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Category: Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held

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Review Summary For : Anytone AT-D868uv dual-band DMR HT
Reviews: 25MSRP: 169.00
AnyTone AT-D868UV Digital DMR Dual-Band Handheld Commercial
Radio with GPS

Memory Channels 4,000 channels DMR Talk Groups 10,000 Digital Contacts 150,000 (complete worldwide database from DMR-MARC) Power Levels 4 programmable power levels: 6/4/2.5/1 Watt Transmit Power Levels. Zones 250 zones, up to 250 channels per zone. Display 1.77 inch color TFT Screen with selectable dual channel or single channel display. Battery Operate 35+ hours between charges with the supplied 3100 mAh lithium ion battery in the power saver mode. Bandwidth 12.5 / 25.0 kHz Analog, and 12.5 kHz DMR Import/Export Enhanced CPS allows direct input and export of channels, digital IDs and talkgroups. Industries Ideal for fire, search & rescue, EMS, police, sheriff, forestry, security patrols, business communications, schools, universities, and other organizations that have FCC licensed frequencies. DMR Compatibility Supports both Tier I and Tier II operation, making it compatible with DMR repeaters that utilize two-slot TDMA technology. Amateur Radio Also operational on amateur radio DMR networks and analog frequencies. Software importable worldwide amateur contact database. Programmable FCC 47CFR90.203 requires the keypad locked in the shipping configuration. Software keypad unlocking and re- programming are available with the included USB Programming Cable. Speaker Connection 2-pin style Kenwood/Wouxun type earphone and speaker mic connection for a variety of accessories. Quiet Tones CTCSS/DCS tone squelch with split tone and custom tone capability. Frequency Range 136-174 / 400-480 MHz RX/TX Package Includes Dual-band VHF/UHF Radio, 3100 mAh extended life lithium ion battery, desk charger w/ AC adapter, Dual-band antenna, belt clip, free USB Programming cable and downloadable software, user manual. Certifications FCC Part 90 Certified, FCC ID: T4KD868UV Firmware Version Firmware v2.29 is now available

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N1HPZ Rating: 2018-01-17
Improved Quality Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I recently purchased two of the AT-D868UV HT's. My overall impression is that it is of sturdy construction and is easy to use. Here are the details of my review after owning these a couple weeks.

1. They appear to be built fairly solidly with plastic casing of a higher quality than even some of AnyTone's non-DMR radios. I haven't dropped one yet to see how they really stand up though.
2. Maximum TX Power is a bit higher than the 6w specified in the user guide. One of the radios output 7w and the other 8w.
3. Color display is a plus and is easy to read.
4. Fairly intuitive menus but English grammar is off in several places on menus and dialog popups.
5. User guide specified four "Advanced Features". I only found two of the four.
6. Receiver is not at the level of my Yaesu FT-60R nor my Yaesu FT-1XDR. For example, I set the SQL Level on the FT-1XDR at 7 of 15 (halfway) and the AT-D868UV at the lowest level setting of 1 and the FT-1DXR would easily break squelch on a weak signal and the AT-D868UV did not open on the same weak signal. In fact, opening up the squelch with monitor button on the AT-D868UV and I could barely hear the weak signal. I was using the same external vertical antenna in my attic for both tests.
7. The software is free and you get what you pay for. Does the job but cumbersome. For example, you can't edit the spreadsheet view like a spreadsheet and when you import channels, for example, it doesn't add to the channels it replaces what you have. Other minor irritations such as it doesn't scroll to the top of the grid after an import as you would expect.
8. Buttons are a bit "stiffer" to push than on my Yaesu HT's but then again the Yaesu's are more expensive HTs.

I have the HT a 4/5 because I think the receiver needs improvement.
K1IW Rating: 2017-12-26
Good First Impression Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
My first impression of this radio and its programming software (which is included):

(1) Solid Audio
(2) Solid Build Quality
(3) Solid Receiver Performance

The programming software is a bit strange - for example, I added a couple more channels and uploaded it to the radio, but they didn't show on the radio. When I read the radio back to the PC, they were still there but I couldn't select them on the radio itself.

It turns out that after adding the channels, you have to go to the "Zone" part of the menu and add them to the zone. This is a bit counter-intuitive.

Another oddity:
While transmitting, this is how you send DTMF "A", "B","C",and "D":
A : press and hold the P1 key
B : press and hold the P2 key
C : press the menu up key
D : press the menu down key

Finally one of the first channels I programmed was an analog repeater with the receive CTCSS of 146.2, but the radio wouldn't open the squelch with this on. This problem was evidently corrected with the 2.19 firmware / 1.19 programming software. But it order for the fix to take effect, you have to set the RX CTCSS to another tone, then set it back. All this took a bit of time to figure out.

The firmware update procedure is a bit convoluted, but if you follow the instructions, you will get through it.

WA0TPN Rating: 2017-12-21
Solid radio - my favorite Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
The AnyTone AT-868UV is an excellent choice for a dual band DMR/ analog handheld radio.

I own most of the popular DMR radios...the TYT MD-380, MD-390, MD-2017, Motorola XPR4550, 6550, 5550, and 7550. These are all good DMR radios...they all work well. The MD-2017's trackball, potentially weak antenna connection, and marginal analog receive signal performance leaves several things to be desired. The AnyTone AT-D868UV resolves all of the issues that are shortcomings of the MD-2017.

The MD-380 is still an excellent single band radio. The AnyTone AT-D868UV is my favorite dual band radio.

The AnyTone CPS programming software is poorly written and is quirky and frustrating to use. Nonetheless, once the code plug is configured as desired the AT-D858UV is a very nice radio.

I updated the AT D868UV firmware to Version 2.19 today and am very pleased with how the AT D868UV is maturing. All of the popular features included with the MD-380/390 enhanced Tools firmware are now built into the AT D868UV 2.19 firmware.

The AT D868UV is a rugged radio. The size is easy to carry and feels solid in the hand. The 3100 m/hr battery life is extraordinary easy lasting 30 hours or more. The stock antenna was tested with significated laboratory equipment yesterday and was determined to be nicely resonant in the 2-meter band and an excellent performer across the 440 MHz band.

My AT-D868UV code plug includes every UHF and VHF DMR and analog frequency in the entire state of Iowa with room for several thousand more channels.

I can find no faults with the AT D868UV. The CPS programming software is crude but it gets the job done.

An addition plus is that the entire worldwide user database can be easily downloaded from the DMR-MARC user database and imported directly into AT D868UV using the CPS programming software. I modified the contact database file slightly so that both the call sign and name is displayed in the "last heard" field by using the 'concatenate' function in Excel. Otherwise only the first and last name of the contact is displayed in the 'last heard' field.

The radio is great fun to use!
WC2F Rating: 2017-12-11
love this dual band dmr Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
well after searching for a dual band dmr, i found this one and the audio is great, features too more channel capability, zones, great support and the radio firmware updated to improved or fix things

love to see a mobile version a mobible version
AC4JK Rating: 2017-11-13
So far so good... Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Another of the recent crop of chinese DMR radios, this dual-band HT will allow the mixing of analog, DMR, VHF or UHF channels in a zone. It feels good in the hand and the fit and finish rivals many of the mainstream brands. Unlike some of the less-expensive models, however, this little performer seems to have a more selective receiver, a larger, longer-lasting battery, and is VERY configurable in software. The initial batch had some concerning firmware issues, but they were quickly addressed and this radio is now well on the way to becoming my favorite HT.