The TYT TH-9800 Quad Band Radio has been a huge success in the US market since late 2013. Lots of hams have purchased and still enjoy this radio, both as a mobile device or as a base station in the Hamshack. There were some issues early-on with the radio losing power or being unable to transmit when a signal was receiving, but those were all resolved quickly after discovery. The newest “Plus” model has had lots of good reviews and success in the Amateur World.
TYT had a great idea about updating the TH-9800 with a new version (not a replacement of the original model, but an additional version) which would incorporate the 220MHz band. I was hoping to see a Quad Band Radio that would work the 6-meter, 2-meter, 1.25-meter and 70-centimeter bands, making this radio a huge success in the Amateur market. Unfortunately TYT decided to go another route. I am told that there were technical complications with getting these bands to work together. However, what TYT decided to do was to drop the 440 band and add 220. This was a mistake, in my opinion. Removing the 440 band was a bad idea, but the output on the radio was also turned down. Watch the video for details. Long story short, I don’t really recommend this radio.