Anytone AT 5888UV III Tri-Band FM Transceiver (Mobile)

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by K6XRA, May 11, 2019.

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  1. K6XRA

    K6XRA Ham Member QRZ Page


    I picked up this Anytone AT-5888UV-III Tri-Band FM Transceiver about 2 weeks ago. I purchased it on Amazon, but the same unit is available from the seller on eBay too. Note a very similar two band unit exists, but that this is the tri-band "III" unit.

    So far I love the thing.

    I'm a relatively new ham, so take that into consideration. Most of my experience has been with a Kenwood handheld and a BTech DMR handheld (essentially identical to the popular Anytone AT-D878UV). I'm good technically, but have limited experience evaluating ham radios.

    I really wanted a tri-band radio, 2m, 1.25m and 70cm. There were only a couple choices, and this looked like the best option to me. Right now I'm using it with a mag mount mobile antenna on a cookie sheet in my garage, but it will get hooked to a rooftop tri-band Comet CX-333 antenna soon.

    A few random comments:

    Note this radio is similar in design to the Yaesu FT-8900R, TYT TH-9800 and Alinco DR-638T and I strongly suspect they all come from the same factory.

    Everything works and I have been getting very nice signal reports.

    I've played with much of the menu system and everything seems to work as it should, but programming through the software is easier. It's also a pretty complicated device and as usual, the manual doesn't always do a great job explaining things. The Bank, Hyper and Limit memories can be confusing and are not really explained in the manual. But the Yaesu FT-8900R manual does provide a little description of these, you may wish to take a look at that manual, from the Yaesu website (the Yaesu buttons and numbers of memories are different, but the concepts are the same).

    For a moment I thought I was having some selectivity issues from two repeaters right next to each other in frequency, but that ended up not being true. So far so good.

    Note that the radio comes with an updated manual, the older manuals I have found online have some inaccuracies.

    The "TV/SQL" button has nothing to do with TV, it is used for memory bank switching and squelch (long press is squelch). Other versions of this radio offered some TV function and had a dedicated TV output but that connector is used for an external speaker with this version of the radio.

    I have used the programming software that came with it with good results but it does not have great capability to move channels around. I have also tried the RT Systems software and it works better. Sadly, CHIRP does NOT work with the version (III) of the 5888UV radio.

    The fan runs after a couple minutes transmitting and it is a bit louder than I would like. But after using the radio a bit I don't notice it anymore

    The unit has speakers on both the top and the bottom. The bottom speaker is the "main" one. You can use the main bottom speaker for all the bands with the top speaker turned off. There is a setting that enables the top/sub and the external speaker together. The second speaker setup kind of strange with some division between UHF and VHF between the speakers. There is also a microphone speaker that can be enabled.

    Claimed output is 50W on 2m, 25W on 1.25m and 40W on 70cm.
    Note 1.25m is only available on the left side of the radio.
    The unit also receives 350 - 400MHz on the left side of the radio.

    FCC ID sticker:

    Manual attached. Version A2.160918

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: May 11, 2019
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  2. K7VXN

    K7VXN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have two of these: one for my shack and one for my car. They work great. I just got the dual external speakers working with a stereo to y-mono cable and two external mono speakers. I like hearing the left receiver on the left speaker with the right on the right speaker. Pretty cool. 20190729_192752.jpg
  3. KG5CNA

    KG5CNA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have one of these too. I have been very impressed with it until he last few days. All of sudden I can not get the crossband to work. Any ideas?
  4. KO4ELN

    KO4ELN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have read several reviews some were glowing reviews some were really bad ; like missing microphone , program disc , splitter etc. I really would like to purchase one however the bad reviews about missing parts and the nightmare they had to go through to get replacements has me hesitant . So I’m looking elsewhere.

    Kindest Regards

  5. N5AF

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    If you are wanting a Tribander, there's always the much newer Anytone 578.

    Disclaimer: I own two of these and the 878 HT. I like 'em! ;)
  6. KD1JL

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    I have a 5888UV III I want to setup in the attic with an antenna for a foul weather/lightning storm backup system. Planning on running the faceplate cable 8 feet to the room below to operate from there. The problem I am having is that although the main VFO audio will sound from the microphone speaker, I can't seem to find a setting that will make the secondary VFO to sound from the microphone speaker as well, the audio from the non-main VFO always sounds from the speaker on the radio chassis with the HNDSKR setting to ON.

    Yes, I could run the coax down to put the radio in the operating space or run an external speaker cable but I have limited space in the operating room.

    Would anyone know a setting or modification I can make (HW) to have the audio from both VFO's route to the microphone speaker?

    John L
  7. KD1JL

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    Answering my own question a bit, audio will route to the mic speaker if the secondary VFO is in memory/channel mode.
  8. K4PDM

    K4PDM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't think all the radios mentioned "come from the same factory."

    Unless the labels lie, Yaesu made the FT-8800s and 8900s in Japan, not China.

    The newer FTM-300D from Yaesu is being made in China (and it is a very nice radio, I have one, but just dual band and C4FM.)
  9. KD1JL

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    I am having an issue changing a setting from the front panel and having it remain after power off or channel change with this radio.
    The channel has been programmed via PC SW with offset, direction and PL tone. I now wish to change the PL tone from the front panel. It changes fine but will not stick after power cycle or a channel change. I have the menu 27 set to "AUTO" as listed below from the manual:
    "Channel Function Auto STORAGE Setup
    This function is used to store lastest setup for each single channel.
    When this function is on, all the latest temporary operation for present
    channel will be stored no matter change channel or power off radio.
    when this function is off, the temporary setup will not be stored, the
    channel informaiton will resume to the last stored value after change
    channel or power off radio.
    1. Press to enter function menu
    2. Turn the Main band selector knob to
    choose NO.27 menu, the LCD displays
    3. Press the Main band selector knob to enter function setup.
    4. Switch the Main band selector knob to choose wanted value.
    MANUAL: Auto storage is turn off.
    AUTO: Auto storage is turn on.
    5. Press the Main band selector knob or key to store value and
    back to function menu. Press key or hold selector knob for over
    0.5 second to sore setup and exit."​

    Anyone know what I am missing?
  10. KD1JL

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    Maybe that is referring to Hyper memory channel and instead I should just re-program the entire channel from VFO mode.

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