If you do not already have one, it is recommended you get a programming cable set for $25.
The Antenna connector on this radio is a Type N and not a PL259.
The Extended receive is very helpful in monitoring Emergency Managment inter-op and Fire Mutual Aid channels (frequencies) operatig in UHF T Band 470 - 512 MHz. (Customer Review)
This is the first dual band mobile DMR and Analog radio designed specifically for the Amateur market. Among other features that will be discussed later is the ability to legally transmit on both Amateur and Commercial bands with an extended frequency coverage in the UHF band and a removable front panel. First let me show you what some of our customers think of it.
Posted by Ken N
The Extended receive is very helpful in monitoring Emergency Managment inter-op and Fire Mutual Aid channels (frequencies) operating in UHF T Band 470 - 512 MHz. As first responder for my towns Emergency Managment this is very helpful in coordinating with mutual aid agencies.
Posted by Amir F
I like the radio especially because of its separating head. I just did not have the needed space otherwiae. Seperation cable is cheap and probably in uour junk box anyway.
Posted by John S
I have used the radio a couple of times. And has performed as expected.
Posted by Derek
Love the form factor especially since it's the only dual band DMR radio that offers remote capability. The software is easy to download and use. Absolutely love the microphone as it looks, and feels, like the Kenwood land mobile commercial microphones.
KEY UNIQUE FEATURES
The CS800D is the only dual band DMR mobile that has a detachable head. The head is attached to the radio using standard CAT 5 or CAT 6 cable. An optional head is available for this radio called the CS-BFD that uses a 7 inch color Touch Screen LCD that gives additonal features not available in the radio.
From the inside, the CS800D is different than the other dual band mobiles. The radio uses a double conversion superhet design with a tuned front end design for maximum sensitivity and minimum interference from nearby radios. The radio has two independent power amplifiers. Switching between UHF and VHF is by means of solid state switches.
Here is the best part. If you do not think this radio is worth what you paid for it, you can return the radio within 30 days and get a complete refund of your purchase price. If the radio breaks during the first year, we fix it for free.
With a deal like this you would think you would be dealing with a company located in Hong Kong or China. We are a United States company and have been in business since 1982.
This monochrome LCD display has larger characters and better visibility in the sunlight than the small color LCD displays.
This radio allows you to quickly change the Tx Contact information on the fly. By pressing the keys from the microphone, you can immediately set up a private call or a group call without having to use the CPS. An example of this is shown below.
Our Digital Monitor Mode allows you to hear whoever is speaking on the channel and see all the special DMR parameters such as Color Code, Slot Number, and Tx Contact on the display.
In the menu Utility mode, the radio allows you to change many of the parameters such as power level without having to use the CPS. An example of the power level feature is shown below.
If you want to see who called you before, put the radio in the Menu Call Log mode.
If you want to see your previous message, put the radio in the Menu Message mode.
If you want to see your previous message, put the radio in the Menu Message mode.
Receive frequency: 136 - 174 MHz, 400 - 512 MHz
Transmit: 136 - 174 MHz, 400 - 470 MHz
DMR and Analog modes
Backlit keys on keypad
Analog has both 12.5 and 25 KHz channels available
All channels can have unique DMR ID's
Two time slots and all color codes available
Adjustable output power. Maximum power on VHF is 50 Watts, UHF is 45 Watts
Tone Squelch using CTCSS or DCS
Tone signalling using MDC, DTMF, 2 Tone and 5 Tone
Separate RF Power modules using Mitsubishi Power Amps for ultimate in quality and reliability.
If you look at the reviews, you will quickly see this is by far the best dual band DMR mobile radio available.
Will Not Become Obsolete This CS800D has an optional CS-BFD that has the following advantages: (1) Easier to read for us older folks who cannot quite see the tiny displays of other brand radios. (2) Have the ability to have much more information on the display to allow you to know the status of the radio and the communication channel you are in contact with.
This add on product is being designed in the United States and will be have open source code so you folks can make changes and enhancements that was never contemplated by the engineering staff at Connect Systems.
Support Have you ever tried to get support for some of the other radios. If you know Mandarin Chinese and you have free international calling you will have no problems. If you want to speak to someone whose native and only language is English, you call Connect Systems during normal business hours. We also answer e-mails after hours and holidays. Here is what some of our customers say.
"Once emailed Connect Systems in the early morning hours east coast time. Knowing they were west coast and would not be open for hours I was surprised to get an email response from Jerry personally before they were even open." (From Facebook)
"I've always has good support from Connect Systems. Chris is amazing." (From Facebook)
Unconditional Money Back Guarantee If you do not like the radio for any reason including the color or performance, return the radio in the original box with all the accessories given and we will refund your purchase price of the radio. We have been in business since 1982 and we know it is better to give the customer a refund for a perfectly good product than to argue with the unhappy customer.
Warranty If you have a problem with the radio we will repair or replace it within its one year warranty period. With other competitors you might have to send the radio back to China for any problem.
Availability We try to keep this radio in stock. However because it is such a hot seller, we have not always been able to do it. If the radio is not in stock, please contact us by e-mail and we will put you in the queue for the next shipment
Price We think we have the lowest price for the radio. If you see it advertised elsewhere with a lower price call us at 818 889 0503 and see if we will match it.
Free Firmware Available The manufacturer is constantly adding features and fixing problems as they occur. We maintain the latest firmware as well as the previous versions in case a previous version will work better for your needs than the latest versions.
Special Offer This radio is unbelievably priced at $399. A great deal for a radio with its quality and features. This radio is FCC Part 90 certified and could be used on commercial frequencies.
If this web store cannot take your order for any reason, please call us direct at 818 889 0503 during normal business hours.
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Radio was a bit larger than I expected (though I can see the dimensions.) Solid unit, programmed from a blank CP in about 5 mins for several local repeaters. Analog power was 43w on 146 and 39w on 445 through a Bird. Audio in and out is decent. Buttons on the head unit are a bit firm. My biggest gripe is not being able to disable the mic backlight separately from the head unit. The second con is the mic port is on the head, though it's very easy to move this to the db15 on the rear. Otherwise, as a radio it is good. This was added simply to have DMR capability and reminded me of why I hate DMR.
This was my second CS800D I have purchased. They are great, sound great and have a great frequency range. I do wish there were a few things different in the front panel display and operation: 1) An option to reverse a channel's input/output, which is pretty handy at times. 2) An easier way to add a channel on the fly, the current method is pretty tedious. 3) A way to support APRS. 4) Bluetooth Other than that, you can't find a better radio with detachable faceplate under $500 that covers both UHF & VHF both analog and DMR.
Bought for the remote head option as only a few DMR radio's have this feature. So far I'm l'm liking it, with the exception of NO DUAL BAND watch capabilities. Would have given it 5 STARS had it had this feature. Utilizing the SCAN feature in the DUAL BAND's place, but it's not quite the same as my other DMR Radio which has DUAL BAND watch receive a TYT MD-9600. I also love the 7" CS-BFD, touch screen display which I mounted to the wall with a swiveling TV monitor stand in my Ham Shack. It works GREAT, and is much bigger than it appeared in the AD, which almost never happens with stuff I purchase. I was able to program my CSI setup utilizing the optional USB programing cable. The only item I ended up not useing was the CS-BFD 12Vdc Wall Wart power supply I purchased, as after receiving everything I realized the CS-BFD display works on 12VDC too so I hooked it up directly to my 12VDC supply that powered the CS800D radio too. All in all it was a good buy, and works great on DMR in my Ham Shack. Thanks K9OY Chicagoland, IL....
I needed a dual band DMR radio with removable head due to limited vehicle spare - this was the only solution I found to meet my goals. Easy to program a codeplug with the CPS. Minor issue (probably my fault) where the unit got bricked. Outstanding support and tools, easily correctable - or I had the option for return too, not needed. Outstanding products, support and company.. they actually answer the phone too! Well done!
I've had this radio installed for a few days now. Reasons for purchase: 1)2m & 70cm (dual band) 2)DMR & Analog 3)Remote Head 4)Quality 5)Current Support 6)Price point blows competition out of the water. The code plug does not convert perfectly from an AT-D878UV, but well enough to get on the road. Audio is clear, and I have no complaints on those receiving my calls. It does seem that the DMR audio I transmit is pretty quiet compared to analog, but its not a deal breaker, others claim to hear me clearly. Wishlist: 1)A way to customize the screen, or add zone to the display. 2)A way to configure zones using spreadsheets like the Anytone and import that into the code plug. 3)A way to increase the digital gain from the microphone separate from the analog gain. 4)Better documentation on the menus and options 5)VFO mode for HAM bands (could be part of the talkaround but I haven't figured it out yet).
The 800D is an outstanding radio, it has borne up in harsh conditions of both heat and cold for me and has been very solid. The only downside is the display, it simply doesn't show enough information. The BFD rescues it. I now have 2 CS800Ds, so a 4 out of 5 rating is pretty good (I almost never give 5/5 ratings).
As good as my commercial equip on analog and better than the chinese based radios on DMR The price is right too, so go buy this over the other brands
Radio is great have to return for repair when cold no audit will tranmit
Works great with bfd
Solid well made, looks and sounds great, quality radio and a nice price.
I love this radio. It is a solid build. My wife bought it a few weeks ago but would not let me open the box until Christmas Eve. I have a CS750 and I am glad to see the programming software has the same User Interface. This radio will be installed in my truck and replace two other mobile radios. A big benefit of this radio is the fact that it is a CSI radio and they know their products. My emails are always answered in a timely manner and they ship their products quickly, that is if they can keep them in stock
Overall, as a commercial radio user (lots of experience with Kenwood and Motorola) - the radio is great. Easy to use and program. The CPS is pretty good, with a very helpful "help" pane on the screen. The radio DOES seem to have a number of undocumented features, however - including a PA function that appears in software, but has ZERO mention in the manual for wiring (where does the speaker go, how powerful is it?). A "current zone" indicator would be nice (even if only a number), as would the ability to scroll through zones continuously, instead of hitting a stop at the end, and having to go back. When you switch zones using the front panel soft keys, there is no indicator on what zone number or name you are in, either, so you need to know based on the channel. all of these would be minor firmware upgrades in the near future.