You may have been redirected here from www.gb7dd.co.uk, this is correct at this time because the GB7DD callsign was handed back to ETCC when the repeater was closed-down by the Keeper MM0DUN.
The aim of this website is to collate as much information as possible in one place regarding DMR to make it easier for DMR Operators or those interested in getting involved in DMR to find the information.
DMR is for licensed radio amateurs and you must hold a valid amateur radio licence before you apply for a DMR Radio ID number and most definitely before you attempt to press the PTT button. Saying that, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot listen in to DMR.
de Martin MM0DUN
Edinburgh Repeater Keepers Consultation April 2019
The Edinburgh Repeater Keepers carried out a Survey on this website in April 2019 asking to hear from users and potential users of the Edinburgh repeaters and what their views are about the current service and what features they would like to see added that would encourage more repeater use, specifically the views on GB3ED.
DMR stands for Digital Mobile Radio and uses the Motorola TRBO protocol for communications. Like other digital modes such as D-Star, C4FM and APCO P25, the TRBO protocol converts your voice into a digital form and sends it out via RF (with other bits of information included) and allows you to communicate to other DMR radios and also DMR repeaters, which are networked together around the world via the internet.
What makes DMR stand out from some of the other digital modes is that it utilizes TDMA (Time-Division Multiple Access) to divide a single frequency into 2 distinct “channels” or time slots. By doing this, you can have two conversations going on at the SAME TIME, using one frequency.
Imagine using one frequency while radio A is talking to radio B on time slot 1, and radio C is talking to radio D on time slot 2 … SIMULTANEOUSLY. Pretty neat, huh?
To make matters a little more fun and complicated, each radio must have a unique Radio ID for digital identification between radios and you can also use Talkgroups to separate traffic and target specific groups of DMR users.
A Radio ID is a unique number assigned to you (and your callsign) by the RadioID.net Team. Like a telephone number or IP address, your Radio ID identifies you as a unique radio user on the various DMR networks and repeaters around the world.
With DMR you can:
- Keep in contact with your ham radio contacts using over 800 interconnected repeaters world wide;
- Enjoy static free communications using the latest in digital voice technology;
- Talk longer with extended battery life, allowing up to a 40% improvement in talk time as compared to FM;
- Choose from a wide variety of radio models from a growing list of manufacturers;
- Enjoy automatic roaming capability, allowing operators to keep in contact with one another hands free while on the move
- Easily set-up and link repeaters together using the Internet. No audio levels to tweak or repeaters controllers to manage.
DMR equipment is available from a variety of manufacturers that can easily be used for ham radio purposes. The most commonly used and readily available units are from Motorola and Hytera and there is now an ever increasing number of Chinese made radios which are available at very keen prices and offer dual-band (VHF & UHF) in the same radio.
Below is a video that demonstrates the usage of DMR during the DMR-MARC World Wide Net. Take a listen! (borrowed from the VA3XPR website at www.va3xpr.net)
12/01/2018 - Pi-Star Forum Link Added to Links 12/01/2018 - Next DMR Breakfast Date added 06/01/2019 - FaceBook Groups Added to LINKS Menu. 29/12/2018 - Hotspot Page updated with duplex hotspot. 29/12/2018 - Handset Page updated with DJ-MD5. 22/12/2018 - LINKS Menu has sub-menus now. 22/12/2018 - Links/PiStar added sub menus now. 21/12/2018 - Information added to the Home Page 18/12/2018 - Phoenix Page added 18/12/2018 - DMR+ Page added 18/12/2018 - Brandmeister Page added 18/12/2018 - Networks Menu Added 17/12/2018 - Minor changes to Menu layout 12/12/2018 - DMR Mobiles page updated. 12/12/2018 - DMR ID Request page added. 11/12/2018 - Hotspot page updated. 10/12/2018 - Various additional pages added, DMR BREAKFAST, DMR EQUIPMENT. 03/12/2018 - Alinco DJ-MD5 Scottish Codeplug uploaded to the Download Section - thanks GM7RYR for this. 28/11/2018 - Manuals for Alinco DJ-MD5 handset 27/11/2018 - Some sections of the website have been disabled to allow a bug to be traced which was causing the website to be slow to load. 22/11/2018 - Twitter feed for GB7DE added to the GB7DE page 22/11/2018 - Twitter feed for GB7EE added to the GB7EE page 20/11/2018 - W1MSG Link Added