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Old 07-12-2019, 06:57 PM
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In conjunction with the currently running thread 'Which Cheap BaoFeng Variant https://www.survivalistboards.com/sh...d.php?t=921454 I figured that I would ask this question too.

Thinking about getting a pair before Sept. Recommendations for both mobiles and handhelds if you got them.

I really don't know much about DMR so any info regarding what to get, look out for, etc. is welcome.
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Be careful of some radios on DMR systems:

https://www.rmham.org/wordpress/dmr-hardware-listing/

The majority of the cheaper Chi-Com radios will work with DMR.
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I have 2 DMR radios, and a hot spot. One was a TYT MD-380 I bought from the ARRL auction last year, and the other I bought while on a deal from retevis. I got the Retevis RT3S on sale for Pretty cheap, and it is the GPS model. My opinion, especially if trying it to see if you are interested, is the affordable one (that will not screw with the repeaters as Dolf mentioned.). I think I spent 89.99 on the RT3S, and the TYT I got at auction was $80. Rather affordable for a new mode of radio to check out. Just my old .02.
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I have 2 DMR radios, and a hot spot. One was a TYT MD-380 I bought from the ARRL auction last year, and the other I bought while on a deal from retevis. I got the Retevis RT3S on sale for Pretty cheap, and it is the GPS model. My opinion, especially if trying it to see if you are interested, is the affordable one (that will not screw with the repeaters as Dolf mentioned.). I think I spent 89.99 on the RT3S, and the TYT I got at auction was $80. Rather affordable for a new mode of radio to check out. Just my old .02.
Well I hope the RT3S works for me, I just bought a matching pair this morning for $129. I didn't see any comments so I just took the gamble and went for it. First 100 sold were $65 each. Of course as with anything EBAY we'll wait and see if I even get it. The seller has over 36,000 comments with only 2 negative and they are unhappy with the product sold not the seller per say, and those were unrelated products.

The only thing though is there are no DMR Repeaters around here so this is just for my use.
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I bought a little hotspot which works well. I am still in my infancy with DMR. Still trying to understand color groups and all that stuff. Kind of on the back burner until winter time...
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In conjunction with the currently running thread 'Which Cheap BaoFeng Variant https://www.survivalistboards.com/sh...d.php?t=921454 I figured that I would ask this question too.

Thinking about getting a pair before Sept. Recommendations for both mobiles and handhelds if you got them.

I really don't know much about DMR so any info regarding what to get, look out for, etc. is welcome.
So CHICOM squad radios? How about NOT financially supporting the Chicom PLA?
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So CHICOM squad radios? How about NOT financially supporting the Chicom PLA?
I agree, but the chicoms have been counting on the cheapness and lack of values of Americans for a long time now and it doesn`t look like things are going to change any time soon.
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There are so many better commercial radios available surplus on eBay that Are NOT made in China that it is silly to buy these crappy Baofeng radios.

You have Motorola, EF Johnson, BK Radio, VERTEX, Kenwood, Icom. The radios made by these manufacturers are from Malaysia and Japan and designed by experienced RF engineers. While the Chinese radios use low parts count designs based on a mediocre chip set.

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i grabbed a couple TYT380, once i figured out the programming it does pretty good. i thought they also did pretty good on simplex in digital mode.
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Buy American made or anything but Chinese, stop helping their economy please.
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Buy American made or anything but Chinese, stop helping their economy please.

apparently, where you live, Walmart is not the only store in town.
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apparently, where you live, Walmart is not the only store in town.
That was funny. Yup, the downfall was when we started shopping online. The only "Radioshack" around is now a cell phone distributor, but you might find a few capacitors there, but not much of anything.
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