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Digital Voice for Amateur Use - Discuss use of digital voice technologies on the amateur radio bands. This is to include technologies such as VoIP, P25, DMR/TRBO, NXDN, D-STAR, etc.

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Old 06-11-2018, 2:07 PM
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Default Ailunce HD1 or Alinco DJ-AXD4 or TYT-MD390

I am looking for a DMR handheld radio which works both on DMR as well as analog. UHF is mandatory, VHF is good to have.

Which one of these is best?

1. Ailunce HD1
2. Alinco DJ-AXD4
3. TYT-MD390


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1. Quality
2. Should be able to download user/repeater database
3. Waterproof

If there is any other radio which I haven't listed and fits my requirement then please suggest.

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My favorite , The Anytone 868 isn't on the list, excellent radio,

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Thanks K4DUR for the suggestion.

This is not a waterproof radio. Which is one of my priority.
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It's IP54. I've used it in tornado rain reporting for SKYWARN no problem, don't usually talk in the pool though



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Thanks for the info K4DUR.

I need to hear more pros and cons about other radios before I make my decision.

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Are you using it direct or thru a hotspot?

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I’d check out the new Alinco DJ-MD5. ALINCO showed it at Dayton. Very easy to program it from the keypad. Also Alinco is the only imported dual band DMR radio with a factory authorized service center in the USA. Alinco radios have been sold in the USA for 35+ years. They didn’t just appear last year.
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Seems Alinco DJ-MD5 is very new. I cannot find aby seller yet.
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They will be out soon, but when I played with one at Dayton, I could adjust all he settings from the keypad without ever looking at the instruction manual. Very intuitive.
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Why are you shopping eBay and not an actual ham store ? Grapevine amateur radio is ham owned and kinda specializes in DMR radios and codeplugs resources, there are lots of scams on eBay between counterfeit and stolen crap ,most eBay bargains aren't realy bargains at the end of the day.

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I never shop from eBay.

Is there any non-Chinese dual band DMR radio, other than Motorola?

I read that Motorola xpr 7550e can be used as a HAM radio, but it is too costly.

I am looking for something which is better quality than the Chinese radios but less than Motorola.

Any suggestions?
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Is there any non-Chinese dual band DMR radio, other than Motorola?
Motorola does not make a dual band DMR radio.

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I read that Motorola xpr 7550e can be used as a HAM radio, but it is too costly.
The XPR-7550 covers 136-174MHz in the VHF model, and the UHF model is full on 400-520MHz in one band split.

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I am looking for something which is better quality than the Chinese radios but less than Motorola.

Any suggestions?

You will be looking for a long time. The cheap Chinese radios are the only dual band DMR radios on the market at this time. The only non CCR dual band would be linking a Kenwood NX-5700 and a NX-5800 to a single control head. Kenwood does not offer a multi band portable radio.



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If you are looking for a dual band DMR radio, the only choice is a CCR. However, if a single band DMR radio will do, since 95% of DMR repeaters are UHF, the earlier Motorola XPR6550 is an excellent choice. The last one I purchased 2nd hand was $50.
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