Alinco DJ-MD5

Handheld 2-slot DMR Transceiver

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Compact dual-band DMR transceiver. The unit covers the 2 m and 70 cm bands in analog (FM) and digital modes. Supported modulations are 7K60FXD / 7K60FXE for digital and 16K0F3E / 11K0F3E for analog. Built-in GPS receiver, preprogrammable short text messages, programmable VFO, color display, two-slot DMR, automatic analog/digital detection and voice recorder.

General characteristics

HAM bands
2m  70cm 
Frequency stability
+/- 2.5 p.p.m.
Tuning steps
5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 20 / 25 kHz


136-174 / 400-480 MHz
FM   DMR  
Analog (12 dB SINAD)
25 kHz: 0.25 µV
12.5 kHz: 0.35 µV
Digital (BER)
5%: 0.3 µV
1%: 0.7 µV
25 kHz (analog) / 12.5 kHz (digital/analog)
Receiver system
Image rejection
Audio output
1000mW /16Ω @ <= 5% THD


136-174 / 400-480 MHz
FM   DMR  
0.2 / 1 / 2.5 / 5 W




Power requirements
7.4 V DC 1700 mAh Li-ion battery
Current drain RX


Between 2018 and 20xx in China
Dimensions (w×h×d)
59 × 118 × 40 mm (2.32 × 4.65 × 1.57 in)
256 gr (9.0 oz) with battery and antenna
Form factor

Other features

4000 channels in 1 bank(s)
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
DMR Tier I and Tier II
1.77 inch TFT color LCD
VFO / MR Switch
Preprogrammable short messages

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

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Reviews & stories

Ok... I got the HT... NOW WHAT?!

Alinco DJ-MD5, Handheld 2-slot DMR Transceiver

Ok... I bought bleeding edge. I would expect a little better directions. NOTHING. Nothing on their site or the vendors\distributor's site. I got a 23 page user manual which basically had more specs and what the buttons where for. Now I would like software and a PDF that's a little more detailed please.

Unboxing: standard packaging, battery, charge stand, belt clip, antenna, and the radio. The radio was charged I would say half way.

Just need that software\directions.... So close...

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Mint condition in 2018
USD 169.00

Operation Manual and software for the DJ-MD5

Alinco DJ-MD5, Handheld 2-slot DMR Transceiver


at this page, under the "download" tab, you will find the CPS utility, USB drivers and operation manual (way more detailed than the user manual):

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Mint condition in 2018
USD 169.99

First DMR Rig

Alinco DJ-MD5, Handheld 2-slot DMR Transceiver

I've owned this radio for about a month, and learned to program the Channels and Settings manually -- mainly because we're an OSX (not a Windows) household. Know that there is not a Mac version of the programming software available, at least that I'm aware of.

Overall, I'm satisfied with this as a first radio. It's helped me power through the steep learning curve. The unit seems well made, reports are generally very good, and I was able to muddle through setup over the course of a day or two along with a new OpenSpot2 hotspot. I've only connected directly to a DMR repeater once -- the rest of the time has been through the hotspot here at home.

Here are the gotchas:

1) Documentation, videos, and help are sorely lacking. Yes you can find some more detailed information (see other posts about the Commercial reseller that has manuals) -- but do not expect to have anything useful packaged with the radio, beyond a description of the controls. I purchased an Alinco vs. a cheaper Chinese radio, hoping to avoid this very issue.

2) Processor power appears to be very limited -- as audio cuts out on receive as you scroll through the menus.

3) Just not a super intuitive menu for setup. But, I will say this has as much to do with DMR being a Commercial technology adapted to Amateur Radio use -- and the associated public-sector use cases that drive the features on the radio. Features most hams will never find a use for.

4) The software that you can download (again you have to search around for this software) to load your code plugs is lacking in documentation -- so plan on making mistakes and suffering a bit of frustration as you build your code plugs. There are a few videos on YouTube stepping you through this, made by other hams -- but nothing decent that I can find from Alinco.

5) For hotspot use, I'd recommend getting a super compact Rubber Duck vs. the big one that comes with the unit.... I've replaced mine with a Diamond that's about 3 inches long for hotspot use.

Written by web on Mar 10, 2019

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Mint condition in 2019
USD 175.00

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Alinco DJ-MD5 is around:

  • USD 169.00 ~ USD 168.00
Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2019 USD 175.00 New / Mint web
2018 USD 169.00 New / Mint Chris Meisch
2018 USD 169.99 New / Mint intercept222

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