My New Ailunce HD1
I don’t do much with VHF/UHF, but I had an Ailunce HD1 sent to me to do a review. It is a solid handheld transceiver and I have enjoyed using it. I especially have enjoyed listening to DMR talkgroups around the world. The Ailunce HD1 is a dual band FM DMR VHF/UHF analog and digital handheld transceiver. The things I like most are the build quality, the speaker and color LCD. Also, the long lasting battery.
Ailunce HD1 Specs
|Frequency (dual band)||136-174 & 400-480MHz
& 76-107.95MHz (Receive only )
|Power||10w VHF, 8w UHF (3 power levels)|
|IP67||Waterproof and dustproof|
1 x Ailunce HD1 two way radio
1 x Battery
1 x Antenna
1 x Adapter (110V)
1 x Charger
1 x User’s manual
1 x Belt clip
1 x Sling
1x programming cable
*There is a GPS version of this radio, but it doesn’t look to be very helpful and does not have APRS capability built in.
Ailunce HD1 Build Quality
This is a solid, well built handheld and has a very good feel to it. The HD1 has some weight and the speaker is loud. The speaker on this radio produces great sounding audio. I don’t have any problem hearing stations in a noisy environment, such as riding in a vehicle.
The color LCD is nice and can be customized to show both bands (channels/frequencies) or one band and a clock. On the downside, the LCD gets washed out in direct sun like most other radios.
The Ailunce HD1 has a long lasting 3200mAh battery. I have not run this down since having it.
A Little Comparison to my Old Baofeng F9V2+
It may not be fair to compare the two, but this is interesting.
The Ailunce HD1 is more expensive than the Baofeng because the HD1 is a analog and digital DMR transceiver and without question is a better built radio. I can’t emphasis this enough. The HD1 is a better built radio.
Because the HD1 is more money you may find this interesting: My old Baofeng, with stock antenna, appears to have better reception on analog frequencies on our local VHF repeaters. Some Hams say it is just due to the HD1 being direct conversion.
Another thing I find interesting: The Ailunce HD1 probably won’t work good when other Hams are transmitting close-by as in an emergency drill. The HD1 receiver becomes desensitised. This is true with other direct conversion DMR radios too. However, for normal amateur radio use the HD1 is a good choice.
I was a little disappointed Chirp and Repeaterbook can’t be used to load repeater frequencies into the HD1 like with the Baofeng and other radios. I was not able to import a .csv file easily from Repeaterbook either. It required too much editing in my opinion.
Using the HD1 I get very good audio reports whether transmitting DMR through my hotspot or transmitting FM through the local repeater.
The HD1 is easier to program from the front than the Baofeng. Also, while using the HD1, the menu can be accessed, unlike other handhelds.
A Little About DMR
This is my first experience with DMR and it was exciting to setup. The Ailunce HD1 software was a little tricky at first, but I think I got it now. Code plugs are a new thing to me.
I found an inexpensive hotspot (in the US) for a good price on E-bay and when the micro SD card (TF card) went bad after only a few days, the E-bay seller reimbursed me without hesitation. I would buy from this seller again.
**Assembled MMDVM Hotspot Support P25 DMR YSF + Raspberry pi + OLED +ANT +Case US**
I’ll have a YouTube video coming and I hope to have a demo comparing the Ailunce HD1 and my Baofeng on the local analog repeater.
I have been enjoying the HD1 alot at home using my DMR hotspot. I carry the Ailunce HD1 with me now and my Baofeng stays at home. The Baofeng has become a backup.
Would it be worth paying the extra money? Yes, for me I am sold on DMR and it works good enough for me on the local repeaters. 👍
Do you use DMR? What talkgroup?
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Excellent timing on this as I’m looking at this radio as a backup.
1. GPS does add a DMR feature in that it will show the distance/heading of any DMR contact. Just fun.
2. The Baofeng (and almost? all other Chinese radios) are not superhet so not good for APRS. Hoping this one would be. Any thoughts?
Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting.
From what I can tell Hams are looking for Ailunce to add APRS in a firmware upgrade, but they have not confirmed it will happen.
I saw a video on it’s GPS and they were using two HD1s if I remember correctly to show how it worked. The GPS version is more expensive.
Time will tell, until then a Kenwood TH-72a will do APRS and work the birds :-), just no DMR. It appears I’ll need couple of handhelds for the shack.
I’m looking to add a Kenwood someday.
FWIW, I have a Kenwood TH D74. Really excellent with APRS, KISS TNC and Bluetooth. Looking for an inexpensive 2nd radio that can do the same thing – by adding a Mobilinkd.
Is there a way to take advantage of all the channel and contact memory and just load everything in the USA into the HD1?
Thanks for commenting here.
I could not load everyone in the world, but I did get the United States and more. There appears to be 54,000+ in the US.
I used this website: http://www.amateurradio.digital/wizard.php?radio=hd1&force=yes
73 – Rich, K0PIR
I have an Aliunce HD1 that does not save the time and date. I can enter the time and date in using the menu, but when I turn the radio off and on, the time and date are not saved.
Am I missing a step here?
Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here.
I just looked at mine and it had the wrong date and time. It has been in the charger for a spell. I don’t think I should have left it in the charger so I’ll have to look into that. I don’t think I used the radio menu to set date and time.
I’ll reset date and time using the software and see what happens.
Thanks for asking!
I tried setting the time with the software, and it seems to work so far. There is a little checkbox at the top of the software’s window that says “Update the Radio system time.”
Mine has been holding fine. Yesterday was the first time I noticed the date wrong.