Review Anytone ANILE-8R

ANILE-8RThe ANILE-8R was not the first Anytone Tech model I unpacked, but it will be the first to be reviewed thanks to its simplicity.

Baofeng vs Anytone
In terms of design this radio resembles the Baofeng BF-666S/BF-777S/BF-888S series: 16 channels, no thrills no frills, no display – just on/off/volume, a flashlight and a 16-channel selector. Both radios tell you which channel is active by using a speech processor. Based on this the two radios could be regarded as competitors.

I kept my Baofeng BF-666S in spite of its generous amount of flaws: the receiver can be trashed by about any out-of-band signal or mixer product, the oscillator isn’t stable (phase noise, which causes reciprocal mixing), and RX audio sounds raw, unfinished even. TX audio however is fine, battery life is great, and the price (below $20) is hard to beat.

The consequence of Baofeng’s cheap design is that I only can use the radio when I’m far enough away from any RF pollution. As you can imagine I was very curious if the ANILE-8R would outperform the Baofeng or not.

In the box
The radio, antenna, 7.4 Volts 1300 mAh battery, charger, power adapter, headset, small strap, manual.

ANILE-8R-boxBuild quality
These radios are ideal for outdoor activities, because there’s not much you can break. The Baofeng already did well, but the Anytone feels much sturdier. It’s well built.

Side keys
There are three side keys and you can program them yourself. At default the upper key will switch on the flashlight, the middle one will tell you the remaining battery voltage, and the last one will bypass the squelch (monitor).

Programming options
Scanning, priority channel selection, CTCSS, DCS, and DTMF calling methods (individual or group calls).

Phase noise
The first thing I looked at was phase noise. During instruction evenings I use the Baofeng as the prime example of poor design; all I could hope for was that Anytone did a better job. They did.

The first image shows the Baofeng (notice the wide ‘shoulders’ which shouldn’t be there), the second image is the Anytone. I slightly zoomed in on the Anytone carrier to get a better view.

Baofeng BF-666S
The Baofeng has no detectable harmonics, the ANILE-8R has one at -57.62 dBm. It’s just short of the -60 dBm I like to see, but nothing to worry about.

TX audio: loud and clear, just excellent. The most memorable quote from a listener was “I can’t tell the difference between this one and your gear at home.”

RX audio: Same story: loud and clear, with no noticeable distortion.

Sensitivity (@ 435 MHz): -125 dBm (@ 50Ω, 12 dB SINAD).

Frequency accuracy of this sample: -26 Hz.

Power output (@435 MHz): 1.2 Watts / 4.2 Watts.

Front-end: good. Unlike the Baofeng, the receiver doesn’t collapse quickly.

I noticed that RX audio muted when I switched on the flashlight. Audio stayed muted while a signal was present. Audio came back after:

  • the carrier dropped and returned
  • pressing PTT or one of the side keys.

Toggling the flashlight on/off had no influence.

I forwarded the bug to John K3NXU (Miklor) and Todd, the owner of Anytone Tech. It didn’t take long before my findings were confirmed. However, a few days later I found an option in the software which caught my eye: “Eliminate Squelch Tail When No CTCSS/DCS Signaling”. The default value was 55.2 Hz. When set to ‘Off’, the strange influence of the flashlight on reception is gone. Problem solved.

Bug and Fix

Anytone Tech’s ANILE-8R is a very good radio and can make you forget the Baofeng BF series. Only when I start nitpicking I could make a remark about the belt clip. It didn’t seem to be designed for this radio, as there was quite a gap between the clip and the battery. I solved the problem by bending it a little bit.

Price: $46.99 (Amazon)
More information: Anytone Tech.

22 comments on “Review Anytone ANILE-8R

  1. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I use the Anytone stuff, other people’s radios manufactured by them. But what has happened is what I was concerned about. They can have a tendency (especially if branded for someone) to hike the prices of what they should be.

    I can buy a BF-888S for less than a tenner. ANILE-8R is just a basic model and it’s £30. The TERMIN-8R is quite interesting, but then we are at £100. You’re getting into Japanese handheld territory there.

    • Correct, it’s the downside of Chinese radios becoming better and better. Quality comes at a price; I expect the current price gap between Japanese and Chinese radios to become smaller and smaller as time passes.

      I don’t expect the low cost radios to disappear completely though. You always will have a choice.

    • I agree.

      No offense to Hans’ review (great as always), but at that price, why would anyone get one? I can get a used Motorola HT1000 (16ch radio) for the same price, but it’s infinitely better RF wise, and is absolutely bulletproof (built for police/fire).

      The great thing about the 888s was the price. Heak, I just outfitted an entire film production company with them for less than $300, and they couldn’t be happier.

  2. If I’m honest, handhelds are a bit of a toy for me. I don’t use them in earnest and I don’t know anyone that does. I like it as a toy, to take out occasionally at a rally or similar, where I might be meeting up with someone or to check a base/mobile rig without having an alternative set up. Same with 11m, I have a handset to check old rigs that I have purchased that operate on some odd frequencies.

    I quite like the Terminator because of the HF receiver, but with the Baofengs, you can buy them as toys and if they’re no good, leave them sitting on the shelf because they don’t stand you anything. These Anytone will enter a different market.

    • “If I’m honest, handhelds are a bit of a toy for me. I don’t use them in earnest and I don’t know anyone that does.”

      Interesting. I use hand helds way more than mobiles or base stations. 70% of the time hand helds and just 30% other rigs would be reasonably accurate.

  3. Great review of the product. I have seen others take apart the 888 and use it to make an Allstar or IRLP Gateway. Would this be a better radio?

  4. In the “Eliminate Squelch Tail When No CTCSS/DCS Signaling” box are there other choices besides 55.2 and Off?

  5. > I slightly zoomed in on the Anytone carrier to get a better view

    dont you mean “zoomed out x2, changed resolution and video bandwidth, and made two screenshots meaningless for comparison?”

    Too bad you didnt open the radio 😦

    LOL at the price, its more expensive than BAOFENG UV-B5 ! …

  6. Like everyone else on here I plan to get one off Amazon but not until v2.0 of the firmware is released. Don’t want to be an unpaid beta tester.

  7. Good that it has a mains adaptor for the charging cradle, unlike the Baofeng using dangerous non double insulated speaker wire for mains cable!

  8. Hi Hans,
    How about a post some time about the measurements you make, how they are done and, most important, the reasons and technical background?

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