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TYT TH-UV88 Dual Band Amateur Hand Held Portable VHF UHF

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Product Description

This radio is intended for amateur use only. Intentionally modifying this radio to go outside of amateur band will void any warranty
 Comes with Programming Cable and Software
Programming software here  Zipped File    Direct Download

The TYT TH-UV88 is a solid, economical Dual Band UHF/VHF analog amateur radio for everyday ham use at an entry level price. With 200 channels and up to 5 watts of power, the UV88 is an excellent choice for ham radio operators who need the features and versatility of the popular Baofeng UV-5R but with a more mature look, professional feel and greater durability.

The TH-UV88 features 200 programmable channels with support for 2 meter and 70cm ham frequencies. CTCSS/DCS and 1750 Hz call tone. Other features include dual wait, dual standby, FM radio, DTMF encode/decode, remote stun/kill/activate, and key lock. The UV88 also features a dot-matrix LCD display, built-in VOX (Voice Operated Transmit) for hands-free operation and a high illumination flashlight.

TheTYT TH-UV88 includes a rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack, belt clip, removable antenna, microphone, drop-in battery charger, AC adapter, owner's manual and a one year manufacturer warranty from TYT.

TYT TH-UV88 Features

  • 200 Channels
  • Transmits on 2 Meter and 70CM ham Radio Freqs only
  • 400-480MHz UHF Frequencies (Receive Only)
  • 136-174MHz VHF Frequencies (Receive Only)
  • Only Transmits on Amateur Radio Frequencies
  • Built-in CTCSS/DCS
  • 5W Maximum Output Power
  • Repeater Capable
  • Uses Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Packs
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack Included
  • Includes Charger
  • Emergency Alert
  • VOX
  • Scrambler
  • LED Status Light
  • Dot Matrix LCD Display
  • Lighted DTMF Keypad
  • Hi/Low Power Selectable
  • Battery Meter
  • Low Battery Alert
  • Battery Saver
  • Programmable Multifunction Keys
  • PC Programmable (Optional Software and Cable Required)
  • Timeout Timer
  • Keypad Lock
  • Audible Button Beeps
  • Drop-In Charge Capable
  • Audio Accessory Connector
  • Remote Stun/Kill/Activate
  • One Year Manufacturer Warranty

Included with the TYT TH-UV88

  • TYT TH-UV88 Dual Band Analog Two Way Radio
  • Li-ion Battery
  • Antenna
  • Belt Clip
  • AC Adapter
  • Desktop Charger
  • Owners Manual

TYT TH-UV88 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.56 x 2.08 x 1.41 inches (116 x 53 x 36 mm)
  • Weight (Approx.): 3.73 oz (106 g)
  • Antenna connector type: SMA Female
  • User same two pin mic connector that is compatible with Kenwood, Baofeng, Wouxun, etc


Backlight brightness setting

Power 5 watts

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Product Reviews

  1. Interesting handheld for the money spent. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jun 2020

    I bought this UV88 for two reasons, price being a major consideration and tyt no longer produces the previous model that I can tell. No one is selling it. I like the feel of it in my hand and since I am a bit visually challenged, the displace is not full of info I don't need on a daily basis. I like the heft of it and I don't have to buy another truck load of accessories. Sound is good and so is the transmit.

  2. Uv88better than baofeng, 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th May 2020

    Seems to be a good radio only had it a week feels good in the hand not sure the stock antenna is the best,

  3. Very good budget VHF/UHF handheld radio 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Apr 2020

    This radio has good receive and transmit audio. Works well with aftermarket antennas. Comes with programming cable that makes programming frequencies and repeaters easy and quick. The one I received had the VFO mode disabled but it was easy to turn the VFO mode on by holding down the 1 and 7 keys while turning on the radio. I would recommend this radio to anyone that wants a good inexpensive dual band FM handheld.

  4. A solid dual band at a low price 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Apr 2020

    This is a very basic dual-band radio. There are issues with the included manual, but as far as performance goes, aside from a few compromises the radio could be a good first radio for a new ham.

    It uses a Baeofang-style programming cable, not a TYT-style cable. What's the difference? For example the TYT MD-380 uses a passive cable with no electronics in it, while Baofeng radios use a cable that is active, it has a USB-serial chip inside it.

    The manual fails to explain how you can program a frequency thru the front panel, but a careful read of the manual hints at a vfo mode that appears to allow entering transmit and receive frequencies, but the 'how' is missing.

    The free programming software is basic, but so is the radio. This is not CHIRP compatible as I write this review, but I would expect that to change - the menu system is a near-clone of the UV-5R radio.

    Like all Chinese radios, it has a scan mode that is quite slow, I put 75 frequencies in my radio, but I found I had to set most channels to be 'skipped' in scan mode - it took easily 20-25 seconds to scan 75 channels. I cut the channels to be scanned to about 10 and it's fine.

    As always with radios in this price range the included antenna is mediocre at best - an aftermarket dual and antenna would be in order for most use cases.

    The user manual is improved over most radios, there's an attempt to document each of the 37 menu items, and it includes a description of every icon on the display. The display can be hard to read in certain lighting situations, but it's a welcome change from the display of the Baofeng UV-5R, it is paper white and the characters are very readable in indoor lighting conditions.

    It's a solid radio, it sells for a nice (low) price, and I'd rate this a small step up from a Baofeng UV-5R at a similar price-point, under $40.

  5. Great entry level HT 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Apr 2020

    The TH-UV88 seems to be a very well built radio with all the basic features for a FM entry level handheld transceiver. It is the first HT I have had in its price range that actually receives well with an aftermarket antenna (many others do not seem to have enough selectivity to not have the front end overloaded by interfering signals and receive suffers with them when using a better antenna than they come with But Not This Radio)The manual is quite sparse and as it comes with a programming cable I would highly recommend downloading the TYT software for it to program it.
    As I have had it one a few days at this point, the only negative comments I have is that the manual does not tell how to enter the VFO mode to manually program the radio. As it is a very new model there is not much help on the internet yet but this is bound to be a very popular radio so I'm sure there will be a lot of information coming soon.
    The other negative is that the belt clip is on the battery not the radio so if you want to have extra batteries you might want to order extra belt clips too.
    I would highly recommend this radio to anyone who wants a nice inexpensive FM only HT.

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