eHam.net - Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search
     

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Community
Articles
Forums
News
Reviews
Friends Remembered
Strays
Survey Question

Operating
Contesting
DX Cluster Spots
Propagation

Resources
Calendar
Classifieds
Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement
About eHam.net


Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Alinco DR-592 Help


Reviews Summary for Alinco DR-592
Alinco DR-592 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $599.95 (1991)
Description: 50w/35w twin band mobile. Features true dual band operation, cross band repeat, DTMF remote control and separate antenna outputs.
Product is not in production.
More info: http://www.rigpix.com/alinco/dr592hx.htm
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

Subscribe!
My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

You can write your own review of the Alinco DR-592.

KB4TPP Rating: 5/5 Mar 19, 2008 23:28 Send this review to a friend
Superb classic true dual band mobile.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently picked up one of these cheap at the recent KARC hamfest. I am very impressed with this early 90's radio that is kind of a rare gem. It has quite a few features for it's time and is built like a tank.

Pro's:

-True dual band operation with independent VHF and UHF sections.
-Cross band repeat, can even be set to "private" mode which requires a 3 digit DTMF ANI to access
-3 power settings (50/10/5 on VHF and 35/8/5 on U)
-Optional CTCSS decode and DTMF paging boards
-plenty of loud clear audio
-full remote control from the mike and via cross band operation
-separate VHF/UHF ext speaker outputs
-28 freely programmable memories

CON'S:
-no built in duplexer, must supply your own or use separate antennas for 2/440
-power setting is radio wide, not adjustable for each band
-no alphanumeric tags (what radio had them back then anyway?)
-mike remote control requires use of a "cheat sheet" as the functions are not labeled.
-uses oddball style power cable connector
-uses barrel style mike plug, not RJ45.
despite it's minor shortcomings, this is an excellent no-frills dual bander if you can find one. Audio is excellent, and it is a snap to enable/disable cross band repeat (can even do it from the mike). The only downside is the radio wide power settings, for example, if you crossband and need high power on 2 meters, you are also running it on 440 (even though you could only use 5 watts to get to your HT). This causes the rig to heat up quick, and even though it has a thermally controlled fan, it still gets HOT.

About the only other issue I have is the memory backup cell is gone, it's a simple fix though. It works well and was easy to program the 28 memory channels. The manual is on their website though I never had to consult it for basic use. The radio is built like a brick house and gets ZERO intermod though mine had the optional CTCSS board in it so it stays quiet anyway. I am very pleased with this radio so far and would recommend it to anyone looking for a basic crossband capable unit and doesn't want to plop down close to 4 bills for one.

 


If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews, please email your Reviews Manager.