If you do not already have one, it is recommended you get a programming cable for $10.
The UHF version covers frequencies from 400 to 470 MHz.
This is a revolutionary DMR radio!
Within a few seconds of opening the box the radio comes in, you can be talking to a HAM in another country using DMR Digital technology. With our competitors you have to go through a process that can take anywhere from hours to days or even longer before you get to speak to someone else using the DMR protocol.
How easy is it to use our radio......
1. Turn on the radio and press the top side button. That will put it into a special enhanced scanning mode.
2. Wait until you hear someone you want to speak to.
3. Press the "Lock" softkey to lock in that persons DMR identity
4. Press the PTT button like you do with any analog radio to speak and release to listen.
We also have a special enhanced parameter screen for seamlessly working on the entire Brandmeister Network without a computer.
Of course just like our competitors, if you are a rocket scientist you have the ability to make code plugs for up to 1024 channels.
Each radio come with the following:
3. Battery Charger
4. Power Supply for Battery Charger
6. Battery Clip
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Posted by Josh chipps on Apr 5th 2017
I bought this radio because I thought it would be FPP based on the description. Not so much. First, the radio is well built, good fit and finish, and has some weight. The menu is easy enough to navigate. But, for a first time dmr user, the fun stopped there. It's not as easy as pressing a few buttons and having your first conversation. I'm still struggling with the code plug to actually get on the local dmr network with my user I'd. But!!!! I'll get it figured out. Once I get on the network and stop getting disconnected codes, I think I'll be 5 stars happy!! This radio is rock solid in analog, and the CP is easy to work with, but time consuming.
Posted by Dave on Mar 19th 2017
There is a learning curve for a DMR radio, and I've gotten along with mine. Now 90 days after I bought my CS580, with experience programming and using it, I like it even more than when I first got it. It is a solid performer, more features than I need, and very flexible. Others tell me that CS tech support is great, and I have no reason to doubt that but I have never needed them. (That says two good things about the company and products.) I liked these guys and their products so much, I bought a CS800 mobile rig for the truck, and am equally happy with that. You can call me on the air to hear how this one sounds.
Posted by john goble on Mar 8th 2017
wow really works great,had it for about a week waiting for a speaker mike hi hi!
Posted by Mike Soley, KJ7TY on Feb 22nd 2017
I have been an amateur radio operator for about 20 years. I am new to DMR, and was a little reluctant to delve into this modality of communication, but thought I would give it a try.
In order not to break the bank account, I decided to purchase a radio other than the high priced Motorola et al. brands... I am married and do not want to spend that much money and have to sleep in the chicken coop the rest of my days...
The build quality of the CS-580 is outstanding. The receive sensitivity is great, and I have received very positive reports of my audio quality when transmitting. Another concern I had was being able to effectively program the radio without hiring a 7 year old computer expert. I must say that the programming was very easy, and the cable that came with the rig worked great. I also like the scanning function that allows one to search area repeaters while traveling, and provides away to lock a received channel, showing the color code, tx and rx freqs, and talk groups! Outstanding feature!
Battery life is second to none. The color display is outstanding and provides a significant amount of information. The antenna that comes with the radio does very well. The option of analog and digital is very nice too.
Jerry at Connect Systems was a pleasure to work with regarding some questions I had. He responded quickly and seems to be extremely well-versed in communications. I have never received this level of support from any company in the past.
You cannot go wrong with Connect Systems, folks! A stellar company providing stellar service and products!
Posted by ALLEN ZAIFMAN on Feb 9th 2017
This is a great little radio. Excellent transmit and receive audio as well as excellent build quality. PTT switch very sensitive. Great display. Love how you can see which time slot you are on. Waiting for VHF Version as well as accessories
Posted by Paul on Feb 7th 2017
I only found a couple of niggles. For one, the PTT is WAY too easy to hit, and it is hair trigger soft. You would need to be vary careful carrying in a pocket. The "admit tone" is also very quiet, and not adjustable. So you have to have it almost to your ear to know if you are "in".
Posted by Rich - N5CSU on Jan 30th 2017
My first DMR radio and I love it! Nice sturdy case with good clip, and nice bright color screen. I had absolutely no idea how to program it; the manual just does not explain it well enough for a newbie. However, a YouTube video by N6AFV (just search for his call on YouTube - video is "CS-580 CPS Setup and Use") walks through the setup of the CPS software. Watch it twice and then you'll be ready to go. Enjoying the radio a bunch; I consider the quality as equal to my Icom ID-51A D-STAR HT, which costs almost 3 times as much! Battery life is terrific so far. I really like that you CAN program the radio from the keyboard, but I recommend that you don't do this until you understand the CPS software. (Don't forget to order the programming cable, which works every time).
Posted by Brian M. on Jan 2nd 2017
It's well built, sturdy, and slightly smaller than the popular MD-380. Simple to use, easy to navigate and has the all the common features of an inexpensive DMR radio plus it is analog capable. Why not 4 stars? First and foremost, the PTT button is really sensitive! I can place the PTT button facing into a soft pillow and pressing down on top of the unit, activate the transmitter. It can easily be activated in a pocket, or even rubbed against a belt. 2nd, it use the same antenna connector as a Baofeng, a reverse fitted coupler. I found that odd since it's biggest and most similar competitor is the MD-380 which uses the same connector as Wouxon, Icom, and many others. Which leads me to my 3rd point, the programming connector is proprietary and very similar to the Hytera (Multi-pin flat blade with screw). Again I find it odd, it feels like several radios were mashed together. That being said, I really like this radio! Plus with the latest firmware I can text back and forth with my MD380. Could use a portable charger!
Posted by John Lobner on Jan 2nd 2017
Super easy to program, Great interface, Great audio!! Super overall performance. The extended parameters feature for on the fly programming, priceless. A small concise code plug with all the talk groups and the rest is easy on the fly! Color code/frequency/talkgroup and done!
Posted by Unknown on Jan 2nd 2017
I have a CS 750 and a CS 800 which both work great. Updated both with newest firmware using Windows 10. So I bought myself a CS 580 for Christmas.
Got it yesterday and had the same results. Updated to the latest firmware and wrote a code plug for a couple of local repeaters. Then load the code plug with no problems. All with Win 10. Just followed their instructions
Radio works as advertised. Connect Systems has some great products. And good support.
WA4TOG Mills River, NC.
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