RFinder Android DMR Radio Review
My Episode 60 was an interview with Bob, W2CYK, the founder of the RFinder Worldwide Repeater Directory, and creator of this Android DMR Device. This video, Episode 70, will be my video of the device itself.
This is a neat device. It is a full Android phone, running OS 5.1 (Lollipop), with a 3G radio, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and everything else you would expect of an Android Smartphone. On top of that, it has a monoband 2-way radio built-in, which will transmit on analog and DMR. This allows the user to download and install the RFinder app from the Google play store, open the app and use the phone’s GPS to find the repeaters closest to you, then choose a repeater from the app, which sends the repeater details to the built-in 2-way radio, and programs all needed parameters; TX/RX frequency and CTCSS for analog, TX/TX frequency, Timeslot, Color Code and Talkgroup for DMR.
Anyone can operate this device from any location, using the RFinder app and clicking on links. No programming cables or software is required. Change repeaters anytime you want, and also edit the repeater settings, in case you find something that is wrong, so that you can still get on the air. Report updates to the RFdinder admins through the app so that next time, the automatically loaded info is correct. Find repeaters with Echolink in RFinder, click on the link, and open the Echolink app on your phone to automatically connect to any node.
Check the video below for instructions on performing the above steps.