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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Alinco VHF FM Transceiver DR-B185 Help

Reviews Summary for Alinco VHF FM Transceiver DR-B185
Alinco VHF FM Transceiver DR-B185 Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $169.00
Description: 2 Meter FM Transceiver with high stability PLL synthesizer, newly designed power circuit that
puts 85W max Power out, 7-digit alphanumeric display, a wide variety of scanning features. EMS-
57 DTMF Hand Microphone.

Transmits from 144-147.995 MHz and has receive coverage from 136-173.995 MHz. If features
alphanumeric display (up to seven characters). Two power outputs (85/5 watts) are available.

85 watts, H/L power settings
500 memory channels, Front panel Speaker, Wide and Narrow FM modes, 39 tone CTCSS/DCS/2-Tone
encode and decode, Offset direction and frequency variable, Keypad lockout/ Revere function,
Product is in production.
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KD4ONT Rating: 3/5 Aug 16, 2016 00:36 Send this review to a friend
Big mouth little ears  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
It seems like this rig is very similar to the kenwood 481. Pics of the mobo are similar. The kw is made in China. This one probably is too. 85w output is nothing to shake a stick at. Simplex, I give distant stations more signal than they are giving me. I have a Larsen nmo 150 2m 5/8 roof mounted. The rx doesn't match the tx range. It out talks its receiver. Since the programming jack is the external speaker, I tried plugging in a mono external speaker. The jack has 3 contacts. Plugging a mono speaker in disables all mic keypad functions except channel up down. Internal front firing speaker can but loud, but anemic in frequency range for its size. It handles mobile driving rfi kinda average, even though it is kinda deaf. Like the kw 481, memory channels also store the power output. You have to program 2 memories if you want a high and low output choice. If you ragchew, the fanless heat sink will get VERY HOT! Put a big fan on it if you want to keep it cool.

Is it better than a 50w icom? Tough call. The rx in a 50w rig seems to match its output power better. If you run simplex, and want to be heard, then this might be for you. Accept that you won't be able to hear as good as you can tx.
K4PEW Rating: 5/5 Aug 8, 2015 01:55 Send this review to a friend
Great 2m FM Transceiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought this for Simplex operation due to it's 85 watt transmit power. Works terrific with excellent receive sensitivity, ease of programming, and DTMF mic that is included.

Excellent user manual, and free downloadable cloning/PC programming software from manufacturer.

On the negative side:
No cooling fan and most of body is a finned heat sink that gets really hot, so I installed externally-powered 5w scrap laptop fan on base.

Only two power-out choices: 5 watt and 85 watts and needs to be something in-between.

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