Radio Review: Anytone AT-3318UV Dual Band HT

I’ve been using this radio for a couple of months and I should have written this review before today, but nevertheless; here it is.

To start on a very positive note, let me just say that this is my favorite HT radio out of all the ones I currently own. I have about 6 HT radios on my desk at home, where I keep them charged up and ready to go. 2-Baofengs, 1-Tonfa, 1-Wouxun, 1-CSI and this Anytone AT-3318UV. And no, I am not done, I plan to add several more ūüėČ

The first thing I noticed about the Anytone radio is how sturdy it is. Right when I pulled it out of the box, I could tell it was very well-made, just from the feel while holding it in my hand. That is one thing that I always believed Wouxun had over the Baofeng radios – they simply feel like a better-made radio. When you spend $30-$40 on a radio, you can tell you have the quality of a $40 radio. When you spend $100, you can also tell where that extra $60 went. Perhaps some people don’t agree, but I have found the Wouxun and the Anytone HTs to be easier to use, easier to program manually (without software) and more reliable than the Baofeng/Tonfa/Zastone radios.

Another really cool thing about the AT-3318 is that it will allow you to go either VFO or Memory mode, per band. It is a true dual-band radio. Simply put, you can be in VFO mode in the top band, while having the bottom band in Memory mode. Or vice-versa. The Baofeng and Wouxun radios are an either-or situation; both bands are either in Channel (Memory) Mode or in Frequency (VFO) Mode. You can’t have one band in one mode without having both bands in the same mode. Not true on the Anytone.

Out of the box, the Anytone doesn’t talk to you – no voice telling you which mode/channel/menu you are in. Perhaps there is a setting to turn this on, but I haven’t honestly looked. I always thought the voices were a bit annoying on the other HTs I have.

The menus are also completely different than other Chinese HTs. Baofeng/Tonfa/Wouxun/Zastone – all the menus are basically the same, even with the same abbreviations for options, such as “RX-TCS” for Received CTCSS tone. The menu on the AT-3318 is totally new, so it takes some getting used to. This is NOT a bad thing, in my mind. In fact, it proves to me that this radio isn’t a simple copy of other Chinese HT radios, like we so often see. This AT-3318 is it’s own monster.

So far, after using it for about a month, the only drawback that I see is that the radio isn’t programmable from the CHIRP software. I believe this to be a short-coming in the CHIRP software side, not from Anytone. However, I bet eventually CHIRP will update their software to read the AT-3318 (I’ve used CHIRP on the TH-9000so CHIRP WILL read Anytone radios, just not this model yet).

The stock antenna on the AT-3318 is fantastic. It is labeled “Hi-Gain” antenna, and I think it is true. They can stamp anything they want an on antenna, but comparing it to my other HTs, I’d say this antenna out-performs them all, even the Wouxun. That is another thing about the Baofeng radios – you’ll want to replace the stock antenna on nearly all of them, except maybe the UV-82– but this Anytone stock antenna is a keeper.

If you are unlike me, and you want only 1 HT radio to carry around, I highly recommend this one. It is definitely at the top of my list.

AT3318Features:

  • 5 Watts VHF
  • 4 Watts UHF
  • RX & TX 136-174 MHz & 400-520 MHz
  • RX FM Broadcast 79-108 MHz
  • Wide Band & Narrow Band*¬†(see note below)
  • 2.5 kHz tuning step for splinter frequencies
  • 5/Tone encode and decode
  • 199 Channels with Alpha Tags
  • Squelch mode adjustable for each channel
  • Squelch tail elimination
  • CTCSS that really works – when scanning channels, radio will stop ONLY when CTCSS tone is present
  • VFO Scanning – frequency limits can be set for both VHF & UHF
  • Channel Scanning – scanned channels can be ADDED or REMOVED via the keypad
  • Frequency Reverse button – exchanges TX & RX frequencies
  • Talk Around button – sets TX frequency to repeater’s output frequency
  • Programmable by computer
  • EASY to manually program
  • Has no voice prompts
  • Keypad totally lockable to meet FCC Part 90 requirements

*Note: This radio actually receives narrow band when in Narrow Band mode.
           (not all do that)  It breaks out at 6 kHz on Narrow Band, 10 kHz on Wide Band.
           Good news for those using the Splinter Frequencies.

 

12 Responses to “Radio Review: Anytone AT-3318UV Dual Band HT”

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  1. Alex says:

    Looking at getting first radio, this looks to be better than the baofengs, but one question. Where do I buy it?

    • jape says:

      Hi Alex, thanks for commenting.

      I actually have a shipment of these radios on the way to me now, which I will be listing for sale on this site. I have a new page going up soon with different radio models and accessories. Check back soon, I am hoping to have this shipment next week.

  2. Steven says:

    I find the owners manual font size to be to small. Any suggestions where I can find it online?

  3. lloyd says:

    Hi, I received a unit that was pre-programmed. Do you know of anyway to clear all the memory banks so that I can fill them with the channels that I want?

  4. Andy says:

    Sorry to disturb you, I am really not agree with those words “Overall I believe that TYT is a stronger company than Anytone for mobile units”, just for your information, TYT TH-9000 is a copy version of AnyTone AT-588, and they lost the lawsuit in end of 2013, and paid 660,000usd to AnyTone. AnyTone is the No 1 factory in Amateur mobile area, for his AT-588, AT-5888UV, AT-5189. The No 1 professional radio supplier is HYT.
    Another story is AnyTone is the best HF radio supplier from China, for its AT-5555, AT-6666.

    Back to 3318UVA, AnyTone is a brand works majorly with distributors and OEM brand for high end market, the UVC, UVD, UVE is unique models compared with all rest dualband HT.
    Might not good for me to join your discuss, further news will from exclusive distributor , ED

  5. jape says:

    Hi Andy, thanks for commenting.
    I am not familiar with the Anytone AT-588. However, I was able to recently review the Anytone AT-5888 dual band, and I think it is a fantastic radio. I’ll be writing a review on that radio soon on this blog.
    What is the AT-5189? I haven’t heard of this radio either.
    I have attempted to get the AT-5555 and AT-6666 radios here in the U.S., but my contact at Anytone is no longer replying to emails. I have a contact at TYT that replies to me every time I email the, but Anytone does not. I would like to find someone at Anytone that can give me more information over email.
    I have some of the AT-3318 radios for sale and they are great radios.
    Jason

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