Posted by: GW7AAV | November 20, 2010

The MyDEL ML-5189 or AT-5189 4m Mobile

Interest in the 70MHz (4m) amateur radio band has been on the increase recently. It started with various ex-PMR rigs like the Ascom SE550 flooding the market. It was amazing to see the prices of those used rigs shoot up from were you could buy 10 for a fiver to where they are today, lucky to get a battered one for under £60 on eBay. Then along came the Wouxun KG-699 4m handie and suddenly a whole new market opened up. It started by word of mouth and SOTA activators keen to do something different latched on to them. Previous ex-PMR bricks meant 4m portable was a rarity, not anymore it wasn’t. Admittedly the Icom IC-E90 had been around a while but take up was slow due to the high price and the fact that most would be buyers probably had a dual band handie they were perfectly happy with. The Wouxum was cheap and cheerful and did a great job for a small outlay. When I finally saw one had been thoroughly tested and was as RF clean as anything the majors made I got one too. I was blown away and told anyone who would listen and probably quite a few who wouldn’t to get one.

Perusing the Martin Lynch website a few days ago I spotted the MyDEL ML-5189 or AT-5189 4m Mobile in their list of new products. This rig is another made in China and badged under various names but this is the first time I have seen them on sale in the UK. The rig is actually available in 66 to 88MHz, 135 to 175MHz and 400-490MHz versions. The 4m and 2m versions are 60w/25W/10W output and the 70cms version 40w/25W/10W. Martin Lynch and Son only seem to have the 4m version at present. They say in the advertisment; “With the massive increase in 4m activity thanks to the new Wouxun KG-699 4m handie, along comes this new 60W 4m mobile”. I wonder if this rig will sell as well as well as the Wouxun?, at £149.95 it may.

There has already been some discussion on various forums about this radio, but no-one has yet bought one to give it a good once over. Is it as good or better than the Ascom SE550? What does the test gear say about its output? Hopefully the truth will out soon, before the sceptic dismiss it out of hand as a bit of junk. Maybe I will put one on the Christmas list and try it for myself. It can’t be any worse than my AKD 4001 can it? Sorry Garex! It got me on the band but it really is a pile of crap.

Update: I just ordered one so a review coming here soon.


  1. Hello
    Where you buy this radio?
    I`m waiting for information.

  2. Sorry the links in the post seem to have gone I have replaced them but you can buy this radio from the two dealers below.

    Chinese source for bulk purchases.

  3. Thank you. I do great mistake. This is transceiver for 4m only. I need good and cheap radio for 2m, 70cm…

  4. Just received the Anytone badged 5189. Comments so far:
    1) On ‘high’ power only gives 20 W (9 W on ‘mid’, 5 W on ‘low’- using
    Bird Power Meter).
    SWR to a 1/4
    wave whip on the car is 1.1:1 and have tried different cable lengths
    but with no appreciable difference.

    2) It’s possible to confuse the software if you are a littele ham-
    fisted (is this where the phrase came from?) when programming it, but
    ‘factory reset’ saves the day.

    No activity on 4 down here in Exmouth but will try next week in the
    Frome area.

    G8CQR 8 Jan 2011

  5. I see that Nevada Radio have this radio in the AT name. In stock, yes?

    • Don’t know about Nevada you would have to ring them but I had one from Martyn Lynch a couple of days ago.

  6. Hi

    It’s that a FM only 4m transeiver or SSB also?

    • Hi Manolo, It is just FM only. No SSB 4M rigs out there yet :0( Maybe soon I hope!

  7. hi have had the anytone now for about 4weeks not a bad radio ihave added a fan i am sure that they can run up to about 40 watts has anyone done this information greatly received also external speaker improve things the compander does help on week signals

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