IronArcher Posted December 14, 2020 Report Share Posted December 14, 2020 Initial review of theTYT TH-UV8000DThis is an inexpensive (read CCR) HT, higher in price the the cheapest CCRs, less expensive than Commercial radios. This unit can be had for less than $90 with 2 high capacity batteries, programming cable, software and 2 antennas.The good:High power output. With a full battery, on UHF and a decent antenna, you can expect to see an honest 8w out of a quality antenna. 9 to 12 watts with the stock antennas....with poor SWR numbers.Amazing battery life.Healthy duty cycle. I’m still running the first of the 2 included batteries. I believe these are 3200mah batteries. Even having more than long conversations (way higher than the implied duty cycle! I would estimate 35/50/15% over an hour, this battery has lasted about 5 days (not running all day... a few hours each day, lots of standby time) and is still at 7.2vdc and while talking a lot can get the unit warm, it never approached uncomfortable levels.2 batteries plus charger and 2 antennasCharger allows for stand up charging with or without removing the battery from the radioDual watch, listens to 2 channels at once without scanning, or listen to 1 channel, and scan the rest at the same time.Better than expected receiver. While not top end gear by any means, it is significantly better than my brand B HTs.Repeater ready.Dual band repeat capable (though not a GMRS feature)Lots of channel storage.VFO or channel mode with names. Solid feeling, though light PTT buttonWide range rx (can add MOAA radio freqs)Lots of information on screen with you choice of backlit colorsBattery volt meter in addition to customary status indicator barsLots of options like dual band repeat The bad:Too much power on high, and only 2 power levels to choose fromStill a CCR. While better rx than many CCRs, it isn’t in the same league as some higher end radiosBoth of the included antennas are very poor choices for GMRS useWith all that information on such a small screen, there need to be lots of tiny icons, freqs and channel names are OK, everything else is quite small.Manual isn’t all that informativeLots of the options are not for GMRS use (dual band repeat, scrambler, remote stun/kill etc).Not part 95 certified All in all, not a bad radio for the money. I noticed a decent performance increase in the receiver over many other CCRsThe extra power helps get into full quieting in areas that were often too much to cut through with 2-3 wattsThis is a great step up from most Baofeng radios, but not quite able to compete with quality commercial radios. For the money, I think it’s one of the better HTs avalible So far, no issues of any kind. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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