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Anytone AT-D578UV III Pro

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by AC1HD, Mar 8, 2020.

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  1. AC1HD

    AC1HD Ham Member QRZ Page

    For the first time in my life, I was the lucky winner of a brand new radio from Bridgecom Systems in February 2020. The nice folks at Bridgecom sent me the radio, DV Mega Dual Band HotSpot, Custom Programming, and a Tri-band antenna.

    Thank you Bridgecom!

    Now, onto the radio review. I purchased and use an Anytone 878, so I am familiar with the CPS. Thanks to the folks at Bridgecom, they completed an initial code plug, that I modified for my local repeaters and personal favorites.

    I have read in many reviews that folks struggle with "band error" messages when trying to input the 220 frequency stations into their radio CPS. Here's the trick. Make sure you "Import" from the radio into the CPS and build your code plug from this imported file. Even if it is a blank, brand new radio. This opens the 220 bands for you.

    The build quality of this radio is superb. It works well, and the buttons and knobs feel extremely solid. Much like the 878, you have full customization options for presets on the buttons both on the handset and the face of the unit. The screen is incredibly clear, and while smaller-has a great deal of information laid out in a very easily readable manner. Customizing the color's and background is a nice touch.

    I don't have a local digital repeater close enough to my location, but use a hotspot. It works great with the hotspot. When it comes to analog repeaters, it works great here too. I haven't played with the recording options, but I am sure that it will work well when I get to that point.

    I have used the GPS module that comes included, and after loading my own version of the code plug, was happy to see my call sign on the aprs.fi site on the first try.

    The handset has a really cool function, which allows you to transmit on the B Band while the radio is set to the A Band as the main channel.

    With regards to the additional "goodies" received, the Anytone tri-band antenna seems well made, and so far has worked well for me to pick up analog stations from a decent distance.

    I am very pleased overall with this radio, I have no complaints. While I didn't actually purchase this radio, the value of what you get in this unit is solid. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a mobile tri-band unit OR a solid base unit for your shack. Be sure to call or shop with my friends at Bridgecom, they will make DMR easy for you, and hook you up with a great product!

    Ray
    AC1HD
     

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  2. N3RSJ

    N3RSJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats.
    I was reading somewhere Anytone would later have a Bluetooth wireless detached face plate
    that syncs up with this radio? Is anything in the box/paperwork indicates this for near future?
    I would imagine a remote extension cable for mic would have to be provided?
    Radio looks good you can't beat it technolgy now if fusion ftm-300 can crossband digital to analog also.
    I was really hoping that the Anytone;s 220 was 50 watts and had a working S Meter maybe on the next model.
    73.
     
  3. AC1HD

    AC1HD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi, I have read that as well, about there being a removable faceplate. There was nothing in the box to indicate that. Yes, there is a remote cable for the ptt that can velcro around a steering wheel included.
    73, AC1HD
     
  4. KB9LIQ

    KB9LIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the report and congrats on the win. Being on a fixed income I have to watch the funds so learning all I can before I do buy is important. Was going to order the 578 from bridgecom so I could maybe get it installed this weekend but noticed the charge shipping. With that there are other places that will save me over $40 just on the radio. Not sure why I can buy the 878 for $238 and free shipping but spend $400 for the 578 and they want more money to ship
     
  5. KE0TSE

    KE0TSE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats on the Win! I have been entering in to their drawings for quite some time now. I decided to just purchase the 578, I am pretty excited about it! It should be here tomorrow VIA UPS. I will be doing a YouTube review on this radio after I check it out. I am glad you like yours and you are correct Bridgecom is great, extremely helpful and last but not least, very knowledgeable about their products.
     
  6. KK4GCW

    KK4GCW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Santa just got me one of these super nice radios.. but I'm finding that their unit is only programmable from Windows-only CPS applicaiton. Anyone else here able to program these and backup the configs via any other OS/Applications? I looked at CHIRP, it looks like it might be able to access the analog data, but can't touch the DRM/digital modes.

    I'm trying to get a Win10 VM spun up (bot don't have much RAM).. but it's having problems accessing the USB (and is unstable right now), and using wine, it can install the setup exe.. but crashes as soon as the program is pulled up. So far.. no luck.

    Innovative manufacturers have been releasing mutli-platform apps like this (using Java and now python) for years.. why do manufacturers who make such a great, well rounded product assume everyone in the world (especially the ham world) uses Windows?!?! There's not even mention of other OS' in the BridgeCom knowledgebase or self-help training videos (and I see no customer forums.. so I stumbled across this place). As it stands right now.. I'm not even sure if I can program in my DMR RadioID to USE my Christmas present. :(

    Any advice appreciated.

    T.Weeks
     
  7. KD7YZ

    KD7YZ Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I also have a new D578 ..well, for about 3 or 4 weeks.
    I can't seem to get my APRS beacon/GPS coords etc to EVER be seen on FindU.
    I've tried Analog and also the local 440 DMR machine to send the every 5 minute Beacon.
    My Kenwood D710 gets thru om 144.390 as KD7YZ-1.

    The Anytone-D578 is KD7YZ-2

    Anyone using APRS successfully on the D578?
     
  8. KD9PPX

    KD9PPX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    APRS works great on my at-578. I'll email my settings. You need to set it up on the channel as well as in the APRS tab
     
  9. KD7YZ

    KD7YZ Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thank you. I'll try to copy them faithfully.
    email OK on QRZ
     
  10. IW2BSF

    IW2BSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    for the mobile 578 there is a new development coming soon on 2021 :

    As has already been assumed from the beginning in the layout of the cards, AirBand AM RX will be able to control AirBand and also analog APRS RX.
    But even in this case there is still a lot to do until the market.
    The model name is AT-D578 Plus.

    Preview here:

    https: //butik.limmared.nu/sv/index.php ...

    The NEWs to the new generations of devices can already be seen in the latest firmware and CPS versions.
    For example, in the CPS there is the option to activate AM (nonsense without hardware) or the 8.33 kHz grid which you can choose now, but which only with the Airband makes obvious sense.

    73 de IW2BSF - Rudy
     

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