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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Alinco DX-R8T Help

Reviews Summary for Alinco DX-R8T
Alinco DX-R8T Reviews: 17 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $500
Description: A General Communication Receiver covers 150 kHz to 30 MHz in SSB, CW, AM and FM. Other features include: IF shift, band and memory scanning, attenuator, preamp, RIT and noise blanker. Enjoy 600 alphanumeric memories (3 banks of 200 channels). Attenuation level may be set at -20, -10, 0 or +10 dB.
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IZ2QDD Rating: 0/5 Feb 15, 2012 08:34 Send this review to a friend
It's not a radio but a toy!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Now I understand why Alinco does not sell much, because its products are bad and this radio is no exception.Let's be honest, this radio has a nice line, but please can be useful only as expensive fermacarte.La truth is that if you do not have the money to buy a good receiver, I'm not going to take a radio like this to say that listening to BLC. it works much better TecSun of a radio, and it's all a say! entice you by saying that SDR does well, but it is pitiful! it has DSP and it is better to use an old Kenwood R-5000.
ROGERSYD Rating: 5/5 Jan 9, 2012 04:53 Send this review to a friend
great radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have owned the R-75 from icom, the Eton E1, the palstar R30 and the DX-r8T. Of the four I enjoy using the Alinco the most. While I have sold the r75 and the palstar, the Eton remains in the bedroom and the Alinco will remain in the den. I would say for the money, that I prefer the Alinco to the R75. It's features somehow feel more modern than the icom unit and the radio is just more convenient to use. The keypad on the Alinco is small as others have noted, but the buttons are well designed with a depth to them that will avoid errant button pressing. If you are considering a radio in this price range, I would seriously consider the Alinco over the R75 for its modern design, and feature set. At a bit less then the R75 the Alinco dx-r8 is a tremendous value for the price. (The Plastar is in a different category all together, and an excellent choice if simplicity is your main priority). The only odd thing I have discovered with the DX-R8 is it's lack of a clock. While the unit does have a sleep timer there is no RTC like the R75 offers. This is a weird design flaw if you ask me. I miss having UTC a button press away like the R75 offers.
NU4J Rating: 5/5 Jan 5, 2012 07:37 Send this review to a friend
Just A Good Receiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I spend alot of time out in my 40 X 40 garage, weather permitting, and wanted a receiver with outside antenna capabilities. My GE Super Radio III just doesn't receive well inside an all metal building.

What to get? And I spent alot of time looking on different sites and comparing prices on used and new recceivers.

Found a used DX-R8 on Universal Radio's web site at what I considered a very good price and order it.

When it arrived, I sat it up on my bedside table along with a TS-480AT. It heard everything just as good, in all modes, as the receiver in the 480. In fact, the receive audio was better.

It's not fair to compare a receiver to a transceiver but I don't have an overpriced R-75 to compare it to. I do have an IC-7410, a FT-1000MP and, of course, the TS-480. To me, without all the gadgets to enhance a received signal transceivers have, the Alinco held it own with all three.

I still haven't taken it to the garage yet and I go to sleep each night listening to a few favorite frequencies on 75 meters.

It's just a darn good radio for the money.
WB1AAL Rating: 5/5 Jul 3, 2011 05:18 Send this review to a friend
A Return To A Good Ole Communications Receiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have a strong preference for radios that operate much like they did in the "good old days" of Hallicrafters, Drake and Heathkit. But to have a receiver that does just that, offers digital processing, dual conversion and supports SDR--well, that's got to be something special! That is exactly what the Alinco DX-R8T/E offers hams and SWLers alike.

As for how it operates--in a word, great! Especially so given that my current antenna isn't very good (just a loop antenna hanging in my home office window) and the summer band conditions aren't that great. Even so, I very much enjoy working with the radio. The SSB on this radio is amazing. Voices come through crystal clear. The tuning knob feels great and harkens back to rigs of yesteryear.

So what's not to like? Truthfully, not much. The knobs for volume, squelch, RIT and IF shift are in extremely close proximity. This is especially tricky with the IF shift control because it is so very close to the tuning knob. Also I prefer using physical controls for things like RF gain and noise blanking as opposed to function keys. But this is understandable in a receiver that packs so much into such a compact space.

I have to come clean and say that I've been a bit unfair to Alinco in the past. I've looked at them as the "Radio Shack" of ham gear. However, the DX-R8T has completely changed my view of the company. Here is a modern communications receiver, well built (it even sports a metal chassis) with a slew of features including IQ out for SDR and DRM offered at a reasonable price. It has an amazingly large, lear display and functions quite well. What else could anyone ask of a communications receiver?

it looks like Alinco hit the nail on the head with the DX-R8T/E! Especially so when the big three, Icom, Kenwood and Yaesu seem to be abandoning general coverage base receivers altogether. Of course, I still have a learning curve and much to get used to in a radio that is this sophisticated. It will be fun learning and using this radio.
K2VI Rating: 5/5 May 3, 2011 17:26 Send this review to a friend
very pleased  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a very good receiver. I preformed a side by side test with my palstar r-30a. On the MW band it was equal in sensitivity and selectivity. The audio from the r-30a was more bassy and seemed to remove the band noise however the alinco's audio was sharper and heard very weak stations as good if not a wee better.I found on the ham bands in SSB mode also quite the same.One incedent i found was there was a very strong local AM station on 1050(60 over s-9)that was heard on 1110 with the r-30a and did not detect it with the alinco.I was surprised since the palstar uses collins mechanical filters.So it is suseptible to some overload.Operating both are nice. If your using it in the dark like on the nightable you might like the r-30 a bit more due to it's simplicity. Up/down buttons to navigate through the whole hf spectrum.You can do the same with the alinco but you must press the M/khz button so the cursor is over the first digit then spin the vfo. The alinco has much more of a learning curve but once you learn the radio it is tough to beat. There very different radio's but in preformance there both neck and neck.The alinco weighs 9 pounds vs r30a 3 pounds.Two fine receivers in all aspects of listenning.
AUSSIE Rating: 5/5 Apr 16, 2011 15:02 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I been using the Alinco DX-R8 for a few weeks so far very impressed with it mainly monitor hf aero
takes a while to get used to all the functions hooked up to a Wellbrook-ALA1530 loop.
VARGASVIDAL Rating: 5/5 Feb 23, 2011 00:38 Send this review to a friend
Hard to find for the price and features  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Received the Alinco DX-R8T in Panama in the second week of february of 2011. Pleased with its performance. The small buttons may be a major problem for many listeners but it will be unfair to undervalue the equipment for this. First, nobody is forced to buy the radio with these characteristics. Second, the speaker is in the front side. Third, the lcd display is uncommonly large for good visibility. And, Fourth, the perfomance is what really matters.

There is no synchronous detection and noise limiter but the radio can be used as a SDR platform with this auxiliary function and the low noise floor is respectable.

With respect to a close competition in price (the Palstar R30), the Alinco has better discernible signal, better AM narrow sensitivity above 3.8 MHz, better blocking dynamic range, third order IMD and second order intercept. Also, much better IF rejection and Image rejection.

Only the receiver audio output is better in the Palstar: 3.6 watts against 2.1 watts. But it does not have direct frequency entry with the keypad.

And the radio can not be considered a shortwave communication equipment for beginners as the Drake SW1 and the Kenwood R-600. It is about the level of the FRG-100 and the Kenwood R-5000 with DRM capability, etc.

So, for the money, it has a lot to offer.
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