Alinco DX-SR8 ?

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  1. AB8RO

    AB8RO Ham Member QRZ Page

    While we're talking about new rigs (see kenwood thread), what's up with the new Alinco HF radio?

    For the life of me I can't figure out why anybody would buy one of these. Who exactly is Alinco targeting? Are these more appealing in other parts of the world? Talk about ugly!


    If they sell at a steeper discount than say icom or yaesu, then I can see the appeal, it's just the cheapest choice possible. At the listed price, however, it seems to me that there are much better choices.
  2. NE3R

    NE3R Ham Member QRZ Page

    I really don't know either. It seems like it would be simple to operate, but then again, an Icom IC-718 is easy to operate too, and costs less.

    73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R
  3. KC0ZZH

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    Just because something costs less doesn't mean it's a better deal..:rolleyes:
  4. AB9LZ

    AB9LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    'cmon guys, it's a "tawk all over the world" rig that's only slightly harder to operate than a cobra or a general lee, what could be more appealing that that?

    73 m/4
  5. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator QRZ Page

    And with a whopping "3 power output selections" too.

  6. WC5P

    WC5P Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is obviously an entry level rig with just basic features.

    It looks like it might make a decent mobile rig in that it has a fairly large remotable display, so you don't need a magnifier to read it. It has minimal controls, which the operator can memorize the positions of, and thus operate without taking eyes off the road.

    It is too new to have any reliability track record. What remains to be seen is Alinco's ability to support it via the new distributor. Something which certainly sucked pond water with the old distributor. As inexpensive as it is, I think I might just take a chance on one.
  7. AB8RO

    AB8RO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Of course. Like the icom 718.

    That occurred to me as well. It's not that much cheaper than the FT-857 though and doesn't cover vhf. At this point, however, I think that it's at least $100 cheaper than any competing remotable display radio and if the performance is better for not covering VHF then that may be a win.

    I have my doubts, no VHF, no DSP, hardly seems compelling. Perhaps that's the market that they're going for, however.
  8. W9PSK

    W9PSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    It looks cheap. From what I have read, its predecessor wasn't all that great a rig either.
  9. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    And all that room on the rear panel, where they could have put interesting and standardized I-O ports -- but didn't.
  10. WC5P

    WC5P Ham Member QRZ Page

    It IS cheap.

    It is also very simple to operate. For HF mobile, simpler is better (although an optional internal tuner certainly would have been nice).

    For those of you who have never seen one, this thing is much larger than the pictures lead you to believe. It is about the size of a 757 / 890, not a micro radio like a 706 / 857 class.
  11. KB9OFM

    KB9OFM Ham Member QRZ Page

    They could have at least added 6 meters to the radio.

    good day dennis
  12. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator QRZ Page

    One would have been nice (with apologies to Woody Allen). :D


  13. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Interesting info, I didn't look up the dimensions and wouldn't have guessed that.

    If it's that big, it's competing with the Kenwood TS-480S, which has a separate control panel with interconnect cord standard -- and also has an internal tuner, and covers six meters. Good luck trying to compete with that! Kenwood did a tremendous job on the 480S and it's very popular.
  14. WC5P

    WC5P Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have never played around on a TS-480. Dont know much about it. Kind of wierd looking. Couple hundred bucks more, plus filter if you are a cw op. I have heard that ham truckers consider the 480 to be one of the best HF mobile rigs out there.
  15. SV9OFO

    SV9OFO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am "sort of" an alinco user (DJ-G7) and I was bought not by sheer performance but by the extent of features the radio has.

    When I saw the DX-SR8 I wondered "Why do they do that to their own company?
    In ANY point of view, even I could do better than that(!) designing a decent rig for the price!".

    No DSP, no 6 meters, no autotuner, why would one buy? I honestly don't know. For the price? No, not for the price. For the size of it that would fill my desk? Maybe but an IC718 could do the trick and it has DSP. And better reputation. And could get a better price out of it when I get to sell it.

    So, I still look for a reason why to buy it. haven't found any, and probably I never will. Good luck with your RD department next time, Alinco.
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