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New Product Spotlight: AnyTone Handheld/Mobile DMR Transceivers and Bridgecom Dual Band Hotspot

OnAllBands finishes up our month of highlighting new rigs available at DX Engineering with a dual-band handheld and tri-band mobile transceiver from AnyTone—both solidly built units featuring an array of ham-friendly features.

AnyTone AT-D878UV II Plus Dual Band DMR Handheld Transceiver

This rugged and feature-rich 2m/70cm rig includes DMR (Tier I/II) digital communications with support for traditional analog FM operation. Users can set frequency and transmit parameters without having to depend solely on preprogrammed channels, making the radio easier to use. Output power is easily configurable in four increments from 1-7 watts on 2 meters and 1-6 watts on 70cm.

A few of its useful functions: a GPS receiver; roaming which allows you to select a reachable repeater from a predefined list; integrated Bluetooth and Bluetooth PTT; and RX and TX APRS on FM or DMR, with APRS setting accessible from the menu. The transceiver is weather-protected to IP54 standards and has a 1.7-inch color LCD display that can be adjusted for brightness for easy reading even in sunlight. Other features include:

  • 10-key keyboard, 5 programmable function keys
  • Up to 5 DMR IDs
  • 4,000 memories, 10,000 talk groups, 500,000 contact list entries available
  •  250 zones
  • Automatic mode recognition: analog/digital
  • Tone burst 1750 Hz
  • Tone squelch CTCSS, DCS
  • Tone call: DTMF, 2 tone, 5 tone
  • Recording and retransmission of received signals (DMR only)
  • VOX function
  • Headphone and mic jack compatible with Kenwood accessories

The AT-D878UV II comes with…

  • QA-11UV flexible antenna
  • Li-ion battery
  • QBC-45L charger
  • QPS-17 ACa
  • BC-05 belt clip
  • PC-04 USB programming cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Instruction manual

AT-D578UV III Plus Tri-Band VHF/UHF/DMR Mobile Transceiver

Like the AnyTone handheld, this well-built tri-band mobile transceiver comes loaded with the good stuff whether you’re on the go or in the shack. It includes wideband full duplex receive capabilities (V+V,U+U&V+U), separate volume controls for channels A/B, built-in DMR repeater roaming, built-in Bluetooth connectivity for devices like the included Bluetooth PTT button, as well as the ability to pass Bluetooth audio through your vehicle’s speakers.

Choose from these selectable output powers: TX 55W for 144-148 MHz; 40W for 430-440 MHz; 25W UHF/VHF; 10W UHF/VHF; 5W 222-225 MHZ, and 1W UHF/VHF/225 MHz.

Other features include:

  • Frequency range: AM Airband receive 108-136 MHz; 144-148 MHz TX; 222-225 MHz TX; 420-450 MHz TX
  • Color-customizable 1.77-inch color TFT display for easy day or night viewing, with selectable single or dual channel display
  • Digital and analog APRS
  • Transmit and receive GPS data location services for EMCOMM and other uses, such as coordinating hikers along a trail
  • Ability to report your location or discover where other APRS-capable radios are located
  • 4,000 memories, 10,000 talk groups, 500,000 contact list entries
  • 250 zones
  • Built-in cross-band repeat
  • DMR supports both Tier I and Tier II operation
  • Quiet Tones: CTCSS/DCS tone squelch with split tone and custom tone capability
  • Large 2G memory for future enhancements

The AT-D578UV III comes with…

  • Mounting bracket and hardware
  • Remote control hand microphone w/keypad
  • Bluetooth PTT button and charging cable
  • USB programming cable and downloadable software
  • 6-foot fused DC power cable
  • Spare fuses
  • User manual

Don’t have access to a local repeater? Visit to check out the Bridgecom SkyBridge Plus Dual Band DMR Hotspot—an internet-based access point that allows you to use your DMR radio to communicate with other connected repeaters or hotspots through the Brandmeister network over the internet, allowing you to talk all over the world. The unit comes fully assembled and tested.

Users can take advantage of its upgraded high-performance Pi3B board and processor; 400% faster boot-up speed; a larger, adjustable-brightness 2.4-inch LCD screen that allows more information to be displayed; wired and wireless 2.4 GHz internet connection; and built-in Ethernet port. The device comes complete with WiFi antenna, Ethernet cable, and AC power adapter. Among its many benefits, you can easily scan and identify your internet’s IP address on screen without using an IP finding tool.

Want to learn more about getting the most out of your DMR (digital mobile radio) transceiver? Check out this new reference book from the Radio Society of Great Britain, Work the World with DMR by Andrew Barron, ZL3DW, now available at DX Engineering.

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