This is one of the newer radios on the market which looks quiet professional. It has a solid feel to it and is slightly smaller but has slightly more depth than it’s competitors. You can decide between a single or dual channel display – the active channel shows up bigger than the non active channel. The date/time changes to show last heard information. And GPS is standard on these radios. The display is the best I have seen so far.
Many functions can also be programmed direct via the radio including the button allocations – the menu functions are worth taking a close look at so you can see just how much you can do via the keypad.
It can hold 4000 channels (1000 more than most others) – 250 per zone, 10 000 DMR talk groups (one only needs just over 1000 to hold all Brandmeister and Phoenix talk groups) and 150 000 contacts (the current database is around 96 000). There are 4 power levels, 1w, 2.5w, 4w and 6w which is supported by a 3100mAh battery. And last but not leqast, the latest firmware also had a function to allow “manual talk group dial” similar to that on the MD380 tools (and variants) using a few buttons to get to the talk group list and select the relevant one.
There is software available to convert CSV exports from the TYT/Retevis dual bands to use in the Anytone via – http://n0gsg.com/contact-manager/ – using a blank Anytone code plug use the the “structural import” function to import all the code plug content from the TYT/Retevis. Note however, you may want to amend some zones and scan lists as the Anytone can handle 250 channels per zone and 50 channels per scan list compares with the TYT/Retevis which handles 64 channels per zone and 31 channels per scan list.
Note that the 2 pin accessories from the TYT/Retevis radios are compatible with this radio so no need to splash out on more accessories.
The AT-D878UV is the latest edition from Anytone – it is fairly much the same radio as the AT-D868UV with a few changes – (1) change to the display colours, (2) addition of roaming which to note is unlike the roam system on Motorola’s and (3) includes analogue APRS. An optional Bluetooth module is to be released as well however there are Bluetooth units on eBay for around £30 which do the job well. The radio is shipped to the ham bands only (known as Band 4) however users can change this (at their own risk and knowing the legal implications of transmitting on frequencies they are not licensed to use) – details are on the Anytone UK Facebook Group. Also to note, many users are experiencing issues with the GPS not getting a fix (despite the GPS test mode picking up satellites) – the manufacturer is aware and working on the problem.
For those that like to experiment (at your own risk), here’s a valuable page including expanding the Rx range of the radio – note the “skill level” for the various modifications – http://members.optuszoo.com.au/jason.reilly1/868mods.htm
The 868 costs around £139 and is available from Moonraker, Mirfield Electronics and ML&S.
The 878 costs around £199 and is available from Moonraker.