Episode 149: Baofeng RD-5R Dual Band DMR Review

Today we talk about the Baofeng RD-5R Dual Band DMR HT. I found it to be a decent radio, but lacking the features that we have seen in several other Dual Band DMR HTs.  The audio quality is good, and it is a true Tier 2 radio, but the contacts list and channel capacity are still lacking, like radios were when DMR first entered the Amateur Radio market.  For a dual band, I would expect to see more features, but you can’t argue with the performance of this model.

For purchase information, see this link: https://amzn.to/2x6Acci


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Episode 148: Unboxing the TYT TH-350 Triband HT

New from TYT is a Triband HT Radio that includes 2-meters, 220MHz and 440MHz – which they have named the TH-350.

This radio has a very basic menu and only holds 128 channels in memory, but it acts and feels pretty solid.  Audio reports on some local 440 repeaters have been favorable.

Check the video below for the review.


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Episode 147: August 2018 Updates

Special thanks to everyone who helped Ham Radio 2.0 on the Kickstarter project to attend the 2018 TAPR DCC.  I am happy to say that I am 100% funded!  If you want to still contribute, that is fine, you can go as far over 100% as you want to, Kickstarter doesn’t cut-off the donations until the final day when the campaign ends.

Congrats to KN4JZZ for winning the MD9600GPS radio also!

Lastly, I talk about a new YouTube channel that I have started in this video, so go watch that and let me know what you think.  Thanks to all who have been viewers and contributors to this series.

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Episode 146: BTECH U25D Amplifier Debut

From BaofengTech, a 25-watt amplifier that will also handle TDMA for DMR transmissions.  Use your HT in the car, with an external antenna, and reach out as far as a mobile radio.  In this video, I will do some power testing of this new unit.

For purchase information, follow this link:

BTECH AMP-U25D Amplifier (Supports DMR) UHF (400-480MHz)


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Episode 145: Kickstarter for the 2018 TAPR DCC

I’m honored to have been invited to travel to Albuquerque this year and attend the TAPR Digital Communications Conference.

In previous years, Gary KN4AQ from HamRadioNow has recorded this conference, but he has stepped back from recording Ham Radio videos.  So this year, I have scheduled a trip to ABQ to record these videos with plans to later post them to my YouTube channel.

The below video, along with the following link, is my Kickstarter Campaign that I’ve launched in order to pay for costs, that will allow me to post these videos later on.  I’d appreciate any help that you, the viewer, can provide.  This will enable me to promote this video series, post some great new videos to this channel, and open future opportunities for more videos of this type.

Kickstart Campaign

ARRL Announcement about this initiative


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Episode 144: Debut of the Hytera AR482G DMR HT

A special thanks to Terry, NX7R, for loaning me this radio to test.  You can find the Hytera AR482G  and other radios at his website – www.TTGCommunications.com

This Hytera radio is made for Amateur use, unlike lots of the commercial-grade DMR radios out there today.  This radio is along the quality of Motorola, Tair and Harris.  It is monoband and lacking a few features that the Chinese DMR radios currently have, but the audio and programming quality is second-to-none.  Check the video below for a test-drive.


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