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My Baofeng UV-S9 experience in three months

I have had my Baofeng UV-S9 for about three months and while initially happy with it I have come to some conclusions 

 

1- it no longer transmits in UHF or will let you select UHV frequencies manually

2- the front end overloads and renders the whole radio deaf as soon as you go up a hill or fir a better or mobile antenna 

3- certain frequencies are really poor reception making contacts almost impossible. e.g. I contacted a guy on 2m, but when we changed channel neither of us could hear each other 5 miles (8Km) away! We where both on the same hill so line of sight really. 

4- The FM radio no longer works

 I have 2 Nagoya aerials, one whip and one mobile so it's not them. You get what you pay for, better save up for a better brand like Anytone, Retevis, Ailunce of Yaesu, Icom etc. The earpiece and cable are very poor qaulity and the charge base is really hard to engage. The instructions are garbage and better downloaded from Radioddity UV5-RX3. Conclusion, not reliable or great quality. No thanks. PS I used to work as a technican at Racal Communications (They are a leading world governement contractor) so I know what to expect and when something does not perform properly. This sort of crap puts people off amateur radio.



 I have contacted the supplier so we will see what happens, I do not expect much after-sales service at this price.

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