Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pofung UV-6R Dual Band Handheld

Pofung UV-6R 136-174MHz & UHF:400-470MHz Dual Band Handheld FM Professional Two-way Radio

              Lots of radio in a small package. Built well and performs well.

Brilliant Easy to read display

The first thing that impressed me aside from the size and quality was the brilliant and easy to read display of this radio. The two line display and the choice of display color make this radio easy to use and navigate through the menu system. The various option for screen color lighting also make the radio easy to read. The fact that the display lighting can be changed to suit the operator is a nice feature.

Superb audio quality

I have to say that after owning a few of the big 3 brand of radios I was thrown back by the outstanding and loud audio this radio has. I was not sure what to expect at first with such a small radio but the audio is outstanding, sounds great and no distortion even at full volume. 

Features and Specifications:
·         Dual Band Transceiver
·         Brilliant L.C.D. Display
·         D.C.S. and C.T.C.S.S. encoding
·         VOX function
·         Flashlight/Alarm feature
·         FM radio band receive
·         128 memory channels
·         Dual watch
·         Menu driven programming
·         Software available for programming (cable sold separately)
·         Drop in Li-On charger
·         7.4v 1800mah Li-On battery
·         High (5w) and Low (1w) power settings
·         Accessory ports for adding speaker microphone (sold separately)
·         Belt clip ( Soft case also sold separately)
·         Selectable frequency steps
·         Selectable repeater offsets
·         Adjustable squelch via menu
·         Adjustable TOT (Transmission Timer)
·         Cross band receive/transmit
·         Dual VFO
·         Narrow and Wide FM selectable

And much more to even include in features.

The radio itself is great little performer. Battery life on receive is fantastic, battery life on transmit has yet to be determined. Looks rugged and fits nicely in the hand. 

For the price of this radio (under $50.00 with free shipping to Canada and U.S.A.) you cannot go wrong for a radio to throw in your shirt pocket or your backpack as a take along radio to listen to N.O.A.A. weather stations, FM stations and monitor local repeaters. Accessories are all about one third each of the cost of the radio, which makes the low price of this radio even more impressive. The small antenna with SMA connector though lacks in receive performance of course, but other antennas can be purchased and used with this radio to get out of those fringe areas.

The Pofung UV-6R is a great introduction to the increasing line of radios on the market. It makes it affordable for the first time user and easy to operate; it also performs well and gets great audio reports into the repeaters. It’s light weight and long battery life make a great emergency radio for that go-kit or to have on hand when needed for that last minute hike.

Fred Lesnick

**** (4 out of 5)

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