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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | TYT UV8000E Help


Reviews Summary for TYT UV8000E
TYT UV8000E Reviews: 6 Average rating: 3.5/5 MSRP: $75.00
Description: VHF/UHF 10W FM HT Radio with Cross-band Repeater 3600mAh
battery.
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.radioddity.com/us/2016-tyt-th-uv8000e-vhf-uhf-10w-fm-cross-band-repeater-3600mah-two-way-radio-up-graded-version-of-uv-8000d.html
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K4WWK Rating: 5/5 Sep 22, 2017 16:10 Send this review to a friend
Great unit, lousy docs & software installer program!  Time owned: more than 12 months
“The distributer (Radioddity.com, through Amazon) has provided me with this product free of charge or discounted price for review and feedback based on my first-hand usage of the product.”

I’ve had this product for just over a year now, employing it regularly in Sky Warn and ARES activities and through 2 hurricanes here in central Florida (Matthew & Irma). I am a licensed ham, Amateur Extra…not an electronics bench technician or software analyst. I use all of my VHF & UHF communications equipment almost strictly centered on these activities and as an alternate means of necessary communication when the more common means are not immediately available.

Now, to my general usage experience review of the TYT UV8000E Amateur Handheld Transceiver:

CONS:

A poorly written (translated??) User’s Manual; a truly wasteful use of quality finished paper. Like all other moderately lower priced Chinese electronics products, documentation truly sucks. If you buy this unit to have fun solving puzzles (see next paragraph), then ‘have at it’…wear it out!

Included CD software and website offered download duplicates are abysmal. I struggled for five (5) days just trying to install their programs to my SSD equipped Toshiba Tecra A11 laptop (Core i7 vPro, 8 GB ram, Win 7 PRO 64 bit OS). I finally gave up and ordered RTSystem’s software package #UPS-UV8000D ($50 with the required cable #USB-K4Y) and found the smooth, direct road to programming almost all of my critical local ARES channels and getting this HT into emergency capable use. Of course, we’re all nuts about wanting more memory channels, but for this price range it is very acceptable for my rather localized needs with just 128 channels.

PROS:

Build quality of my specimen appears & feels to be top-notch. No hint over the year of any failure, operational quirks, or non-durability of components. I also own a Baofeng GT-3TP, a Kenwood TH-D72, along with this TYT UV8000E. Of the three units, the TYT is by far the best ergonomic design for the male larger medium sized hand…comfort, security, keypad access function. The TYT seems to also have the greater transmit range of the three, but not by much. All three radios can hit the ARES repeater in an adjacent county (32 miles on the flat terrain of Florida) when adapted to the trunk lip mounted antenna system of my Buick Lacrosse. As HTs, with furnished long (TYT) or long Diamond aftermarket antennas (Baofeng & Kenwood), all three work well at ground level reaching repeaters sometimes out to 14 – 15 miles. The TYT receives transmitted voice reports (tone, clarity, volume, etc) that are superior to my Baofeng specimen and equal to my high$ Kenwood HT. Received signal is usually of a very clear quality, unless the other transmitting unit (or repeater) has issues. I’ve invested in three spare Li batteries for the TYT and charged shelf life for each one holds up very well for at least six months of storage, or about eighteen hours of continuous & reliable emergency use (93% monitoring and 7% transmitting) before swapping out for a fully charged spare. I haven’t yet encountered a need to use a cross band repeater function, and have no experience with it on the TYT. I would purchase more units of this TYT model, if needed.

MY CLOSING THOUGHTS:

The TYT UV8000E is an excellent value for any ham, Technician through Extra. It would serve especially well for a developing CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) as economical (yet durable & reliable) standardized team member equipment.

I also own the TYT TH-8600 VHF/UHF Mini Mobile (weather proof) and it also exhibits quality in the build & functionality. TYT indeed builds quality products. However, TYT really needs to get its act together in their product documentation and programming software (for ALL product models). Products this good should be offered complete & frustration free.

The Original TYT Speaker Mic Microphone for Tytera (also available through Amazon) is an excellent quality lower-priced, less bulky remote speaker mic for the TYT UV8000E transceiver, especially if you want to use the HT’s included belt clip for carry.



James Crawford
Winter Haven, FL 33881

K4WWK
 
ZL1LC Rating: 1/5 May 17, 2017 00:08 Send this review to a friend
Worked fine for four months.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Worked well for four months. The transmit power was 10w (WFT - WishFul Thinking.) It delivered 8W RMS most of the time.

It failed by unlocking the squelch whenever it was attached to an antenna, on either band. It would still transmit and receive, but the unwanted noise means a quick exit to the junk pile. My first failure out of half a dozen different Chinse HT's
 
BRANDRE Rating: 5/5 Apr 28, 2017 10:50 Send this review to a friend
Nice Radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have a TYT TH-UV8000SE (note, SE). It does not have cross band but does have the tri band and was about $60. I have been very happy with it. I have seen complaints about the power output and I do not have a Burd to test with but the SWR meter i have working into a good dummy load indicates better power output than a Yeasu FT-60 that has been adequate for me.
I have encountered only one problem - a deficiency in the documentation that causes a problem if you are programming the CTCSS (they call it QT) or DCS from the keypad. They do not mention the need to toggle the off/qt/dcs with the *. I sent this to TYT

I found one error in the documentation – see attachment error. Options 29, 30 and 31 (on a subsequent page but looks the same) has an omission that prevents the successful settings of CTCSS/DCS. It should read “F 29, 30 or 31 F” then indicate to toggle OFF/QT/DCS using * then set the DCS/QT value, use the up/dn to set the proper value and then F.
 
KA9PHZ Rating: 4/5 Jan 13, 2017 10:48 Send this review to a friend
Great little radio!   Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have read and concur with other reviews. I have chosen to focus on the things I have found about this unit. I am a licensed amateur radio operator.
In other reviews there was mention that the software and the cable didn’t work. I had to try both and confirmed they didn’t work for me either. The software I downloaded from Radioddity worked great once I switched to a different cable.
Transmit and receive are great!
Just barley made it into a repeater 22 miles away. I heard it just fine.
Made it in to a repeater 16 miles away.
The topography between my transmit site and the repeater may have had something to do with the fact I could not be heard on this repeater.
Yes to 13 mile repeater.
Audio on the other end was always reported as good and clear.
Speaker on the radio sound great!
Receive seems great with extended antenna. I can’t wait to try it with my 5/8 wave mag mount in the car. Finally got the radio in the car. Worked great! I was able to receive a repeater 17 miles away that I could not using my 5 watt Baofeng. Apparently it has a better receive than the Baofeng.
The number pad lights up making it easier to see.
The dual listening feature is a nice plus!
Here’s a list of items I had problems with it.
1. I had to use a Baofeng cable because the cable that came with it didn’t work.
2. I had to download software because the disk that came with it didn’t work.
3. I had to get new connectors for antenna to use as a mobile in the car because the antenna connector is is reverse of the Baofeng.
4. The charge connectors were hot when I touched them while transmitting. This did not happen all of the time.
5. It was hard to figure out the manual programing feature. Manual programing wasn’t too bad once I figured it out, Overall the manual is hard to understand.
6. The radio gets very hot when transmitting on 10 watts for an extended time. I used it for about 25 minutes and had to put it down.
7. I can see where the channel switch that is located between the on/off and the antenna might be a problem if you accidentally bump it and go off frequency or switch channels in channel mode.
8. The light on my charger unit burnt out the first day. The charger still works.
9. I have been unable to figure out how to make the radio scan.
Overall, I would say this is a great radio for the price! I have been using handhelds as a mobile for a couple of years and I think this is my new mobile radio!
I received this radio for free for testing.
 
NN7DJ Rating: 1/5 Oct 15, 2016 11:55 Send this review to a friend
Low power output  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This radio is the TYT UV8000SE, tri band model for 2m, 220, and 70cm.
The power output on 220 is supposed to be near 10 watts. It put out about 2.5 watts to a Bird 43 and dummy load. 2 meters was the same. 70 cm had about 6 watts out. The receiver was OK but I have no intermod issues here. The radio was otherwise very nice and I really wanted to keep it but sent it back because of TX power issues.
 
JOHNR Rating: 5/5 Jul 5, 2016 16:58 Send this review to a friend
Nice radio, heavy duty feel and great features.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Received my TYT UV8000E radio from radioddity.com and it is working great.

Battery life is great, display is bright and crisp and the quality is excellent and best of all they fixed problems that I had with my 8000D (previous model). The problem with my previous 8000 model but it was if I were to put on the NOAA after a while the audio would get distorted until it slowly got so bad I could not understand it. This latest model does not do that at all. I had the NOAA on for over 5 hrs. yesterday and it was crystal clear!

It costs more then some of the Chinese radios but for the extra wattage, 2 antennas, cigarette cord for charging, etc. that is included it really is a great deal.
 


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