and a free case!

    Note: This promotion expired July 31, 2018 and is no longer available.

    As part of our Buy Two Way Radios website Redesign Promotion Event, we're offering a special deal on a popular Wouxun transceiver. For a limited time only, buy a Wouxun KG-UV8D, get a free upgrade to the Plus!

    That's right. when you purchase an standard Wouxun KG-UV8D, we'll automatically upgrade your order to the KG-UV8D Plus! This is a great offer and is only available at Buy Two Way Radios until July 31, 2018 or until we run out of them, whichever comes first!

    The KG-UV8D Plus has all the features you love about the classic 8D, plus a few added upgrades, including adjustable LCD backlight intensity, the power to edit the Power-On message as you need, and the ability to store and retrieve up to 20 sets of frequencies in the FM radio. Plus, it has several new features, such as a voice compander, scrambler, and non-standard CTCSS/DCS. For a feature comparison, read Wouxun KG-UV8D and KG-UV8D Plus menu options.

    But that's not all. Along with the free upgrade, you also get a FREE XLT CS200G Universal Carrying Case! The XLT CS200G is a tough, water resistant radio case made with Cordura® fabric and coated with DuPont™ Teflon® to repel oil based liquids and water. It has a heavy duty belt loop and works with many handheld business, consumer, amateur and marine two way radios, including the KG-UV8D and KG-UV8D Plus.

    This Free upgrade and carry case special applies to the standard KG-UV8D with black buttons only (Model number KG-UV8D-STD) and is only available for a limited time and only from Buy Two Way Radios. You don't need a special coupon or a promo code. When you buy an KG-UV8D, your free upgrade to the KG-UV8D Plus will be applied to your order automatically. Plus, there's no purchase limit! Buy one radio or buy ten, and and you will receive a FREE upgrade to the KG-UV8D Plus with each radio ordered, but only while supplies last.

    Note: This offer is valid until July 31, 2018 or while supplies last. When we're out of radios we're out. No rainchecks. So, if you want the FREE upgrade, don't wait. Do it now!

  • Radio 101 - How to reset the Wouxun KG-UV8D to English

    The Wouxun KG-UV8D can be reset to factory defaults. It's a quick and easy reset. However, if your native language is English, it could also be confusing, because the default language of the menu is Chinese.

    In this episode of Radio 101, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios and The Two Way Radio Show Podcast shows you how to reset the Wouxun KG-UV8D and return it to an English menu. This procedure works for the Wouxun KG-UV8D, KG-UV8D Plus, and KG-UV8E two way radios.

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  • Two new Wouxun mobile radios have lower prices

    kg-uvr5.jpgWouxun mobile radios are known for delivering good performance at a fair price. Two models in particular stand out in this category, the popular UHF/VHF dual band KG-UV920P-A and its powerful quad band cousin, the KG-UV950P. A little while back, TYT responded with its own mobiles, the TH-7800 and TH-9800, and at very competitive prices. Now, Wouxun is firing back with the introduction of two new models with aggressively lower price points, the KG-UVR5 and KG-UV980H.

    If these new models look and seem familiar, it's because they are. In fact, they are the same radios, but rebranded with the frequencies limited to only the amateur radio bands. Wouxun The KG-UVR5 is the lower priced dual band KG-UV920P and the KG-UV980H is the lower priced quad band KG-UV950P.

    What Wouxun did was very simple. They took the dual band KG-UV920P, re-labeled it the KG-UVR5, limited the frequencies to the 2 meter (144-148MHz) VHF and 70cm (420-450MHz) UHF ham bands right out of the box, and dropped the price by thirty bucks.

    kg-uv980h.jpgThen they did the very same thing with the quad band model. They re-labeled it the KG-UV980H and limited it to the ham bands. It's the same radio as the KG-UV950P, but out of the box it's limited to the 2 meter, 6 meter, 10 meter and 70cm ham frequencies. They reduced the price accordingly.

    Yeah, it seems odd, but considering the features, that's a huge deal for a thirty dollar price reduction. Thirty dollars? That's a twenty percent discount. It's a significant drop in price for merely locking down the transceivers to stay only within those frequencies the hams should be using anyway.

    The KG-UV920P-A and KG-UV950P are popular models used by both amateurs and businesses worldwide. If you're a company in a country that uses either of these models for business use, it's business as usual with these radios. However, if you're a ham who needs one of these models but needs to save a few dollars more, the KG-UVR5 and KG-UV980H are made just for you.



    Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Wouxun dealer.

  • How to program the Wouxun KG-UV9D directly from the radio

    KG-UV9D-programming-4.jpgThe Wouxun KG-UV9D is a multi-band portable handheld two way radio with Wouxun's iconic color LCD display, full DTMF keypad, and a lot of nice features, all at a great price. Such a powerful transceiver requires a bit of programming to utilize its options, and for the first time user, it can be intimidating. Looks can be deceiving, because it isn't as difficult as it seems. It's not that difficult at all, once you know how it's done.

    The easiest way to Program the KG-UV9D is with a computer. When connected to an XLT Painless Programming Cable, the process is even easier, since the programming cable itself is so quick and easy to install. At present the only programming software for the UV9D is provided by Wouxun, however it is readily available from the manufacturer or from us if the radio was purchased from Buy Two Way Radios. The KG-UV9D is not yet supported by CHIRP, the popular open source programming software used to program a variety of other radios, such as the Wouxun KG-UV8D and Baofeng UV-5R.

    Programming the KG-UV9D manually from the radio itself is much like programming other Wouxun radios, such as the KG-UV8D and its variants, the KG-UVD8 Plus and the tri-band KG-UV8E. In fact, the steps are almost exactly the same, with two exceptions. First, the A/B button was replaced with a TDR button, which is held down for two seconds to toggle between VFO and Channel modes. Second, the menu item numbers are different. For instance, on a KG-UV8D, 8D Plus or 8E, the menu option to assign a frequency to a channel (MEM-CH) is 28; on the KG-UV9D and 9D Plus, it is number 30.

    Other than the TDR button and the numbering of the menu options, everything else is the same. If you know how to program the KG-UV8D, you have already mastered the KG-UV9D. If you haven't programmed a Wouxun radio before, follow the instructions below to program your Wouxun KG-UV9D or KG-UV9D Plus Limited Edition directly from the keypad of the radio and you will soon become the master of all these models.

    How to manually program a simplex channel into the KG-UV9D

    • Step 1. Press [BAND] and choose the A Side (upper display) as MAIN.
    • Step 2. Press and hold [TDR] for two seconds and enter Frequency Mode.
      The radio should be in Frequency (VFO) Mode to program all settings to the channel.
    • Step 3. Enter the frequency.
      Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
    • Step 4. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
      • CTCSS - [MENU] 16 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      • DCS - [MENU] 18 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      • Use the [Arrow Up/Down] keys or the channel selector knob to choose the codes from the menu.

    • Step 5. Assign the frequency to a channel.
      [MENU] 30 [MENU] [enter channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      If the Channel number is displayed in blue, it is already assigned. Choose another channel.
      If the channel number is red, the channel is available.

    How to manually program a repeater channel into the KG-UV9D

    • Step 1. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display) as MAIN.
    • Step 2. Press and hold [TDR] for two seconds and enter Frequency Mode.
      Like the simplex channels, the radio should be in Frequency (VFO) Mode to program all settings to the channel.
    • Step 3. Enter the frequency.
      Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
    • Step 4. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
      • CTCSS - [MENU] 16 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      • DCS - [MENU] 18 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      • Use the [Arrow Up/Down] keys or the channel selector knob to choose the codes from the menu.

    • Step 5. Input the repeater frequency offset.
      Press [MENU] 28 [MENU] [enter the offset for 2 meter or 70 cm repeater] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • Step 6. Enter the Transmit Frequency Shift.
      Press [MENU] 6 [MENU] [enter 1 for positive shift or 2 for negative shift] [MENU][EXIT]

      Note: There are three ways to enter the frequency shift.

      • Enter 1 for positive (+) and 2 for negative (-).
      • Press [Arrow Up/Down] to toggle + or -.
      • Turn the channel selector knob to choose + or -.
    • Step 7. Assign the frequency to a channel.
      Press [MENU] 30 [MENU] [enter the channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      If the Channel number is displayed in blue, it is already assigned. Choose another channel.
      If the channel number is red, the channel is available.

    To add more channels, repeat the steps above. If these instructions are followed correctly step-by-step, you should be able to program all 999 memory channels in your Wouxun KG-UV9D. Note: These instructions will also work for KG-UV9D Plus.

  • How to reset the Wouxun KG-UV8D to factory settings and English prompts

    KG-UV8-Display-800.jpgThe Wouxun KG-UV8D two way radio has a quick and easy reset. The only downside to the reset operation is it also clears out all the language settings and sets them to the default. English is its second language. The default is Chinese. The reset process clears all the language settings, both voice prompts and menu items shown on the display. If you speak and read Chinese, that's not an issue. If English is your first or only language, fear not, we're here to help. if you can read this, follow the instructions below and post-reset navigation should not be a challenge.

    There are two reset options.

    Functional Parameter Reset (VFO)
    the VFO option resets the function settings to factory defaults without wiping out the channel settings.

    Total Parameter Reset (ALL)
    The ALL option performs a full reset back to factory defaults and clears the channel settings.

    Follow the steps below to reset a Wouxun KG-UV8D, KG-UV8D Plus, or KG-UV8E two way radio from Buy Two Way Radios to its original factory settings and English prompts.

    To perform a VFO Reset
    1. Turn on the radio and press the MENU button.
    2. Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select RESET (Menu Item 51).
    3. Press MENU to choose RESET.
    4. Press the UP/DOWN arrow keys to choose VFO.
    5. Press MENU. The radio will display RESET SURE?
    6. Press MENU to confirm. The radio will display Waite please (yes, "wait" with an "e") for a few seconds, then shut down and restart.
    7. The radio will revert to Chinese language mode. Reset is complete.

    To perform a FULL Reset
    1. Turn on the radio and press the MENU button.
    2. Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select RESET (Menu Item 51).
    3. Press MENU to choose RESET.
    4. Press the DOWN arrow key to choose ALL.
    5. Press MENU. The radio will display RESET SURE?
    6. Press MENU to confirm. The radio will display Waite please for a few seconds, then shut down and restart.
    7. The radio will revert to Chinese language mode. Reset is complete.

    To set language from Chinese to English
    1. Press MENU.
    2. Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select LANGUAGE (Menu Item 12). Note: the menu will be in Chinese, so the next two steps are important if you cannot read Chinese characters.
    3. Press MENU.
    4. Press the DOWN arrow key once.
    5. Press MENU.
    6. Press EXIT.

    A reset may resolve many issues or malfunctions, but may not work for every scenario. However, it is usually a recommended first step when troubleshooting a two way radio.

  • How to program the Wouxun KG-UV8D

    The Wouxun KG-UV8D is a popular dual band handheld two way radio for a reason. It has great performance, it's loaded with features, and it has a nice, large, color LCD display. It's also reasonably priced.

    Then there is programming.

    Programming the KG-UV8D isn't very difficult if you do it with a computer. Although the programming software provided by Wouxun isn't perfect, it's really not too bad, and it's not too difficult to figure out over time. Of course, if you have the open source programming software called CHIRP, it's even better, because it now supports the original KG-UV8D. CHIRP is freely available online.

    For the most part, programming the KG-UV8D from a PC is relatively painless, especially when connected to an XLT Painless Programming Cable from Buy Two Way Radios. Programming it manually from the radio itself is another topic. To someone who is not familiar with the process, it can certainly be confusing or downright frustrating. Yet, there may come a time when you need to program your 8D and there is no computer or programming cable handy. There may be a time and place when you may need to do it manually. What do you do? How do you do it?

    Follow the instructions below to manually program your Wouxun KG-UV8D, KG-UV8D Plus or KG-UV8E directly from the keypad of the radio.

    How to manually program a simplex channel

    • Step 1. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display) as MAIN.
    • Step 2. Press [VFO/MR] and enter Frequency Mode.
      The radio should be in Frequency (VFO) Mode to program all settings to the channel.
    • Step 3. Enter the frequency.
      Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
    • Step 4. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
      • CTCSS - [MENU] 16 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      • DCS - [MENU] 18 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      • Use the [Arrow Up/Down] keys or the channel selector knob to choose the codes from the menu.

    • Step 5. Assign the frequency to a channel.
      [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      If the Channel number is displayed in black, it is already assigned. Choose another channel.
      If the channel number is blue, the channel is available.

    How to manually program a repeater channel

    • Step 1. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display) as MAIN.
    • Step 2. Press [VFO/MR] and enter Frequency Mode.
      Like the simplex channels, the radio should be in Frequency (VFO) Mode to program all settings to the channel.
    • Step 3. Enter the frequency.
      Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
    • Step 4. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
      • CTCSS - [MENU] 16 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      • DCS - [MENU] 18 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      • Use the [Arrow Up/Down] keys or the channel selector knob to choose the codes from the menu.

    • Step 5. Input the repeater frequency offset.
      Press [MENU] 23 [MENU] [enter the offset for 2 meter or 70 cm repeater] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • Step 6. Enter the Transmit Frequency Shift.
      Press [MENU] 24 [MENU] [enter 1 for positive shift or 2 for negative shift] [MENU][EXIT]
      Note: There are three ways to enter the frequency shift.

      • Enter 1 for positive (+) and 2 for negative (-).
      • Press [Arrow Up/Down] to toggle + or -.
      • Turn the channel selector knob to choose + or -.
    • Step 7. Assign the frequency to a channel.
      Press [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter the channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
      If the Channel number is displayed in black, it is already assigned. Choose another channel.
      If the channel number is blue, the channel is available.

    To add more channels, repeat the steps above. If these instructions are followed correctly step-by-step, you should be able to program all 999 memory channels in your Wouxun KG-UV8D. Note: These instructions will also work for KG-UV8D Plus and KG-UV8E radios.

  • The Wouxun KG-D901 has arrived!

    Wouxun-KG-D901-2.jpgLast year we broke the news about a new portable DMR radio, the KG-D901. We announced it on our blog, covered it in Episode 99 of the Two Way Radio Show Podcast, and gave the world a first look at it in our Wouxun KG-D901 preview video.

    Yes, it was certainly news, but it wasn't just about the radio itself. What made this newsworthy was the fact it was the first DMR from Wouxun, and it was an announcement of their plan to enter the digital radio market. Now their entrance is official. The Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Digital Two Way Radio has arrived!

    Since we've told you about the radio already, we won't repeat it all here. The info and specs on the Wouxun KG-D901 are available at Buy Two Way Radios, and now, so is the radio!

    There is just one thing to note. At the time of this publication, the Wouxun KG-D901 is currently available in a very limited quantity, so if you want to be one of the first to have it, you may want to get it now.

  • 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
    09 SP-MUTE Mute Settings QT|QT*DTMF|QT+DTMF
    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
    32 RPT-SET Repeater settings X-DIRPT|X-TWRPT|RPT-RX|T-W RPT|RADIO
    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
    36 COMPAND Compand ON|OFF
    37 FAN-SET Overheating detection TX|HI-TE/TX|ALWAYS
    38 LOW-V Voltage testing ON|OFF
    39 SCRAM Voice scrambler 1-8|OFF
    40 SC-QT CTCSS/DCS scanner DECODER|ENCODER|ALL
    41 SC-CTC Activate CTCSS scanner DECODER|ENCODER|ALL
    42 SC-DCS Activate DCS scanner DECODER|ENCODER|ALL
    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
    47 RESET Reset VFO|ALL
    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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