CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

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CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby WARLOCK » 14 May 2016, 09:35

Is there a cheap way to get onto digital radio ,these days ???

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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby Admiral » 14 May 2016, 11:11

Yes, buy an MD-380 or one of its clones for DMR, or the dPMR stuff is getting flogged off cheap at the moment. Brand new about £85 these days for a 380 and the dPMRs can be got for around £50 new.

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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby Farty » 14 May 2016, 13:35

PAYG mobile phones start at under a tenner.
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby thelad » 14 May 2016, 15:18

Farty wrote:PAYG mobile phones start at under a tenner.

Cant use that to TX over the shopwatch :lolno:
Uniden UBC120XLT
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby radiosification » 02 Jun 2016, 15:41

Chinese manufacturers make dPMR radios for really cheap. I remember seeing some for as little as about £40 before, but it may have been a special offer or something.
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby gmbusman » 29 Dec 2016, 19:40

What about a baofeng DM-5R plus
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby Admiral » 29 Dec 2016, 21:03

gmbusman wrote:What about a baofeng DM-5R plus


Have they got Tier2 yet?

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Postby gmbusman » 29 Dec 2016, 22:34

The plus is apperantly Motorola digital comparable and digital repter comparably for an extra 4 quid for the plus witch says it tier 2
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby radiosification » 29 Dec 2016, 22:58

I don't think that radio will ever work on tier 2. It probably doesn't have the hardware for it, otherwise they surely would have done it already. I wouldn't recommend buying the DM-5R
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby FakeJake » 30 Dec 2016, 10:21

It does do tier 2, heard someone on UK wide using one via his local repeater. It may still be transmitting on both slots though, I suspect. Needs further testing.
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby gmbusman » 30 Dec 2016, 10:48

FakeJake wrote:It does do tier 2, heard someone on UK wide using one via his local repeater. It may still be transmitting on both slots though, I suspect. Needs further testing.

It well worth £68 then
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby FakeJake » 30 Dec 2016, 12:56

gmbusman wrote:
FakeJake wrote:It does do tier 2, heard someone on UK wide using one via his local repeater. It may still be transmitting on both slots though, I suspect. Needs further testing.

It well worth £68 then

Only if it's not taking up both slots. If it is, it will be causing any locals wanting to use the other repeater slot some problems and therefore should be avoided
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby Admiral » 30 Dec 2016, 13:00

If anyone can get a definitive answer on the plus that would be great, I've been holding off getting a VHF DMR for a good few months in anticipation of a dual-bander, but even at this price don't want to end up with a lemon, Bumfengs are renowned for not being able to flash the firmware, so I'm thinking that what you buy is what you get, period.

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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby gmbusman » 30 Dec 2016, 14:01

What about a retevis rt3
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Re: CHEAPEST way to go digital HELP NEEDED

Postby Admiral » 30 Dec 2016, 14:09

gmbusman wrote:What about a retevis rt3


I have two TYT MD-380s (same animal) on UHF, one for legitimate hammy stuff with my 'official' RID and one for tinkering, I want a tinkering VHF set, but when I was looking to get one the dual-banders were anounced, I have been waiting for them to sort their house out so I can have the dual-bander as an ad-hoc set, get rid of one of the 380s and keep one as my hammy unit.


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