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  2. You know he's had since September 9th to acknowledge assistance and let us know if it helped or not. My attitude is if he is not willing to take the effort to do that, then I am not giving him any more assistance, and moving on to the others that do!
  3. Thanks for the review—it convinced me, and I'm very antsy for it to ship, hopefully next week. I picked up a handful of GMRS-V1s and UV-5Gs and am finding them not really worth the limitations, either in hardware or software. I love the idea of dual-channel/dual display on the V1; for hiking and beyond-cell-service outings, it's nice to have my group channel on one and listening to a repeater on the other (there's a lot where I hike). The other limitations make it a bit of a non-starter, not the least of which is durability. The 905 being able to scan AND listen is even better. Already picked up the 905G and love that it's very easily 'handable' to a non-radio geek. My only beef is that, like a lot of overseas electronics that aren't designed primarily for the US market, is the atrocious typeface. That's something the Baofeng's have an edge on. You've got all this resolution, why use a single-pixel serif font? (actually, I do know the answer: they're loaded with a Chinese typeface meant to look good on dot-matrix that usually has a very basic Latin character set as a backup)
  4. Yup, which is why the btech stays at home...mostly ch 16 is set for the near repeater, but a tone change and it's good to go for the far one. Meanwhile, I grabbed another vx4207 for the truck, since I can cover both GMRS and 70cm with that, replacing both the Midland and a ham HT. Great price, and I already have software, cable, and a ready made code plug for it.
  5. Agreed, but on some of these CCRs I think a lot of it comes down to editing the firmware for better functionality. I'm thinking of the OP's first few points—TX locked to specific channels and blanket codes across channels. I bought a whole handful of different CCR HTs to test for my purposes, and the GMRS-V1 and UV-5G are good examples of this. They're based on the UV-82 and UV-5R, both fairly capable radios (if the hardware leaves a lot to be desired). As many of us know (and I discovered the hard way), the V1 is locked in and can't add additional TX channels in the memory. The 5G originally shipped with pre-programmed and unchangeable tones. We know that fixing these isn't a matter of re-engineering a new device, and, for the 5G, a new firmware set was released unlocking those limitations. It's entirely possible, and it's still a ~$30 radio. But I agree that work is not free, and for GMRS I don't think there's a huge impetus for it—if things are selling well, why change it? I think we have to keep in mind that the use for the vast majority of GMRS sets is just basic communication between a pair of them, i.e. the bubble-pack sets. And then there's the tinkerers who don't really care, and just want something throwaway for a limited use. That said, I'm also really impressed with the Wouxuns so far for my purposes—solid hardware, fairly capable software and a decent user guide, well worth the premium. It sounds like, at the very least, distributors like BTWR.com are listening to guys like Randy, and Wouxun is listening to their distributors.
  6. Thank you - that solved half the problem. When the Midland transmits, I can receive on the Radioddity. But the Midland does not hear the Radioddity.
  7. And subsequently, if you want to use a different repeater with different access tones, you must reprogram the channel and can't add a new one.
  8. I'm with you, nearly lifelong Mac user and avoid anything Windows related. But I have a few niche applications that require it, and they're pretty lightweight so I don't need a full BootCamp install. But no need to buy a whole new computer. VMware Fusion Player works if you have Catalina, but I don't (long story short, I'll lose a lot of compatibility if I update), and Oracle VMBox is also free and runs Win10 just fine. With either, just install the software, download a copy of Windows, and install it while telling it you don't have a product key. Alternately, if you have a public library nearby, chances are they also use virtual machines that wipe themselves clean after use, and sometimes will allow software installs. I've had no issues doing that at my local branch. As for a cable, FTDI chipset based ones are the way to go (Wouxun's own, for example) but I have the Retevis that seems to be an authentic Prolific chip. (Believe me, I know, I had one heck of a headache connecting a serial printer through a counterfeit one once.)
  9. The midlands are narrowband (11k vs wideband 20k), you need to turn the GM-30 to narrowband.
  10. I have a pair of Midland GXT 1000 radios and a Radioddity GM-30. They can communicate on channels 1-22 if I do not use a CTCSS or DCS tone. If I enter either a CTCSS or DCS tone, the 2 Midlands can communicate, but not the GM-30. I am using the CTCSS and DCS charts in the GM-30 manual, so the frequencies should be correct. Any idea what I am doing wrong?
  11. Repeater owner uses odd codes/settings for the repeater and you pay a subscription fee for access.
  12. Yea, I'm about 100 miles NE of his tower. I was only noting I found another DMR repeater on GMRS, separate from the ones he has found. This does bring up an interesting point. I did just see a post about an ID5100 that will pass P25 traffic through the cross-band repeat feature. Would any other normal repeater with CSQ pass DMR/NXDN or any other digital mode as well, if it just needs a carrier? There isn't anything significantly different than passing packet or any AFSK mode through a repeater.
  13. Now that my membership request to www.texasgmrs.net has been approved, I do see at least two GMRS repeaters that may be helpful to you in Dickinson: Dickenson 650; and La Marque 700 Good luck and report back your results!
  14. If you are attempting to label it for recovery after theft, I, when I can, program my ham radio callsign (its much shorter than my GMRS callsign) and phone number into the startup screen. Assuming the thief does not have CPS software abilities, I can prove that I am the owner of it, if it is stolen.
  15. Where are you located geographically?
  16. My experience with "safe keeping" is that I can't find it when I need it! hahaha So in this case, I just loosened the screw in my antenna and, if for example, I ever sell it or give it away, I know exactly where it is!
  17. I think it is clearer now. After tweiss3 said: You then said: That lead me to believe that transmitting DMR through an existing GMRS repeater would work, even if not allowed by FCC rules. But upon reflection after your reply; of course that could not be the case. I was misreading the anecdote. It is now clearer to me that the example posted by tweiss3 must be an illegal DMR repeater set up in his area in the NE, and I agree that it is interesting that the FCC has not had the resources, yet, to shut it down. I do think that a desire to use AES encryption is very troublesome; but then again, you said you "ain't gonna lie!" Urban Dictionary says that "to shine me on" is to ignore someone or continuously not follow through with an engagement. I am not sure this is relevant to our exchange, but let me assure you that I was not attempting to shine you on!
  18. What are you looking for? Study materials? General discussion? Radio Reference has a pretty solid Amateur Radio section, and the one on this site at the bottom isn't too bad either.
  19. Any recommendations for a forum similar to this for HAM Technician level? I'm planning to add the Technician license shortly.
  20. I just set the screw aside in a Ziploc bag for safe keeping. Makes it easier to change out antennas on the fly, as the screw really isn't necessary to hold the antenna in-place.
  21. I think I was pretty clear here. A DMR radio will not be able to TX into an analog repeater (required by FCC rules pertaining to GMRS). The repeater would need to be a DMR repeater. I am curious if you are trying to shine me on... or if you really don't understand radio systems any better than you are indicating? If you don't know.. that's OK. Having a GMRS license doesn't require any technical knowledge of radio, like ham radio does. But I am not sure I can explain this enough if you don't understand the difference and why it wouldn't work.
  22. This is what I use https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BD6DRI6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 with these label cartridges https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074JZ6NWV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I label each HT behind the battery, and each battery gets numbered. Cables get it either on the plug, or right next to the plug on the cord, and wrapped in packing tape.
  23. Anybody have a label maker they like for cables and hardware?
  24. I have the Anytone AT-779UV as a mobile radio in my truck and another on my desk as a base station. It's the same radio as the DB20-G. I have a few GM-30 HTs and Tidradio TD-H5 HTs. These models are essentially identical. I've put the 771G antennas on a couple of them, but because it's so long, I often prefer to grab a radio with the stock antenna for close by/local communication.
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