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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Alinco DJ-C7 Help

Reviews Summary for Alinco DJ-C7
Alinco DJ-C7 Reviews: 7 Average rating: 3.7/5 MSRP: $199.95
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K2BFY Rating: 5/5 Mar 17, 2008 07:11 Send this review to a friend
Does everything I expected  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this radio for it's small size and portability.

It does everything that I expected and is easy to use. I get great transmit audio reports on 2m and it has good range with only 300-500mw. I do not use the rubber duck antenna. I replaced it with a 1/4 wave 2m whip and also use a diamond 2m/70cm antenna.
VE7AYZ Rating: 3/5 Feb 12, 2008 19:02 Send this review to a friend
exciting? not really.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I like...

The size. Lite in pocket, slim, and wouldn't look out of place in your dress shirt.

Charge time only 2-3 hours.

Radio is easy to program because it doesn't include many features.

Dual band is nice to have in this size.

It's amazing how far you can get on just 300mw of pwr. I live in a highly populated area with a high concentration of amateurs. So repeaters are nearby.

I dislike...

No lite for either keypad or display of any kind.

Receiver is so-so. Side by side comparisons with other radio's and this one isn't all that clear.

Battery life from 600ma pack gives 3/4 of days use scanning. Transmit any length of time and of course it's way less. But quick charge time makes up somewhat for this.

No auto-repeater shift. (c'mon alinco we know you can do it)

Snap the battery in place and it can sometimes be a little intermitent in connecting. Fiddle with it and it comes to life.

Very tippy.

No belt clip but then I guess it will be pocketed most of it's life.

As mentioned before with another reviewer's radio and mind does the same... show's red lite when charging and only once did it ever show green when charged and that was with the first ever charge! It lite just goes out when charged.

In summary I would say Alinco has a nice product but compared with the competition they are no cheaper, contain less features, and are not of the same quality of other handhelds I have owned from both Yaesu or Icom. If I had to do it again I would get the yaesu vx-3. I won't buy another Alinco product.


KC0YEF Rating: 5/5 Mar 23, 2007 10:43 Send this review to a friend
GREAT RADIO  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
For the price this is the best the used market
Just snagged one for $60 of eBay.
I use it fr crossband in the house and car. I can hit my local repeater 12 miles los no problem
KC2PWV Rating: 3/5 Nov 19, 2006 21:24 Send this review to a friend
Not Worth it  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Huge engineering blunder- No lockout, Every programed channel must scan.

Sensitivity average

Audio is on the low side

Plus? Appearnce, size
ZS2CLI Rating: 4/5 Apr 13, 2005 23:50 Send this review to a friend
Tiny... exactly what you'd expect  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
What does one expect from a really tiny dual band transceiver? I bought mine for the sake of its size and what it does for that tiny size.

Look, if you're looking for a bells and whistles dual band handy then this is not the rig for you.

If you want a tiny rig to slip into your pocket so that you can keep up with the chatter on the local repeaters, maybe do some airband listening or tune into your fav FM Broadcast station then is is the rig for you.

In South Africa its about R1k cheaper than the more fully featured rigs and about half the size. Thinking here of the Kenwoods and Icoms. Yaesu are'nt represented here.

Receiver is very sensitive, and even more so with an external antenna fitted. TX power is only 300mW with the battery so you're definately in the QRP bracket. Nearby repeaters and close up simplex only. Battery life is good from the tiny lithium ion battery. I get 1 whole day of listening and chatting. Its always on.

As mentioned above the only real downside is that you can't skip memory channels when scanning.

Basically this is a very nice good value for money tiny dual band handy. I love mine.
KK5F Rating: 2/5 Jan 12, 2005 15:31 Send this review to a friend
Surprising, Distressing Firmware Fault  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If you read no further, please read the next line:

The DJ-C7 has 200 memories, and ALL PROGRAMMED MEMORIES MUST BE SCANNED! This unit has NO function that allows locking out ANY of these 200 memories from memory scan. I’ll return to this later.

I bought one of these units after the QST review seemed generally favorable. I found that the QST review failed to note some interesting “features.” Here are my impressions.

Good points:
(1) Very easy MARS/CAP modification (see below).
(2) The unit is thin and light (though not as thin or light as earlier Alinco “credit card” HTs).
(3) The unit has a female SMA antenna connector.
(4) The website has excellent .pdf files of the user manual and the service manual for free download. Don't waste your time with for these.

Not-so-good, but not-so-bad points:
(1) Can’t organize memories in banks.
(2) No ALPHA-type memory channel display tags possible.
(3) No capability for sending DTSS tones.
(4) FM-Broadcast band tuning occurs in *even* tenths (0.8, 0.6, etc.) MHz increments if tuning is taken *below* 88.1 MHz. (Next frequency displayed is 107.8, 107.6, etc., but US FM stations always occur on *odd* tenths of a MHz.) Fortunately, tuning upwards greater than 88.1 restores the proper odd tenths increment.
(5) The manual says that the red/green front panel LED will show RED while the battery is being charged (it does), and will show GREEN when charging is complete (it doesn’t…the red LED just goes out).
(6) For non-standard offset repeater pairs or crossband operation, one can’t directly program the two frequencies into a given memory channel. Instead, the receive frequency has to be stored. Then, a manually-computed offset that results in the desired transmit frequency has to be stored. This also means that 2m/70cm crossband frequency pairs can NOT be stored in a memory, since the programmable offset can NOT be made large enough to span the two bands.
(7) The unit is more than thick enough to support standard size (Kenwood/ICOM/Yaesu) speaker/mic/earphone audio connectors, yet Alinco has chosen to continue the use of their flimsy overpriced non-standard audio connectors and accessories.
(8) Memory scan rate is rather slow, but since memory scan on this unit is worthless (see item (1) below), this is moot.
(9) An extra 3.6v 600 mA-H Lithium ion battery pack will set you back about $40!
(10) The receiver sensitivity doesn’t compare favourably on any band to my other wide-range receive HTs in tests using the same premium add-on antenna (FT-50RD, IC-Q7A, Comet SMA-3).

Absolutely terrible points:
(1) Can NOT lock out ANY of the 200 memory channels from memory scan. If you store anything in a channel, then that channel WILL be scanned if you activate memory scan. If you store any weather channels, any FM broadcast stations, any very busy communication channels, then you can’t use memory scan because the scan will stop as soon as it hits one of these channels. One could use “timer” scan mode, in which the scan stops for five seconds on any busy channel before resuming scan. This is grossly unsatisfactory and an absolutely FATAL design error.
(2) One can NOT transfer the contents of a memory channel into a VFO, nor can any parameters already stored in a channel be altered AND THEN STORED back into that memory channel. Got some memories programmed that you just need to change the offset or CTCSS tone? You have to manually re-enter all the channel’s info into the VFO, change the desired item, then store the VFO data back into the original channel.
(3) The “feet” on the bottom of the unit are much smaller than available space would allow, for no good reason. This means that the unit is difficult to stand up vertically, and a very least little disturbance will usually result in the unit falling forward. This fault is terrible because it is so totally un-necessary.

The inability to lock out memory channels from scan, just by itself, makes this a unit to avoid. That error is the height of inexplicable idiocy by the designers of this unit’s firmware. I can’t imagine why the QST review did not expose this gross defect. Alinco-Japan and Alinco-USA both failed to respond to my requests for an explanation for letting such an obvious design error to make it into production. CAVEAT EMPTOR!

My ancient micro-sized Icom IC-Q7 has a better receiver in range and sensitivity. Though thicker and a little heavier, it’s not that much larger in total bulk. Most of the excess is due to the fact that it uses three AA-cells for power. Its cost is much lower. Its main fault is that it’s a bear to perform a MARS/CAP mod on.

Sorry, Alinco, but your (and unfortunately, my) new DJ-C7 gets a firm thumbs down from me.

Notes on MARS/CAP mod (allows FM transmit 140 to 174, 400 to 474 MHz). Perform at your own risk.
(1) If you wish to save existing memory channels, make sure the Write Protect function has been turned on as described in manual.
(2) Turn unit off, remove battery, remove five screws on back cover.
(3) Remove back by lifting from bottom edge. No squeezing or prying of case is required.
(4) Cut obvious red wire loop located in center of PCB.
(5) Re-assemble, and install battery.
(6) Perform MCU reset with FUNC plus PWR buttons as described in manual.
(7) Unit will turn on with all factory defaults set. If you did NOT do step (1), all memories will be cleared. Mod complete.
K6LCS Rating: 4/5 Sep 6, 2004 03:33 Send this review to a friend
But...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Enough memories ... good audio for a unit of its size ... easy to operate and program ... SMA antenna connector this time output power...

Doesn't Alinco knew that the Yaesu VX-2R is available - with its better wide receive, higher output power, computer programmability, and alphanumeric labelling of memories (as well as having a street price about twenty bucks LESS)?

But the Alinco unit is, indeed, thin. And the SMA connector is welcome. Same proprietary Alinco audio accessories.

I cannot think of many circumstances where I would choose to carry this Alinco over a VX-2R. That's the only reason I gave it a "4" instead of a "5."

Clint Bradford, K6LCS

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