Alinco DX-SR8 Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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The DX-SR8 is a base (desktop) HF transceiver with a detachable front panel. Maximum RF-output is 100 watts in SSB or CW. In AM it delivers 40 watts to your transmission line. A 10-digit keypad allows direct frequency entry, band selection and more. IF-Shift is provided along with RIT/TXIT, narrow-filter and noise-blanker to stay away from QRM. For CW operation an electronic keyer unit is standard. The 600 memory channels can be used with diferent scan modes (Priority, Search, Busy, Timed, Memory and Programmed search). A special Super-Low QRP setting is provided (0.1-2W variable).

The Alinco DX-SR8 is sold as the DX-SR8E in Europe and as the DX-SR8T in North-America. The only difference between the E and T models is the extra 5.3 MHz band in the T-version.

A receiver-only version also exists in the form of the Alinco DX-R8.

Frequency range

RX-range
0.135-30 MHz
TX-range
10-160 m + WARC 5.3 MHz (USA only)
HAM bands
160m  80m  60m  40m  30m (WARC)  20m  17m (WARC)  15m  12m (WARC)  11m (CB) 
Stability
± 1 ppm
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

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Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
Sensitivity
AM
0.15-1.8 MHz: 10 µV
1.8-30 MHz: 2 µV
FM 28-30 MHz: 0.5 µV
SSB 0.15-1.8 MHz: 1 µV
CW 1.8-30 MHz: 0.25 µV
Selectivity
AM Narrow 2.4 kHz (-6 dB), 4.5 kHz (-60 dB)
AM/FM 6 kHz (-6 dB), 18 kHz (-60 dB)
SSB/CW 2.4 kHz (-6 dB), 4.5 kHz (-60 dB)
Receiver system
Double conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
1st: 71.75 MHz
2nd: 455 kHz
Image rejection
70 dB
Audio output
More than 2.0 W into 8 ohm 10% THD

Transmitter

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
RF-Output
SSB/CW: 1/10/100 W, AM: 0.4/4/40 W

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
11.7 - 15.8V DC
Current drain RX
1 A max
TX
20 A max

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
240 × 100 × 293 mm (9.45 × 3.94 × 11.54 in) including protrusions
Weight
4.10 kg (9.0 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 2009 and 201x

Other features

Memories
600 channels in 3 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Alinco DX-SR8 Instruction manual
Alinco DX-SR8E Service manual

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Reviews

Great for price

Alinco DX-SR8, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

I just worked JA7AXN on CW on 15 meters today. This is a really great radio for the price of just over $500. I highly recommenD it. It has all of the basic features the average Ham needs. I is only 9 pounds and small enough to fit almost anywhere. The selectivity is adequate and it is a simple radio to use. I was using it on eight alkaline "D" batters in series and worked several stations on 1 watt power out. This is my transceiver for emergency and portable use.

Written by rmarks on Nov 16, 2011

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Good condition in 2011
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Good, but could have been better

Alinco DX-SR8, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

The DX-SR8 is a quite capable radio in almost all respects. However, Alinco may have come short of a great radio by not including several features of convenience well known in others in this category - like DSP filters, VOX, built-in tuner, or adjustable DNR (the list could go on a while). The receiver is capable and has an att/preamp setting that is effective. The drawback to this is the excessive noise compared with other brands like Kenwood and Icom. Do not underestimate it's capability as a desktop / mobile unit. It is easily convertible and works well in either configuration. One distinct advantage the DX-SR8 has is the very large memory capacity of 600 stored frequencies/modes/settings. The memory groupings allows an operator to save favorite channels/modes according to usage and/or importance. For the price, it is well worth the low price.

Written by ad5xj on Dec 25, 2012

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Aquired
Good condition in 2012
USD 580.00

tony obrien

Alinco DX-SR8, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

all round brilliant radio

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Aquired
Mint condition in 2014
GBP 399.00
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Prices

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. The graph below shows historical prices paid by hams over the years. May it guide you to good fortune...

Price Condition Year User
EUR 589.00 Good / New 2010 thiecom.de
USD 580.00 Good / New 2012 ad5xj
USD 519.00 Mint / New 2013 universal-radio
EUR 629.00 Good / Used 2013 thiecom.de
USD 350.00 Okay / Used 2015 ac9hp
EUR Good / Used 2015 DO1FFE
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