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