The three SSB faces of Anytone on 10m (and 11M)
The AT-5555N arrived today and just a few first comments while we play with it for a while. Seems like Anytone looked at the Grant 2 and decided that they could do it better…and it many ways they have!!
Larger display, simplified layout, big buttons, big knobs, big display lettering, more power and removable channel display. Fractionally bigger than the AT-5555. Meter reads power and SWR simultaneously. Same up/down mic as AT-6666 so don’t forget to speak into the middle of the mic not across the top like we usually do. It also seems light in the audio dept like the 6666 but there is sufficient volume; you just have to wrap the volume control a lot further to the right than we are used to. Push Buttons are not back lit but certainly of a sufficient size and number. Dual acting a quick push, or a push and hold, separate the dual functions in each button. The AT5555N seems to share a bit of common architecture with the AT-6666…Push the channel selector to change the tuning steps but if you hold it in there is no menu behind it. In fact only 10 functions in the menu and half of them you could do without. Mic Gain control, Clarifier setting functions and setting the offset frequency are the only ones you will tend to use. Reset is Number 10. Having 9 dual acting buttons means less to put in menus I guess. I do have to say I like it compared to the old AT-5555 and the At-6666. I like the size and the layout. Wish it had the 60W PEP plus of the AT-6666. The 5555N does close to 30 out of the box. Mic gain is set up at 30/36 so not much more to go there. Finals are a pair of 13N01 driven by another 13N01 mounted on the rear heatsink. Radio has not got hot at all but we have yet to really pound it for an hour or two on SSB. No complaints about the tx audio but the radio “seems” to have more receive noise than some of the others we have had across the bench recently. Plenty sensitive but the same anytone /ranger 2950 white noise. The tuning steps are 100hz, 1khz, 10khz, 100khz and 1mhz. Anytone doesn’t believ in 5khz steps for the freebanders. Klick away in 1khz steps like the rest of them. It has a band button which jumps up 40ch but you can navigate over the range of the radio using the steps and ch selector.
No 12m coverage. No CW. They should piss the PA function off as well. (Does anybody use PA?) Starts at 25.615 and finishes just of 30mhz. All the normal Anytone menu functions are there. Got a choice of beeps. 6 of them. From the front panel.
Split works well..set the split in the function menu and turn it off and on from the FRQ button. In the manual when it says push it means push; not push and hold!
The memories allow you to scroll from them but the radio will not revert back to the saved memory frequency, like the at6666 the memory acts more like an independent vfo than a memory. Stays where you leave it and if it is not the same as the stored memory it overwrites it. More like a last ch used function. Band switch is irrelevant now with the steps in the selector, as is the +10k switch as the selector steps up in 100khz, 10khz, 1khz and 100hz steps missing nothing. If you want to view a channelized radio you still can, but at least we have the choice of getting rid of the channel readout completely from the display. On the lincoln 2 and grant 2 you will be looking at a ch readout on the display somewhere.
Would I buy this instead of the AT-5555.? I sure would. Bigger display, better layout, tuning from the ch selector and it looks way smarter. Now they just need to quieten down the receive, add 5khz steps, make the memories work right and double the power!
A tasteful blend of functionality and design. Beautiful to look at, but possibly a pain to listen to for long without a BHI DSP unit in line!
I tried the BHI NEIM1031 on it and you can hear it here:
It is a big step in the right direction.
Putting the AT5555N into export mode is a solder job. No jumpers to jump. Tiny little iddy biddy pads to bridge with solder.
Read the box “10 Meter Radio”