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What do you use for DMR?  


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August 10, 2019 10:55 am  

I'm wondering what we use for DMR here in Parker.  I don't currently use DMR, so I'm thinking forward to the HAM fest coming up, and looking at my shopping list (very short currently).

So, the question is: "What radio do you use for DMR?"

Ed L. (KE0TSD)

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August 10, 2019 7:32 pm  

Motorola XPR 4550 in the truck

Both excellent.

AB0L (Formerly N0KAI)
Kenwood TM-V71A, Kenwood TS-590S, Motorola XPR4550, TYT MD-UV380, Kenwood TH-D7A, BTECH UV-5X3, µBITX V5 QRP

Dan Grady
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August 10, 2019 9:20 pm  

Hi Ed!

I think I've owned "too many" DMR radios.  Right now, I'm down to using a XPR-7550 HT.  Great commercial grade handheld. On a budget, you can find an XPR-6550 for good prices. The only real difference between the two may be some memory channel differences; the main difference is a color display on the 7550.

The TYT MD 380's or 390 series are good as well. I've had luck with both the single band and dual band versions.  Virtually all DMR repeaters in the area are UHF, so you're not missing much on VHF, other than analog repeaters.

All the above mentioned radios operate in DMR and analog.

A few members have had great luck with the Anytone radios as well...I believe they are the 878 series.  

73 and Good Luck!


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August 12, 2019 9:06 pm  

I was wondering about the Anytone D878UV HTs.  They certainly review well.  Do people use hotspots for DMR, or do they typically hit the repeaters like the watertower?