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For your convenience, an optional USB programming cable is available to program the Wouxun KG-UV9D from a computer.
NOTE: Programming software is available for download from the Downloads tab above.
|Maximum Output Power||5 Watts|
|Digital Standard||Analog Only|
|Frequency Bands||2 Meter (VHF), 70 cm (UHF)|
|Button Color||Black Buttons|
Great little radio.999 channels as advertised, great volume and loud.
I love this radio, i use it for work and it does exactly what i expect,i rotate it with my UV8D every other day as to not wear it out prematurely. 2 downsides i have found,atleast for me. 1. the fm radio will not save, i have to reprogram each time after shutting it off. 2. the box and manual clearly states that the radio is tx/rx on freqs. 136-174mhz, but when received it was locked at 144-148mhz and i had to unlock it using a freq. limit software. Just 2 small issues but they are issues non the less,but it wont stop me from enjoying this great radio.
Radio is great - manual is worthless trash
I use this radio for an amateur band and for my work also, this way I don't have to carry two radios. This radio have a bunch of features that others don't have, including cross-band repeater, 800Mhz reception and Air band reception that I use here in my area to monitor communications between tower and planes. The only that disappointing me are that the CTCSS/DCS scanning are difficult to set, the radio housing are plastic feels sheep like the two antennas included.
I was so happy to read the specs on the 9D. It seemed like just what I wanted. Lots of channels, AM Air band, FM and all the features I wanted except cross band. And a low price. I got one, the AM Air band reception was non-existent. That's a lot of why I wanted this model. I exchanged it for another. Squelch opened but no audio. Back it went. I wish the radio had worked. Two in a row did not. I had all the FM band coverage I needed with several other HTs in-house. Note: The customer support at BuyTwoRadios was EXCELLENT - the best I have come across in a long time! They did all they could to help but the radio was not up to the specs and I sent the second one back, too.
Wouxun has a winner here! BUT it's not quite perfect. I purchased this radio during the pre-sale, and was very satisfied with it. But after using the KG-UV8D for almost a year, my expectations were just a little too high. First of all, I have to say I LOVE my KG-UV8D and all the things I would change about it, I find in the KG-UV9D, but they left a couple of things out. First of all, let's start with what I don't like about this radio because it is a VERY short list. Let me preface this by saying I use this radio to rag chew every morning (well... almost every morning) and it gets a real work out. I've also used it hiking and for public service events. OK... Now the bad. Screen doesn't turn all the way off. Yep, I'm weird like that. I found the if I set the screen to off in the 8D, my battery life goes through the ROOF! I can't do that with the 9D and it does impact the battery. When I want to see what's happening on the screen, I usually just hit the "EXIT" button and don't bother with taking up a programmable button on the side for backlight. No extra or extended batteries available (but I understand that extra standard batteries will be available soon) or a nice leather case. Last ding, no crossband repeat. It's a nice feature on the 8D that I really like, and sort of miss it on the 9D. Lastly, even though it has 240MHz coverage, it still doesn't receive the 1.25M ham band. (OHHHH so close...) OK... Now the good things. Change channel settings "on the fly". Yep this is a big one. You program in a channel, but then when you're actually using the radio you find that 90% of the time you only need 2 Watts and not 5, just change that setting for that channel, and it's done. Cycling power or channels doesn't revert back to the old settings. This also includes things like CTCSS/DCS, offset, and even channel name. Solid Audio. Both transmit and receive. When Wouxun started shipping the UV8D's with the 1.05 firmware it was darn near perfect. The microphone in the 9D is sensitive but not overly so and the speaker is nice and loud for us hard of hearing folks. Solid signal. Transmit and receive are pretty good, and I love the ability to have true dual receive. So when I said that the improvements I would have liked to have seen in the 8D are now in the 9D? Yeah... they are ALL there. Medium power. This is by far the best improvement in my opinion. I love having a 2 Watt setting. 1 Watt isn't quite enough sometimes, 5 Watts is more than needed, but 2 Watts seems to be "just right" for a lot of radio work and saves on your battery. Wide Band Receive. Even receives AM for those that like listening to air traffic. Visual Programming indicator. When writing or reading to the radio from the computer, the radio has visual indicators to tell you it's "talking" to the computer. Would have been a nice feature on the 8D, but it's in the 9D. Size matters. The 9D is a little slimmer and longer than the 8D. This make the radio a little more comfy in the hand. Programmable FM stations. Sometimes it's nice to have an FM radio available to listen to music or news. Having the ability to pre-program those channels is a God-send. You can even program these channels through the front pannel. Easy "talkaround" function. One button press and hold, and you're now talking around the repeater. Very nice feature. Backlight level control. Yep, another battery saving feature. Now you can dim that large beautiful screen to fit your environment. Auto Power Off. Set the time, and if you leave the radio on by mistake your battery won't totally drain. Various lock options. You can set the lock to engage on the keypad, keypad and rotary knob, keypad and PTT, or all three at the same time. Good Tactile side buttons. No need to actually "look" at the radio to make sure I'm pushing the right button. All the buttons on the side have a distinct tactile feel to them. And lastly, easy to use front panel buttons. The keypad on this radio is a little larger and the buttons are a little desire to press than the 8D. Overall, the size, weight, and layout of this radio is SPOT on. it's just a nice radio to have in your hand. Overall after using this radio for a month, it's a clear winner. It's just not "perfect" yet. Would I recommend this radio to a fellow ham? Absolutely. In fact, I already have. Just a little side note. The smaller antenna that is available with this radio is on par with the original UV5R antenna. In fact, I find a stubby Nagoya is actually just as effecctive as the shorty that comes with this radio. Again, a great little radio. 73 James W8JVF