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Anytone Anytone Radios for DMR

bearcatrp

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Anyone using these radios for scanning and listening to DMR? Am looking at a Anytone AT-D878UV plus for just scanning and monitoring DMR.
 

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Anyone using these radios for scanning and listening to DMR? Am looking at a Anytone AT-D878UV plus for just scanning and monitoring DMR.

You can certainly use it in that manner, as long as you understand that it is a transceiver, not a scanner. The scan speed is incredibly slow, the frequency range is limited, etc.

As long as you go in understanding those things, knock yourself out. It will work fine.
 

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I know it’s a transceiver. Just checking my options. A little more than half the price of a SDS100. But the limited frequency range is holding me back. Thanks for your reply.
 

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I've been using the Anytone D868UV for over 3 years and it is an awesome radio for monitoring DMR. It also works well with conventional analog frequencies. I just got a Uniden SDS 100 two weeks ago and it is the bomb! BUT the Anytone is going to remain in service here. The scan speed is very slow so you must limit frequencies to 10 or less at a time and it is pretty good, I just monitor very local and have no problems.
 

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Don't think that you will get adequate scanner performance out of the 878. It's not by any means a scanner. If you visit the Bridegcom website there is a tutorial (or YouTube) pertaining to setting up scan lists. Keep your scan groups to a minimum for quicker scanning. My main group, I have only 4 repeaters and my local vhf fire dispatch. Works better for me that way.
 

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Think I will get a used 436 or save up for a SDS100 and pass on the Anytone. Thanks everyone for your replies.
 

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Get a GD-77 if you want a cheap DMR. It has firmware for either ham or commercial frequencies and costs under $100 new.
 

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I've had an 868UV for a couple of years. It works fine on DMR with repeaters and my DMR node. I wouldn't say that scanning is a strong point with it. If you're only looking at a few channels it's okay. For scanning large groups of frequencies or systems, a purpose built scanner is the way to go. I have an RS Pro-668 for that.
 

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The Anytones scan at about the same speed as Baofengs--3-5 channels per second. A 436 does 80.
 

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How many DMR systems in your area? That Freq range is the deal breaker for me on the 878, Vegas has DMR (MTRBO) in 400/800/900. Many resorts are going to DMR as you can see in the database. No thanks. Hope it works for you.
 

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Allot of schools and businesses are on DMR. I did search for other hand held radios that had a wider frequency span but didn't see any. For the price and my 1st time into DMR, think it will be ok for now.
 

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DMR is not for everybody. At first it seems like a hassle to program what with time slots, color codes, etc etc. but just like any other aspect of our hobby, once learned it is very enjoyable. The AnyTone 878 is a nice affordable way to dip your feet into the water and delve into DMR without breaking the bank or mortgaging the homestead. As we all know, DMR is becoming quite popular in the business world and local govt. and at first I thought it would fizzle and sink, but it is here to stay and expanding every day and I have found that if you don't keep up with the technology you will get left in the dust. The D878UV is quickly becoming a very popular radio and I am glad that I jumped on the bandwagon when I did. Bearcatrp, hope you come to like it as much as I do :)
 
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