Hytera AR482G / TD580 review

Lately, I have been using the Hytera AR482G as my every day carry portable DMR radio. I’ve been using it on a business trip in Hawaii the past couple weeks, and I have to say I’m quite impressed by it.

Hytera AR482G with a Diamond SRJF10 stubby antenna (center), with included charger (right), and a can of coconut water for size comparison (left)

I just came across a review of the Hytera TD580, by VA3XFT over on the VA3XPR website. The AR482G being sold by Ham Radio Outlet looks to be the same radio, with a couple differences. For one, the programming software mentioned in the review is Chinese language only, whereas the software provided by HRO is in English. The font on the AR482G’s display also looks to be more updated, using sans-serif fonts instead of the screen pictured in VA3XFT’s review.

There were no firmware or CPS version numbers available in the review to compare with, however the CPS version I am using is 2.05.04.007.NA2 – available as a free download from Ham Radio Outlet’s website, which does include a serial number to activate it. The radio itself is running the firmware versions pictured below:

Overall, I have to say I’m impressed with the AR482G and it’s performance. The build quality and feel is excellent, and front panel programming is an easy, step-by-step process. I’ve used it on several hotspots and a few local repeaters, and never had an unexpected issue.

I encourage you to give the review of the TD580 a read. The AR482G is practically the same radio! Please feel free to leave your questions or comments for me as well!

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