Anytone Tech models, additional notes
Hans, PD0AC, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Almere, The Netherlands. Contact him at [email protected].
Overall, reviewing these Anytones was a pleasant experience. After the reviews I looked into a few other things.
- The batteries of the ANILE-8R (1300 mAh) and the NSTIG-8R (1800 mAh) are exchangeable.
- The belt clips used on the ANILE-8R and NSTIG-8R are never a perfect fit. With the 1300 mAh battery there’s a gap (easy to lose a radio that way), with the 1800 mAh battery it’s too tight.
- The antenna on the NSTIG-8R heats up fast at maximum RF output; the behavior resembles that of a Baofeng UV-5R stock antenna. The antenna appears to be reasonably efficient though. More tests are in order.
- No such problems with the antennas of the ANILE-8R, the TERMN-8R or OBLTR-8R.
- The NSTIG-8R, TERMN-8R and OBLTR-8R can display the remaining battery voltage. Measurements show that the radios are surprisingly accurate. If the radios say “8.1 Volts”, it really is 8.1 Volts. The ANILE-8R will round it down/up to the closest integer.
- The OBLTR-8R is difficult to use on SW because it defaults to 10 KHz steps. SW stations are 5 KHz apart, not 10 KHz. You can use the keypad to enter the correct frequency though. I had the bug confirmed by John; it’s now on the ‘to do’ list and will be fixed.
- The more I had the TX audio compared by other hams, the more impressed I (and they) became.
- There’s an odd problem concerning spectral purity with all x-band capable hand helds I reviewed. It only occurs when both VFOs are active; we (me and a few more knowledgeable RF lab gurus) are looking into that right now.
I plan to buy a Termn 8 and having to obtain prior permission to import from local Authorities in Mauritius,I mailed Anytone Tech support who imediatley supplied me with the FFC type aproval references. On the FCC website this allows to download and print everything they assessed before according the Conformity doc.
i cannot receive wwv on any frequency with the stock antenna on the TERMN-8R with it sitting right beside the AT-2218E which is receiving it. move the E antenna over to the T8R and the T8R receives identically to the E. at least a half-dozen other random sma antennas (such as the nagoya 702) i had lying around also would receive wwv on the T8R. thus, i’ve ordered another E antenna for the T8R since i want to be able to receive the sw band. /guy
Very interested in the new TERMN-8R radio. Thanks for the great review. Have the Baofeng UV-5R Plus and the Zastone ZT-2R Ht’s. Have tried many antenna’s and I agree the newer Baofeng antenna is a lot better than the original. Best antenna’s IMHO are the Nagoya NA-701 and the Nagoya NA-771 which is too long to carry around. Have a question for guy/kg5vt, what radio is the AT-2218E? Can’t seem to get any info on that model. Might want to give it a try. Thx. 73 Bob…..