Beofeng issues in the heat
I wanted to talk a little about everyone’s favorite HAM radio today. Before I get started and the mudslinging begins, I want to clarify a few things because the issues I am going to talk about effect everyone who owns, wants, wishes or thinks they get one and they are good.
This is real world non abuse, just factors which are prevalent in the cheap chinese copies of HT and mobile radios.
A also have whats left of a copy of the Yeasu 8800, made in china as well with a burned up front end which there is no repairing.
What we at the pointy end are finding with these radios
They are cheap, they are unreliable ( shocking) and they will die at the most inopportune moments. The straw breaking the camels back happened yesterday. It was a nice day in Az, 80 ish and sunny when a friend was trying his new batch of radios, mobile with a roof mag mount antenna and hand mic/speaker.
The radios, all 3 he bought, to get back into the hobby were in his car. Ambient temp in the car was around 115 with the windows closed. Not a rare occurrence in Az or anywhere else the sun shines.
In 15 minutes the radios were non functional with the front ends so distorted he was unreadable to anyone on the repeater at the time. This was directly the result of being in the car, he was out 3 radios he had tested at home, and now was out more than $200.
One of the radios was salvaged by holding in front of the A/C vent on high for 10 minutes and the distortion was reduced, the others were DOA. He and I are researching warranty options now, but I am not confident I can help him with any kind of refund or return. Third party sellers are notorious for poor to nonexistant customer service and warranty work.
The culprit? These are manufactured with the absolute cheapest materials possible, and with most of the protective circuits removed from the plans before manufacture. THe LCD will freeze or in our case be ruined by the heat in very short order.
To be fair that warning is in ever radio box I own about LCD’s and high heat or extreme cold.
Not a huge loss, but he is a Veteran on a fixed income. It breaks me to see people who honestly dont know the difference between good gear and gear which should never leave the house.
You are doing yourselves and your family/group a disservice using these for any type of important communication. They are also very frustrating for a new user to use, they are difficult to program, and are generally not something to use for critical communications.