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Old 02-12-2017, 02:51 PM   #11
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I'm not sure about the others but the Yaesu Fusion radios basically operate at two levels. The digital modes can be used on repeaters and on simplex, producing excellent sound quality. Depending on the radio, you can also send digital messages from one radio to another while talking on the frequency (or so the documentat ion says).

Using a network like Wires-X does require Internet and will not be much use when the big one hits (west coast).

My experience listening to Wires-X on my FTM400XDR was accidental and did not require any reprogramming. I picked it up on two different frequencies that I happened to have preprogrammed and were in my scan set.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:24 PM   #12
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As far as the DMR yes you will have to change code plugs for regions it’s pretty easy you can do that ahead of time but it will require a computer to program the radio you can have dozens of files programed for different regions. All of the linking systems Fusion, DMR, echolink, etc do require internet access because of the world wide linking. Fusion and DMR are two different modes and do not play well with others there are gadgets that can link them however.Yeah I guess with a dead internet you'll have to relay on the propagation gods with HF.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:46 AM   #13
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Default Interbet not required for DMR

Digital voice modes do not require internet to function. If the internet is down the repeater will act much like an analog repeater with clearer audio. Quite often clubs setup a repeater without internet initially for testing.

All of the digital voice rigs that I know of have analog FM capability. A DMR rig is not exactly a one-trick pony. Of all the modes of digital voice the DMR rigs are most reasonably priced. Many of DMR rigs are less than $100.
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Old 05-28-2019, 06:50 PM   #14
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Without internet the DMR repeater will only have local pretty much the same as any repeater except it will be digital voice it kind of lacks bandwidth. Digital is either all or nothing with analog you actually can have a poor signal and still pick out a conversation. The protocall is a lot different because you are tying up many repeaters so know what you are doing before having a rag chew on world wide, north america etc. Many people use dongles and a hand held link into their home internet to communicate right now that seems to be the majority, I find DMR repeaters to be quite quiet. I like the concept and wish it was more utilized because it can give you extremely wide coverage. Our club has a DMR repeater and a VHF echolink I can honestly say the echoling is more active.
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