Anytone AT-5888UV III

While RF pollution forces me to switch to mono-band transceivers, Wouxun and Anytone roll out quad- and triband transceivers which are tailored to specific markets.

In Europe Wouxun started to sell the KG-UV950PL which includes 4 meters (70 MHz), in the USA hams can now buy an Anytone tribander from Import Communications wich includes 1.25 meters (220 MHz).

Brick ‘OLore has more.

Anytone mobile radios: from crap to cool

The early versions of Anytone radios were, well, kinda crappy. Things have changed, thanks to guinea pigs called ‘hams’, who sorted out the many bugs. The latest firmware and PCB revisions took care of most flaws.

Now Anytone radios are so good that many other manufacturers use their design. In most cases they just relabel the radio, but others try to make something more original. The quality of all these radios is about the same, with one notable exception: Alinco. This manufacturer perfected the Anytone designs before they started selling their latest VHF/UHF radios.

China Dull Syndrome
‘Most Flaws’ I said earlier. There’s one flaw which seems as hard to eradicate as malaria: dull sounding microphones. No highs, no lows, way to little punch. Many HTs suffer from the same China Dull Syndrome. So far Alinco is the only brand not suffering from this.

PLEASE, Chinese manufacturers, start supplying BETTER microphones with your radios!

The Anytone AT-5888 (dual-band) family

Anytone-3Anytone AT-5888, Powerwerx DB-750X, Polmar DB-50, Intek HT-2040, Alinco DR-638 and probably many more I don’t know of.

Polmar DB-50MThe Anytone AT-588 (mono-band) family

Anytone-AT588These radios are available in VHF or UHF versions. Other brands using this design: TYT TH-9000, Zastone MP-600, TID TD-M588, KST K-9000, MTP-338, Retevis RT-9000D, Alinco DR-138/DR-438.

Same PCB, but with a slightly different, refreshed look: Yanton (no model number given).

Yanton-2With the exception of Alinco all these Anytone-based radios are likely equipped with poor microphones.

Bottom line: I now feel comfortable enough to recommend buying one of these radios. Finally.

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.