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TWRS-106 - Is DMR Becoming the Digital Radio Standard?

Two Way Radio Show
We debate whether or not DMR is becoming the de facto digital standard. We also review the new Vertex Standard eVerge EVX-261 Digital Portable Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:18

Discussion Topic 1:36
we debate whether or not DMR is becoming the de facto digital standard. We'll discuss the different types of digital standards available, compare the pros and cons of each, and contemplate the possibility one of them could overtake the others to become the primary standard in the marketplace. Do you think DMR is becoming the digital standard? Send in your comments to show@buytwowayradios.com. If we read your comments on the next episode we'll send you a FREE Two Way Radio Show T-Shirt!

Commercial Break 24:59
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 25:55
We review the Vertex Standard eVerge EVX-261 Digital Portable Two Way Radio.

Questions and Answers 42:14
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 51:44
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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2 Comments

The question is DMR becoming 'THE" digital standard?

For business, I will say yes, based on the following. In the business segments of the spectrum (VHF/UHF) the bands are increasing crowded. Digital modes, all of them, afford increased usage with little if no increase in the costs to own/operate for the end user.

As you've stated, the plethora of non-USA vendors have actually caused the cost per unit to drop.

For Amateur radio users, its is quickly taking on D-star as the premier digital mode. I am a user in SC and we now have over 30 DMR repeaters in the state and almost handheld coverage in most areas of the state. With 26 in one network owned by the state of SC. I see this being replicated all over the World, not just in the US.

I found this to have started with the CS-700 and then the great MD-380. (I have programmed many 380's for hams in SC, but have not purchased one for myself yet- gotta correct this) It was at the place (money wise) that many hams were willing to try it. And they found the lack of static, and clear comms has made the older ears happy.

In the ham bands, I see this become the new norm for repeaters, both internet connected and those standalone. The newer hams will probably go digital first as opposed to strickly analog radios (Baofengs be darned)

With the constant new models of DMR, I see more and more persons, both ham and "IB" users to grab onto the DMR's and make it more used than any other. NXDN will give DMR a run for its money in the business world, but it will be a long time before it gets close. I dont see hams embracing NXDN on a major scale.

The hams will make a run at DMR with Fusion, I see this as a regional or even city usage, as the DMR is already linked across the world. And will find its use small overall.

the DV-Mega's, the DV4Mini's and etc. will help both DMR and Fusion some to gain a few users (DMR is major with the DV-Mega crowd already.) I use my DV-Mega to reach both D-Star and DMR with my radios.

I hope this helps, and makes sense. KO4L Lloyd Florence SC

I agree with above statement.

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