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Old 06-01-2017, 3:11 AM
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We used to tape camcorder batteries together and use them ,back in those days though if someone was mugging you , you knocked them out by swinging the HT by the antenna , with today's tiny radios sometimes you can find used laptop batteries for sale when one cell goes bad the whole battery is "garbage" to most people, bust those bad boys open extract the high capacity 18650 rechargeables reycle the bad one , use the remaining good ones to power your radios ,beats retail !

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Old 06-01-2017, 9:58 AM
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the whole battery is "garbage" to most people, bust those bad boys open extract the high capacity 18650 rechargeables reycle the bad one , use the remaining good ones to power your radios ,beats retail !
Thanks - I haven't decided which direction to go. I also fly RC planes and have a decent assortment of lipo batteries I can lash together.
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Old 06-03-2017, 7:31 PM
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FWIW, I put in an order for the Anytone 3318UV 12V battery eliminator so I can use it to make a larger battery pack for the DJ-500T. Mainly looking to carry it back and forth from home to work and have the battery last for a day of scanning/listening. Will update you guys if I make anything worthwhile out of it.
Received the Anytone 3318UV 12V battery eliminator and another docking stand today. High quality parts, less expensive than from Alinco and docking stand looks identical other than the sticker on the bottom.

The 12V battery eliminator has a buck regulator in the cigarette plug which reduces the voltage to 8.2V. I extended the wire from the 8.2V side going to the HT so I could put a DC clamp meter on it to see what the current draw is. My meter has only 10mA resolution, and here is what I measured.

- channel mode, power save option set to auto, set on a single frequency, nothing being received, backlight off - 20-50mA
- channel mode, power save option set to OFF, set on a single frequency, nothing being received, backlight off - 90-100mA

- channel mode, scanning, nothing being received, backlight off - 80-90mA
- channel mode, nothing being received, backlight on - 100mA
- channel mode, squelch open, backlight on - 120mA

- transmit, VHF, high power - 2.25A, med - 1.20A, low - 1.07A
- transmit, UHF, high power - 1.47A, med - 0.85A, low - 0.80A

Clamp on DC current meter is picking up RF - radio position would change the above measurements so I tried to take the readings without moving the radio.


Doesn't look like the 12 power adapter is easily disassembled on the radio end. Will buy another unit and cut off the cigarette lighter end off and hook up to an 2 cell RC lipo pack.
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Does anyone have a programming cable for this HT? If so can you post a photo of it?

I own one for my Baofeng UV-5R that has worked on it, an 888s and Luiton 316 radios no problem but won't work for my DJ-500T

Wondering if it's not compatible or my radio has a problem.
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FWIW, I was also unable to unlock tx on a DJ-500T using either the 'pf2 + d' or 'pf1 + d' combo. Was interested in doing this before learning this radio is not Part 95 certified (thought it was).

However, I am curious to know why this override code didn't work on my unit when it seems to have worked on other ones--new firmware perhaps??? Perhaps there's a different combo???
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I just ordered a DJ-500T which I hope to receive next week. Any updated instructions for changing the "mode" setting manually or is this only possible through software now?
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I just ordered a DJ-500T which I hope to receive next week. Any updated instructions for changing the "mode" setting manually or is this only possible through software now?
Having failed at accessing the mode menu on the DJ-500T via the key combo at power up, I called Remtronix, the US distributor for Alinco radios. They told me they knew of no way to unlock the transmit frequencies on this device, whether through the key combos or via software. They seemed pretty earnest about this.

They also mentioned the TB model was available for just this purpose and expressed confusion at the decision of at least one of the major amateur radio equipment stores not to carry this model.

I did pick up a DJ-500TB and the key combo worked the first time I tried it. I got it from Newegg, though it was actually sold by Remtronix. It was on sale for $10 cheaper than it is now, but the current price seems to still be a significant discount.

Here's a link to the new page (don't think it's against the rules to post a link to a commercial site): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9sia5rc54k8671
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Having failed at accessing the mode menu on the DJ-500T via the key combo at power up, I called Remtronix, the US distributor for Alinco radios. They told me they knew of no way to unlock the transmit frequencies on this device, whether through the key combos or via software. They seemed pretty earnest about this.

They also mentioned the TB model was available for just this purpose and expressed confusion at the decision of at least one of the major amateur radio equipment stores not to carry this model.

I did pick up a DJ-500TB and the key combo worked the first time I tried it. I got it from Newegg, though it was actually sold by Remtronix. It was on sale for $10 cheaper than it is now, but the current price seems to still be a significant discount.

Here's a link to the new page (don't think it's against the rules to post a link to a commercial site): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9sia5rc54k8671
Don't you need a cable and software to setup channels with the "TB"? Or can it be programmed manually like the "T"? I rather like some of the VFO features in the "T" and I understand the "TB" doesn't have those?
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Don't you need a cable and software to setup channels with the "TB"? Or can it be programmed manually like the "T"? I rather like some of the VFO features in the "T" and I understand the "TB" doesn't have those?
I believe I recall from earlier in this thread that some people receive devices with the keypad locked and others receive ones unlocked. Mine came either unlocked or I unlocked it with the key combo + power up sequence, which I did immediately after unboxing.

As far as I can tell, as long as the TB keypad is unlocked, the T and TB are exactly the same device except for the extended transmit range of the TB.
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I believe I recall from earlier in this thread that some people receive devices with the keypad locked and others receive ones unlocked. Mine came either unlocked or I unlocked it with the key combo + power up sequence, which I did immediately after unboxing.

As far as I can tell, as long as the TB keypad is unlocked, the T and TB are exactly the same device except for the extended transmit range of the TB.
Thanks for the tips. I'm canceling my order for the "T" and will get the "TB" instead.
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FYI - I got the DJ-500TB and this programming cable from eBay ( USB Programming Cable Alinco DJ-500 GEN 1 DJ-500 GEN 2 ERW-7p 3.5mm | eBay ). Using the free "cloning" software from Alinco I was able to easily program all the frequencies I needed. I'm able to reach all the repeaters in my local area without issue. I'm super happy.
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Old 10-22-2017, 1:13 AM
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FYI - I got the DJ-500TB and this programming cable from eBay ( USB Programming Cable Alinco DJ-500 GEN 1 DJ-500 GEN 2 ERW-7p 3.5mm | eBay ). Using the free "cloning" software from Alinco I was able to easily program all the frequencies I needed. I'm able to reach all the repeaters in my local area without issue. I'm super happy.
Thanks for the follow up. When we order more, we will get the part 90 (TB) versions from now on.
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