That looks identical to the Moonraker MT-270M which was advertised at £79.96 a few months ago and was reviewed in December’s Radcom. The reviewer liked it but I have heard people saying that its filtering is of the barn-door variety.
No, I’ve just pulled out the review, the MT-270M is 25/20 watts with a 10 watt low power setting. It includes an FM BC receiver which mutes automatically if a call is received. The only defect the reviewer reported was the tuning knob seemed to miss steps sometimes.
I’d say its probably worth a punt as a standby radio or mobile, and at 408 grams looks good for SOTA barring that reported poor filtering.
I have one… Well, the Moonraker variety, which I got ‘cheap’… in my car… if someone’s going to steal my car, I’d rather have this in it than a one that costs 3-4 times as much
Never tried it on a summit, although my observations based on having it in the car would be:
Yup, barn door filtering Driving twice weekly down the M5, constant pager breakthrough between Worcester and Cheltenham. Driving past the M4/A419 junction near Swindon, I just used to turn the rig off… constant LOUD pager noise, I assume it was from the big hospital nearby.
Would frequently require the mic key to be momentarily pressed when changing channel, otherwise nothing would be heard.
Every signal received just pushed the LCD ‘S’ meter to the max!
Having a menu controlled squelch is a PITA, a knob would be far superior…
I have successfully chased a SOTA summit with it (one pointer) Although I did the same with an 857, but that was a 2 pointer
Having said all that, it’s TINY, I would imagine it would probably fit in an average pocket, and with a small LIPO, and roll up J-Pole or slim jim it would work just about OK, as long as there were no pager antennas nearby. If nothing else, it would make a nice hand warmer
I saw this rig being sold by Moonraker at a rally last year. They were obviously rebadging it and selling it for £79.99. I was struck by how small it was, pretty light and quite rugged. It seems perfect for SOTA but suspected something has to give even at that over inflated price.
It sounds like this is much like a Baofeng in that it’s temptingly cheap, struggles on receive and has poor filtering. It’ll definitely make you some contacts from summits but you’re going to struggle if conditions are down and there’s any nearby masts
My approach to getting a cheap rig for the car was to buy an old Trio TM -201A on eBay for £26 plus a bit of postage. Have been using it from home. It is very sensitive and almost too good to put in the car. Maybe I should buy one of these cheap Chinese rigs…