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Wouxun KG-UV950P RF Connector Replacement

In my original review, I noted that this radio was supplied with a SO-259 socket for the antenna connection.
However I’m less than fond of these, due to their non-constant impedance, which can cause signal loss issues at VHF/UHF. Because of this, I’ve replaced it with a high quality N-type connector. These connectors are much better, as they are a constant 50Ω impedance, they’re weather resistant, and being rated to 11GHz, are more than sufficient for a radio that will only do up to 70cm.

RF Output Jack
RF Output Jack

Here can be seen the point where the connection is made to the PCB.
I’ve already replaced the socket in this photo. The pair of solder pads either side of the central RF point were soldered to wings on the back of the original SO-259. As there are a pair of screws, also connected to the ground plane, there have been no signal issues with just using the frame of the radio as the ground point. Shown below is the original socket, with the ground wings.

Original SO-259
Original SO-259

Finally, here is the back of the radio with it’s shiny new N connector.

New Connection
New Connection

Chassis mount connectors are pretty standard, so this new connector fits perfectly into the same recess of the original. Looks like factory fitted!

I am now standardising on N connectors for everything in my radio shack, next on the project list for conversion is the SWR meter I recently acquired.

Stay tuned for more!

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XM2000 Marine VHF Radio

Radio
Radio

Here is an old XM2000 marine VHF tranciever.

Internal View
Internal View

Here is the casing split, with the main CPU board & display on the right, & the RF tranciever board on the left.

Main CPU
Main CPU

View of the main CPU board, with the mic & loudspeaker on the right hand side.
The channel display is on the reverse side of the PCB.

RF Board
RF Board

View of the RF board, with it’s brass shielding attached. This radio will transmit at 5W max.

RF Shields Removed
RF Shields Removed

Shielding removed, power regulation bottom right corner of the board, tranciever on the left.

PCB Front
PCB Front

CPU board removed from the casing, showing the LCD & the user buttons to the left.