The opportunity to upgrade my current CS700 UHF DMR radio presented itself this past week so, just had to … you know .. upgrade the radio. So, now I have my CS700 to offer up to sale – hope to have another come in and try the mode out locally.
The radio has a few options that my 700 does not, so it should be more useful. One thing I noticed, is that these CS700/CS750 radios do have quite a sensitive receive on them and work well compared to my other DMR radio.
I was able to spend a few hours here and there on this contest and put in a few contacts. Unfortunately, my wire antennas are currently down, so I used my 5 band vertical – which did work quite well. 15 and 20 were working well, so that’s where the contacts were made. Sure, I could have had more contacts if I were running in the contest, but without a voice sync hooked up, I would be losing my voice and flubbering-up the audio.
Made contacts with some of the other RadioSport Manitoba members – Cary was even running remote to the east coast and sounded quite good – could almost make out it was him! Although I did not recognize Rob’s voice operating out of 6SV – until I asked 🙂
I’m getting more interested in learning this newer digital mode, so what best way than to dive in and get (another) DMR radio. 🙂 This one was being offered at a discount (from it’s already inexpensive pricing) from the folks at CS. Now I realize it has mixed reviews, but it’s a great tool to try out different modes/operations. Now I have two working units .. and another unit looking for a charger to figure it out more.
The unit I got was a Tytera MD380 UHF DMR radio …
It has all the basic offerings and some extra little quirks. Funny thing about this unit is that it uses the same programming software as the CS700 model. I still had to plug in (ie: lots of typing!) all the frequencies/groups/etc and make sure it works. It came with two antennas . .a stubby and a non-stubby I’ll say – as it’s not the best antenna that’s for sure. I have a dual-band antenna on the car which I’ll have to use this on for a bit a see how well it performs with 5 watts.
There’s some recent changes to the local DMR systems, so will try and navigate what is happening in that area to see how much coverage there is. Interesting though, there are more guys getting involved in trying out DMR, so that’s good for the systems usage etc … lots to learn. I really want to get more into the controller-side of things and understand the underpinnings, so, even more to read.
Timing is interesting on another front – the most current TCA from RAC just arrived yesterday and in it is an article by our local directory Derek, VE4HAY, describing the various digital modes that are out there, so I’m sure that will also generate more local activity.
I still have to meet up with more of the local DMR group and understand more of what’s going on… more to come there too.