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The AnyTone 878 has been one of the best DMR handhelds on the market for some time. It's reliable, sturdy, and has tons of great features. By itself, the 878 is a great, dependable radio, no matter which version you have. However, in certain scenarios, it's smart to have some extra protection and a backup plan, because we are all familiar with Murphy's Law: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. These accessories enhance many of the features already present with this radio, and also double as a backup plan to ensure plan B, C, and D all provide a path to survival. Here are 5 must-have accessories for the 878, that will provide aid during risky situations.
1. Heavy Duty AnyTone 868/878 Protective Case
Although the 878UVII Plus is sturdy on it's own, its never bad to have a little extra protection, especially if you are going to be in various types of harsh weather or terrain. That's why this heavy duty case is one we would always recommend in this kind of scenario. Our heavy duty case is designed with a clear plastic front to easily see your buttons and screen, as well as a speaker vent to ensure clear two-way communications. The case fit is snug and secure to block out any grime, dirt, or bugs you encounter for any 868 or 878 radio. Also included, is a durable nylon carrying strap that you can clip to your case for easy mobility and convenient carrying.
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2. NA-320 Antenna (17.7")
The proper antenna to go with you 878 is an essential accessory when in any risky situation. Antennas such as the Nagoya NA-320A 17.7-Inch whip Triband HT (144-220-440Mhz) Female Antenna help to receive hard to hear signals, and also help you transmit further, both key benefits that could make a huge difference. In most cases, the longer the antenna, the more capable it is to boost weaker frequencies and receive transmissions in hard-to-hear scenarios. If you need a little shorter antenna for convenience and portability purposes, then go with the Nagoya NA-771 15.6-Inch Whip VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) Female Antenna. Both antennas extend the range of your 878, which may be the deciding factor in making a contact, and being just out of reach.
3. 12V Battery Eliminator
A battery eliminator for your car or vehicle is an must-have accessory in any risky situation. These come in handy during everyday life when you need a quick charge in the car, but these are more vital when in a survival situation. A battery eliminator saves your actual 878 battery for when you are on foot and have no access to a car charger and saving battery power is crucial when you may not know when your next charge will be. A battery eliminator provides you with another gateway to having a working radio. Be prepared with this one of these in the case of a power grid breakdown or some other major electrical disaster, and you can give yourself another way to move forward.
4. Extra Battery
This one is a little more straightforward, but if you lack an extra battery in a tough spot, then you are making your path to survival even tougher than it should be. An extra battery provides security for you and your family, should something happen to your main battery, or if it should die. Any prepper or survivalist should already have an extra battery as the world is a pretty uncertain place right now, so if you haven't got one yet, now is the time. These batteries fit the the AnyTone AT-D868UV, as well as the AnyTone AT-D878UV models, and also come with a belt clip for convenient carry. The cost of this battery is about $30, but having extra security in an emergency is priceless.
5. Water Resistant Speaker Mic
A water resistant speaker mic is an important piece of a these must-have survival accessories. It may not sound as important at first, but once you start thinking about all the times a speaker mic will come in handy, it only makes sense to have one in your disaster bag. Carrying your 878 around constantly will eventually slow you down, and make it more difficult to continue what you need to do to carry on. A speaker mic makes for easy communication back and forth, without having to whip your radio out every time. Simply, put your radio in a backpack pocket and clip the mic to a shoulder strap and use the PTT feature for quick communication. If you have 5 seconds to act, and 4 of those seconds are spent getting your radio out of your pocket, you may already be too late. A speaker mic provides convenience in all types of situations, but may be critical when your world is uncertain.
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The 878 Radio is a solid radio on it's own, but you need more than just a solid radio when things start going south. These accessories provide an extra wall of security, and provide you with multiple backup plans when facing an unpredictable scenario. The only thing you as a survivalist or prepper can do before disaster strikes, is to be as prepared as possible for it. These 5 must-have accessories for the 878 ensure you are as ready as possible for anything that comes your way.