7039Re: [UV-3R] Re: uv-200 and uv-3r and something else
- Jun 1, 2012On Jun 1, 2012, at 12:56 PM, Bill Maxwell wrote:
>There are hams in China, and I'm sure they are buying hundreds of
> Some years ago when together with a late colleague we were importing
> Quansheng radios into Australia, we suggested product changes to the
> factory but were informed that while our thoughts were appreciated,
> their immediate focus was on satisfying the demand of their 30,000
> units per month domestic Chinese market. I don't think they were
> counting a single ham in that number.
They have been marketed as ham radios outside of China, because hams
like the concept of buy a $35 radio, paying another $15 for postage
and using it until it breaks.
Government and commercial users still consider radios "magic boxes",
which they buy for lots of money and keep paying high prices for
support. At some point small companies, and so on will figure out that
their money is best spent on buying them in large quantities for low
prices, paying a tech by the hour to program them all, and then
throwing them out as they break.
For example, I have almost 20 year old Motorola HT600 radios. They
have great sound are reliable and probably will, if treated with some
respect last another 10 to 20 years. You can still buy batteries,
antennas, programing cables, speaker mikes, etc.
I also have UV-3R's, which while I expect (and do get) good service
out of them, I have no illusions that they will last anywhere near as
I paid the same price for 2 of the HT600 batteries as I did for the
UV-3R complete kit.
I have not used the Quangsheng radios, but they seem very attractive.
The simple user interface, would make them a good deal for new hams,
who just set their radio to a repeater and use it.
Geoffrey S. Mendelson, N3OWJ/4X1GM/KBUH7245/KBUW5379
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