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Other than some slight issues with the LAN connector socket on the hotspot I couldn’t be happier with everything. Works easily out of the box and the support is great.
I have owned many portables over my ham years, and I must say I am very impressed with the Anytone 878. I had a code plug set to go by the time it arrived, and had it up and running quickly. Easy to program, love the features, and the audio is awesome.
I am very happy with the purchase of the DMR bundle I made through Bridgecom Systems. The quality and ease off use has been incredible. Thank you Bridgecom.
I had a bad cable, for my radio, bridgecom, sent me a new cable, all my problems slowly cleared up
Once I received, Created my own Codeplug and fired up this radio... I was pleasantly suprised with both Ang and DMR reception/transmitting power.. The Mic Gain was a little low, but is easy to increase. Output Audio seems a little low, especially with a Speaker Mic, but is still very useable! After using a few days I learned the battery life is well suited for most needs. I am able to carry this radio "On" during my 11 hr shifts, monitor multiple repeaters in my area and transmit aprox 5% of the time (on High TX Power) and still have nearly half of the battery life remaining at the end of my shift. I will no longer purchase or use on of the many Chinese direct radios ever again..
I love the super codeplug has everything anyone would want .
Haven’t used the radio yet, since
I’ve got to get a Windows based computer, but their customer service and shipping are fantastic . I talked with Cody 3 different times asking questions, before I purchased the radio, and he was very helpful.
I really happy with SkyBridge & Plug and Play package. Working great so far. The thing i am not to happy with is when i first called BridgeCom i spoke with Tom Ecyk. I explained that the radio wasn't working so he instructed me to send the 878 plus back along with my Mega and all the accessories which i did. I ordered the SkyBridge while chatting with Tom. Tom told me that they would check out my Mega cause if it wasn't broke i could use it in my car and if it was broke he was going to let me know if it could be fixed.
When i received my SkyBridge and radio back the Mega was missing the antenna and no paper work in the box as far as if it was checked, broke etc. I called your company and asked to speak with Tom and he wasn't available. The person i spoke with said he would have Tom call me and he never did. Then someone from your company called to ask how everything was working and i said fine but explained about my Mega. He said he would have time call me and he never did. So i have know idea if the Mega is working or not and it has no antenna now cause it was never returned to me in the package i received with my SkyBridge. Can you look into this for me? I have no idea the status of my Mega and if its fixed, broke, never was broke etc and i need the antenna. Thanks for your help.
This unit is built on the popular Raspberry Pi. Fully functional access point for D-Star, System Fusion, DMR and more modes. Pretty simple to setup and administer your node using Pi-Star software. I like it because I can use IRCDDB, Brandmeister, and more. Configure access point security right in the app. Can easily take mobile with battery pack and phone internet access. Besides that it works and works great. I have had at least 20 different devices from the Jumbo Spot to DV-Mega to the OpenSpot to the SkyBridge, and the SkyBridge is by far the very best for my needs. Plus you get great support from BridgeCom Systems along with tutorials. Well worth the price. 73s Jeff, K2AK
This item appears to be very robust. as well when attached to the trunk it stayed level and I did not need to adjust to get the antenna straight unlike a number of trunk mounts.
I've been on 220 using "brand x". I am using this radio in my shack. After buying this radio, I was able to successfully participate in a weekly simplex net in my area for the first time. The receiver on this radio is far superior to the inexpensive Chinese radios on the market. I got several reports that the audio is fantastic.
Get the software and cable, programming is intuitive and easy.
I did edit an AT-868 CP for the 878 and proceeded to test with Parrot on my local DMR repeater and the QSO recording feature built into the AT-878 using both of my Bluetooth earbuds (see previous review). The Olive Pro earbud firmware shuts off ambient sound pickup when connected to the radio. And its on air mic audio quality is thin and a bit distant. The IQ Buds Max works perfectly, allowing you to continue to hear ambient sound unless you choose not to, and provides nice robust audio to the radio. That said, there is one caveat. I did some extensive RF bench testing of the 878 comparing it to the 868 and an older monoband VHF only Tytera MD-380. The 878 had the lower sensitivity of the bunch with the 380 besting both by a few dB. When you build a radio with so many features with other internal RF emitters as in the 878 you're bound to have somewhat compromised performance.
More important, though, is the antenna. I did an analysis of several stock HT duckies, aftermarket 1/4 wave whips and 1/2 wave telescoping whips. The test radios outputs were measured into a dummy load with a Bird wattmeter to insure the same output power. The measurement receiver was an Anritsu 2721B spectrum analyzer using a magnet mount antenna on my vehicle roof. The antennas under test with their HT's were hand held about 200 feet away in a fairly non-echoic environment. Most of the 1/4 wave antennas were between 1-2 dB better than the duckies. But not all. One name brand whip was a very poor -4 dB. Far worse than even the worst of the duckies! All of the 1/2 wave antennas were +8 dB better than my reference 1/4 wave whip, typically giving the HT an almost 10 dB advantage over a stock ducky. That's the equivalent of 10 times the output power! I had the opportunity to test antenna performance in a real world situation at the 125th Boston Marathon as an amatuer radio communications volunteer. Where most of the other amateur radio operators near me hit a particular repeater intermittently and with some noise, mine was quiet and flawless. Moral of the story, a good accessory antenna is a must for iffy situations.
It was easy to set up and get it up and running. Don't forget to run the updates and upgrade if needed. and use the correct to procedures to stop before removing the power/ just like your computer.
Works great, Love being able to plug my head phone in to it.