AnyTone AT-778UV – Car radio overview

AnyTone AT-778UV – Car radio overview

The Chinese industry does not stand still, new models of radio stations from various manufacturers are constantly appearing. Anytone AT-778UV belongs to the line of budget dual-band (136-174. 400-470 MHz) radio stations built on a direct conversion receiver, which reduces the cost of production, but unlike cheap car stations such as Baojie, QYT, Leixen, AnyTone has their merits. But it was not without drawbacks. In this review, we will consider this radio station, check it on the air, measure the output power, current consumption in standby mode and in transmission mode, make a programming cable, consider the software for this station and its functionality. Further, everything in order.

I bought this radio to replace my Leixen UV-25HX, which proved to be far from the best in terms of reception quality and modulation for transmission, although it gave out the required 25 W of power for transmission.

Package contents:
The radio comes in a gray cardboard box with blue inscriptions.
Standard equipment for most car radios:
— Radio station;

— Power cable;
— Mounting bracket;
— PTT mount;
— Spare fuse for 250 Volts and 10 Amps;
— Operating instructions.

Appearance and controls:
A distinctive feature of this radio model is a color display that displays the hotkey menu, current frequencies, channel number, bandwidth, power supply voltage and much more .
The station has on the front panel:
—power button (it, when pressed briefly, turns on the mute mode);
— Six programmable buttons P1-P6, each of which can be assigned two functions;
— Function button FUNC (used to quickly switch assignments on hot keys P1-P6 and access to the main menu);
—Valkoder combined with a button (used to change the frequency, adjust the volume level).

There is an antenna connector (SO-239) and an external speaker output (3.5" Jack) on the rear panel.

In addition, there are four programmable buttons on the PTT. A very useful thing. In mine, I set the switching of memory and VFO modes, the volume level, the noise reduction level and the change in the output power level.
I immediately apologize for the quality of the photo 🙁

Short characteristics:
— Frequency bands: 136-174MHz, 400-470MHz;
— Three output power levels: 5, 15, 25 W;
– 200 memory channels.
The box says 144-148, 430-440, but in fact the ranges are fully disclosed.

Like most car radios, but with some interesting features.
There is a mode of direct frequency input, repeater spacing, flipping the display by 180 degrees, speaker selection (there are two of them. on the tangent and in the radio station itself), two-frequency monitoring mode, automatic turning off the radio station after a certain period of time, scanning frequencies, subtones , switching between two speakers (on the radio and on the PTT, as well as activating these speakers together) and much more.

Squelch in the station works, at value 1 it opens from weak signals as it should be. But at a value of 9, it is able to suppress a signal or interference that goes by 1-2 points on the S-meter, no more, so the difference between the noise suppressor levels is small, you cannot suppress strong interference with them.

Volume is adjusted by pressing the button and turning the encoder, which is not very convenient, but it is possible to make the encoder switch the volume by default, and not the channel or frequency. There are only 36 volume levels, so quite smooth adjustment is possible. At the minimum volume level, the station does not scream at the whole house, which is very pleasing.

The display in the radio is colorful, bright and easy to read. It is possible to change the brightness of the backlight.

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