AnyTone Tri-Band Mobile
Manufactured by Anytone - Serviced in US
(with removable face)
||Left Side RX/TX
|| 136-174 MHz, 200-260 MHz, 400-490 MHz
||Left Side RX Only
|| AM: 108-134 MHz (Airband)
||Right Side RX/TX
|| 136-174 MHz, 400-490 MHz
||Right Side RX Only
|| AM: 108-134 MHz (Airband)
|| Full Duplex - UU, UV, VV
Repeater Mode* - UV, VU
|| Side A & Side B
|| 50 Watts VHF, 40 Watts UHF
25 Watts 220
Low Power Steps, 5/10/20w (5/10/15w on 220MHz)
758 Memory Channels / 10 Memory Groups
CTCSS / DCS / DTMF
2-Tone / 5-Tone encode and decode
Bandwidth: Narrow & Wide
Channel Steps: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/15/20/25/50 kHz
ANI Function: DTMF/ANI, 5-Tone/ANI
*Cross-band Repeat Mode:
144 <-----> 220 No
220 <-----> 440 Yes
144 <-----> 440 Yes
Certification for this radio is Part 15B
(recent FCC rules make it impossible to obtain Part 90 certification for an analog radio)
FCC ID T4KAT5888UVIII
They enlarged the case design some for additional components and it looks to be decent quality and good for heat reduction. I must say that I really like the looks of it! There is also now a speaker on top and bottom. Transmit audio on all bands is good, not overly loud like some Chinese radios, but a good crisp sound. Cross band repeat audio sounds good as well. Also to note is that the unit is running MUCH cooler than previous sample. After about 15 minutes of cross band operating the case was only slightly warm and not even enough to turn on the cooling fan. Hand mic is comfortable to use and easy to perform radio functions. Real world receive sensitivity is performing as good as my Kenwood TM-V71 and TYT TH-9000. We later tested sensitivity on an HP8935 and it passed with flying colors. I don't have my notes with me right now, but the numbers were very good. It's easy to program when using hand mic and face of rig. The removable head unit is nice and simple. The display is nicely customizable with red, green and blue together, for wide rage of color options. I feel this radio is a very good choice if someone is in the market for a tri band rig and is much cheaper priced than a used, out-dated Kenwood. A tri-band antenna (which I see you have) is a must for simplicity as there is only one antenna port. A tri-plexer could be used if someone wants individual antennas. Power output is 146 MHz (6, 11, 23 & 47 watts) / 223 MHz (6, 11, 15 & 24 watts) / 445 MHz (6, 10, 21 & 38 watts). I can't tell you how excited I am to see this finally coming.
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|Initial thoughts...Good Job.|
|Well, after MONTHS of waiting (I think I was one of the original group to send in a deposit), the radio arrived in good order with this afternoon's USPS delivery. Couldn't wait to open up the box and see what Anytone and Ed had come up with.
Well, was pleasantly surprised to see a well-constructed, suitably massive radio, with all the initial attachments nicely packed in the lower half of the box. Unpacked it, and was impressed with both the initial workmanship, and obvious care with which the radio was designed and built. Even the manual was not written in the usual pseudo-English translation (not that it's perfect, but, it's a big step ahead of most), but understandable and readable.
OK, enough of the packaging...what about the radio itself?
I suggest spending some quality time with the radio in front of you, manual at your side, hooked up to a dummy load and 12V supply and work through the steps you will need to follow to program your initial frequencies in. I'm thinking that you really need to use the software, but, for the initial testing, manual programming worked just fine.
So, being the inveterate techie type (who does know which end of the soldering iron to hold...), I decided to set it up on the bench, program in a few frequencies in the 144/220/440 bands, and see what it does versus what the manual says.
1. Test equipment (all calibrated within the last year): IFR 1200 Service Monitor/Spec Analyzer, Bird Wattmeter, Dialectric elements for the Bird, Astron 50A rack mount PS, Simpson 260 VOM to calibrate the voltage, all hooked together with RG142 double shielded silver plate coax.
2. Average specs as measured: Power output high power (didn't test lower ranges, taken at band center) 144 was 55w, 220 was 30w, and 440 was 40W at 13.8V input voltage as measured into the IFR internal 150w dummy load.
3. Frequency error at test frequencies (146.000, 223.500, 445.000) averaged +150 Hz off center, not enough to really worry about, but, could be a bit tighter...I know, splitting hairs.
4. Modulation of CTCSS measured, wideband (25KHz channel) 450 Hz, with CTCSS off, used the DTMF pad to send a "5" digit, and measured a little over 3.4kc deviation, which, when added with the CTCSS on top, will keep you comfortably under 5kc total deviation. Tests on local repeaters brought no complaints and acceptable audio reports.
5. Receiver 12dB SINAD was measured a bit more than the called for .35uV, at .37uV, or -117 dBm average across the 3 bands. Totally acceptable for ham use. Didn't measure adjacent rejection, but with SINAD at that level, have no doubt that the radio will meet or come within a hair of the published spec of >/= 70dB on wideband reception.
6. Just got finished opening up the spec analyzer to +/- 10MHz of the center, and noted no notable spurs or birdies. Have to admit didn't check 2/3/4/etc harmonics, but, within the bandpass of the 3 bands, it was clean enough to pass muster.
Conclusion: We've waited a long time for this radio which fills a real niche in the ham community. We all know the 144 and 440 bands are, in many areas, loaded with repeaters; 220 not so much (though, I'm doing my best to put up 220 machines in between NYC and PHL...use it or we're sure as shooting going to loose it...) So, in my opinion, once I get through using the software and loading it, this radio does what Ed promised it would; that it meets or exceeds specs is a nice bonus especially in the power and audio quality category. If you are not comfortable with 'front panel programming', it may be a bit daunting with 68 menu selections of multiple options in each, but I'm sure the Anytone software, and soon I hope the RT Systems apps, will let you configure this to your heart's content. (Edit note: RT Systems software was available as soon as the radio started shipping)
We waited, first impression is that this radio has delivered what was promised, and, for my money, filling a gap (and letting me remove a stack of radios and replace with one in a limited space) that's been long needed. I'm pleased, and a big thanks to Ed for making it happen in what has to have been a frustrating, but ultimately successful effort.
Amateur Extra WB0YLE
PG-2-50370 (former 1st Phone)|
|Very Pleased with a few ideas |
|I am also one of the original buyers of this radio, and very pleased with what arrived.
The manual programming can be a bit daunting, but after reading through the paper manual, it became easy to program frequencies with the appropriate tones and offsets.
There are a couple of cravats I will throw in: the offset spacing must by manually programmed in. I would of thought the radio would automatically recognize that 440 MHz requires a 5 MHz offset, 2 meter .600 Khz and 220 1.6 Mhz. So the memories must be programmed in, say, channels 1-12 for 2 meter, offset set to .600, channels 13-24 for 440, offset set to 5 MHz etc, etc. Not a real big deal, if you want to mix up the lineup, it's a matter of going back to the menu option and correcting the spacing.
The programming MUST be done on the left side of the display, as I found out the hard way. Just do it. Or you will find out what I mean.
Also I do not remember what menu item it is, but it has to be set to open up the frequencies for 220 MHz. Otherwise when programming, it will not accept.
Other than the above mentioned, I am VERY pleased with the performance so far. There are a few discussion forums online that have been centered around this radio. Good job Ed, you deserve a vacation after all this waiting, trial and error. Alan K4LFP |
|Well done! |
|After a good deal of wait time the Tri-band finally arrived in my mail box! Thanks to a terrific effort by Ed, we finally got the radio as promised!
I received the Anytone tri-band radio approximately a week ago and at this point have used both the Anytone programming software and the RT software with 100% success. I did have a couple of minor glitches with both of the software programs, but after working with both Ed and the RT technical staff was able to solve all of the issues. These two programs now do exactly what they are supposed to do and my initial on-air tests indicate that this radio performs at or above specs. It is a solid radio that I would enthusiastically recommend.
As a special note, Ed has been most helpful at every step in this process and his expertise helped me solve the majority of my programming issues. Having gone through the basic debugging of the programs, if anyone has issues with the software interface I would be happy to offer suggestions as to their solution.
Lyn Taylor, N6UCE (email@example.com)
|After 6 months I like it better every day|
|My radio arrived in August 2016 in probably the second shipment batch. I spent some time with the manual and the front panel, loaded up several local repeater information, and hit the ground running. After I got the software and programming cable set up I added all the local repeater information that I had in my handhelds. The software works fine though it doesn't have the copy-paste functionality that I like in Chirp.
As for the radio, I have no complaints. I think it has better noise rejection on 70 cm than the TM-G707A that I had been using previously. Sent audio must be good as I've had no complaints from some picky hams ;-) and I find the receive audio to be great.
I highly recommend this radio, and hope it leads to a revival of activity on 1-1/4 meter repeaters. I've made new acquaintance of a couple hams just from having the reach on 224.|
|Ordered another unit|
|I love this radio so much, I ordered another one to use at home. |
|Most reasonable new tri-bander yet with 1.25m capability |
|Another radio engineer friend and I have put this rig through the ringer, testing and proving it in our operating conditions. I am pleased to say that we both are thus far pleased with the rig. He has ordered a second one, and I am about to do the same. Deanna|
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