Episode 108 – Debut of the Anytone AT-868UV Dual Band DMR HT

Anytone AT-868UV Dual Band DMR HT

Anytone has joined the ranks of the Dual Band DMR Radios, and released this AT0868UV.  This is a sample radio, but when the production run is released, the radio will boast 3000 channels and 160,000 contacts.  This is a neat little rig, and I enjoyed reviewing it.  I will probably start carrying it soon because the CPS has an import feature that allows you to import contacts and channels from a spreadsheet, so building a codeplug should be easy.

 

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19 Responses to “Episode 108 – Debut of the Anytone AT-868UV Dual Band DMR HT”

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  1. VA7PUG says:

    Which would buy MD2017 or Anytone AT-868UV ?

    • kc5hwb says:

      Each has their own short-comings right now. Each work well in other regards also. I know they are working on the firmware hack for the MD2017 like the MD380 has. I don’t know if that will ever come for the Anytone.

  2. Grady says:

    Turn the radio Off before plugging or unplugging the programming cable. That is what your suppose to do on all radios.

  3. K4ADH says:

    Great video, after watching it I’m pretty excited to upgrade from my MD380. Any word yet on when the production ones will hit the market?

  4. David Shaw says:

    I have both the 2017 and the 868UV. The 868UV needs a firmware update or two. But I have to say its a great little radio. I don’t even pickup the 2017 anymore. In the CPS of the 868UV you can import channels and contacts. The CPS needs an update or two as well. I think the Anytone could take on TYT. I know dropping 400 plus on two radios isn’t anyone idea of have fun. But I come across the 868UV at a Ham Conv and opened the wallet. I’m glad I did. I will say the battery life on the 868UV is much much better then the 2017.

    • Peter A. says:

      Would you recommend the 868UV as a first radio? The TYT’s seem pretty solid, and I was originally thinking about the MD-380 because it’s less than $100 on a certain online retailer. However, each time I see a new radio on here my mind changes hahah 😀
      Even with the newer firmware on the 2017, I think that the trackball might get way to fiddly for my tastes.

      That really only leaves two questions:

      What is the retail price on the 868UV?
      What is the expected street date for them?

      I think I saw something about 10/7/2017 as the production run shipping, but so far no one has them for pre-order 🙁

  5. David says:

    Im extremely new to DMR and Ham all together I only got my ham license a few months ago. I started off with the baeofang and cant wait to upgrade. I have been watching your channel for a few months now and enjoy all of the tid bits. After watching your video I decided to avoid the tyt md2017 mostly because of the antenna issue and I dont trust my repairing skills. So I just purchased the at-868uv and should be arriving soon. Thanks for you great work for us newbees. Curious thou do you have or know of a code plug for channels in the California area. Thanks again for your videos. They really help us new guys out, that are trying to learn and advance in this hobby.

    • David says:

      I almost forgot. Your video didn’t mention the APRS ability. Does it have it built in to go along with the GPS? I haven’t been able to find much on this…

      Best Regards.

  6. KE6UPI says:

    What part of California?

    KE6UPI
    David

  7. John NE7TT says:

    I am new to DMR and have recently purchased the TYT MD380 and, so far, I really like it. I like having the best of IRLP, nation-wide and international QSOs without tying up a local club repeater. My next step will be a hotspot of some type (we have mainly DMR-MARC repeaters here.) After that, a dual band HT to access the legacy FM repeaters which, in this area are primarily VHF, as well at DMR with one HT. Is there any chance you will do a follow-up review of the production UV868? Like many, I don’t think I would like the trackball on the MD2017 and the RT82 (are you listening TYT?)

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