If you’re looking for a HAM hand-held transceiver (HT) for social and personal emergency comms, the Ailunce HD1 GPS is the way to go. This is one of the first transceivers that involved actual HAM operators in their development and design. The people at Ailunce, Yolonda Guo, Vivian Vu, and Cherry Xiao reached out to HAM operators for their input.
So, before I begin, the only crippling issue with this HT is the non-effective or lack of a front-end filter and it being direct conversion, which cause desensitization. You can check this out on my YouTube video on this topic. The Anytone and the TYT dual band transceivers are also direct conversion, and they don’t have an effective front-end filter; hence, they also suffer from desensitization and inter-modulation from nearby frequencies, usually within 15 feet in proximity.
The end-result is that you cannot use this transceiver within 15 feet of another operator in a social setting, emergency setting, or mission-critical ICS-based emergency communications setting.
To be fair and clear, Retevis and Ailunce DID NOT market this HT as an ICS-base emergency mission-critical comms device — they focused this HT strictly for HAM operators. HAM operators that are preppers can use this HT for their bug-out comms pack, as long as they are not communicating within 15 feet or so of another operator.
Notwithstanding the aforementioned desensitization issue, the HD1 GPS transceiver is my choice for my non ICS-based mission-critical emergency communications activities.
The major selling points for me:
- Integrated VHF, UHF, and DMR
- Simultaneous monitoring of VHF, UHF, and DMF
- Long battery life
- Excellent audio quality
- Excellent TX and RX
- Excellent customer service
- Continuous updates
For social HAM DMR activities, the HD1 GPS is a strong and effective transceiver, which allows full FPP on both analog and DMR frequencies — you don’t need a laptop to program frequencies into this transceiver.
Most of the bugs have been worked out of the HD1 GPS, and it is still going through enhancements.
The really groovy thing about this transceiver is its ability to actively RX and TX on DMR, UHF, and VHF — this will reduce the need to carry multiple transceivers — for me, I just carry the HD1 GPS when I’m not in emergency mode, but I still have my XTS (700/800 Mhz) and XPRs (UHF and VHF) stashed in my pack in the event I get activated by SFPD, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, or SFFD’s NERT.
So, consider the HD1 GPS as part of your transceiver collection — for $200, the HD1 GPS packs a wallop!
/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)