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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Alinco DJ-596 Help

Reviews Summary for Alinco DJ-596
Alinco DJ-596 Reviews: 21 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $219
Description: VHF/UHF TX/RX including cross-band split operation <br> 100 memory channels, any mix of VHF/UHF <br> <br> Alphanumeric channel labels, Direct frequency input from keypad <br> <br> Large backlit display and keypad, CTCSS, DCS encode+decode <br> <br> DTMF tones and autodial memories ,Tone bursts ,Three scan modes <br> <br> Theft Alarm feature, Wide and narrow FM TX/RX <br> 12VDC direct input (5w output) <br> <br> High-power NiMH battery (4.5w output VHF/4w UHF) <br> Busy Channel Lock Out, Mosquito Repelling feature (experimental),External Terminal Control <br> <br> Wire cloning capability, Optional digital mode (where permitted
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N0VKG Rating: 5/5 Apr 29, 2009 10:41 Send this review to a friend
Its a great one.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I love this radio. I got it way back in 2002 or so. And within the past 3 years, purchased a software package for it. The ease of operation was made even easier yet ; with the programming software. I use the CBTI utility with it. The DJ-596 is identical to the older DJ-196t, DJ-296t and DJ-496t radios. They are identical in almost every respect: keypad, programming structure, and software based read-write access. The DJ-596 has 100 memories in it. The DJ-596t's siblings have: 196t=40 memories, 296t=160 memories, 496t=40 memories. So the DJ-596 does not have the most memories of the four radios. Certainly enough to use in St Louis, Mo.
AD7QQ Rating: 4/5 Feb 3, 2009 22:19 Send this review to a friend
Works great for AO-51  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I wanted an inexpensive HT for cross band split use with the FM LEO satellites. I purchased a nice used MK2 DJ-596 on ebay for about $120 and found it easy to program, although I have not found a way to hold the cross band splits in memory. Since I primarily operate AO-51 and so can leave the uplink and downlink frequencies programmed in, this has not been a problem. Doppler shifts are accomplished by manual tuning the UHF frequency. It is robust, fairly sensitive with my Arrow antenna, and easy to use. There are likely better satellite HT's out there, but it is difficult to beat the price.
N8EKT Rating: 4/5 Jun 20, 2008 17:58 Send this review to a friend
Nice affordable dual  Time owned: more than 12 months
A real HT that has a BNC connector!
Good performance as well as features.
Easy to use right out of the box
N7TCF Rating: 2/5 May 30, 2006 20:15 Send this review to a friend
OK for casual, light-duty  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'm not a frequent HT users, so I went for price alone when I bought this radio. The volume and squelch are keypad enabled! If you drop the radio on anything but carpet or thick grass, the battery comes loose.

This radio has become the back-up I take to public service events. I'll probably sell it this summer.
VK2UAO Rating: 4/5 Feb 13, 2005 22:55 Send this review to a friend
Good Radio, Antenna lets it down  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have only one gripe with this radio, the supplied duckie is a poor performer on 2m. I invested in a Diamond RH771 and can key up several repeaters which were impossible to key with the same radio with the supplied antenna, yet were easy to key on a icom 2m portable at the same location.
HB9JBD Rating: 2/5 May 24, 2004 11:10 Send this review to a friend
Poor SW  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Had a DJV5 and my expectations were high.
The radio HW is fine but the SW is poor.

++ TX audio is reported to be good
++ BNC connector
++ 4-5 Watts output
- no AM air / FM broadcast receive
- dial through unused memory channels
-- repeator offset/frequ step does not change with qrg
-- poor battery condition meter
--- no REV key for working repeaters
(or does anyone know how?)

KC0ODY Rating: 4/5 Mar 24, 2004 18:30 Send this review to a friend
Pretty good, some annoyances  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just picked up this HT used, and have a few pro/con comments on it:

1- Biggest peeve: if you're on 2 meters, then use the keypad to enter a 70 cm. frequency, it will default back to 5 MHz steps when you go back to 2 meters. Big pain in the butt, because then you have to go and change the steps back, or you won't be able to transmit on 2 meters. Found this out the hard way last night.

2- Another peeve: I'm used to my Yaesu VX-5R's programmed +/- offset for repeater operations. With the Alinco DJ-596, you need to make sure you program the correct offset into the memory channel, as it apparently does not do this automatically.

3- Good points: solidly built, good transmit and receive audio. Extended receive range lets me listen to police/fire/other utility ops.

WD9CYI Rating: 4/5 Mar 22, 2004 13:02 Send this review to a friend
Initial Impressions - Good  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
These are my initial impressions with this rig. I have had the DJ-596TMKII for a week now.
The reasons for choosing the DJ-596:
1. Size Ė I wanted a ďfullĒ size rig that I could hold on to.
2. Power Ė Able to deliver 4 watts with the stock battery.
3. BNC antenna connector.
4. MiMH battery (come on Icom, that is one of the reasons I didnít choose the IC-T7H. NICADS!, get with the 21st century!).
5. Low cost for accessories (another reason for not choosing Icom).

As mentioned the volume is a bit cumbersome, and with only 20 distinct levels will not allow precise adjustment. The receive audio is very tinny although I am use to hearing audio from my FT-2600 mobile. One thing that I didnít like was the click in the speaker each time a button is pressed. I disabled the beep for this reason. The transmitted audio seems to be good quality. Some of my regular contacts could not tell the difference from my mobile rig. The use of standard connectors (power and speaker/mic) is nice. I purchased a cell phone lighter adapter (at the everything is a buck store) and with some modification have a mobile charger/power cord. Some of the programming is a bit confusing at first. One undocumented feature is if you press FUNC while in memory mode and rotate the knob the channels will change in increments of 10. All in all the DJ-596TMKII seems to be worth the money.
N2SQV Rating: 4/5 Jan 5, 2004 16:40 Send this review to a friend
Like it.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After comparing most all of the other dual-band HTís and my positive experience with the mobile Alinco (DR-M06TH) I acquired the DJ-596T dual-band HT. It has all the features I needed and is very easy to use. This HT has a BNC antenna connection (no SMA please). Good price for a 2M/70cm HT and the accessories are affordable too compared to other manufactures. Opted to get an after market antenna (Larsen KD42/70) for improved performance on VHF and it works well. Extended receive on both bands (136-174 MHz and 400-512 MHz). CTCSS encode and decode (you can even program a different tone for TX and RX frequencies for those repeaters that use different tones on the input and the output). DCS is also there if you need it. Low power setting on both bands is 1 watt and high power is 3 to 4 watts on both bands (using the fully charged 9.6 volt Ni-MH 700 mAh battery). Can mix and match UHF and VHF frequencies in the 100 memories. Scans both bands, not just UHF or just VHF like my VX-1R. You can skip a memory in scan mode just like lock-out on a scanner. Scans a bit slow but what do you want, itís not a scanner. It has 6 character alphanumeric tags for the memories. Also has the new spectrum efficient narrow FM mode but no 6.25 KHz channel step! Can do split-band operation but not cross band repeat. Runs on 13.8 volts directly into the side mounted barrel connecter so no voltage adapters needed for the car (maybe a noise filter if needed). With the supplied trickle charger, can only charge the supplied 9.6 volt Ni-MH 700 mAh while itís connected to the radio in 12 hours or 24 hours for the 9.6 volt Ni-MH 1500 mAh battery. You canít trickle charge the battery by itself. However with the optional EDC-97 rapid charger you can charge them by themselves or attached to the radio in 90 minutes or 3 hours respectively. Since Alinco accessories donít break the bank, Iíll probably get the quick-charger in the near future. Audio is good and loud for a HT although treblely. Uses the standard speaker/mic connectors like some of the older HTís (1/8Ē speaker and 3/32Ē mic plugs with the standard spacing). When summer comes, Iíll let you know how the mosquito repelling feature works. I also recommend the Clone Utility Software for programming the memories, it works quite well.
WA6EIK Rating: 3/5 Jun 16, 2003 15:50 Send this review to a friend
Good Radio w/some problems  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I'd had this radio for a few months but sold it for the following reasons...

Volume adjust requires a keypad action first.
Squelch requires keypad action first, but not as bad because it's not adjusted as often as volume. Keypad is backlit, but in darkness all you see is blank buttons, all of the lettering is on the radio itself, all you see is the display but need light to figure out the buttons. Unprogrammed channels are shown while turning dial, not shown while scanning, cannot "mask" them like other radios. Side DC power plug rubber cover does not stay in place, keeps coming loose. Digital board was a $100.00 waste, besides, now they've changed it and the newer board is incapable with the old one. Slide on battery was loose, had to modify it to work better
Good points:
TX and RX audio seem good, alpha labels ok, power out was good. Uses common spkr mikes ie. Icom
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