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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Alinco DJ-G29T FM Dual Band Help

Reviews Summary for Alinco DJ-G29T FM Dual Band
Alinco DJ-G29T FM Dual Band Reviews: 22 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $379.95
Description: 222/902 MHZ Dual Band FM transceiver
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N1RIK Rating: 5/5 Feb 17, 2018 15:17 Send this review to a friend
Love this radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Thankfully I was able to get a brandnew DJ-G29T late last year due to Alinco releasing small batches of new radios through Remtronix, seeing they had the left over parts and there's still a small demand for them. Paid $250 for it. But the quality and performance of this radio is great. It's great travelling with the radio seeing I can dial up all the local 900 MHz repeaters without worrying about programming up a commercial radio.
N5PTV Rating: 5/5 Oct 26, 2015 22:25 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: more than 12 months
I own and operate two 33 cm repeaters in Central Oklahoma. I was excited when Alinco decided to make a 33cm HT. I purchased two units and sold my Motorola. It's nice to have something that is field programmable, especially for travel. No need to drag the laptop and RIB out. That being said, the audio is clear and loud. The radio feels good and sturdy. I can't really complain at all. I am disappointed that Alinco discontinued the radio. I was hoping to see a DR-935 mobile, but no joy. I also have the DJG7 triband. It is just as nice and 1.2 GHZ is fairly interesting as well. I recommend this radio for anyone that wants to experiment on 33cm, or already has commercial equipment for that band.
K7NG Rating: 4/5 Sep 21, 2015 14:31 Send this review to a friend
Glad I got one  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got a DJ-G29T before it was announced they would be discontinued, and I am glad I did it. I was considering one for a long time, but I finally decided to take the plunge a couple weeks before the announcement.

It's got a reasonably good, solid feeling in your hand, and it's (barely) big enough to work the keys easily, even with XL hands. The receive audio is about as good as any other HT with a speaker that size. Receive sensitivity is as good as most commercial radios on 900 MHz (I have some to compare) and is fine on 222 MHz as well.
The transmit output power is about the same as most commercial 900 radios, and 5W on 222 is fine. As a user of VHF and UHF radios on the job, I've learned not to expect a HT to talk 50 miles and try to teach that to others - but you're in the primary converage contour, this radio sounds good at the far end, too. People often forget that HT's hear better than they talk, so super hot sensitivity may not be an asset...

Enough has been said about the manual.

Alinco seems to have a different view of how a radio should be user-programmed, and, well, I got the RT Systems software and cable to dispense with 90% of the challenge. I did of course learn how to use Alinco's software also, and to do frone panel programming, but I'd rather not.

I can't really come up with any 'bad' things about the radio. If you find one, and have the slightest interest in either of these bands, I'd buy it.
N2LAW Rating: 5/5 Nov 22, 2014 16:41 Send this review to a friend
I get a little thrill each time I turn it on  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Sure, it's just another VHF/UHF dual-bander... except the VHF is 1.25m instead of 2m, and the UHF is 33cm instead of 70cm. What's not to like? Here in the Northeast, at least, both of these bands are -- well, if not exactly hopping, at least fairly active. I like to make contacts on lesser-used bands, so when I saw the DJ-G29T at an irresistible close-out price (sadly, it has been discontinued by the manufacturer) I picked one up. I was already an habitué of 220, but this was my first transceiver for 900 and I was thrilled to make a repeater QSO within minutes of turning the thing on. In fact I've had so much fun with it in the past few weeks that I recently grabbed another one at the same firesale price. Because after all, what's the point of having only *one* HT for a particular frequency?

Obviously, if you choose to buy the DJ-G29T it's going to be because you want to get on the two slightly exotic bands It covers. There's not really anything to compare it to -- it's literally the only HT in the world that covers these two bands, and -- while there are other HTs available for 220 -- your only other option for 900 MHz is converting commercial gear. Which is lots of fun (I'm getting into it now), but typically involves going onto eBay, which I hate HI HI. Alinco deserves respect for taking the risk of designing and marketing a rig that essentially is only going to sell in and to a limited customer base (both bands are unique to Region 2). I hope their decision to discontinue the DJ-G29T doesn't indicate that they took a bath on it.

But let me say this -- even taken on its own merits, without reference to its unique position in the marketplace -- this is a solid and enjoyable piece of kit. It feels good in the hand and the audio is outstanding. Battery life is good. I have not measured power output but I was pleasantly surprised at how much range I got on 900 using it in a car with the stock rubber ducky. Diamond has an antenna (SRH-229) tailor-made for this HT, which I tried, and my impression is that its an improvement over the ducky, but honestly the stock antenna isn't too bad either, at least on 900. I keep the ducky on much of the time so I can throw the HT into a bag and not worry about bending the more fragile Diamond antenna.

The radio's user interface takes a bit of getting used to if, like me, you're used to Icoms and Yaesus (and, nowadays, Baofengs and the like). At the end of the day, though, each brand has its own peculiarities and Alinco's don't strike me as any better or worse than the others. I like the display -- displays a lot of information and the font is very readable. The manual is organized a bit oddly, but I didn't have any real trouble finding the information I needed.

The radio is supposed to support full-duplex operation, which might actually be quite useful especially on two bands that aren't overly crowded. Find a pair of frequencies and have at it. At least that was my thought, but after I got my second DJ-G29T I tried to have a full-duplex QSO with a friend and wasn't able to get anything but a high-pitched squeal. I must be doing something wrong but I haven't figured it out yet.

I haven't procured the programming cable yet, either. (It's not as if there were hundreds of frequencies to program in, even in New England where 1.25m and 33cm are fairly popular.) So far as I can tell none of my "universal" radio programming cables will work with this HT and Alinco's interface is pretty pricy. However, with two G29T's and now a G7T (see separate review), it probably makes sense to get the cable. Especially snce I got the HTs at a bargain price, so I don't really begrudge Alinco the money. (By the way, it's nice that the G7T and G29T use the same drop-in charger -- I now can keep a charger in each of 3 locations and not worry about bringing it with me all the time.)

The belt "clip", as everyone says, is weird, and next to useless.. Personally, I don't usually wear HTs on my belt anyway, but I do like to clip them in place in my bag, and I can't do that with the provided strap. Whatever - I can buy or make one and screw it on if it bothers me too much.

All in all, I really, really like this HT. II, along with either the DJ-G7T or the Icom IC-T81, are the two HT's I now always take with me when I travel -- as I can cover 5 or 6 bands wherever I am. As I said in the title, I get a little thrill each time I turn it on in a new place -- knowing I might make a new contact on one or the other less-used band.

Highly recommended for anyone in Region 2.

Hope Alinco reconsiders the decision to discontinue though I'm sure that's a pipe dream.
AB1AW Rating: 5/5 Oct 12, 2014 10:45 Send this review to a friend
If you can find one, buy it!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
'nuff said.
AC5PS Rating: 5/5 Jul 14, 2014 20:22 Send this review to a friend
Different  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
It's not perfect but because Alinco went out of the box I give it a 5. I have been using it as a fix station into a KP-20 with good results even with about 2 watts. Programming is a little clucky but that's why there is a manual. Good audio and receive but had to use attenuator because of intermodulation due to the high gain base antenna.
AE7Q Rating: 4/5 Feb 19, 2014 23:44 Send this review to a friend
Good radio, minor nits  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this to have coverage of 1.3m (not 1.25m) and 33cm. Nice radio. Not much to add to the other reviews, except:

1. If you contact Alinco's USA distributor via eMail about a PDF manual, you'll get one via return eMail the next day. Why it's not on the Alinco site (like the other scanned manuals, see below), is a mystery. However, it's better in terms of content (clarity, completeness) than I expected.
2. The PDF manual (apparently like the other Alinco PDF manuals) was SCANNED. That means you can't search for words, and instead you have to electronically "thumb through" the manual to find topics. Ugh! Review downrated to a "4" for this reason. This is my first Alinco radio, and it's an initial put-off.
3. Apparently excellent battery life (no need to recharge after brief usage).
4. The free (downloadable) software is functional but cosmetically awful (Alinco: Spell the word "frequency" correctly). One nice thing: you can update the memories separate from the settings!!!
5. For those used to the Icom "dual-receive" radio paradigm, it's bit different: You can only transmit on the "main" receiver frequency, but swapping the "sub" and "main" frequencies is trivial. It's just a different method.
6. Some of the radio's screen fonts are very small but readable. If you need glasses, you'll need glasses.
7. Nice charging stand, but awful "belt clip". I bought the one for the VX-6 ($9), but didn't like it.
8. It's nice that my RT Systems CT-29A RS-232 data cable from 2003 that works on Yaesu and Icom radios, also works here (requires a 3.5mm stereo to 2.5mm stereo adapter).
9. Tone squelch (on receive) only works on one receiver at a time.
N2MWE Rating: 4/5 May 12, 2013 10:54 Send this review to a friend
Nice rig, belt clip stinks  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Criso audio, built solid. The learning curve wasn't that bad, once you get the hang of it, programming and playing is pretty simple. I bought the Diamond SRH 229 dual band antenna. Lets me get into a 900 machine thirty miles south of me. I give it a four only because of that alleged belt clip. You can do better than that, Alinco! Otherwise, good job on a nice radio that I hope kicks activity on 1.25 and 33cm.
W0RDR Rating: 4/5 Mar 22, 2013 06:59 Send this review to a friend
Great radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Once I found out where to turn OFF A.R.S., and started programming, I was really impressed with this little HT. It meets or exceeds all published specs (the RX is really hot), the audio is nice and clean on TX, and there's plenty of clear RX audio also. As others have commented, the manual leaves a bit to be desired, you can find a PDF of it on if you're a member there. I'm looking forward to using this rugged little gem.

W7MAG Rating: 5/5 Nov 2, 2012 22:09 Send this review to a friend
Works great! Reliable.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have one and have been using it in a "Cross-Band" configuration for several months now.
It's been perfect.
No problems at all.

Great audio and good sensitivity

Been on 24x7 for the past 3+ months
with no signs of any stress.
Great audio!
Alinco has been VERY responsive to
all my silly questions.

I would definitely buy again and
would recommend to a friend.

It wasn't free.

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