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I just ordered a Radioddity DB25g off of Amazon, and after doing so started hearing about a batch of bad units, which do not allow for the programming of addition repeater channels. Has anyone noted or heard of such issues? According to reviews one is supposed to be able additional repeater channels (yes, I know that just means differing CTSS codes, not actual channels) up to the limit of open memory slots, which total 200. This capability is why I ordered the radio!

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Yes, I know 2 people that got 'bad' DB25G radios.  IIRC they could not program them correctly but I dont remember exactly so I txt'd one of them to confirm. In both cases they sent them back and had them replaced with ones that actually work.  This was a few months ago so I would hope/guess that they are no longer shipping bad units.

Edit/Update:  Turns out it was 3 people that got bad units, and the issue was as you described, not being able to additional repeater channels and also not being able to do a factory reset.  All got replacement units that worked, but it was a PITA.  Have not been able to confirm if bad units are still being shipped.

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1 hour ago, WRPE755 said:

TOM47, if you don’t mind, what issues did you have? I only have 30 days to return it, and it would be nice to know what to look for!

CAN'T REALLY TPPE BUT ONE TURNED INTO A BRICK ANOTHER STOPPED ACCEPTING SOFTWARE CHANGES FORGOT THE THIRD . HAD OTHER SMALL PROBLEMS,ALL THIS DURING FEBRUARY. NO SUCH PROBLEMS WITH A NUMBER OF DB-20'S I BOUGHT SET UP AND GAVE TO FRIENDS.

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My only issues with the DB20-G:

1) It's not CHIRP compatible and it's software does not import, so you must type out all of your channels.  My advice: leave space between different categories of channels for later growth and easy insertion; 

2) It does not scan for tones; and

3) a 50 watt model would be great! 😀

That being said: I have one in my EV and the other in my shack; both opened up to transmit on 2 meters, 70 cms, and MURS as well as GMRS.

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On 4/21/2022 at 8:51 AM, MichaelLAX said:

My only issues with the DB20-G:

1) It's not CHIRP compatible and it's software does not import, so you must type out all of your channels.  My advice: leave space between different categories of channels for later growth and easy insertion; 

2) It does not scan for tones; and

3) a 50 watt model would be great! 😀

That being said: I have one in my EV and the other in my shack; both opened up to transmit on 2 meters, 70 cms, and MURS as well as GMRS.

As for number 2, it does not scan for tones automatically. But, you can manually scan for tones. If you have a RX signal and you go into the menu for RX CTS or DCS, you can manually click through and it will break squelch once you hit the tone. Not ideal, but it does work. 

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On 4/22/2022 at 10:38 AM, donniefitz2 said:

As for number 2, it does not scan for tones automatically. But, you can manually scan for tones. If you have a RX signal and you go into the menu for RX CTS or DCS, you can manually click through and it will break squelch once you hit the tone. Not ideal, but it does work. 

I suppose that workaround is true for any radio.

For me purchasing a $30 HT with tone scanning solved that problem!

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