TYT TH-UVF1 Dual Band
TH-UVF1 belongs to TYT brand, is the newest professional handheld dual-band, dual-standby, dual-display two way radio which has optional functions like MSK/DTMF/2Tone/5Tone, scrambler ect.
We’ve all seen the new Chinese handheld radios on the market. Most of them are priced lower than their competitors and offer great features. I have been very tempted to buy one, but was not sure how they would perform. Luckily, I was asked to review one of these neat little radios, the TYT H-UVF1, a dual band VHF/UHF handheld.
The TH-UVF1 has a good set of basic features. The dual band handheld works on one band at a time and offers 128 memory channels. Its extended receive coverage includes an FM broadcast band receiver covering the frequency range 70 to 108 MHz, the FM broadcast band in China. The radio also offers scan and priority scan functions, VOX and a voice prompt. To see the complete list of features for the TH-UVF1, visit the manufacturer’s website, www.tyt888.com.
Early versions of the TH-UVF1, including the review radio, included a scrambler function that is not legal for use by Amateur Radio operators. We understand that this feature has been disabled in current units.
What’s in the Box
The box contains several items: the transceiver, a flexible rubber antenna (about 7 inches long) with SMA connector, an owner’s manual, a belt clip with strap and a drop-in charger base. The dealer included a car cigarette adapter for the charger base as a special promotion. TYT offers a few accessories, including a speaker/mic, programming cable/software and mobile battery eliminator. The battery eliminator plugs into the auto’s cigarette lighter socket and has an adapter on the other end that replaces the transceiver’s battery pack. This is the only provision for using an external power source.
The TYT TH-UVF1 has a nice feel. It fits in the hand very well and has a nice weight. It stands almost 41⁄2 inches tall (without the antenna) by 21⁄4 inches wide. The Li-ion battery is easy to release from the back. The radio case is constructed of a high density plastic, similar to most other radios on the market. The radio has one knob on top that turns the unit on and adjusts the volume. The PTT (push to talk) button is on the left side (looking at the front of the radio). Right below the PTT is a small MONI button that opens the squelch and beneath that is a red CALL button. On the right hand side of the radio is a small panel that can be pulled open to reveal two jacks for the optional external
speaker/mic. The front of the radio is laid out similar to other popular handheld radios. The frontfiring speaker is above the 1 × 1⁄2 inch LCD display. The keypad has 0-9 numbers with (*) and (#) function keys. There is a bright red MENU key along with UP/DOWN arrow keys and a U/V key. These will be discussed later in the review.
Of course each number key also serves a separate function, for example, the #5 key helps to control the SQUELCH setting (accessed by pressing MENU and the number). All in all the aesthetics of the radio look just fine. Turning the radio on revealed a nice amber display with two frequency rows
(VHF and UHF). A small arrow indicated which row was in receiving mode. Using the U/V button, you can easily switch between the two rows. You can change the color of the display from amber to blue or light purple. I liked the blue.
Learning to Use the TH-UVF1
The owner’s manual is small, about the size of a CD case book insert. The manual has 42 pages that describe the features of the radio, the warranty, the MENU options, how to change the MENU settings, accessories and a section on “Optional Signalings.” Most of the manual introduces each of
the 34 MENU items and then follows with explanations of how to either turn each function on/off and how to adjust the settings. The manual does little to explain what each function does — that is left up to the operator to figure out on their own. I had trouble understanding how to use some of the different functions. If you have successfully used other handheld radios, programmed memory channels and banks, entered CTCSS tones and so on, then you should be able to figure out the TH-UVF1.
If this is your first time operating a handheld radio, some of these instructions might as well be written in Greek.As we were completing the review, we learned that Nifty Ham Accessories (www.
niftyaccessories.com) now makes a handy Quick Reference guide for the TH-UVF1.
You can download support software from the manufacturer’s website by going to www.tyt888.com, or you can purchase a USB programming cable along with the software on a CD as I did. The optional
software really helps programming go faster. Opening the program is fairly easy once it has been downloaded to your computer. You will need to choose a COM port for the program to “talk” to your radio. I have a three year old HP Pavilion with Windows Vista and everything worked just fine. Next,
just choose your favorite repeaters, enter receive and transmit frequencies (keep in mind the + or – offset frequency), any CTCSS access tones, transmit power level and even a channel name. I programmed a few of my local repeaters within just a few minutes and downloaded them to the radio.
extract Reviewed by Dewey Rykard II, KI4RGD
ARRL Educational Correspondent