[amsat-bb] Alinco DJ-580

Joe Werth jcwerth1 at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 29 02:56:02 UTC 2017

Hi Terry,

About 3 years ago, I attempted to use my decades old Alinco DJ-580 to get me started in Sats with SO-50.  (I have the large 12V battery to get the full 5 watt output). I found the DJ-580 had less than stellar receiver sensitivity and was cumbersome in trying to get the memories set up without having to continue to push either the UHF or VHF buttons to change freqs with Doppler.  In the end, I gave up with trying to use it for satellite. After a long hiatus, this past April, I purchased a Yaesu FT-60-R and receiver sensitively was like night and day and subsequently had great success on FM birds.
I still have the DJ-580 and have considered using it for TX only and the FT-60R to achieve full duplex.  Otherwise it is destined for my grave-yard box. ☹

Best 73
Joe – KE9AJ

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From: Wendy and Terry Osborne
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:50 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Alinco DJ-580

Hi Folks,

I’m trying to resurrect my old Alinco DJ-580 for use on AO-85/91.
When using the DC supply socket on the side with a 9 V plug pack, 
I’m finding that the Rx audio output is very low (the nicad pack has at least 1 dead cell).

Is anyone still using one of these radios and if so how well does it perform?

Terry Osborne ZL2BAC 
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