Another DMR newb

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2E0KMA
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Another DMR newb

Postby 2E0KMA » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:02 pm

Hey all!

2E0KMA/Karl here, newbie DMR user, Manchester based. I've been off are a while, only recently returned & easing back into experimenting so thought I would start with something a little different first whilst I figure out what I can do antenna wise here as the yard is the size of a postage stamp with telephone wires overhead....
Anyways, enough waffling.

CW-2E0UCW
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Re: Another DMR newb

Postby CW-2E0UCW » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:01 am

Welcome to the dark side of radio.

Have a look at http://www.dmr-uk.net which has a fair bit of info including repeater maps and links to the networks.
Baofeng UV-5R , Motorola DM4600 , TYT MD-9600 , TYT MD-UV380 , Anytone AT-D868UV , Retevis RT8 , DV Mega (Pi-Star) , Inrico T320
Local repeaters GB7CT , GB7WL , GB7HR , GB7NS , GB7GF and GB7BK
Admin : http://www.dmr-uk.net

2E0KMA
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Re: Another DMR newb

Postby 2E0KMA » Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:15 pm

I've already been well into trawling alsorts of different sites/videos, there's a wealth of info out there! it's not been overly complex so far, the only difficulty I have found is that unless you do your homework it can be expensive, then again, doing your homework can make it just as expensive... there's some nice radios out there!

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Re: Another DMR newb

Postby CW-2E0UCW » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:31 am

There are many nice toys on the market ranging from around £100 to near £1000 (plus more when you add accessories). Many like myself started on the cheaper CS700 (now replaced by the more expensive CS750) then moved along as we got more into the mode and added mobile options and hotspots.

Looking from the centre of Manchester, there is a BrandMeister repeater 15 miles to the west and a Northern DMR Repeater (connected to Phoenix UK) 11 miles to the (north) east so starting with a handheld connected to an external antenna (both for home and mobile use) could be a start. When I started I had a CS700 which I connected to a magmount to get into my nearest repeater which was 22 miles away. Using the roam function (not available on all radios) I could do my 16 mile trip to work roaming between 4 repeaters.

A suggestion would be to find out what others in your area are using - maybe join a local DMR FB group such as Northern DMR Cluster, North West DMR (UK) and BrandMeister UK and ask questions. Ideally get a radio that is common so that you can get support if needed especially as there are so many makes and models to choose from.

A cheap common radio now is the TYT MD380 or MD390 (also branded Retevis RT3 & RT8) which comes with some great 3rd part code plug editing software (http://www.hamgoodies.co.uk/md380-dmr). I have Motorola kit but tried the code plug editor (check the links at the bottom of the ham goodies page) for this radio and was impressed that I might get one myself. The difference between the two is a few quid and that the MD390 is dust/water proof.
Baofeng UV-5R , Motorola DM4600 , TYT MD-9600 , TYT MD-UV380 , Anytone AT-D868UV , Retevis RT8 , DV Mega (Pi-Star) , Inrico T320
Local repeaters GB7CT , GB7WL , GB7HR , GB7NS , GB7GF and GB7BK
Admin : http://www.dmr-uk.net

radiotwo
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Re: Another DMR newb

Postby radiotwo » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:25 pm

"Looking from the centre of Manchester, there is a BrandMeister repeater 15 miles to the west"

Which repeater are you referring to ?

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Re: Another DMR newb

Postby CW-2E0UCW » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:14 pm

According to the ETCC website it should be GB7JL (https://ukrepeater.net/my_repeater.php?id=2679)

However I do not see it on the BrandMeister UK website - strange.
Baofeng UV-5R , Motorola DM4600 , TYT MD-9600 , TYT MD-UV380 , Anytone AT-D868UV , Retevis RT8 , DV Mega (Pi-Star) , Inrico T320
Local repeaters GB7CT , GB7WL , GB7HR , GB7NS , GB7GF and GB7BK
Admin : http://www.dmr-uk.net

radiotwo
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Re: Another DMR newb

Postby radiotwo » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:27 pm

I thought you meant JL but it has been of a few months now.
But the realy funny point is it does not reflect this on the ETCC site

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Re: Another DMR newb

Postby CW-2E0UCW » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:51 pm

Other options for the OP is to use a handy with external antenna for his local Phoenix repeater and a hotspot for BrandMeister access.
Baofeng UV-5R , Motorola DM4600 , TYT MD-9600 , TYT MD-UV380 , Anytone AT-D868UV , Retevis RT8 , DV Mega (Pi-Star) , Inrico T320
Local repeaters GB7CT , GB7WL , GB7HR , GB7NS , GB7GF and GB7BK
Admin : http://www.dmr-uk.net


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