Wouxun KG-UV3D: Inexpensive Dual Band Handheld

Wouxun KG-3UVD Handheld--Presentation for Montrose Amateur Radio Club

Wouxun KG-3UVD Handheld--Presentation for Montrose Amateur Radio Club. Click on image to go to presentation, which you can view in its entirety.

I recently purchased the very inexpensive ($119.95) new Chinese-made Wouxun (pronounced OH-shing) KG-UV3D radio and am quite delighted with it. However the user interface is drastically different from the Japanese equivalents. I put this presentation together for the Montrose Amateur Radio Club to relate my experience and opinions. The bottom line is that it’s a remarkably inexpensive dual-band 2-meters (144 MHz) / 70 cm (440 MHz) handheld. It’s solidly built and good value for the money. But forget trying to program memory channels using the keypad—spring for the programming cable and use the free software to set things up. Oh, and it also features a wide-band receiver including (of all things) the FM broadcast band. And a flashlight! (Actually, the uses for the flashlight feature are blindingly—forgive the pun—obvious: an extremely handy thing to have.) Do I recommend getting one? Sure! Would this be a good first radio for a newly-minted Technician licensee? Yep!

Update March, 2015: Reader Keith Worfel provides the following information:

Writing a Mandarin word as “wou” is pronounced like “wo” with a long “o”. So I was about to correct you, but I did some quick research and realized the name (in Chinese characters) of the company would actually be correctly and properly spelled “Ouxun”. I emailed the company, and found out they purposely mis-spelled their name as “Wouxun” because it looks better for marketing purposes. So you are correct, the actual name of the company would be pronounced “O-shun”. (But FYI – in any other situation, any time you see a Chinese word written as “wou” in pinyin romanization, it is pronounced “wo” (with a long “o”)). 🙂 Like I said – silly – but I found that interesting.

He updated this a few days later with this:

One last tidbit: their name (欧讯 ōu xùn) can be literally translated as “European news”. (There are a few other translations, but that seems to be the most common.)

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3 Responses to Wouxun KG-UV3D: Inexpensive Dual Band Handheld

  1. Curtis says:

    Has anyone been able to configure this radio with the Tinytrac 4 as a tnc? I’m trying to track my weather balloon offline with this radio and the tinytrak, but after 3 days have been unable to get the right configuration to be able to get packets from this radio to the tt4 and decode them to the computer. If anyone has a setup that has worked and would be willing to share, I’d be thankful!

  2. edr says:

    a friend got one of thesee and very firmly emphsised it need ed alot of programming and he had someone else program it for him

  3. martin bolaños m says:

    ya he adquirido 4 radios wouxun 2 de 2mts y 070cmts y 2 con 220mhz y son exelentes no hay nada que envidiar de las otras marcas conocidas.

    [Google Spanish – English translation: I have purchased 2 of 4 radios WOUXUN 070cmts 2m and 220MHz and 2 are excellent and there is nothing to envy of the other brands.]

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