Amateur Radio: DMR

Revised 2019-03-13

New or updated entries indicated with New or Updated. Labels expire in 30-60 days.

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  1. BrandMeister Network
    1. Brandmeister Explained New
    2. BrandMeister News
    3. Hose Line
      — If your browser fails to produce audio, try another browser. My situation? Chrome fails, but Opera works on Win7 and DuckDuckGo works on Android. It makes no sense.
      — Some links to lesser known talkgroups are simply to see if there is activity, and may not remain here. So many unused talkgroups, yet more are added each month. Ridiculous. Sigh…
      1. TG 91 Worldwide (Info)
      2. TG 310 TAC 310 (Info)
      3. TG 311 TAC 311 (Info)
      4. TG 310 TAC 312 (Info)
      5. TG 3108 Colorado (Info) New
      6. TG 3134 New Jersey (Info) New
      7. TG 3142 Pennsylvania (Info) New
      8. TG 31012 QuadNet (Info) (QuadNet2 USA IRC Network) New
      9. TG 31088 Colorado HD (Info) New
      10. TG 31241 MD-DC XRF336 C (Info) New
      11. TG 31360 TriState (Info)
      12. TG 31482 South Texas (Info) New
      13. TG 31660 Ocean County (Info) New
      14. TG 31672 Pi-Star Chat (Info) New
      15. TG 31801 The Gathering Spot (Info) New
      16. TG 31802 Chat Lounge (Info) New
      17. TG 31803 Secret Talk Group (Info) New
    4. Talkgroups (Download CSV etc list using buttons atop page)
    5. CCS7 User Database (sesrch by call or DMR ID)
    6. Digital Communications Interconnect
      1. Talkgroups
    7. Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)
    8. Discovering DMR by KE0FHS (multi-part series; a must read)
    9. DMR Learning Series by KD8TWG
    10. DMR Learning Series by K8JTK
    11. DMR-MARC
      1. Worldwide Talkgroups
    12. DMR For Dummies
    13. Ham Digital
      1. Digital ID Registration
    14. K4USD Network
    15. N2JTI NJ-NY-PA DMR Ham Radio Network
    16. N2NSA NY Metro DMR Repeater Network
    17. WR3IRS Interstate Repeater System
    18. Netwatch NJ-TRBO
    19. XLX Multiproticol Gateway Reflector
    20. DMR Repeaters, Area List
  2. Radios
    1. Anytone AT-D878UV
    2. Retevis
    3. TYT MD-380
      1. Scanning (setting up scan lists on 380/390)
    4. TYT MD-UV380
      1. Notes
      2. 60 Days with the TYT MD-UV380 (source: HVDN)
      3. Firmware Update: TYT MD-UV380/390 Update 17.05 (also CPS software) (source: HVDN)
      4. Teardown & Comparison: TYT MD-UV380: Part 1 & Part 2 (source: HVDN)
  3. Hotspots
    1. NEX-GEN Custom Hotspots
    2. SharkRF Hotspot
    3. ZUMspot & MMDVM Demo Page
    4. ZUMspot Raspberry Pi Info and Setup
    5. ZUMspot— DMR Hotspot
  4. Nets
    1. Colorado HD Hotspot Discussion Net (Fri 1930 MST - excellent!) New
    2. DMR Nets New
    3. KE0FHS: DMR Nets New
    4. List of DMR Nets
  5. Resources
    1. Dealers
      — A selected list of dealers, based upon conversations with persons whose opinions I trust, selling DMR radios. The list is not comprehensive. Links are not endorsements. Buyer beware. Your mileage may vary.
      1. Bridgecom Systems
      2. Buy Two Way Radios
      3. Grapevine Amateur Radio
      4. Let's Get Ready
    2. Ham Radio Concepts Streaming video
    3. Ham Radio 2.0 Streaming video
    4. Hudson Valley (NY) Digital Network
    5. Reddit: DMR New
    6. Using APRS on DMR…
  6. Software
    1. Codeplugs
      — Codeplugs are enigmas. Whereas it is best to learn to build your own codeplug, looking at samples can help. These repositories may be helpful. Third-party codeplug editors (below) can convert file formats. Ses my notes below.
      1. DMR at Foxhollow
      2. DMR Starter Codeplugs…
      3. DMR-Utah Codeplugs
      4. Global DX System MD-380 Codeplug
      5. Hoosier DMR Codeplug Vault
      6. Hudson Valley Digital Network Codeplug Repository
      7. KD2KVZ DMR Codeplugs
      8. MD-380 Brandmeister codeplug | Digiham
      9. N2JTI NJ-NY-PA & WR3IRS DMR Codeplugs New
      10. National Codeplugs | DMRTexas
    2. Codeplug Editors
      — FYI. I haven't evaluated or thoroughly tested all editors. Back up your codeplug files. I like and use N0GSG's software; recommended.
      1. DMR CPS Programmer by DL5MCC
      2. DMR Config—Command Line Editor (Win/Linux/Mac OS) by KK6ABQ
      3. Editcp—Codeplug Editor by WJ2O (manipulate codeplugs)
      4. N0GSG Contact Manager (manipulate codeplugs)
      5. TYT Codeplug Editor by G6AMU (manipulate codeplugs)
    3. Pi-Star
      1. Pi-Star Forum
      2. Pi-Star Hotspot Interference New
      3. Pi-Star Wiki
      4. BrandMeister Talkgroup List
      5. Pi-Star Users Support Group New
      6. Pi-Star Notes by KE0FHS
        1. SSH Access to Pi-Star New
      7. Reflectors
      8. Updating and upgrading Pi-Star by KE0FHS
        1. Changing a hotspot frequency (Avoid satellite frequencies; hotspot may be blocked from operating.) New

Some notes on the TYT MD-UV380…

Eternally under construction

The MD-UV380 is a mid-2018 dual-band variant of the popular MD-380. Web searches do not yield much information about the radio. In my opinion, the manual could be improved. The folliwing items are notes and observations made since purchasing the radio in July 2018. The CPS software is version 1.03; I haven't perceived a need to upgrade it

Around the end of 2018 TYT seems to have discontinued the MD-UV380. The replacement appears to be the water-resistant MD-390. My readings suggest the internals are the same as the MD-UV380.

A few notes on codeplug manipulation…

Eternally under construction

Whither unlinking using TG 4000 New

Eternally under construction

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