Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of interest in DMR digital radio. The Tytera TYT MD-380 has helped with prices from £105 to £150 for a TDMA 1W/5W UHF transceiver. a review of the MD-380 by Dave M0TAZ (here) on his blog has whetted my appetite. Note that the same radio can be branded as Retevis RT3 and is otherwise identical.
With a DMR-MARC repeater now on the air from Barking, GB7AK, I expect to recognise some familiar callsigns. Other LEFARS members have ordered their radios and eagerly awaiting their delivery.
There is a steep learning curve to understand how to use a DMR radio. To help my own understanding, I have compiled a list of resources into one document which can be viewed here. TYT MD-380 documentation
Also Keith G1HEQ has kindly made available a “LEFARS” code plug which contains the most useful local 70cm DMR repeaters, other DMR simplex channels and FM repeaters. Along with other resources like programming software and a firmware upgrade, this is held on one of my Dropbox folders. further details here also.
I look forward to working more LEFARS members on DMR soon. As at 28th October, the list so far includes : Dave G4FKI, Richard G4DDP, Wayne G4YOH, Keith G1HEQ, David M0VID and Ron G6LTT
[Last update: 28-Oct-2015]