New Chinese multi-mode HF rig – Xiegu X108

Steve, G1KQH has sent this link about a new Chinese multi-mode transceiver.  See http://www.brickolore.com/ . Prices start at 2800 Yuan apparently. It is called the Xiegu X108. There is a video and some pictures of the rig.

To my mind, this still looks like  a “back shed” radio, rather than a mature, well engineered and  thoroughly well tested radio. I may be wrong. I am still waiting to see when the Chinese launch a proper Yaesu or Icom competitor. These will come but I’ve not seen one yet. Maybe in the next 12 months?

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cambridge, England.

6 Responses to “New Chinese multi-mode HF rig – Xiegu X108”

  • Paul, W3FIS:

    Looks like the big brother to my X1M, which is a little rough around the edges, but a great deal of fun!

    73 /paul W3FIS

  • Scott W0SGM:

    no 6m ?? Nice display though

  • 2E0WET:

    These are made by the same company behind the platinum X1M and wouxun.
    The platinum x1m had some build quality issues and lack of a signal meter which hopefully will have been addressed with this New model.

  • Peter kg5wy:

    Nice.

  • Kornel SP3SFS:

    Ładny ale kiedy będzie na rynku.

  • Larry KD7KBG:

    Well, I’m in a rather unique situation- I spent 3 years on the air in the US Army, have had my Ham License for 14 years and out of that 14 years have spent exactly 10 minutes on the air- and that was 1.75 Meters 500mW across a 100 meter field so I could learn civilian radio technique. Now I have my “Extra”, still haven’t been on the air, and hunting around for a good general purpose transceiver. Like G1KQH/Steve said- “Wait till the Chinese come out with their version of Icom or one of the high end models”. Since I have no yardstick to really compare it with (An AN/GRC-50 that weighs 1500 pounds, 10KW, but transmit’s only 250mW with a range of 50 miles doesn’t count- nor does a ANGRC-103a) I can wait until the knockoff comes out and save $$$$$. Its like the goldfish who never knows air- all he knows is water- and thats where I am at.

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