Alinco – Anytone connection: the answers (or lack of)

While testing the Alinco DR-438 I tried to get a statement from Alinco regarding the use of Anytone designs. It was a simple letter with as little questions as possible:

I wonder if you would be willing to shed some light on the latest Alinco ham VHF/UHF radios, which obviously aren’t original Alinco designs, but made by Anytone China.

Examples are DR-638, DR-138 and DR-438. The DR-438 is under test as we speak.

  1. What was the reason for Alinco to re-brand Chinese radios instead of developing their own?
  2. Will Alinco cease to exist as an independent designer / manufacturer?
  3. Will there be any consequences for other product ranges, such as hand held radios and HF transceivers?

Yours sincerely,

Hans / PD0AC

Alinco Japan chose not to answer my e-mails.

Alinco UK answered very quick, but it’s obvious their hands are tied:

We are UK distributors for Alinco only, sorry but I am not authorized to comment on behalf of Alinco Japan on their manufacturing policy,  I am sure you understand.

I would suggest you contact them directly to answer questions on their manufacturing policy. I love the blog and will keep an eye on it for the future.

Alinco USA answered too, and proved to be more informative:

Hello Hans,

We have reviewed your site carefully on this matter and concluded that it would be best if the response came from Alinco Japan directly. We are simply their Distributor/Rep in the USA.

However I can assure you as I write, I have an Alinco Radio that I am Beta testing that is solely designed, developed and built by Alinco. There are many other developments that are underway in Japan by Alinco that I cannot disclose at this time.

I thank you for your support.

For privacy reasons I removed the names of the persons who answered my e-mail.

At least this answers question #2: no, Alinco won’t cease to exist as an independent designer / manufacturer. For now the other questions will remain unanswered, unless one of my readers has more information.

Pofung (Baofeng) hybrid: CT-3

Brick discovered yet another Pofung/Baofeng model: the CT-3. Most of the specifications are identical to whatever UV-5R variety you pick, but not all. It’s a bit of a hybrid.


This version is equipped with dual-PTT, just like the UV-82. Possibly the power output is identical to the UV-82 too (1 Watt more on each band when compared to a UV-5R), but that’s far from certain.

Unfortunately the CT-3 does not use standard UV-5R batteries. This will prevent us from exchanging chargers, batteries and battery eliminators. Pity.