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How To Program A DMR Digital Amateur Ham Radio

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How To Program A DMR Digital Amateur Ham Radio

  Colour Code, Talk Group, Time Slot, Oh MY!Welcome to a world where commercial DMR meets Amateur Ham Radio. From advanced code plugs to zones, the jargon and terminology is like nothing a seasoned ham has heard before. Like many, you are probably confused, frustrated, and unsure where to go next. This quick one page reference guide will hopefully provide you with the absolute minimum to get your DMR amateur ham radio programmed for your local repeater and allow you to talk to someone other than yourself! As Computer Programming Software (CPS) differs from radio to radio some of the...

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Baofeng DM-5R V3 2018 / RD-5R - DMR Tier II by Baofeng, finally done right.

Posted by Bill Dick on

Baofeng DM-5R V3 2018 / RD-5R - DMR Tier II by Baofeng, finally done right.

DMR has been a hot mode for Amateur Ham Radio for a number of years now. While digital has been around for a good decade, nothing seems to have sparked a bigger interest than the DMR mode. With inexpensive radios from vendors like TYT and Connect Systems one no longer had to invest a small fortune to try out digital. DMR was growing fast, and here to stay. Baofeng has always been the king of low cost radios with the UV-5R. And when Baofeng released the first DMR radio, the DM-5R, excitement was in the air, a DMR for under...

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TYT Tytera MD-390, whats new and different? And now the Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Amateur Ham Radio

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TYT Tytera MD-390, whats new and different? And now the Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Amateur Ham Radio

2015 marked the real beginning of the Chinese branded DMR digital ham radio. TYT was a leader with the MD-380, which has garnered quite the user base. TYT has followed up with the, new for 2016, TYT Tytera MD-390. Both radios look almost identical side by side, so whats different? Well, the first difference is the case, the MD-390 being a tad larger. Why you ask? It is constructed to IP67 standards for water resistance. Along with the new case design comes new batteries, and battery eliminators. A GPS is also a factory option on this radio for sending and...

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