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Old 05-25-2018, 10:13 AM
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Default New Alinco DMR dual band HT. DJ-MD5

Saw this new radio at the Alinco booth at Dayton. Nice little dual band, with FPP. It will sell for $149. Unlike the other recent Johnny come lately CCR's, this radio is sold by Alinco, which has been selling radios in the USA for decades, & has a factory authorized sales, & service center in the USA.
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I missed the Alinco booth this year at Dayton. Since Alinco is relabeling an Anytone radio for their analog dual band I wonder if this new DMR radio is a re-badge from someone else?

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Saw this new radio at the Alinco booth at Dayton. Nice little dual band, with FPP. It will sell for $149. Unlike the other recent Johnny come lately CCR's, this radio is sold by Alinco, which has been selling radios in the USA for decades, & has a factory authorized sales, & service center in the USA.
https://rigreference.com/rigs/6402-alinco-dj-md5
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Well looking at both photo’s side by side, it certainly is not a rebadged Anytone D868UV. Doesn’t look like anything made by TYT, Ailunce, or Radioddity either. But again, the strong selling point is Alinco has a factory authorized US sales, & service center, while none of the others do.
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Well looking at both photo’s side by side, it certainly is not a rebadged Anytone D868UV. Doesn’t look like anything made by TYT, Ailunce, or Radioddity either. But again, the strong selling point is Alinco has a factory authorized US sales, & service center, while none of the others do.
That's a big selling point for me before I invest my hard earned dollars into radio gear.
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Not sure about the others but the Anytone D868UV I bought comes with a 1yr US warranty and there is a US service center where the US seller will take care of any problems. Anytone is not as established at Alinco but its also not considered a grey market radio any more.

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Well looking at both photo’s side by side, it certainly is not a rebadged Anytone D868UV. Doesn’t look like anything made by TYT, Ailunce, or Radioddity either. But again, the strong selling point is Alinco has a factory authorized US sales, & service center, while none of the others do.
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All the sellers of the Anytone import them from China. None are factory backed. Yes, if the radio dies, they can send you another one. But my point is there is no single factory authorized importer, like ALINCO, Icom, Kenwood, or Yaesu.
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I know "Import Communications" and others will swap out a bad radio under warranty but if the radio breaks after the warranty that's another problem. This company is making some good claims:

We offer One Year Limited Warranty repair or replace in the USA. You do not ship to China and cause you headaches. We have a service center in the USA and will offer warranty service on radios bought from us only. This seller is "Lets Get Ready" in Long Beach, CA and their prices are some of the best I've found on various Chinese radios.

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All the sellers of the Anytone import them from China. None are factory backed. Yes, if the radio dies, they can send you another one. But my point is there is no single factory authorized importer, like ALINCO, Icom, Kenwood, or Yaesu.
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If I was interested in buying the Anytone, it would be from Connect Systems. They seem to sell more than anybody. But again, my point is there is no single factory distributor. Anyone who wants to buy a dozen from China, can. With the Alinco, everyone sold in the USA will have been imported by Remtronix. The factory backed distributor.
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Default DJ-MD5/Anytone D868UV

A close look at the display on the DJ-MD5 is almost a perfect match for the AnyTone D868UV.
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I called Remtronix Sales to see if there was a better availability date on the DJ-MD5. The short answer is probably mid--August. A limited supply coming by air will probably mostly go to DX Engineering and Ham Radio Outlet.

The Canadian approval is done; the FCC review--he wasn't sure--is either done or just about so.

The unit shown in Dayton was a prototype, and the DJ-MD5 has undergone some additional engineering modifications. It will be smaller than the MD-380 class of radios.

When I suggested perhaps adding a line at the webpage bottom about a better availability date, the person said he expected to update the webpage by week's end.

I didn't push for specific information on the engineering details, as no spec sheet was yet available. He did say I would be surprised with the unit.

The 7 minute conversation was interesting and cordial, not rushing to end the call. I'm looking forward to see and learn more. HTH.
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I played with the prototype at Dayton. & it seemed very intuitive to enter freq's, TG's, CC's, etc from the keypad. I think this radio will be the best of all the DMR dual band radios.
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This radio keypad and shape is very similar to the Zastone DP880 with a larger color screen. I purchased a Zastone on clearance for $40.00 recently. It does not have FPP, but the audio is excellent and it is well constructed. See the Zastone at https://pl.aliexpress.com/item/Free-...443182645.html
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189.95 @ dxengineering. Says it can ship out on tues. 9/4 with free shipping.

https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/alo-dj-md5tgp
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189.95 @ dxengineering. Says it can ship out on tues. 9/4 with free shipping.

https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/alo-dj-md5tgp
That radio has a lot of similarities to the Anytone AT-D868UV. Wouldn't surprise me that's who is making it as Anytone is about to release a newer version of their dual band portable radio. I bet it will look just like that.
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Funny that these radios have been out for a week or two and not any reviews yet, at least that I can find.
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Who said it was a rebadged Anytone? This is pure speculation, just like Kavanaugh tried to rape a girl 35 years ago. Where’s the proof? And remember, the radio also works on analog VHF, & UHF too. I’m sure most repeaters in this country are still VHF analog.
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I guess if you had no use for analog and you want digital only then I can see your point. I don’t really want to pack two HT’s around to have both.
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GigaParts lists the radio for $169, but they're currently out of stock, with availability listed as mid-October.
https://www.gigaparts.com/alinco-dj-...-ht-w-gps.html

HRO has them for $169.96, in stock.
https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-016332
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And the one I tested at Dayton did not have a screen with the black background. It had the normal white background with black letters.
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