How do they ever make a profit?
On the internet you can buy a dual-band handheld with antenna, battery, chargers(2), earpiece and belt clip for just £25.29. At this price I find it unbelievable they can make a profit. I think it is even cheaper if you buy a batch of 3.
See http://www.banggood.com/LBaofeng-UV-5RA-Yellow-Dual-Band-Transceiver-Radio-Wakie-Talkie-p-947385.html .
Shipping is just 29p. shipped to the UK by registered air parcel. It is available in a variety of case colours.
I’ve often wondered about the spectral purity of those cheap handheld radios. The fact that they readily operate out of band would suggest so.
Frequency agility and spectral purity are two different things.
I bought a 5 watt, 2 band handheld for $40 and it is GREAT.
Can’t find a thing wrong with it.
I bought one a few weeks ago for $27 I did invest in the program and cable to program this little radio and am very satisfied with the operation I just ordered another battery for $7 to act as a spare. unbelievable.
Only thing that I have been having problems with is the programming of these little cheap rigs.
The easiest way to program Kyle is with the software.
I suspect that the Chinese manufacturer makes a ton of radios for other purposes and these are just software driven derivatives. I just purchased the Jetway 10 watt 2 bander for installation in my RV toad. Size was the major consideration. Reading the manual, there are several functions available the do not seem to be of much use in a typical Ham Radio operation.