Wouxun.us stops selling Wouxun radios

In a surprise announcement tonight, Ed Griffin of Import Communications (Wouxun.us) has abruptly ended sales and support of the popular Wouxun radios.

As one of the largest Wouxun distributors, Import Communications was selling as many as 500 radios per month, according to the company.

In an email to customers, Griffin indicated that he had been having difficulty dealing with the manufacturer in China. He also claimed that all Wouxun radios contain an “internal defect” which the factory is unwilling to address.

Griffin’s description of the lost memory problem / reverting to speaking Chinese matches my experience with two of my Wouxun radios.

Griffin wrote that he would continue to sell Wouxun accessories and is in the process of importing a new dual-band HT manufactured by Anytone.

Matt Thomas, W1MST, is the managing editor of AmateurRadio.com. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “Wouxun.us stops selling Wouxun radios”

  • Tom kb3hg:

    I am tempted to get the new radio. My radio from Ed has given no problems yet. It’s about 2 years old, I may get another battery though.

  • Don N4KC:

    Interesting. My UVD1P did an interesting trick. I use the FM mode while I do my morning exercise, listening to FM until someone pops up on one of the local repeaters. I had five FM stations programmed in on buttons “1” through “5.” One day the “1” key, which had been the NPR affiliate, was suddenly the sports talk station. But the sports guys were also still on “2” as well. It took me a while to realize that NPR was now on button “3” where the Rush Limbaugh station had once been. And Rush and other conservative talkers had moved down to “6.”

    Was this a sly NPR trick or did their move to the right signify some kind of political shift? Supply your own political joke here!

    73,

    Don N4KC
    http://www.n4kc.com
    http://www.donkeith.com

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    I will say that if he was selling 500 units a month he for sure is out for the best interest of the customer to stop selling. The reason for him no longer selling the units is a very good reason.
    Mike

  • Casey NZ2O:

    Yeah, I saw this writing on the wall. A local dealer, Total Radio Service told me that they were getting tired of Wouxun too…. They said they’re not going to deal with them anymore when I asked about a problem in my week-old radio.

    My understanding from him is I’m pretty much on my own, and at the mercy of anyone that could toss me a schematic for the KG-UV920P. Doesn’t bode well for Wouxun, but something in the back of my mind tells me it doesn’t bode well for the dealers IMHO. 🙂

    There was a reason why I moved from the other KG-UV920R to a FT-8900R.

  • K2JLM:

    Hearing this does not surprise me. I recently purchased a Baofeng UV-5RV2 to get back on the air after a long hiatus from Ham Radio. For $50.00 I can’t really complain, it’s a throw away in my opinion. These Chinese radio’s are obviously Land Mobile Radio’s that just so happen to cover the Amateur Radio bands. The fact that they transmit on any frequency within their operating range just invites obvious abuse and illegal operation. These Chinese companies operate in an environment that’s essentially the “wild wild west”. I’m sure there is little or no regulations and they feel that this business model should be able to fly outside their borders in other parts of the world. It comes down to you get what you pay for. Let the buyer beware whether it’s cheap electronics, power tools, software, websites built or written by people willing to work for slave wages.

  • wb4bml:

    can anyone tell me what part to replace to fix in my woxunm ev-3. when I go to computer program it ,it says cant find radio I need all the help I can get….I just retired & only get $ 600 a month, gene player

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