Puxing PX-888 Handheld VHF/UHF Transceiver

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The PX-888 comes in 3 versions with the only difference being the frequency range. Receiver sensitivity is very good with 0.2µV or better. The PX-888 can be used for both amateur and commercial applications. The programmable channel shift allows for easy communication with repeaters and makes mariphone use possible.

Frequency range

RX-range
136-174 MHz (VHF Lo version)
245-246 MHz (VHF Hi version)
400-470 MHz (UHF version)
TX-range
136-174 MHz (VHF Lo version)
245-246 MHz (VHF Hi version)
400-470 MHz (UHF version)
HAM bands
-
Stability
±2.5 ppm
Tuning steps
5 / 10 / 6.25 / 12.5 and 25 kHz
Filters
-

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Receiver

Modulations
N-FM   W-FM  
Sensitivity
<0.2µV (12dB SINAD)
Selectivity
25 or 12.5 kHz
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
≥60dB
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
N-FM   W-FM  
RF-Output
Hi: 4 to 5W, Low: 0.5 to 1W

Connections

Antenna
SMA
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
7.2V DC or internal Li-ion battery
Current drain RX
-
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
55 × 100 × 32 mm (2.17 × 3.94 × 1.26 in) not including antenna
Weight
220 gr (7.8 oz) including battery
Form factor
Handheld
Manufactured
Between 200x and 20xx in China

Other features

Memories
128 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Two lines alphanumeric dot matrix LCD
Double channels watch
CTCSS / DCS
DTMF/2 tone/MSK ANI
1750 Hz tone
10-digit keyboard
PC programmable
Keypad lock
Time-out Timer
Reverse frequency function (shift)
Scrambler
Simplex or Semi-duplex Operate Mode
Accessories
-

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Puxing PX-888, Handheld VHF/UHF Transceiver

I have the VHF version, which has a frequency range from 136 to 174 MHz. I ordered it from an Asian online store and got it in the mail about 10 days later. Total cost was about 60 euros. Sensitivity of these rigs is known to be good and I can only confirm this. It is at least as good, and maybe even better as my Uniden UBC3500XLT scanner, which cost 3 times as much. I ordered a PC cable (RS-232) with my PX-888 and the package comes with a CD with drivers for all current portable devices. I installed the software on my Windows 7 computer and all works perfectly. Usability of the software is not great, but it does the job well enough. I've programmed my local repeaters and some mariphone channels. With 1750Hz tone and DCS you should be able to use just about every repeater currently in use. I live about 50km from my 2m repeater, and I'm able to push it open most of the time. In the garden I do have to find a spot without too much trees in the way. I can live with that. One more thing, to activate alpha tags, hold down the MENU key while switching on the unit. That should have been in the manual...

Written by elmer on Jul 8, 2009

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2009
EUR 60.00

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EUR 60.00 Good / Used 2009 elmer
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