If you do not already have them, it is recommended you get the programming cables for $15.
The CS800 (UHF) and the CS801 (VHF) is the first DMR mobile radios designed for the HAM market. We started with a commercial grade piece of hardware and then added firmware unique to the HAM market.
We have 2000 channels, twice the number of our competitors. We have 65380 contacts which is about sixty five times more than our competitors. Then we have features such as support for the visually handicapped, a special monitor mode where you will be able to hear everyone on that channel regardless if the call is a group call or a private call or uses a Rx Contact or color code you have not been told in advance. Then there is full keypad programming and a host of other features too numerous to describe here.
Of course we have up to 50 watts power for VHF and 45 watts power for UHF. The front panel is removable for mounting in tight places like a car.
Posted by Bob N8TVU on Jul 22nd 2017
Impressive radio. Bought 2 UHF and 2 VHF to replace the 4 Motorola radios I HAD. Tired of putting up with licence renewal fee's just to have the capability of changing frequencies once or twice a year. CS software is free and easy to use, including upgrades made to the operating system, control head features, revisions etc.
The big M has no place in my world.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Apr 12th 2017
Ease of programming
Nice illuminated Mic
Display is very clear and Bright
Loud front speaker Audio
All in All I would recommend this radio as a mobile radio
Would be nice if the receive went up to 500 MHz
Posted by john hensley on Mar 2nd 2017
So, how simply do you want it? Setting up and running your DMR UHF radio. Don't go anywhere else. This is it. Country boy from Augusta County VA/inactive FF/EMT can do it...1 hour..tops. ....DO IT!
Posted by John Johnston on Feb 27th 2017
I received your product very quickly, packed very well, and it worked well right out of the box. I actually had prepared a code plug to start off with and using the programming cable, the code plug loaded up and worked as soon as I turned the radio on. Great experience.
I look forward to mounting it in my vehicle and having a stand along DMR device available.
Posted by Unknown on Feb 1st 2017
The CS800 arrived last week and I have had the opportunity now to unbox, program, and functionally use this transceiver and I am very impressed. This radio will be a workhorse for you in either a mobile or base station setting. The audio is clear and sufficiently load so it can be heard in a moving vehicle without the need for an external speaker. One thing of note, loud audio does not always work in small mobile radios because the speaker distortion makes intelligibility difficult. Not so hear. Loud and clear. The programming of this radio is quite simple and the software/radio interface works right out of the box. This is a significant milestone if you have ever tried to program some of the cheaper radios with dubious serial/USB drivers. Plugged it in, and the PC recognized the device without difficulty. Programming via the free software download was straightforward. If you are not familiar with programming for DMR, there are several YouTube tutorial videos available that will provide the needed guidance for you initial setup. The CS programming software is included in those tutorials.
If I had the opportunity to recommend changes to the CS800, I would opt for a larger screen size. Although this radio was designed primarily for the commercial FM market, the larger screen would be helpful to amateurs. This is not an issue with commercial users as they rarely care what is shown on the faceplate.
I have not had the opportunity to extend the faceplate and try the remote operation, as I did not get the extension cable for the faceplate to the radio. Perhaps at a later date we will review that configuration.
Potential buyers should opt for the programming cables as they are well made and essential for properly programming the radio and firmware updates to radio AND faceplate.
All in all, this radio is a great product for the price point and I am looking forward to years of good service.
Posted by John Wagner, N8CD on Jan 30th 2017
I put the CS800 in my 2015 Tacoma truck, with the head remote mounted just above the rearview mirror and the main unit mounted behind the rear seat. It's one of the few DMR mobiles that support remote mounting the original head with a simple CAT5 cable. The TX and RX audio are great and I'm very happy with the performance on both DMR and analog modes. Scanning works well, and channel/contact capacity are well suited for amateur radio use. It's also nice to have software to program it that isn't locked down and hundreds of dollars by itself. Between the supplied software and 3rd party apps like ContactManager, I can sync up codeplugs between various radios. Nice work CSI.
Posted by email@example.com on Jan 2nd 2017
Excellent, simple to use, good support, great value.
Posted by Joe - WB4EOT on Dec 31st 2016
First DMR mobile acquired. Wanted good basic starter DMR mobile so I elected to purchase a CS800. Radio programmed quickly with CPS software. Be sure to purchase need cables. Audio to my ear is crisp, clear. Receiver and transmit operations are more than sufficient for ham DMR use. Screen display is a bit small. For the cost this is a good DMR radio for mobile or home use. Connect Systems folks are very supportive and I recommend radio and Connect Systems to other hams or users.
Posted by Mike Schlicher on Dec 20th 2016
great service from C.S.R.
delivered when promised
I will recommend your company to all my friends