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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: 19 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $379.95
Description: 222/902 MHZ Dual Band FM transceiver
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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.

N4XTS Rating: 5/5 Sep 19, 2012 05:42 Send this review to a friend
Great 220/900 HT, well built   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have owned one for about 2 months, and I have to say I am impressed with the radio. No, it's not going to hold a candle to my MTS2000's for 900, but it does a great job on it's own. And you don't need to haul around your laptop, RIB/CABLE to load repeaters.

Programming from keypad is pretty straightforward, once you get the hang of it. The manual is pretty confusing, and not having it in PDF (what's up with that Alinco/GRE?) means you have to tote it around with you. None the less, the radio has:

-Great battery life
-Stellar RX and TX audio
-Great display, very readable. Keypad is well laid out, buttons have good tactile feel
-Radio feels solid in the hand and comfortable to use for long QSO's, no play in the housing at all
-Water resistance makes it ideal for outdoor use and public service work

One thing nice is this radio has a VHF/UHF/1.2GHz twin, the DJ-G7T, which will most likely be my next dual band (not really any 1.2GHz here) HT, as it is identical to the G29T in all respects and uses the same batteries, chargers, etc.

Alinco really hit a home run with this radio, it is quality, does not feel like cheap plastic crap, and works very well. If they would do a re-write of the manual and make it available ONLINE like they do for every other radio, there wouldn't be anything to complain about.

The belt clip is annoying, but the Yaesu VX-6 swivel clip is an ideal replacement.

But don't like the two minor hangups deter you, if you want to get on 220 and 900, this is a great and only (sadly) choice.
N0FPE Rating: 5/5 Jul 29, 2012 18:43 Send this review to a friend
Ok so far  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
seems to work ok for me. I have had the GTX line for years and dont find that they were any better than the new alinco. Its nice to have VFO control and FREE software. works ok for me on both bands. Compaing this radio to a commercial unit is like apples and oranges.

K9MHZ Rating: 5/5 Jul 29, 2012 08:01 Send this review to a friend
Not bad at all  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just recently purchased this radio after using commercial gear locally for 902 MHz FM.

General first impressions are that of a very good radio, although those who make a silly comparison to a GTX will invariably be disappointed. Closer to an apples-to-apples comparison example, it's not an IC-92AD in quality, but it is less expensive and it is solidly built.

Programming is a little weird, but the learning curve isn't hard to handle at all. Receive audio is very good, and the transmit deviations, power levels, and sound quality are excellent.

Kudos to ALinco for delving into this boutique market and developing this radio. A matching mobile would absolutely rock!

And then there's that instruction manual....oh well.
N6AJR Rating: 5/5 Apr 2, 2012 11:44 Send this review to a friend
programmable on 900  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I got this a month or so ago. I have several other Alinco products and the quality of this one is very good , as is usual for them. I have among others the 2m/440/1.2g alinco radio so between them they cover 5 uhf/vhf bands. I hardly ever carry a HT but this does what I need and it is so nice the have a 900 mhz rig that I can program my self. YEA !! I reccommend this as a good rig, and would definately say if you need a 900 radio, then grab one. Now if they will come out with a 220 /900 mobile rig too, that you can program your self. One that covers 2m/440/220/900 and 1.2 g all in one radio would be a answer to a dream. These are all FM only radios but all 5 in one would clean up both The mobile and the shack.
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