Wow! I should not be surprised that my $40.00 ham radio handie talkie didn’t last long but I am a little irritated. I noticed two days ago that my radio had no audio whatsoever. Even the voice that speaks when you change modes or frequencies does not play. I tried connecting headphones and still had no audio. I am not sure what has failed in the radio but it is very consistent and I’ve had no luck getting the sound back.
With paying one tenth of the price that I spent on my Kenwood handie talkie, many would say that I got what I paid for. They may ask “What did I expect for that price?” Well, I expect more than a couple months of service. Let’s be honest though, while compared to the Kenwood it seems overly cheap in price, you have to admit that the Kenwood is equally over priced. They should have slapped an Apple logo on it for the price they were asking for the Kenwood. Everyone knows that Apple way, way, way over charges for their products. When it comes to ham radio gear, that is magnified on virtually every brand. There is actually an HF rig made by Icom that cost $18,000. Seriously, the radio does nothing more than transmit and receive on HF frequencies, yet you could by a car for the price they are asking for it.
Even if I was wealthy, I could not in good conscience spend that much money on a radio. While I am not an activist, to me it seems like frivolous wasteful spending when you look at the problems in the world. We have people starving, yet Icom actually thinks that an HF transceiver is worth $18,000.00. It is embarassing to say the least.
Anyway, back on topic… The Baofeng radio has died an early, toddler death. It didn’t even make it to kindergarten. It is just one more thing to make this summer a little frustrated. Since we have been trying to sell the house, I took down all of my antennas so I cannot get on the air at all except on the handie talkie. I sure hope that I can sell soon so we can go back to living a normal life again.