Digital Mobile Radio

Digital Mobile Radio [DMR} is a fast growing sector of the UK amateur radio digital voice scene. Primarily used for business, the technology has been globally adopted by the radio amateur community and the network of repeaters, most with some sort of network connectivity, is rapidly expanding.

There are a number of DMR repeater networks in the UK. The Phoenix UK DMR network is currently the larger of the main networks. As well as the Phoenix UK Network and BrandMeister UK networks there are also repeaters that operate in stand-alone mode and others that have regional connectivity such as the South West Cluster, the Salop network and the Northern DMR Cluster. There is also inter-connectivity with DMR+, Fusion and DSTAR networks making for a complex but expanding world of QSO possiblities. 

Functionality and coverage are constantly growing as is the ability to build a low cost home brew repeater, or personal hotspot, running the MMDVM software by Jonathon Naylor G4KLX.

Dongles and shields for the Raspberry Pi, PC and Arduino are also able to connect into the DMR network. This connectivity is currently available on the BrandMeister system with Phoenix access being provided by link via the DMR+ network.  Server settings to enable access to the Phoenix network can be found at the following link: –

http://www.opendmr.net/index.php/dongle-access/

To use any aspects of the network you will require an ID which is unique to you and is only available to licensed radio amateurs.

The repeater network is expensive to install and maintain with ongoing costs so I would encourage all users to support their local groups. For a list of groups in East Anglia have a look here: – East Anglia Repeater Groups

 

Last updated 26th September 2017