I’ve ordered the radio at 409shop.hk web site, and have choosen the registered letter Hong Kong post method to save on DHL costs, that were more expensive that the radio itself.
Unfortunately the package has been intercepted ad italian customs (not all packages get controlled) and therefore I had top pay custom fee, and suffer of an additional 30 days delay on delivery.
Coming to the review, I ‘ve decided not to buy the more famous UV-3R because it was advertised that extenal microphone was not working with the UV-3R model, and therefore I adopted for the more recent UV-200 model, that is basically identical in funcionts, but has a slight different button shape as you can see from the picture.
Unfortunately the external mic that I’ve ordered once pressed keep the PTT hold and it does not release it. It’s not a mechanical problem, but rather a RFI problem, since I’ve noticed that touching the mic cable make the PTT to be released, and I’ve also tested that setting the Power to Low the problem is considerably reduced.
This happens to the enclosed heraphones, but making a small choke solve the problem.
Like all other models, it suffer of the High Speaker volume defect. I know there is a mod published, but since I use mainly while driving the scooter, it does not represent really a problem
Compared to the more robust Kenwood TH-F7E that I own, I can say the the difference is evident. Kenwood transceiver offer a wide variety of functions, like usage of names in memories, a wider spectrum, and excellent selectivity and sensivity and a power of 5 Watts. It’s really worth the money that cost.
From the other side the Baofeng product, has an excellent price to features ratio, since the cost is really ridicolous. One of the main reasons for which I’ve decided to buy one of this radio, is mainly because I use these radios daily and I hold them in the jacket, so having a so small transceiver is much more easy carry on and to put in the jacket.