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All about Digital Radio

The newest mode of operation for many of us is the digital world.
On this page we will try to simplify this complex world, provide some good info about various aspects of it and some good links.

You will hear terms like DMR, Fusion, Echolink, AllStar, D-Star, P25, Nexedge, C4FM and others. Oh Boy- What is it all about?
Well lets start here with a discussion of DMR (Digital Mobile Radio). This is PDF download. And Here for DMR discussion.
Then look at this page for D-star, DMR, Fusion, Which is right for you?

Here is the site to purchase Nano Nodes

Here is the new MicroNode

Here is a video of a user of the MicroNode

Here is a commercial site by Motorola about DMR radios. And a discussion about DMR Here.

You can also go to Youtube and search for DMR to find lots of videos about getting started.

We don't provide any commercial endorsements here but here is an idea of what can be done to get into DMR for about $150.

Next we look at Fusion. Yaesu says Here: "System Fusion is Yaesu’s implementation of Digital Amateur Radio, utilizing C4FM 4-level FSK Technology to transmit digital voice and data over the Amateur radio bands."

Next we look at DStar which is Digital Smart Technology Amateur Radio. DStar is a Hybrid radio communications method which uses both Radio Frequency Transmissions, and the Internet and is discussed here. Also this is good info on DStar Gateway. Terms like Hotspot & simplex gateway are covered.

Another digital world is C4FM discussed here.

Then there is APRS discussed on Wikipedia

No digital discussion would be complete with out the Rasberry Pi. Check here and here and here - Have fun!!!

We will have more later from W0MRD, W7JCA and AF7J on their equipment.

SharkRF.com for info on Shark. Here is a video on how it works. Here is a description of how it works. They are available a number of places- just Google it.

Also may be available on Ebay as a used unit. Check Ebay for the TYT Tytera MD-380 DMR to get into DMR for about $80. New about $100. Here is a video about the TYT radio. Here is another video about the firmwear for the TYT. Like to tweak and modify? Start here.

Here is a document with links to D-Star information that was emailed to me by IcomAmerica.







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