Taking a look at the OS UV-8000 2 Way analog Radio

I recently purchased the OS UV-8000 radio.  It is multi band radio that has a sleek look and seems to work very well. This is not a DMR radio, it is analog only. I saw it on AliExpress, and noticed most of the reviews said it did not have any software and they were unable to program it. Challenge Accepted. LOL. Turns out, it wasn't much of a challenge, I reached out to a supplier on Alibaba, and was sent the software very promptly. This is a nice little radio that will do 2 meter, 1.25 meter, 70cm and GMRS (technically not certified for GMRS use, but when has that stopped anyone) I did a short video review below Its really a neat little radio, I am rather fond of it.  Some of the specifications are Freq range 136-520mhz 199 Channel Storage Channel Selection Knob on top Programmable Side Key Buttons FM Radio Dual Receive CTCSS/DCS codes Color Screen Repeater Capable If you would like to take a look at it on AliExpress, here is a link OS UV-8000 I have purchased about 6 new analog ra

New Forum Website "ChatAcrossBorders"

 Hello to everyone who follows this blog.   Sorry I havent been very active on here. I haven't done much with DMR lately, as I kinda lost interest in it.  Our local DMR repeater isn't working and the owner won't fix it because there isn't much use. So I am pretty much just back to using good ole analog. But I did create a new website in the last couple weeks, its a forum for chatting about basically whatever...but I do have a Ham Radio thread. There is also threads for Home built wind/solar, DIY projects etc. Take a look at that if you would like, its new, so I am trying to get the word out so it will become more active.  There is a place to suggest forum topics, if you would like a thread for something, just say so and I will make it happen. Check out ChatAcrossBorders That's about it for now. 73's Rick KG7GUO

The Wouxun KG-UVN1 Update...DMR User Database Now Supported.

The Wouxun KG-UVN1 now supports the DMR User Database. Hello DMR Fans, Rick here, KG7GUO for  I have some very exciting news for you. Wouxun has updated the Firmware for the KG-UVN1 and the Programming Software, I am pleased to announce, the KG-UVN1 now supports the DMR User Database. It will now allow 160,000 DMR User Contacts, and 10,000 TX (Talk Group) contacts. This is an awesome update. To make this possible, they reduced the record time for recording call audio from 8 hours down to 2 hours, which is not a big deal, because how often do you need to record your calls anyway?  I don't ever have a need to use this feature, but some may like it. This update pretty much makes the UVN1 my favorite radio of the radios I own. The import process is pretty simple and straight forward. From the programming software, simply click on program and select Dmr Database. Click on Import and select the file you want to import.  I

Meet The Wouxun KG-UVN1 DMR Dual Band Hand Held, A Review By KG7GUO

Well Hello DMR Fans, Rick here for Last time, we took a look at the Wouxun KG-D901 , today we are looking at the KG-UVN1. The KG-UVN1 is the Dual Band Hand Held DMR Digital radio from  Wouxun . Lets start with a quick look at the highlights of the radio taken from the  Wouxun  website: 3072 Channels 1024 Contacts 255 Receiving Groups 250 Zones 16 Scan List Radio ID Radio TX Contacts Dual Band and Dual Display Radio Color Code Support Frequency Mode Program Key Digital Voice Encryption Emergency Alarm VOX Function Priority Channel Scan TX Designated Channel Low Battery Power Off One Touch Access / Talk Around Radio Program Password Menu Encryption or Menu Hide Power Save Mode Group Scan Tail Elimination Text Message Radio Disable or Enable Lone Work ARTS Function Flash Light Call Alert CTCSS Encoding and Decoding , Support Non Standard Digital Channel Recording , Continuous Record 8 Hours Play Recording File Customized Ra

Wouxun KG-D901 Hands On Review By KG7GUO

So I wanted to do a Hands on Video of the Wouxun KG-D901.  I am really impressed with the audio quality of this radio.  In my previous review, I have a video showing some of the quirks of the radio but it didn't highlight the audio quality. I think the audio quality of this radio by Wouxun is definitely better than my video quality and narrating abilities. Haha I notice when on the DMR mode, you hear a lot of people with a lot of different radio models, but you rarely hear anyone say they are using a Wouxun.  I am not sure why that is, other then the fact, availability might be an issue.  There are not a lot of retailers selling the Wouxun brand. I picked up my 901 at on closeout. I have been communication with Wouxun directly and am looking to pick up the Dual band model DMR radio, the KG-UVN1 I will definitely post a review of that model when I receive it. I think Wouxun could make quite a splash in the DMR Arena if they make the radios more

Wouxun KG-D901 Review

Wouxun KG-D901 I recently purchased a new DMR radio to add to my collection.  The Wouxun KG-D901 Digital DMR radio. I currently also own a TYT MD-380 and a Radioddity GD-77. While the Wouxun does not have a lot of Bells and Whistles, I have become very fond of it. The Radio has a lot of nice features, but it does have a couple of quirks.  I will try to point out the Pro's and Con's. Pros: Color Screen, easy to read Good audio quality Feels great in the hand Easy to program Lighted Keypad Cons: When in the menu, if there is activity on the radio it drops you out of the menu When sending SMS, it runs all the words together without spaces No firmware updates Can Not add the User Database Overall, it is a well built radio that feels nice in the hand.  It has a lot of potential.  I hope Wouxun continues to make DMR radios, I think they are on the right track.  I see on the Wouxun website, there is a couple other DMR radios

Is DMR Radio REAL radio?

Is DMR radio REAL radio? As Digital Mobile Radios (DMR) gain in popularity, there are some that question whether or not DMR radios are real. Most DMR radios offer Digital and Analog (FM) for accessing your favorite local repeaters. Radios like the Radioddity GD-77 offer VHF/UHF. So why does this question come up at all.       Ham radio operators. Ham radio operators over the years have found a niche that they are comfortable in, and then stagnate in that mode. Whether it be Digital computer communications, or SSB HF. Their are always those that are going to balk at the new modes coming out. This happened throughout the history of Amateur radio. If it wasn't for the advancement we have made, we would still be using spark gap generators. My QTH is DEAF! I have always enjoyed CW operations, using ancient transmitters and receivers. These tube type radios are fun for me to operate. Would those be considered real radios. DMR radio DO operate