The first radio I’ve bought specifically for HAM use is the AnyTone AT-D878UV Plus portable VHF/UHF handheld radio. I use it mainly to listen to QSOs on 2m or 70cm, locally of via a repeater.
The stock antenna was replaced with a Nagoya NA-771 and this improved the reception. The Nagoya antenna is more flexible than the stock antenna, albeit a bit longer. This flexible antenna will hopefully reduce the stress on the SMA connector on the radio.
With this radio I’ve made my first steps into DMR, it introduced me to the phenomenon of codeplugs. I started with using a codeplug created by Robert PC5E and adapted it to suit me best. Receiving the DMR signal from the regional repeater is not the best thing in my current situation. My shack in the attic is just on the wrong side of the house as seen from the repeater. Maybe a 2m/70cm antenna on the roof instead of the antenna on the portable radio or let’s see if I shall buy a DV hotspot.
Update: The DV hotspot has been purchased. Now I’ve to configure it correctly and start using it for DMR.