If you've recently picked up a new Anytone AT-779UV radio, you're probably eager to start programming and begin the customisation process.
This mini-mobile radio is a popular VHF/UHF dual band HAM mobile radio that has relatively simple programming anyone can follow and yields quick and tangible results.
This article will break down all you need to know about the mobile radio and how to program it on your PC. Just follow along with our expert advice and tutorial, and in no time, you will be ready to take your mobile radio on the road!
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Anytone AT-779UV Specs
So what makes this amateur radio so special? Check out the specifications below:
Your Moonraker order comes with the pre-programmed Anytone AT-779UV dual-band radio, a microphone (handheld), mounting bracket that comes with screws, power cable with cigar lighter plug, and a USB lead cable.
Moonraker ships all AT-779UV radios with all UK FM repeaters already programmed — but don't worry, we will get into how you can edit all 500 memory channels as you wish.
Here is the breakdown of frequency ranges:
- VHF: 136MHz to 174Mhz
- UHF: 400MHz to 490Mhz
- FM: 86.7Mhz to 108Mhz
The channels are automatically set to 10 watts, but you can adjust the power output between 25, 10 and 5 watts.
All of this out of the box for less than £100, a steal any way you look at it.
Anytone AT-779UV Functions
This amateur band Anytone mobile radio stands out in its compact design and dual-band coverage.
The mini design means any car can accommodate this amateur radio.
Thanks to a unique dual-band coverage, you can monitor two frequencies at once. You can listen to one active channel and watch another on the sub-band near the bottom of the LED display.
This functionality is ideal for anyone wanting to keep track of multiple channels without investing in a bulky mobile radio that takes up the whole passenger seat.
Anytone AT-779UV PC Programming Guide
If you're new to programming an amateur radio, this won't hurt, and if you're experienced, it will simply be a useful review. Note: this is a tutorial for PC only.
1) Download Software
Scroll to the bottom of this page and click the link under ‘Attachments’ to download the programming software. At Moonraker, we always have the most up to date version on our website.
Locate the file, uncompress the file and run the setup application. Follow the prompts on your screen and agree, and click next until the software is installed.
3) Plug In the Cable
Remove the microphone from the outlet in the front of the radio and plug in the USB lead, and attach the USB end to, plug your computer. Once you are connected, turn on the 779UV radio.
4) Load The Software
Enter Windows Devices and look under ‘comm ports’ for the USB programming cable serial port number.
Make sure the software is running and open. Then click on ‘Set’ and check that the comm port number matches the port number you found in Windows Devices. Click ‘OK’ to apply.
5) Read The Data
Select ‘Program,' then ‘Read From Radio,' then ‘OK.’ Now the memories of the radio will read onto the computer. A progress bar should appear on your monitor, and the radio's display should say ‘Reading.’ After a few minutes, the memories will populate.
6) Edit A Memory Entry
You'll see some fields available for quick edits, such as Receive Frequency (RX), Transmit Frequency (TX), channel name, TX power level, and CTCSS encoding or decoding settings.
To access more settings, click on the ‘>>’ symbol of your selected memory. Through this popup, you can edit all details of the channel. In addition to the quick edits, you can alter the channel spacing, power level, and CTCSS settings (if set to none, the squelch is open to receive).
Should you enable the ‘Busy Channel Lockout,’ the radio will not transmit while receiving, ideal to ensure you will not key over anyone talking on that channel.
If the ‘TX Off’ box is checked, it will disable transmitting on that memory. If the ‘Scan Skip’ box is checked, it will remove that channel from any scans.
7) Add A Channel
Find an empty row, and fill in your details through the popup after selecting the ‘>>’ symbol. Make sure your frequencies are correct, or the channel will not work.
8) Save A Backup
To save all your edits and memories to your computer, simply click ‘Save As’ and label it. Now you can import these settings to another radio in the future.
9) Send Data to Radio
First, double-check the radio is on, and the programming cable is plugged in. Then select ‘Program’ from the toolbar and click on ‘Write to Radio,' and finally ‘OK.' A progress bar should appear on your monitor, and the radio's display should say ‘Writing.’
Once finished, the radio will restart, and your edited channels will be populated. To confirm the transfer worked, enter memory mode on the amateur radio and find the new channels.
Setting up your amateur radio is a fun process that allows you to make the channels your own. Plus, once you master the process, you can apply these steps to your future radios.
Pick up your own Anytone AT-779UV dual band mobile amateur radio today from Moonraker and start programming!