DMR talk – and a great blog (Grapevine Ham Radio)

Over the last week or two, I’ve been aware of quite a few people taking a bit more interest in DMR in various places. Not knowing very much about it, I’ve been doing a bit more reading to try and understand what sort of kit is available other than the ‘full price’ gear.

I keep an eye on e-Bay, of course, and had seen the Kirisun units around. These, it seems, are DPMR, using FDMA and whilst are no doubt very interesting to try out, they won’t get you anywhere down the DMR route.

A DMR handheld that won’t break the bank is the Connect Systems CS700 which is retailing in the US at around USD180. There’s a really nice writeup over at the Grapevine Ham Radio blog. Incidentally, I can’t believe I have missed Jason’s blog up until now. There’s lots of great stuff there. And to make it even more embarrassing, he kindly includes a link to my blog on his site. Sorry, Jason – this will be fixed! Hans, PD0AC also carries an interesting item about the CS-700 on his blog.

It will be interesting to see if or how the talk develops and whether DMR makes any sort of impression in terms of on-air activity over the next few months

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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