In 2016, Hurricane Matthew made quite the impact on the Southeast United States. Power and cell service went down in a lot of areas. After having issues with cell signal, my wife allowed me to install a VHF radio in her car. I wanted to install a radio that worked well and did not break the bank.
The TYT TH-9000D fit my needs. I found this radio on Amazon for $130. There is a UHF and VHF version of this radio. The VHF version of this radio is capable of 65, 25, and 10W power output. A lot of radios have a max 50w, I like to have that little bit extra just in case.
In the box you get everything you need to mount this radio in a car. It even came with mounting screws and a spare fuse. The power wires that are shipped with the radio are plenty long and have a inline fuse for protection. This radio has a port to sense when your vehicle is on. I did not connect this in my wife’s car but it’s a nice option.
The TH9000D is constructed well. Most of the radio is cast metal. The body is designed like a big heat sink so it keeps the radio relatively cool. The mount is your standard metal mount and worked well.
I am not a fan of the microphone on this radio. It does not have the standard round piece for a clip. Instead it has a metal tab with a hole in it for a hook. The mic also has a real light, kind of a cheap feel to it. Even though it feels this way, all the buttons work well and have never malfunctioned.
Performance wise, this radio has beat my expectations. Even with the small mag mount antenna attached, it gets out and recieves well. Programing is easy. All programing has been done through the keypad. There is the option of a programming cable. I am planning on getting another TH-9000D in the future; and, at that time I will purchase a cable and post about programming with a computer.
If you are on a budget, this is a great radio. It can even be used as a base if you have a power supply. Make sure to use a 13.8VDC power supply. Even though I’m not thrilled about the mic, this is a great radio. I have not got a single bad audio report do to the radio or mic.