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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.

General characteristics

HAM bands
160m  80m  60m  40m  30m (WARC)  20m  17m (WARC)  15m  12m (WARC)  11m (CB) 
Frequency stability
± 1 ppm
Tuning steps


0.135-30 MHz
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
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
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
1st: 71.75 MHz
2nd: 455 kHz
Image rejection
70 dB
Audio output
More than 2.0 W into 8 ohm 10% THD


10-160 m + WARC
5.3 MHz (USA only)
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
SSB/CW: 1/10/100 W, AM: 0.4/4/40 W




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


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

Other features

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

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Alinco DX-SR8 Instruction manual submitted by RigReference
Alinco DX-SR8E Service manual submitted by RigReference
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Reviews & stories

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

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2011

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

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2012
USD 580.00

tony obrien

Alinco DX-SR8, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

all round brilliant radio

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Mint condition in 2014
GBP 399.00
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New and second-hand prices

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. We collect prices paid by real hams over the years to help you estimate the value of a used Alinco DX-SR8. Just bought or sold this model? Let us know what you traded it for and help other ham operators!

Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Alinco DX-SR8 is around:

  • EUR 452.00 ~ EUR 234.00
  • USD 373.00 ~ USD 315.00

These estimates are based on the following prices: (see all 5 prices)

Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2015 USD 350.00 Used / Okay ac9hp
2013 USD 519.00 New / Mint universal-radio
2013 EUR 629.00 Used / Good thiecom.de
2012 USD 580.00 New / Good ad5xj
2010 EUR 589.00 New / Good thiecom.de

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