Abort, Retry, Ignore? After the rather disappointing debute of the AT-5888, Anytone gives it another shot (thanks to Nate for all the info). Marketed under the name Powerwerx DB-750X this radio might (or might not) address the problems we encountered in the old model.
At just $299 the radio appears to be a good deal, but when I read the manual (download here) there’s a catch:
“This commercial mobile radio ships from the manufacture “Display Locked” per FCC rules. You must have the RPS-DB750X-USB programming kit to unlock this radio for the first time of use. If you do not want to purchase this optional software, your radio dealer must first unlock this radio before regular use.”
When reading this page (worth a click, specs are there too) this will set you back another $40. It might be worth it though: the software looks great.
After checking some more details in the manual, there’s one thing they didn’t learn from past mistakes: there’s no N-connector on the back, but they used the infamous SO-239 again. You must be &+$*&%] kidding me. Why on earth would I want to connect an antenna with something which is basically a shielded banana plug?
Oh well, at least we get a colorful display with 7-character long alpha tags.