UPDATE -> 02 September 2011: Please click here to read our full review of the Alinco DX-R8T.
Universal Radio has announced the Alinco DX-R8T with an estimated delivery date of December 28th. All of the data and specs they mention are subject to change, but this looks like it could be a receiver worth consideration.
Notable features include:
- Frequency coverage: 150-30,000 kHz
- 500 Hz CW Audio Filter
- 600 Alpha Memories
- 10 Hz Display
- IF Shift
- Dual VFOs
Will the Alinco DX-R8T perform as well as the Icom IC-R75 or the Palstar R30A? We’ll let you know.
We can say that this is most likely a stripped-down version of their amateur transceiver, the Alinco DX-SR8T–probably a good thing. The DX-SR8T gets good marks for receiver sensitivity and selectivity (for a transceiver in its price range). In fact, eham reviewers give it an average of 4.5 stars out of 5.
Regarding price, I imagine it will be in the $500-600 US range (especially based on the pricing for the DX-R8 by Nevada in the UK and the $645US price point of the DX-SR8T transceiver). Universal has not yet announced a price (listed T.B.A.).
Check back for updates–we will post them as soon as they become available.
Please click here to read our full review of the Alinco DX-R8T.
Update: We have received word that our review unit is in transit. I hope to have a review posted soon.