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$500 Xiegu G90 20-watt HF Transceiver with Built-in Tuner


Alan - W6WN
 

This radio seems to be generating a lot of buzz in some circles. It was discussed the other night during the San Francisco Radio Club's monthly meeting. 

It's a 20-watt, 3.5 lb. portable, 10 to 160 Meter SDR transceiver, with a detachable, waterfall display and a built-in antenna tuner.

That's a lot of radio for under $500 and looks like a great first-radio option for anyone getting their General license and looking to break into HF. Does anyone have any experience with this radio?

https://www.amazon.com/Xiegu-Amateur-Transceiver-0-5-30MHz-Structure/dp/B07PQQVPDD/


carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

Question: Is it FCC type certified for Amateur Radio use in the USA?


On Sep 27, 2020, at 5:29 PM, Alan - W6WN <Alan.W6WN@...> wrote:

This radio seems to be generating a lot of buzz in some circles. It was discussed the other night during the San Francisco Radio Club's monthly meeting. 

It's a 20-watt, 3.5 lb. portable, 10 to 160 Meter SDR transceiver, with a detachable, waterfall display and a built-in antenna tuner.

That's a lot of radio for under $500 and looks like a great first-radio option for anyone getting their General license and looking to break into HF. Does anyone have any experience with this radio?

https://www.amazon.com/Xiegu-Amateur-Transceiver-0-5-30MHz-Structure/dp/B07PQQVPDD/


Alan - W6WN
 

Good question.

I found this: fcc-certification.s3.amazonaws.com/Xiegu_G90_FCC_Certifiacte.pdf

Also found a review write up from March, 2020 QST: xiegu.eu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/2020-03-QST-Product-Review-Xiegu-G90.pdf

Reviewer makes a good point that it would have been better to have 6 meter capability instead of 160.


Dennis - WU6X
 

This looks to be an interesting radio with a few short-comings that most operators would not notice. The only serious note I found in the reviews is that ARRL does not recommend using it with an amplifier due to some issues with "transmit phase noise" close to the transmitted signal. Running an amp on SSB might get you a few negative splatter comments.
It seems like the Chinese just can't get their designs perfect ... always close to mark, but something not quite finished.
In any case, this radio is not intended to chase DX or break a pileup, but for portable and QRP use it would likely be fun to operate.
I would love to play with one for a day in a portable situation, and the price is very reasonable compared to other radios in this class.
Dennis, WU6X


Brian Gohl - AI6US
 

One just posted up for sale on QRZ for $375
https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/xiegu-g90.727183/
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Brian- AI6US


Dennis - WU6X
 

It didn't last long at that price! May as well delete this post.
Dennis - WU6X