I had been on 4m for some time using the Wouxun KG699E handheld and either a Phillips 1200 or Ascom Se550 transceivers.
I decided the time had come to shell out some money on a commercially produced radio and found the choice to be rather limited. Yes, I would really love to have SSB capabilities but the only major manufacturer offering this facility seems to be ICOM in the IC7100 but needing another HF radio like a proverbial hole in the head the cost could not be justified just to see SSB on 70Mhz. Yes, transverters work well but second hand these are fetching stupid sums on EBay so forget that for the time being.
I was looking for a radio that was capable of producing a reasonable power, had some form of Signal Meter and was of a reasonable size.
The Anytone AT5189 seems very popular with our Club membership but I thought it was just a little too small, offered just 25w and it had no signal strength indication. They sound really good though and to date I have not heard and disparaging remarks from those operating them.
I then became aware of the Anytone AT588, its big brother so to speak. In looks it seems to be the same chassis as the CRT 2m radios many own locally and, it has a nice clear display, a signal indicator (can’t call it an S Meter) a huge die cast body/heat sink and, a 50/60w maximum power level with medium at 25 and low at 10 watts. A full DTMF microphone is included but not sure that will be of any use whatsoever on 4m.
Then came the task of finding a source for one. I first tried Roy at Illogan but he was not stocking any, on E.Bay the choice was a seller in Northern Ireland but for some reason was not comfortable buying from the source. Alibaba.com was searched and no supplier was found, a web search from Google found just one source 446shop.com. Priced in US$ plus postage the cost was deemed very reasonable. Coming from Singapore, there is always the chance of being caught and needing to pay tax on arrival in the UK but that was not the case thankfully. As a returning registered customer I qualified for a small discount too and overall the price was around £42.00 below that of the E.Bay source available. Needless to say it was ordered and on day 11 following the order it arrived.
Within a few minutes of getting it home having collected it from the local post office (take note James minutes, not months) it was coupled to my Sirio vertical antenna a CX-4-68 and it performs extremely well. Reports received have been good, audio seems clear and punchy and the receiver is very good even hearing Dennis G7AGZ with his loft mounted horizontal wire!
I would give this a 9 out of 10 without hesitation. It may have been a 10 if it had a more meaningful signal strength meter. It runs cool even at the highest power level when I understand its little brother tends to become quite hot at the 25 watt level.
|Frequency Range||HF: 66-88MHz|
|Number of Channels||200 channels (more than is needed)|
|Channel Spacing||25K (Wide Band) 20K(Middle Band) 12.5K (Narrow band)|
|Phase-locked Step||5KHz,6.25KHz,8.33KHz,10KHz,12.5KHz,15KHz, 20KHz,25KHz,30KHz,50KHz|
|Operating Voltage||13.8V DC ±15%|
|Dimensions(WxHxD)||145 (W) x 47 (H) x 190 (L)mm|
|Receiver (ETSI EN 300 086 standard testing )|
|Wide band||Narrow band|
|Sensitivity (12dB Sinad)||?0.25?V||?0.35?V|
|Hum & Noise||?45dB||?40dB|
|Audio power output||?2W@10%|
|Transmitter (ETSI EN 300 086 standard testing )|
|Wide band||Narrow band|
|Hum & Noise||?40dB||?36dB|
The KG699E – 66-88 Mhz Wouxun Handheld
This was my first 4m Radio and, with its 5w maximum power when linked to the Sirio Antenna contacts were made to Dartmoor and Gunnislake plus on Summer Sporadic E conditions down to Italy and over the seas to EI.
In line with the other Wouxun handies this is very well, constructed has an extremely sensitive receiver and, for the money, will not be beaten.
For this I will unreservedly give — 10 / 10
I also have a dual band Wouxun KGUVD1P (now replaced by KGUVD6)
Works very well on both the 2M and the 4M bands.
Once again I give a 10 / 10 score for this bit of kit.
I believe a supply of AT588 Low Band VHF radios will be coming to