*Note: This radio actually receives narrow band when
in Narrow Band mode (not all Chinese brands do that).
Good news for those using the Splinter Frequencies.
**Reception of Longwave and Shortwave requires the
use of an external longwire antenna
WARNING .. beware of misleading eBay sellers .. WARNING Import Communications is the ONLY importer of this model in North America, through written agreement with Qixiang Electronics, manufacturer of the Anytone brand.
I've had this radio now for about 4 months. I likes it's features. I've had several other of the Chinese made handhelds so was familiar generally with them. There are some difference between these and what you might be use to from the main ham radio manufacturers, but once you figure things out you'll like it. I have received excellent transmit audio reports. That was a concern as I had not seen any reviews on this radio. Fortunately it has very good audio from a report from a ham I talk to all the time, so he knows what I should sound like and I am pleased. One quirk that too me a while to figure out on this radio. When you program this radio and enter the tone information fields, what you may not immediately see or realize is that there is another setting that controls what type squelch the radio uses. The default is CARRIER squelch and until you find and change the default setting on a per channel basis that is how it operates. Once you enter all the data for CTCSS or DDSC, on the far right of the program screen there are two >> symbols for "MORE". Double click these >> symbols and it will bring up the extra settings. There is one field for "Squelch Mode", click the drop down and you can select CTCSS/DSC and you'll be ready to go and you have to do this channel by channel that you use CTCSS on. AND you can't select CTCSS/DSC unless you have already entered the tone data in the memory channel area! That is different from most other radios. Normally once you set/select the tone information, the radio then operates in CTCSS/DSC. But not this one. Now you know. Otherwise a great radio and I am happy.
I've had this for about 2 weeks and love it! (3318D)
This is was my 1st Anytone brand radio but I am hooked. I also just purchased the 3208! I love things like the scan resumes after a power cycle, part 90 so I can use my commercial bands without worries, memory banks, etc. I moved from the Baofeng brand to Anytone and am glad I did!!
First let me say the owner Ed is a great guy to work with. He is super responsive with his replies to my email questions.
The 3318-D has an excellent quality look and feel. It does not feel like a little toy. It has a nice heft to it. Reception is fantastic, display is sharp, radio operation is intuitive and the audio is outstanding.
Its my first Anytone and it won't be my last.
I have a Wouxun I like, but the Anytone AT-3318UV-D beat's it in every way. I have had it for only 2 week's, it was easy to program and the receive and transmit are great. If you have any questions, just ask Ed, he can and will answer you. Thank you very much Ed.
When you order these radios you need to pay attention to the different models A,E,D etc. I wanted one that would do as much receive for the bucks with AM Air, SW and AM BCB. The previous reviews on the need for a ext. antenna for the last 4 bands is only partly true. I can pull in Aircraft with no problem and even Shortwave with the built in antenna. Of course this is NOT the market that Anytone is looking at. Part 90 for SAR and a basically very well built dual-band HT. If you really want a killer SW only radio there are many out there in the 80 dollar range. My point is it is still nice to have the extra bands in a HAM HT without spending 300.00 on one of the big 3. Also Ed's support cannot be beat.
Great All Around HT
I bought the 3318UV-D for my first radio after getting my license and has been the best thing I did. I got alot of flack from several friends who have had their license for a long time about buying a "no name" brand, but in several side by side comparisons, my Anytone works as well if not better then their Wouxuns, Icoms, or Baofengs. I did replace the antenna with a MFJ dual band and am able to almost all the time hit repeaters 35 miles away with the listening stations thinking I was on a mobile unit my signal is so clear. Put it on a 1/4 wave mobile antenna and I have hit repeaters at almost 60 miles. (your results of course may vary with terrain and conditions, I am in a wide open flat area with good line of sight) Very easy to figure out with or without the programming software, you just have to be willing to sit down and spend some time experimenting to figure out what everything does.
I love this radio works well and this company has fast service of getting your radio to your door when you buy from them will buy again from them