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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Connect Systems CS 800D Help


Reviews Summary for Connect Systems CS 800D
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $399
Description: Connect Systems Inc. Dual Band DMR Radio
Product is not in production.
More info: http://www.connectsystems.com/products/top/radios%20CS800D.htm
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KD4EG Rating: 4/5 Aug 14, 2017 20:02 Send this review to a friend
Could almost give it a 5  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a general overview as I have only had this radio a few days and continue to get familiar with the features and radio functions.

It was reported that I received the 2nd batch of these radio form the manufacturer. Earlier folks reported issues with the VHF receive sensitivity.

The VHF receiver and UHF receiver in this radio is as good as any of the major Japanese radios. In fact, the VHF receiver seems to be more immune to line noise on FM than my well know Japans radios. Power out was confirmed and is as reported in the specifications on both band around 40 watts in FM mode. Receiver sensitivity is excellent and exceeds specification when bench tested. The receive audio and transmit audio is excellent on both DMR and FM.

The reason I could not give this a 5 is because the scan function does not work as it should. As in most radios when you push the PTT the scan stops and allows you to transmit on the busy frequency. Instead the 800D radio would transmit on the 1st Channel in the Zone which is set for the scan group. I found that extending the Signaling Hold Time to max level will help this situation. Which allows you the time to transmit before the scan function moves on. 2nd issues is the display does not always track the proper frequency when it stops and receives a signal. Adjusting the volume level, the radio will then display to the proper frequency being received after the volume level display clears.

Connect Systems is aware of this issue and are working diligently with the manufacturer to fix these issues which seem to be software related. The scan issues is also reported to be with the CS800 UHF model as well. The two radios are very similar to point they look identical. Based on my experience Connect Systems and response reported by other folks, I believe in time, the software bug issues will be worked out and we will be able to upgrade the software to fix the bugs. At the time this review the radios are fairly new release to the market.

The programming software (CPS) could use improvements in the areas such as individual adjustments of squelch settings for the UHF and VHF bands. Also tx deviation levels are not adjustable for the individual bands.

Would I buy the radio again? Indeed I would. Currently I believe the radio is pretty much spot on for the price performance. In fact in general, the radio transmit and receive performance exceed my expectations. Connect Systems Group by Jerry Wanger, also has a Facebook page where folks post question and they respond product issues. I am very impressed by Connect Systems goodwill to respond to issues as they come along.

 


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