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AnyTone 578 Mobile Models Comparison (2020 Buyers Guide)

AnyTone 578 Mobile Models Comparison (2020 Buyers Guide)


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TRANSCRIPT: Hi, guys, so I get a question all the time, and it's what is the difference and which one should I buy of the two different versions of the AnyTone 578 DMR mobile.

So we currently carry, and we only carry, the highest-end model of the 578 lines. So there's two different versions, there's a tri-band amateur version and a dual-band commercial version.

Now, on the outside, they're exactly the same. What's different is on the inside. So, now, which one should you buy. So the Tri-band Amateur Version is gonna have, of course, the Tri-band, so it's gonna have UHF, 70 centimeters, gonna have 220 capability.

Now, you can only transmit on the amateur spectrum of those bands, with the Tri-band version. You can receive, however, on the entire band. So you can only transmit on the amateur, but you can receive on the rest of the band, which is most of what anybody can do anyway because mostly you're not supposed to transmit on anything outside of the amateur band unless you're in a special group or something like that.

This is gonna have all the cool features, APRS, GPS, and the Bluetooth feature, so you can connect it to any Bluetooth audio device, like a headset, motorcycle helmet, your car stereo, or a speaker, anything like that. It's a really fantastic feature. It's great if you wanna run it in your car, or even at the house, and you can put it on an external speaker, if you wanna walk around, you can use a headset. So, that's what this radio has, okay.

Now this commercial version, this is part 90 Certified, for commercial use, Dual-Band, so it's only UHF and VHF, you don't get 220, and the only other downside is, per FCC regulations, the front panel is actually locked out, so you cannot input frequencies into this radio from the front panel, which is not a huge deal, because it's not the easiest thing to do with DMR radios anyway, you're mostly gonna be programming it with the computer, so not a big deal.

But this radio can actually transmit and receive on the entire UHF and VHF spectrum, okay, from 136 to 174 and then 400 to 480 megahertz. And this is great for people, commercial users, anybody that's doing some kind of emergency management, or emergency services, perhaps if you're on Fire Department or something like that.

This radio's great because you can transmit and receive on all the stuff outside the Ham bands as well, so you can use it with your Ham radio, but also outside of it. That's what this radio's great. So those are the main differences between these two radios.

If you're an amateur, and you don't care about using anything but the amateur bands, but hey, you maybe wanna listen sometimes, definitely go with the Tri-Band version. They are both $399 at this point, plus shipping, the exact same price. But if you're an amateur definitely go with the Tri-Band one, you'd get the 220, you take advantage of a whole 'nother spectrum that is, it's being revived.

And if you're not, say if you're on EmComm or something like that, maybe you wanna consider the Dual-Band commercial version. You don't get a 220, which is a bummer, but you can use it for all the other things you do with the radio and have it all in one convenient package.

So we only carry the Pro version of the AnyTone 578, which these two here, the dual and the tri-band AnyTone 578 Pro, but there are a few other versions available that we don't carry, but the factory does produce. The other main one which is the AnyTone 578III, just the basic model, it is a little bit cheaper, it is $299, instead of $399, so $100 savings, but for the money, you save you're losing a lot of the cool features that make this radio as cool as it is.

You're gonna lose the GPS, the APRS and DPRS functionality, and you're gonna lose the coolest feature, which is the Bluetooth capability, so you're not gonna be able to connect it to your car, or your Bluetooth audio device, your headset or whatever, so you're gonna lose out on those cool features. So that's why we only carry the Pro version with all the cool features because we feel like if we were gonna get a radio, we'd wanna get the premium, all the bells, and whistles, everything included radio, instead of the basic model.

If you have any questions or would like to order, please click the link in the description or call the number on the screen right now. This is Daniel NØREY with BridgeCom Systems, and I'll see you in the next chapter.


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Jerry - April 15, 2022

I’m left more confused by this article. As I previously understood, the “PRO” was more geared toward commercial use and the “PLUS” was geared toward HAM use, but this article seems to suggest you’re pushing the “PRO” to amatuers? Before reading this, it was my understanding that the “PLUS” is the only unit that supports 220mhz. A chart would be nice.

JOHN Vanoosterum - January 9, 2020

Does the AT-D878UV PLUS come in a commercial version with part 90 Certification?

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