Anytone AT-778UV

Quick Review of the Anytone AT-778UV

 My Anytone AT-778UV arrived in mid August. 

This is not going to be a review of the transceiver operation because there are plenty of those posts and YouTube videos elsewhere. This post is going to be about my first impressions of the Anytone radio.

Pros:

  • Bright display with good color selection for mobile use
  • A good part of radio body designed as a heat a sink
  • Back lit buttons on the radio and mic keypad are perfect for night driving
  • Hand mic is of very good quality material and button layout is good
  • Fused power cable is decent quality unlike those of other Chinese radios
  • Version 1.19 of the Anytone AT-778UV software download is easy to use

Cons:

  • Changing AF Gain (volume for newbies) requires pressing P6 and then turning knob
  • Dual receive yes but not a true dual band radio 
  • B band is limited to the single channel and is RX only   
  • Radio body gets lukewarm (not hot) when transmitting on high power for long periods
  • Dashboard hook for hand mic not included
  • The mobile mounting bracket is sturdy but undersized

Summary: 

Overall, I think the radio and programming cable are a good buy for around $140 on Amazon. If you are looking for an fairly inexpensive, decent quality mobile radio with an excellent display and back lit keys for mobile use, I’d recommend the Anytone AT-778UV

For more information about the Anytone AT-778UV visit the anytone.net Web site.

73 de KE2YK
Icom ic-705

A Good Companion for the The ICOM 705?

Peter Waters G3OJV from Waters and Stanton Amateur Radio Shop in the United Kingdom has his own YouTube channel where he reviews different Amateur Radio products and homebrew ideas.

Peter has been an Amateur Radio operator since 1960 and has co-owned his Amateur Radio shop since 1973.

With that kind of experience, Peter is one of the few Amateur Radio YouTuber’s I follow.

Of special interest to me, Peter has done several videos related to homebrewing compromise antennas for small spaces.

Small space, compromise antenna projects interest me because I enjoy homebrewing antennas, have a small yard and small space antenna ideas are useful when I activate State Parks for the Parks on the Air program.

The Elecraft T1A is a fine piece of gear. I have owned one for around 3 years now and have used it on outings with several different QRP rigs. As Peter will demonstrate, the features of the T1A extend beyond a simple QRP tuner.

I’d have to agree with Peter. The Elecraft T1A will make a good companion for the ICOM 705. Let Peter explain the T1A and you can then form your own opinion.

73 de KE2YK

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