15Jul/110

Bravo Dummy Radio – Review

I started writing this review for evike.com and I thought I would just transfer it here to my site, so here is my basic review of Evike’s “Bravo Dummy Radio / Flexible Antenna / BB Holder”.  This radio looked cool at first, but I was really skeptical in buying it because I was worried that it could be Chinese built garbage,

Military Radio Antenna

Military Radio Antenna

but I wanted to look cool with a radio on my loadout and I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. But my doubt was founded when I took it out of the box, looking at the antenna: it is very rigid and the strongest part of the whole setup, but the tip of it, when extended all the way is all bent up and flops around, however it is made to be folded up and strapped on your back, so that isn’t a big issue to me.

Bravo Dummy Radio

Bravo Dummy Radio

Then the box part, or radio part of the setup: this looks cheap, feels cheap and oh! IS CHEAP! super cheap, in fact when I picked it up the back of it fell off, the back panel is actually made to come off, but it seemed way to easy, so I added some strips of “gaff tape” to hold it on.  My next step was to attach the antenna, this is why I am writing this review.  The base of the antenna looks like its made out of some really tough plastic, which I was pleased about and almost fooled me for metal cause it looks like it was shaped using a lathe.  A screw and a few washers hold the antenna on to the box/radio.  So i proceed to attach the antenna and once it was attached, i picked it up and wielded the radio as if I were using it, after doing that a couple times I heard a SNAP; and the antenna then kinda flopped over, and keep in mind I’m not a child so I wasn’t whipping it around.  The top of the radio is so thin that the leverage of the antenna broke the supporting brackets, which are literally close to paper thin on further inspection.  Basically I am very disappointed in spending 30 dollars on basically just a dummy antenna. because I can’t use the radio/box part anymore, it will just break right when I start moving around.  I’m thinking of somehow attaching it to a 2 by 4 type piece of wood and shaping it to the size of the radio to complete the look.  So my opinion would be, if there is a way to buy only the antenna for a lower price, do so and make your own radio part, specially if its just going to be stuffed into a radio pouch.

 Z Tactical AN/PRC-152 Dummy Radio Antenna Package

Z Tactical AN/PRC-152 Dummy Radio Antenna Package

I did a little searching and found just the dummy antenna piece, which would be WAY better than spending 30+ dollars on a cheap piece of paper thin plastic.  This dummy antenna is really well priced and looks like there are a few extra attachments that may be helpful. I found this online at airsoft-club.com here’s the link to the Z Tactical AN/PRC-152 Dummy Radio Antenna Package.  I’ve learned my lesson so that you wont have to, enjoy!

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