If you do not already have one, it is recommended you get a programming cable for $10.
The VHF version covers frequencies from 136 to 174 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
Posted by W1KFR on May 30th 2017
I really like this radio and it is an extra tool in the toolbox, but I am concerned that in the enhanced parameter entry mode I can not enter a VHF frequency. I have called customer support and they are aware of this firmware bug. Hopefully it will be resolved soon. Everything else works great!!
Posted by R.M. on May 2nd 2017
I purchased both the UHF and VHF CS-580 products. The VHF unit replaced a TYT. The CS580 is solidly built, and both the volume and channel knobs have adequate resistance to stay where you put them, unlike the TYT. The form factor is slightly smaller than the TYT and fits in my radio patches, where the TYT did not. The hinged access door for the programming cable/accessories is very well designed, and is unlikely to break (compared to access doors that use flexible rubberized material, this actually has a hinge pin). The user interface navigation is easy and well thought out. Customer Programming Software is slightly different than other makes in that you actually create a channel in a zone instead of creating a channel and adding it to a zone, but the layout is similar to other software and is easy to use. My only complaint is the lack of DTMF encode on either analog FM or DMR transmit, which negates being able to control a repeater via DTMF. Lastly, the mic audio is a bit hot, and not adjustable via software, so you may need to adapt operating procedures to hold the radio a few inches further away. Sounds great on transmit and receive though.
Posted by Brian on Apr 24th 2017
I'm using the vhf version on several commercial systems, with Hytera, Vertex and Motorola repeaters. Works with no problems. The enhanced scan feature is really useful.