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Reviews For: Anytone AT5888UV

Category: Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held)

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Review Summary For : Anytone AT5888UV
Reviews: 18MSRP: 299.99
Dual Band 2 meter/440 radio with extended receive
Product is in production
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NO9X Rating: 2021-04-28
Ok for the price Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
It is a functional radio. It does have lots of features.
The receiver has decent sensitivity, not as good selectivity.
Menus are cumbersome, but mostly functional.
DCS programming doesn’t really work very well.
The scan is horribly slow.
Overall, not a bad radio, but even at its price, it’s not a great bargain.
K3GIL Rating: 2020-01-21
Great Radio, Great Value Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I bought this radio to replace a Yaesu 7800 (excellent rig). Having two Boafeng dual band HT's that work well, I decided to try another Chinese radio. Well, this rig performs well, very well. It seems solid, well made and it does everything I expected. Well worth the money!

From my research and personal experience, it seems the radios coming from China have greatly improved. Not a surprise as this scenario has happened with technical products from other countires.

73's de K3GIL
NA4IT Rating: 2017-11-23
Decent Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Recently I needed an approved FCC Part 90 radio as I became a chaplain for a local fire department (chaplain only, I do not fight fires, but I do support them by bringing water, tools, etc, as well as looking after their needs after the bad calls).

The Anytone was the only one that 1) was Part 90 and 2) had the best reviews.

It's a decent radio. I sold a Yaesu FT-8800R to buy it, and it isn't the same radio, but it works for what I need. I can use it for public service and ham, and be legal on both bands.

If you are looking for a separation cable, don't buy one that has the strain relief hoods on the ends. They will NOT fit in the factory head mount! If you decide to roll your on, it is a straight through RJ-45 cable.

I like the big mic on it, although I wish the channel up / down were on the top like the Yaesu mic. You find yourself squeezing the mic and pressing the PTT when changing channels.

I like the idea the case is a large heat sink,and it seems to run cooler than the Yaesu did, and I do run on high power. Dispatch and amateurs both report the TX audio is good. (Note: I am running narrow on commercial freqs and wide on amateur).

An external speaker is a must, and I like just a good old plastic Motorola mobile speaker.

I may post more later.
former_K1NNG Rating: 2017-07-21
Anytone=junk! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Cheap radio,worse than Wouxun.
Knobs are loose,low quality.
Signal meter is worthless.
Poor build quality using special non cross-reference-able parts you can not get anywheres!
This thing for a lighter word is not worth $40.
The op amp in it is scratchy and over-sensitive,meaning they have circuit design problems.Some kind of hummimg comes on when you turn on the speaker in the microphone?Why?
The RF final on VHF blows ,its a TOSHIBA but nobody knows where to get it.
On a new untouched radio,I found bare wire used to repair the bottom of the PC board.
No schematics available anywhere.Google docs has a blurry unusuable schematic.
Save your money,buy a name brand radio of your choice.I hope this saves one person from buying any Anytone mobiles that are unfixable.Hey anytone want to make good on this? Nah of course not!
IZ3ZVO Rating: 2016-05-23
Excellent given the price Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Paid for it 165 € (about 185 $) as an unsold stock with 1 year warranty with the Italian mark "Intek HR-2040", it is a good transceiver. Works fine, easy to use, cheap. Very slow scanning over memories, some minor issues with commands - for example I can not change by the low button the power at the Home channel and similar - but transmission is excellent and reception is reasonably good with perfect audio. I have never heard intermods but as I installed it in the car, when I listen to week signals I hear also the sparks electrical noise.
By paying it only 165 € I was lucky, but in the last weeks I see in e-trade website that it is sold at about 220 €, and so the quality/price ratio is nevertheless very very good.
Here is the programming cable schematic for homebrewers
WJ0TM Rating: 2016-03-30
Not bad for the price Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Needed a dual band radio for a trip across country but funds were low so I bought this little Chinese radio back in 2014. I've had it now for just a little over two years and it is still working. I recently moved it from my truck to my HAM shack to replace a Yaesu 2500m that went south on me and I'm finding the 5888 works good as a base also. I have it to connected to an Arrow Dual Band antenna and to a MJF-882 SWR/Watt meter which is showing me that the output on VHF is only 40W not the advertised 50W but on UHF it is putting out 44W as apposed to the 40W listed. It is a little "noise" though especially when it is scanning, there is a very low "click, click" sound as it is changing channels, but with my hearing I hardly notice it. Also, the right dial knob is sticky, I have to pull it back out when I press it to select that for the main band.

If you buy this and DON'T expect a Yaesu, Kenwood or Icom quality, this little radio will serve the bill.

Earlier 4-star review posted by KD0QEB on 2014-04-16

I bought this radio about 3 weeks ago and so far found it adequate for a mobile radio in my truck. That is once I figured out how to program it. My biggest complaint towards this radio isn't so much the radio itself but the disgustingly poor manual that comes with it and the lack luster software. I finally stumbled my way through using the software and manually programing it. I have only one complaint towards the radio itself and that is the display is toooooooo small and while the background is bright the lettering is way too dim. If anyone knows a way to brighten the lettering only I'd like to know for these old eyes. Remember it's not a Yaesu, Icom, or a Kenwood . . . so you get what you pay for!
KD8VMR Rating: 2015-03-25
update Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Just an update on this rig. I have been running it mobile for over a year now. Worls great still. I would definately recomend this rig.

Earlier 5-star review posted by KD8VMR on 2013-12-28

This radio is great for the price. Cross band repeat works great. If you are looking for a good dual bander, look no further. I have not had any problems that others have listed here. I am planning on buying another one for the home shack. Clear audio, great audio reports. Able to hit repeaters 50+ miles away with no problems, I live in northern wv, no flat area at all. Works great here. Definitely a great buy.
WA3LWR Rating: 2015-01-12
Decent..but....... Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Bought the radio about three months ago and installed it in our extra vehicle. The receiver is good, but the selectivity is a problem and it picks up all sorts of electrical crud. A friend who also bought one reports the same problem. Keep turning up the squelch, which is electrical, and it has helped but the problem remains. Transmit is fine.
So, for an extra rig, it is ok.

Earlier 4-star review posted by WA3LWR on 2014-05-01

As mentioned by others, it's layout is similar to the Yaesu FT7900, dual band radio, except no external squelch control. That is a moderate problem since it seems very susceptible to interference. Hopefully, turning the electronic squelch up to a higher level will help reduce this problem. Audio and sensitivity are good. Transmit audio is fine.
So for the price, it is a pretty good deal.
AD0KX Rating: 2014-12-14
It works great for me so far Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I have been able to hit repeterters in other communtties that are 50 to 100 milies away with a dipole hook up to it in my room using it as a base station with a 12V Batteririe and 10A Charger and was able to communcate with anther ham lives 6.5 miles away using 10W simplex I do not know how it works on 440 it work great on two Meters I would like to try it out on cross band repeat. I have had it only less then a week.
N4FOP Rating: 2014-08-07
Died After 5 Months Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Except for a few little quirks, I have been very satisfied with the radio purchased through in March. However, the RX audio suddenly died today. It appears something internally has failed. RX Audio is now a bare whisper. Fortunately, Amazon is giving a full refund based on the one year warranty. The Yaesu FT-8800r is basically the radio which the Chinese copied to make the Anytone. With the excellent factory rebate in place, I will replace the Anytone with a Yaesu.