This particular radio is in MINT+++ condition. It literally looks like it just came from Japan! Amazing condition, complete with all the original packaging and instruction manual. So glad I found this one.
Back in the day, they cost a lot of money and were considered to be the absolute king of scanners. 100 kHz-2150 MHz with no gaps, USB, LSB, CW, AM, FM, WFM, 2000 memories, built-in frequency counter, a bug-detector and digital memory to record audio.
In addition to the standard accessories which come in the original box, I also have an EDH-16 AA Battery Box which replaces the standard battery pack for extra convenience. I use Energizer Ultimate Lithium cells in it. They’re excellent, long life batteries, but regular AA’s can be used no problem.
The NiCad which came with the radio is the 4.7V 700mAh EBP-37N. This isn't the smallest battery, but neither is it the largest.
It’s so nice to have an X2000 again after all these years and as soon as you start to use it, you soon realise why it was held in such high regard when it was launched.
Operating is it a joy and there's not really much need for the manual - you just kind of figure it out! The only thing that I'd say is not as good as I remember is the scanning speed; I always thought it was super-fast but it is in fact quite average. You certainly benefit from putting the frequencies into memory sorted in ascending order so that the radio isn't switching backwards and forwards all the time. It makes sense to do that anyway. Another thing that will slow down memory-scan times is switching from one mode to another. Personally, when scanning I tend to be scanning a particular band (eg. Civil AirBand), so there's no need to move out of AM mode anyway.
Searching (as opposed to scanning) is actually very fast on the DJ-X2000E, but this is something I use very little. The supplied antenna is surprisingly good on most bands but the radio obviously benefits greatly from a dedicated antenna on HF frequencies such as an End Fed Half Wave. In fact, it also benefits from a COUPLER/ATU to "tune" (match) the antenna to get the best possible reception. For this (and when I am using my old AOR AR-3000A) I use an AT-1000 which I bought secondhand. You could obviously use any manual antenna-tuner. So many SWL'ers fail to benefit from matching their outdoor antenna to their radio and therefore miss out on a far superior signal.
If you're unable to accommodate an large outdoor antenna, you could always try something like an AOR SA-7000 which does a pretty good job of covering everything. Some discones also offer surprising results on HF. Big external antennas often mean you’ll have to switch the Attenuator on.
So after 20 years of holding it in high regard, does the Alinco DJ-X2000 still make sense in 2022? Well yes, I guess it does. My own runs about 1k out of tune so it needs VFO realignment - not sure if that’s a big job or not. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter does it, for general listening. If you’re up a hill listening to a two Americans having a chinwag on 14.100 but the screen shows 14.101, do you really care?🤷♂️
Sure, things have moved on and there's some pretty darned clever (and cheap) SDR receivers out there with amazing sensitivity, selectivity and stability but the DJ-X2000E can still hold its own and it can be purchased for crazy low prices on the used market.
£500 in 2002 equates to around £830 in 2022
Main Features DJ-X2000E
- Specifications DJ-X2000E
- Receiving Range: 0.1000 to 2,149.999950MHz Continuous (ie No Gaps)
- Mode: NFM/WFM(mono,stereo)/AM/CW/USB/LSB
- Antenna imp.: 50 ohms
- Antenna terminal: BNC
- Supply voltage: DC 4.8V (Ni-Cd battery pack EBP-33,34,37N), DC 6V with EDH-16 AA battery case, DC 10-16V external power source.
- Typical operation with Alkaline AA in EDH-16: 30hours (1:4 battery saver ON)
- Current consumption: approx. 150mA in normal reception, approx. 50mA with 1:4 battery saver at 6Vdc power source
- Operating temperature: -10 to 60 C or 14 to 140 F
- Frequency stability: Within +/- 2.5 ppm at operating temperature range AF output: 100mW or more 10% THD
- Channel steps: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 500Hz, 1, 2, 5, 6.25, 8.33, 9, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 100, 125, 150, 200, 250, 500KHz, user-programmable
- Memory channels: 2,000 / 50banks, 40channels in each bank
- Program-Scan: 20 pairs
- Priority watch memory: 1
- Dimension without projection: 57 x 150 x 27.5 mm
- Weight: 200g
- System: Triple-conv. Superheterodyne
1st IF: 814.5MHz or 304.3MHz
2nd IF: 45.05MHz
3rd IF: 455KHz
- Typical sensitivity:
FM/WFM 12dB SINAD, AM/SSB/CW 10dB S/N
0.1 to 5.0 MHz: 1.5uV
5.0 to 900MHz: 1.0uV
0.1 to 5.0 MHz: 0.6uV
5.0 to 900MHz: 0.5uV
900MHz up: 1.0uV
5.0 to 900MHz: 0.5uV
900MHz up: 2.0uV
5.0 to 900MHz: 2.0uV
900MHz up: 4.0uV
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I switched my radio on today and nothing!! I figured the battery must be flat, so I stood the radio in the Desktop Charger and got nothing again - no red light, no green light, zip!
On closer examination, I detected crackling sounds as I wiggled the power plug at the back of the charger, so I stripped it down (very simple) and examined the PCB. From that I determined that there was a bad joint on the pcb-mounted power-socket, so resoldered it and tried again - bingo! Everything worked fine. I'm expecting another 15 years service :-)