Equipment News 2013

English: About new radios and associated equipment such as antenna tuners and microphones.
January to December 2013.

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Dutch: Over nieuwe radio’s en aanverwante apparatuur, zoals antenne tuners en microfoons.
januari tot en met december 2013.

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  • December 28: The long announced TYT TH-9800 quad-band radio is finally available in the USA. Only 25 units are available at the Kight Radio webshop for 319.95 US-Dollar. Meanwhile, there is a unboxing video of this TYT radio, available on YouTube and created by Martyn Allison from, a Ham Radio Specialist and importer of two-way radio equipment.
  • December 14: Unboxing video by Radioddity of the Baofeng GT3:
  • November 26: The Brick O’Lore website report that there is a new Baofeng radio available (Amazone).
    It would be a Baofeng GT-3 and as Brick mentioned: “latest Baofeng two way radio with human-oriented features” for only $ 63 USD.
    Is that just another UV-5R variant or is there more to it?
    Source Photo: Brick O’Lore
  • November 12: The company K-PO has the Polmar DM-50M radio in sales (see: Polmar DM-50M), this is the company that Hans – PD0AC also has provided with a test sample. I did an u n b o x i n g and will do a review of the Polmar DB-50M (and maybe K-PO) on this web site.
  • November 1: Hans PD0AC wrote October 11th on his blog, that a whole new Polmar dual-band radio comes on the market and that he hoped to test it. It is the Polmar DB-50M 2 m and 70 cm dual-band radio and it appears that it is almost similar to the Powerwerx DB-750X radio. The review appeared in October 20 on his blog.
    Source Photo: PD0AC blog

    Internally it appears to be a much improved (PCB revision number is 8.0) Anytone radio, without the errors that were found in the first versions (revision 3.0 tested by Hans (Review Anytone AT-5888UV). But the Polmar radio looks totally different from the Anytone AT-5888UV, the Polmar radio looks much slicker. In short, Hans was a little surprised about the excellent quality and the good test results of the Polmar radio. Only criticism is the sound quality of the microphone, which is not good, but that’s according to Hans soluble.
    Read the review and see the pictures of the spectrum analyzer of the Polmar DB-50M, go to: Review Polmar DB-50M / Powerwerx DB-750X

  • October 29: UPDATE on the Wouxun KG-UV950P by Brick O’Lore. Brick also tested this radio and the results are similar to the test result of Hans PD0AC.
    Read all about it on: Wouxun KG-UV950P: The Results by Brick O’Lore.
  • September 30: First Review on the Wouxun KG-UV950P by Hans PD0AC.
    His conclusion?

    Would I buy one? Yes, assuming that these problems get fixed. The price here in NL is 349 euros, while a Yaesu FT-8900R sets me back 499 euros. That’s a big price gap which makes the Wouxun potentially very attractive.

    Do you want to know about the ‘problems’ he writes about?
    Checkout his website at: Review Wouxun KG-UV950P

  • September 26: Another video of the working Wouxun KG-UV950P, in the Dutch language but with English subtitles.
    Source: YouTube channel of PD0AC video by: PA3AYW
  • September 24: There were rumors of a new quad band Wouxun radio in April 2013, the KG-UV950P, but now it’s no longer a rumor.
    A KG-UV950P radio has arrived at the Dutch radioamateur PA0ETE for extensive testing and then goes to PD0AC for further testing.
    The Wouxun KG-UV950P quad band radio has the following radio bands:
    TX: 11 and 10 meter band, 6 meters, 2 meters and the 70 cm band.
    RX FM: the same as the TX, and further from 65 to 108 MHz, 108 to 180.995 MHz, 320 to 348.995 MHz, 700 to 987.995 MHz and RX AM: 108 to 135.995 MHz.
    The sale price will be about 349 Euro in the Netherlands and the radio goes probably on sale October 1 2013.
    For the latest and more detailed information: The KG-UV950P Has Landed by PD0AC, and Wouxun KG-UV950P: Quad Band Mobile by Brick O’Lore.Watch a short Video by PA0ETE (Dutch language) about the Wouxun KG-UV950P.

    Source photo:
  • August 27: Icom IC-7100 Worldwide Recall. Icom sent out a letter to their customers regarding a worldwide recall of their new flagship, the IC-7100.
    Read all about it on: Ham Radio Blog PD0AC
    Source: universal-radio
  • July 24: News about the new 2 meter / 70 cm band radio from Yaesu, the FTM-400D. Yaesu has announced the pricing on the FTM-400DR, see price and specifications at: Ham Radio Outlet in the USA.U P D A T E: For a review go to: Review Yaesu FTM-400DR by PD0AC (Sept. 24 2013).

    Source: the YouTube channel of JQ1YWK

  • May 20: There is a video of the brand new Yaesu FTdx-1200 online.
    Source: N8MDH YouTube page
  • April 6: Hot News: Wouxun KG-UV950P: Quad Band Mobile.
    Wouxun announced a Quad-Band mobile radio with the 29 / 50 / 144 / 430 MHz band and the usual bells and whistles.
    For the preliminary specs go to: New Wouxun Radios on the Horizon
    Source: VA3ISP
  • March 31: According to the website of Import Communications is Xiegu X1M transceiver in May is available in the USA for 299 US Dollar.
    There is also talk of an even newer QRP radio with a color display, the Xiegu X1MKII and available in July. See the picture:
    Source: Brick O’Lore
  • March 24: Baofeng UV-3R and UV-5R hacked. Lior KK6BWA has successfully managed to hack the UV-3R and UV-3R 5R. See all the info at: Lior Elazary KK6BWA.
    Please also check his other projects, especially his clock!
  • March 23: More news from China.
    1. A the dual band Shi Ying: SR-31 that seems to be a TYT TH-UVF1 in disguise.
    Source and info see: SR-31
    2. According to Ed from Import Communications the US distributor for a small Chinese company that will produce two models of HF QRP radios. One model is ready now, with samples on the way. It is 5 watts, 0.1-30 MHz, SSB/CW with built-in keyer and is compatible with Ham Radio Deluxe. The other model will be available in May and is 0-20 watts with built in antenna tuner.

    Source: and YO9IRF

  • March 13 and 22: I thought the brand Hora, known from hand-held radios somewhere in the 90s no longer existed, but I was wrong. These radios were in that time also known under the name Standard, which is apparently a part of Yaesu. Now there is a new Hora radio on the market. It is a VHF radio for sale at the well known 409shop.
    It is a digital radio but there are problems to solve, see for more info: Hora HR-79D and the leaking tap by PD0AC
    Source photo: Brick O’Lore
    Ik dacht dat het merk Hora, “bekend” van porto’s ergens in de jaren 90 niet meer bestond, maar ik had het mis. Deze porto’s waren destijds ook onder de naam Standard, wat blijkbaar een onderdeel van Yaesu is te koop. Nu is er echter een nieuwe radio onder de naam Hora op de markt verschenen.
    Het betreft een VHF radio die bij de bekende 409shop te koop is.
  • March 12: Problems with the latest Baofeng UV-5R? According to Hans PD0AC there maybe problems with latest versions of the UV-5R, who appear to be less perfect.
  • February 21: New 2 band UHF / VHF radio from SMP (Motorola) the SMP698 Dual Band Mobile radio. SMP or Shanghai Motorola Telecom Product Trading Company is a joint venture between Motorola Inc. and China Putian Eastern Communications Company Limited. Shanghai Motorola is headquartered in Shanghai, China.
    According to Knight Radio (no longer online) the SMTP 698 radio is of high quality and therefore the price, around 350 US Dollar, is higher than other Chinese radios.
    Specifications can be found on this PDF: SMP698
    More info on SMP can be found at:
  • Februari 17: The Kenwood TK F8 UHF 400 – 480 MHz ?
    This radio looks more like a Baofeng UV-5R although the UV-5R is a Dual band VHf/UHF radio and de Kenwood is a UHF radio. See the video:
  • February 6: It seems that the new Baofeng UV-B5 antenna is slightly better as the standard antenna from the UV5R(E,UU,B ect.). Hans de PD0AC is busy testing a few antennas with a field strength meter to find out how much better this antenna is.
    See the article at: The Baofeng UV-B5/B6 Antenna
  • Januari 24: Baofeng UV-B5 unpacking photos by PA2OLD, Reviews, Software Info.
    See the Article: Baofeng UV-B5 on this website. Updated on January 28.
  • January 22: Anytone AT-5888UV Firmware Update.
    The Brick O’Lore website reports that there is a firmware update for the Anytone AT-5888UV radio. See the website: Brick O’Lore
  • January 12: “Why Phase Noise Is Important” by Hans de PD0AC. Tested are the: Baofeng BF-666S/777S/888S, the Waccom WUV-6R, the Baofeng UV-B5, the Wouxun KG-UVD1P and the Baofeng UV-3R.
  • January 3 2013: There is a new Baofeng radio, the Baofeng UV-B5
    (or Baofeng UV-B6 with flash-light) that is completely different from the UV-5R.
    This radio is tested by Hans de PD0AC and he writes on his Blog:

    The Baofeng UV-B5 is close to perfect. The only two niggles are the 5-character limit for alphanumeric descriptions and the belt clip screws which are too short. For the rest: best value for money to date. Needless to say, I’m keeping this one.

    Read all about it on his Blog: PD0AC Blog
    Specifications Baofeng UV-B5: PDF file
    Link to the 409 Shop:

    Source: PD0AC

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