Review Anytone TERMN-8R

by John K3NXU and Hans PD0AC

The Buzz
The recent entry of the Anytone 8R series has raised some eyebrows lately.  Here, we are going to take a look at the TERMN-8R (aka terminator). First, this is definitely not a rebranding of an old design, but a fresh set of features not usually found in one model.

Features such as a Bi-Directional Cross Band Repeat function, Pre-programmed Weather Channels with Alert Tone, and 2TONE and 5TONE squelch and Paging for the EMS and Fire services, and the Part 90, 95A, 95J certifications for Commercial, GMRS and MURS in the US.
 TERMN-8R box
What’s in the BOX
Besides the radio, there’s a nicely written and illustrated 104 page English manual, belt clip, wrist strap, Earpiece/Microphone, 7.25 inch (18cm) flexible antenna and hefty 2200mAh 7.4V battery with charger.

I noticed the side of the 2200mAh had a small charging jack. When I checked the AnytoneTech accessories page, I found that a 12V mobile charger is available for on the road charging.

First Impression

After inserting the battery, you immediately notice the overall weight and feel of the radio. It has a solid feel and fits my large hand nicely.

The top of the radio has the traditional Volume/PowerOn switch and Channel Selector. The left side has the PTT button and well as two programmable function buttons. The right has a 2 pin ‘K2’ Kenwood, Anytone, Wouxun, Baofeng style connector, meaning most available accessories will be totally compatible.

My prior Anytones have somewhat of a concave keypad. I found the button access much easier. The keypad numbers and definitions both light up making manual programming a bit easier.

The TERMN-8R transmitter has 3 power levels. For Normal operation, the power levels can be changed from the keypad. In the GMRS and MURS mode, the power levels are fixed. My Over the Air contacts have received excellent quality and level reports.

Some measurements

Power Levels on the test unit were as follows:
VHF – 5.6W,  2.4W,  1.2W
UHF – 4.5W, 2.25W, 1.25W
GMRS – 4.15W
MURS – 1.95W

Sensitivity VHF (@ 145 MHz): -126 dBm (@ 50Ω, 12 dB SINAD).
Sensitivity UHF (@ 435 MHz): -125 dBm (@ 50Ω, 12 dB SINAD).

Excellent numbers — nothing to see on VHF, -57.83 dBm on UHF.



Dual Receivers
The TERMN-8R has Dual Receivers that function over six bands: VHF, UHF, Aviation Band (108-136MHz), Shortwave (AM 2.3 – 30MHz), AM Broadcast (520-1710kHz) and FM Broadcast (64-108MHz).  Both the FM Broadcast Band and expanded Aviation Band include 100 memory channels each and can be used with Fast Scan (see below)

Dual Receivers allow for receiving two signals simultaneously, rather than just sampling for activity. This is important if the sub-channel is set for Weather Alerts (1050Hz) or EMS / EmComm Services Alerts or Paging. It also provides for bi-directional Cross Band repeating.

To eliminate side channel interference, the radio’s receiver reverts to true Narrow band when selected.

GMRS and MURS operation (FCC part 95A / 95J certified)
This TERMN-8R can be switched to operate on any of three modes. GMRS, MURS or Commercial/Normal. To eliminate the possibility of being on the wrong band, a Key Press at PowerOn selects either GMRS or MURS mode. The channel frequencies are hard coded in the firmware as well as their power levels, but allow for CTCSS/DCS tones can be added/changed via the keypad.

Commercial Application (FCC Part 90 certified)
For Commercial, Fire, EMS and EmComm use, the TERMN-8R is fully certificated with 2.5kHz steps, and software which prevents Field Programming.

Cross-Band Repeater
This function allows retransmitting a VHF signal to UHF (or UHF to VHF).  To test, I set the main channel to a local VHF repeater, and the sub-channel to a UHF simplex channel, then activated the Repeat function.  Audio reports both to and from the repeater were excellent.

In this mode, both receivers are active simultaneously. The first active receive signal takes repeat priority. When that signal drops, both receivers return to active standby.

Aviation Band
I had a chance to play with the Air Band receiver that covers the entire 108 to 136MHz. Up to 100 channels can be stored and either individually selected or scanned. I entered 10 of the most used frequencies in the area, then activated the scan mode. When a signal is found, the receiver paused for 5 seconds, then returned to the scan mode. The scanning process can easily be stopped by pressing one key.

Another nice feature is Fast Scan. This increases the radios scanning rate to 10 channels per second. Three time faster than my Baofengs. Especially nice when scanning stored Air Band frequencies.

Even if your not close to an airport, keep in mind that an aircraft running 10W and flying at 20,000 ft has a range of approximately 170 miles.

Shortwave Bands (AM)
For those enjoying the Shortwave bands, there is AM coverage from 2.3 to 30MHz.  You can enter a frequency directly, then enter the scan mode if desired.  Even with the supplied antenna, I was quite pleased with what was received.  Attaching the radio to a full size outside antenna connects the SWL to the rest of the world.

NOAA Weather Alert
The seven US NOAA weather alert frequencies are preprogrammed into the radio. There are 3 options to choose from. ON, OFF and ALERT. When WX Alert is chosen, the NOAA weather channel remains silent in the background until the 1050Hz emergency tone signal is received. This is especially useful in areas where severe weather conditions are prominent.

Dual PTT Capability / Programmable Function Keys
There are two PF keys below the PTT switch. Either can be programmed to function as a sub-channel (lower display) PTT button, while the PTT switch activates the upper channel.

The PF keys can also be used to select your choice of:
– Battery Voltage display
– Frequency display
– Tone Calling (DTMF/5TONE/2TONE/MSK)
– FHSS (Frequency Hopping)
– Tone Pulse (1750, 1450, 1000 or 2100Hz)
– Alarm Button
– Dual PTT
– MONI (Squelch off)

Channel Banks
The radio supports 200 channels and 10 memory banks. Group 0 contains all channels entered into the transceiver. Banks 1 > 9 can be assigned up to 32 channels each.

I found a nice added feature that isn’t on my 3318UV-A. If I want to remove a channel from a particular bank, I can dial in the channel, press two keys, turn the knob and it’s gone. Eliminates the need to me to use the computer to delete the bad ones.

2-TONE Sequential Paging
This is extremely useful for the EMS user. I personally have used 2-tone pagers in the past (Motorola and Plectron). It’s nice to know that I can now monitor local EMS channels with one radio. The advantage of the TERMN-8R’s dual receiver is the pager tone will come through, even if the other receiver is active.

Pager-ChEditDetailed instructions on how to set up the 2-tone and 5-tone paging system can be found here.

The OEM software is relatively easy to follow, and with a little practice, easy to navigate. Some areas may be a bit tricky, and I’ll try to address those area in the Miklor FAQ section.  CHIRP developers are aware of the new Anytone 8R series, but it takes time to reverse engineer the software.

As always, it is recommended to get a quality programming cable so you spend more time talking on the radio and less time loading special drivers to your PC. I personally use an FTDI cable that is Plug ‘n Play with no driver issues.

Upgradeable Firmware
The TERMN-8R has Upgradeable Firmware. If features are added in the future, your radio is not becoming obsolete. The firmware can be updated (re-flashed) by an authorized dealer so you will always be able to  have the latest version available to you.

I think the developers of the Anytone TERMN-8R outdid themselves on this one. The inclusion of the:
– Certified GMRS, MURS and Commercial in one radio
– Cross Band Repeater
– Two internal receivers
– Upgradeable Firmware
– 6 Band capability
– 200 channels/10 Banks
– Dual PTT
– 2TONE / 5TONE / MSK Messaging
– Stun / Kill capability
makes this one of the most versatile radios on the market.

For a feature comparison between this model and the others in the 8R series, you can follow this LINK.

Price: $138.89 USD (Amazon)
More Information: Anytone Tech,



84 comments on “Review Anytone TERMN-8R

  1. For anyone who has been involved in commercial radio in the US for more than 10 years: The only scenario I can think of for this radio existing in the U.S. is for the manufacturer to submit it to the FCC for one certification … then re-submitting the same radio for another certification … THEN pack it up and market it with the multiple FCC IDs. Or did the FCC really have one unit in their possession, and intentionally granted multiple certs and IDs? Again, just those who have been involved with the FCC for a lng time, please!

  2. Our city emergency communications group uses amateur 2m for city-wide communication, amateur 440 for district communication, MURS for communication with unlicensed neighborhood coordinators, and FRS/GMRS within the neighborhoods.

    This is a complex radio, but it does cover all the kinds of radio in our communications plan. It would also allow monitoring public safety comms for situational awareness. Interesting.

  3. I attempted to order a TERMN-8R from Amazone only to find out they do not ship to Canada and Amazone is the only one to distribute. WTH? How do we get one into Canada ?

      • Hi Hans, Yes, I send a request for info to Anytone yesterday. Almost an immediate reply (great service) with the following comment
        “I am so sorry for the inconvenience – we are working with a Canadian distributor to see what we can line up (as you aren’t the only one asking)
        If we cannot come to an agreement we will begin shipping internationally in 30 days
        Once again – my apologies for the inconvenience”
        I replied “Thank you. Only 29 days to go 🙂 73 Ron VY2HR

      • Hey Hans,
        I tried again to order the Termin-8R via AnyTone. Default is to Amazon who will not ship to Canada. I send another e mail to the Anytone Sales Department to see what is up.
        Hebt jij wat meer informatie over dit probleem?
        Ron VY2HR

      • 4 April 2015. Another quick reply from the Anytone Sales Dept. They are still on track to start International shipping. Maybe as soon as 9 April 2015. I will keep you posted.

  4. Thanks for your astute review of the TERMN-8R, John. I’ve been looking at getting one and now with your comments, I’m sold…w4jfc

  5. I think Clint makes a valid point.

    According to the review, the radio makes you choose between GMRS vs MURS “mode” when you start it up. Maybe the theory being it’s not really operating both services at the same time?

    I think it’s worth clearly noting that this radio is for GMRS, and NOT for FRS/GMRS operation (like many bubble pack radios). The stated power level of 4W would require a GMRS license to use.

    On a slightly unrelated note, from someone who has been around awhile (like Clint), it sometimes amazes me to see the radios certificated Part 90. There are many that actually appear to be more poorly made than $10 FRS walkie-talkie.

  6. I can honestly say I am interested and thank you for the review. The only thing left that I was wondering was about the sensitivity, harmonic suppression and front end? Also to Hans does this radio pass your QTH test? I remember back in your B5 Review you mentioned how bad your area is and how most radios have issues there.

  7. it was going well till it said “The firmware can be updated by an authorized dealer”
    if you cant do it yourself – you should consider the firmware “fixed”.

    because once people start buying from ebay / amazon they arent going to pay for 2way postage so a “dealer” can plug a programming cable into it.

    • I don’t know this for a fact but I suspect that these radios use the same one-time programmable microprocessor as other cheap chinese radios and upgrading the firmware would require replacing the chip.

      • i’m not so sure about the fixed rom claims.

        the price difference between mask and flash is minimal.
        if you claim it’s one-time you get people to buy new radio’s more often.

        but if you use flash then you only have one inventory for multiple product lines – getting the chips even cheaper.

        the other “option” and something i’v been thinking about recently is this.
        what if most baofeng radio’s contain a generic firmware and options such as compander,button layout and public firmware version id are configured in the eeprom!

      • The 3318-E is a tri-band radio, again putting it in a different category.
        I’m personally dual licensed so having the Part 95 certification is important to me.

        The TERMN-8R vs the 3318E:
        High capacity battery
        GMRS and MURS modes (Part 95 Certified)
        NOAA Weather Mode (with alerts)
        An additional Alarm button
        More options for the Side Key programming
        The ability to remove channels from memory banks on the keypad
        IP53 Weather Resistant
        Extended Aircraft AM RX (108MHz instead of 118Mz)
        Included Earpiece
        60% larger user’s manual

        The 3318E:
        Will have a Tri-Band antenna
        Tri-Band Radio

        As far as the build and feel, you would need to see them side by side. They are two different radios.

  8. NIce review! + Welcome John! 😉

    Btway this site and yours are the ones i check everyday , You and Hans do have some great info on the websites!

    I guess this new models from Anytone will do some serious harm to the 3 high grade brands..

    Some future thoughts:
    Baofeng:-cheap and some models really good
    After that next level war between Anytone + wouxun?


    (From NL not he one above … )

    • Thank you Ron.
      Many times Hans and I will create separate articles regarding similar events.
      This merger of minds should can only create a positive result.

    • Price, I just tried it and yes, while in the GMRS mode, you can either access NOAA for immediate listening, or set it for NOAA Alert and have it in the background waiting for the activation tone.

  9. I downloaded the software from John’s website and the program is in Chinese even though I selected English during the install. Anyone else have this problem? I see from the screenshot above that it is in English for John.

    • Although mine came up as English from the start, you may need to switch the languages. The 4th tab from the left is ‘Set’. That will set the language to either Chinese or English.

      Keep in mind that when your radio arrives, it will require doing a Read From Radio to initially create a template for your radio. I mention this because some have already loaded up the software with the channels they want prior to the radio arriving only to find it necessary to recreated them for the new template.

      I personally always make a copy of the virgin image to start with should a recovery ever be necessary.

  10. I would love to hear about how the FHSS mode works. Can you provide any details on FHSS with this radio?

  11. I’m new to the hobby. Can somebody please compare this radio with the Anytone AT-3318UV-E, as well as the Kenwood TH-F6A? Thanks!

  12. Did you open it up yet? I’m very interested to see how it’s built up.. I’d love to see a radio with the RDA1847 (which has I/Q SDR in/out), will be very interesting to see.

  13. The documentation submitted to the FCC for certification has internal photos but the resolution is too low to read what is printed on the chips.
    I want somebody to post a service manual or at least schematics.

  14. Thanks for these thorough reviews. Could anyone comment on the differences between the TERMN-8R and the Zastone ZT-2R that Hans has given good marks to in the past? The rx coverage seems about the same? Is the quality better on one or the other? I know the Zastone is a clone of Yaesu that’s been out for a few years now, so I’m wondering about the differences. The Zastone has a lot more memories than this TERMN-8R, but that’s doesn’t seal the deal for me. Any comments welcome. I’m glad to see John and Hans join forces. Thanks again.

    • These are two completely different breeds of radios. The Zastone ZT-2R can store more frequencies, receives up to 1 GHz, but can’t cross-band repeat (hence doesn’t have two independent receivers) and power output is limited to 3 Watts. The ZT-2R is also more refined when it comes to general coverage RX.

      Download to take a look at the ZT-2R. The file describes the Yaesu VX-2R, but the radios are 100% identical. Personally I would not be able to make a choice; I would really want both of them.

      • So, one of each? ;-D You confirmed my suspicions about the “different breeds”. I’m a relatively recent ham (KB1ZPU) but have been an swl for as long as I can remember. Nice to have some gadgets to feed both passions. Thanks!

      • The 3318-E is a tri-band radio, again putting it in a different catagory.
        I’m personally dual licensed so having the Part 95 certification is important to me.

        Several software differences, a high capacity battery, full Aviation Band (down to 108 MHz) are a few that come to mind right now. As far as the build and feel, you would need to see them side by side.

      • The TERMN-8R vs the 3318E:
        GMRS and MURS modes (Part 95 Certified)
        NOAA Weather Mode (with alerts)
        An additional Alarm button
        More options for the Side Key programming
        The ability to remove channels from memory banks on the keypad
        IP53 Weather Resistant
        Extended Aircraft AM RX (108MHz instead of 118Mz)
        Included Earpiece
        60% larger user’s manual

        The 3318E:
        Will have a Tri-Band antenna
        Tri-Band Radio

      • Thank you for the reply, AnyTone Tech.
        Any chance you’ll come up with an updated version of the TERMN-8R that has also the Tri-Band antenna, and the 222 MHz to 225 MHz band as well?


  15. Is the battery the same as BaoFeng UV-82 ? Because i’d like to feed it 12V , so i need to order an eliminator

  16. How can the offset be set via the programing software? Do i have to set the TX and rx myself at the correct Offset?

    if you look at the chart in the manual it says menu 14 “is available to setup in programming software”

    i dont see an option for offest. Any ideas?

    • Factory software expects you to enter the input and output of a repeater separately. You can’t enter a default shift. With CHIRP (designed with hams in mind) you can, but the new Anytone radios are not supported yet. Reverse engineering the way software talks to the radio takes time, so we need to be patient.

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  18. I’d love to buy this cool HT but I live in British Columbia Canada. Can’t find a place in Canada that sells this HT or a seller that ships to Canada.

  19. Is this radio capable of doing cross band repeat (unidirectionally) from AM frequencies? If so, this radio becomes very interesting! I am a Shipboard Air Controller, and having one of these, say, on the bridge rebroadcasting VHF AIR over UHF where I could receive it wherever I am on the ship would be phenomenal.

    • It is not. The Aviation Band (RX only) is a separate band option.
      The TERMN-8R will only repeat FM UHF and VHF frequencies within the
      136-174 / 400-450MHz FM range.

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  21. Great radio, improved front end. Does not true full duplex without feedback- alternate headsets may work however.
    ByAmazon Customeron March 27, 2015
    Verified Purchase
    I actually REALLY like the radio. I am giving one star to draw attention to the fact
    that Baofeng Tech deleted a conversation on a question I asked here about full duplex
    producing feedback. Not cool. I do not have my portions of the conversation but do have
    their comments from email which I offer here. I will review the radio below afterwards.
    Here is the video I made at their request showing the problem in action:

    I asked:
    “Anyone used full duplex on a repeater system without getting feedback?” about TERMN-8R
    Dual Band (6 Band RX) (VHF/UHF) GMRS,….

    Baofeng Tech answered:
    “No feedback here 😉”
    Baofeng Tech says
    “Turn the sub-band volume to a lower level so that in the situation of receiving on one
    band and transmitting on the other – the volume of the sub-band does not cause the
    Baofeng Tech says
    “Can you send us a video – via our webpage? We will be able to assist you”

    Really like this radio. Much better front end and desense rejection that many others. The radio is built well and feels solid. The belt clip is nice but the radio is a bit thick making access to the main PTT a small stretch. I have dropped it 2x from waist height and the vol knob split almost in half. Will see what the process is like getting a replacement knob.

    – FEATURES- full many features and adjustments I use and many I will explore.
    – Good front end- far better than Baofeng UV-5R series and Wouxun KG-UV8D. Much better
    sensitivity and far less prone to desense under high RF conditions. I can use it as
    monitor radio to full duplex in my car while tx at 65W on a mobile radio. Other radios
    will go completely silent from desense (and yes this is cross band not same band).
    – Built solid- feels good- great silicone PTT button w no mechanical key noise getting
    into transmissions (no rev burst or tail sq though more on that in cons)
    – Many useful features- aviation and other bands. Ability to store as channels and scan
    them. AM/FM active while also monitoring 2m/70cm
    – Clear and sensitive mic with great audio reports (VERY prone to wind noise- more in
    – Nice speaker audio quality- not harsh
    – Quick access to certain features w/out needing to go into menu system: AM/FM bands,
    tones, tone scan, offset direction, PL tones, scan, freq reverse, and hi/med/low power
    settings, and dedicated band button for easily switching from main/sub – main only or
    sub only. Chan/VFO dedicated buttons.
    – Also the 2 programmable smaller PTT buttons can be set to: battery voltage, sub ptt,
    call, freq hopping, alarm, monitor (most useful to me), and off.
    – The stock antenna works well for 2m/70cm and general aviation rx etc.
    – same reverse SMA connector as my Baofeng and Motorola- works with all the
    adapters/antennas I already own including a great fit on the Nagoya Na-771.
    – MENU SETTINGS AUDITION- you hear menu setting changes as you adjust before saving. Say you go in to adjust your squelch- you can hear the setting as you change it without having to save it first. Awesome. This could be good for PL searching on inputs etc think.

    are likely to solve this issue but the included earpiece does not work. Sub band vol
    setting does not solve it either. Baofeng Tech deleted the conversation I was having
    addressing this issue. I will update as I obtain/test other headsets. I like the radio
    a lot and will be keeping it regardless.
    – manual offers no tips or helpful writing style. Read a Kenwood or Icom manual to see
    what I mean.
    – no reverse burst or sq tail settings- I get lots of reports of noisy un-key
    – unintuitive programming of freqs to channels and PL tone etc. (you will need to read
    the manual and practice before you get the hang of it) but once you know it it is very
    quick and easy.
    – vol taper offers very little on the low vol range
    – mic extremely prone to wind noise. I actually have a band-aid over the mic.
    – no backlight brightness settings and color adjustment does not apply to rx or busy
    colors. rx is intense blue color not good for night vision at all.
    – no indicator light settings to disable or dim etc. but light is on top not front
    which I like. I will put a piece of opaque tape on it.

    I will update this review and rating over time. I hope this info helps someone.

    • Duplex is normally run on two simplex channels.
      Your video shows that when the 445.825/440.825 repeater was duplexed with 146.52MHz simplex, there was no feedback.
      It only occurred when the 445.825/440.825 repeater was duplexed with the 147.36MHz repeater.

      This would not be a fault of the transceiver, but rather an audio loop or feedback situation caused by the frequency selection.

      I tried replicating the situation here with my TERMN-8R and could not.

      • Hi,
        I am referring to true full duplexing which allows 1 stations to tx and rx with each other simultaneously. There are many radios people have sought out over the years to accomplish this for repeater and satellite use. 3rd item in description on Amazon says “True Dual Receiver Capabilities with Cross-Band Repeater: The TERMN-8R has two built-in receivers (full duplex). You can receive two signals at the same time; you can even transmit and scan (or receive) at the same time! The TERMN-8R also allows you to use your radio as a cross band repeater (VHF/UHF or UHF/VHF).”

        Here is an old thread that touches on the topic and lists many capable radios:;wap2

        Also, you mention “Tail Eliminator Type” – which menu item number is it? I program everything by hand so are you possibly using software to interface with the radio?

        Thanks again,

      • Wow I just loaded the software and set the Tail Eliminator Type to 180 degrees and it works perfectly. The software is very detailed and performs great. AnyTone is on a course for success IMO. Thanks.

    • Reverse Burst

      – – “No reverse burst or sq tail settings- I get lots of reports of noisy un-key”
      Under the Function tab, there is a field labeled, Tail Eliminator Type.
      The options are OFF, 128, 180, 240 degrees. This will control the Reverse Burst phasing.

  22. Also, in talking with them they said they would welcome assistance in writing the manuals and that they had to contract it out for financial reasons. Having end users involved in creating the manuals could be great!

  23. Note- BaoFeng Tech and/or AnyTone did not try to hide info as I assumed and mentioned in my review post above (which I cannot edit). Amazon policy forced them to because they asked me to utilize a 3rd party website. Since then I have had excellent support and communication from them regarding the radio and my questions.

    • Thanks for the update Cliff. I’m happy to see everything was resolved. I personally have had all good experiences with them.
      They are one of the only groups I know that have responded to customer service calls over a weekend when possible.

    • Oops. I hope they update the firmware and get their cert. The reasons listed do not matter to me personally. Also if you use a mono speaker plug or disconnect the ring on the speaker/headset you use you can do true full duplex without feedback. Also dropped mine from 40ft to concrete and only damage was a squished plastic foot- the radio works perfectly. Good stuff.

    • The FCC revoked certification for the TERMN8R on March 29. so it’s no longer legal to sell these radios or import them in to the US.

      If you didn’t get one; you’re SOL.

      • As per the AnyTone page, the TERMN-8R will be back in stock on 27 May 2015. Let’s hope the FCC issue has been taken care of. I really love this little radio. I don’t care about the FRS/GMRS/MURS side of the house as I don’t have a need or use for those frequencies, but never the less, this is still a very good radio.

  24. I am new to ham and interested in this radio, but I don’t really understand how it compares to say a Baofeng UV-5R, could someone enlighten me? I do a lot of rucking around with friends and we have been trying to find a good radio that we could use after we all got our licences for safety and training purposes when out in the field. I would really appreciate some advice since I have had a lot of trouble finding good comparison reviews. Also, I know the baofeng comes with a AA battery pack conversion, but I haven’t seen one for the anytone, does it exist? It would make charging a radio like this in the field a lot easier if I could run it off of AAs charged by a solar panel.

    • You may find it difficult to find a comparison review between the UV5R and Anytone. They are two very different radios.
      Where the UV5R series is a basic VHF/UHF transceiver, the Anytone is full featured.

      Reviews (not comparisons) of the different models can be found at
      I hope this helps.


  25. Considering the current FCC issues, it’s looking like a no-go if you’re looking to buy the TERMN-8R. Can someone explain the differences between this and the AT-398UV, if any? They seem to be the same radio.

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