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Product Spotlight: Alinco DR-MD520T Advanced Tri-Band Mobile DMR Transceiver

Here’s some welcome news for fans of mobile ops. The experts at Alinco have added another high-performance rig to their already impressive lineup—the DR-MD520T Advanced Tri-Band VHF/UHF/DMR Mobile Transceiver.

This DMR Tier I and II transceiver is loaded with features for today’s serious operators, including 55W (2M), 40W (70cm), 5W (1.25M) maximum output power; the ability to operate in digital and analog with mixed mode in VFO or Memory mode; 1.77″ color LCD display; easy-to-use front panel; 4,000 memory channel storage; up to a 500,000 digital contact list; 10,000 Talk Groups, 250 zones, 250 scan lists; use of DVSI’s AMBE+2 vocoder for crystal clear DMR digital audio for ham radio applications with no noise or fading, even in low-lying areas; built-in GPS receiver to support APRS; 2W audio output power to ensure loud and crisp receive audio; automatic repeater roaming; X-band repeat; and analog uplink/digital downlink or vice versa. Receive capabilities include FM Broadcast and AM Aircraft bands.

Included Accessories:

  • EMS-88 Mobile Hand Microphone with illuminated DTMF keypad
  • ADFM78 (MB-130) Mobile Bracket
  • ADUA38 DC Cable
  • Mounting Bracket with Screw Kit
  • Microphone Hanger

Optional Accessory (Sold Separately)

Frequency Coverage:


  • 136-174 MHz
  • 220-225 MHz
  • 400-480 MHz
  • 108-137 MHz (AM)
  • 76-108 MHz (WFM)   


  • 2M: 144-148 MHz
  • 1.25M: 222-225 MHz
  • 70cm: 420-450 MHz

Additional Features:

  • Operating Voltage: 13.8V DC nominal ±15%
  • Antenna Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Current Drain: 15A
  • Operating Temperature Range: -4°-140° F (-20°- +60° C)
  • Single or Dual Channel Selectable
  • Displays DMR ID, Call Sign, Name
  • AES 256bit Encryption (Digital Mode)
  • SMS (Digital Mode)
  • Communication Recording (Digital Mode)
  • Four-Hour Recording Time
  • Individual/Group/All Call (Digital Mode)
  • CTCSS/DCS/DTMF/2 Tone/5 Tone Encode and Decode (Analog Mode)
  • Mixed Mode Operation: Auto Detection of an Analog or Digital Signal
  • Allows CSV Export/Import of Setting Parameters
  • Programmable Auto Repeater Shift in VFO Mode
  • Manually Programmable Side and Hot Keys
  • Emergency Alarm
  • Automatic Date and Time Calibration by GPS
  • Kill and Stun Functions
  • VFO/MR Switch

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