RadioReference on Facebook   RadioReference on Twitter   RadioReference Blog
 

Go Back   The RadioReference.com Forums > Commercial, Professional Radio and Personal Radio > GMRS / FRS


GMRS / FRS - Discussions related to GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) and FRS (Family Radio Service) communications

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #21 (permalink)  
Old 05-16-2018, 8:47 AM
Member
  Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 890
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DennisKink View Post
Ok thanks. (See how dumb a noobs questions can be )
Nope, those aren't dumb questions. Sorry for the confusion about the trunking issue. I was just pointing out that you use "more radio" than you actually need. If you go the commercial/professional radio route over the cheaper consumer route you'll soon appreciate the benefits of a higher quality radio. - More rugged build, better sound quality, etc.

Though this would necessarily apply to you, here is an example of what some of the higher quality radios can do: In my area, there is a GMRS repeater that I monitor. Several of the users on it have radios that employ an audible tone system that is automatically transmitted at the end of each transmission. (It's called MDC1200 and has a distinct sound) Each radio has a specific tone and that tone serves to identify the user radio. So, each time a person transmits, other users with properly equipped radios can have the user's ID or name show up on their radio display. It certainly isn't needed for GMRS but it offers a cool feature that you wouldn't otherwise have on a consumer radio.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #22 (permalink)  
Old 05-16-2018, 9:02 AM
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Pickle City,IL.
Posts: 95
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bharvey2 View Post
Nope, those aren't dumb questions. Sorry for the confusion about the trunking issue. I was just pointing out that you use "more radio" than you actually need. If you go the commercial/professional radio route over the cheaper consumer route you'll soon appreciate the benefits of a higher quality radio. - More rugged build, better sound quality, etc.

Though this would necessarily apply to you, here is an example of what some of the higher quality radios can do: In my area, there is a GMRS repeater that I monitor. Several of the users on it have radios that employ an audible tone system that is automatically transmitted at the end of each transmission. (It's called MDC1200 and has a distinct sound) Each radio has a specific tone and that tone serves to identify the user radio. So, each time a person transmits, other users with properly equipped radios can have the user's ID or name show up on their radio display. It certainly isn't needed for GMRS but it offers a cool feature that you wouldn't otherwise have on a consumer radio.
Wouldn’t that be cool to have that ability on simplex?
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old 05-16-2018, 9:23 AM
Member
  Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 890
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DennisKink View Post
Wouldn’t that be cool to have that ability on simplex?
It doesn't require a repeater. The radios I use at work are only used in simplex mode. All of the radios generate an MDC1200 tone. The managers have radios with a display that shows the ID of the transmitting radio user. The downside is that a "cookie cutter" approach can't be used to program the radios. Each radio requires a unique codeplug (the program file uploaded to the radio) because each user has a unique MDC1200 ID number that must be transmitted.
Reply With Quote
  #24 (permalink)  
Old 05-16-2018, 10:05 AM
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Pickle City,IL.
Posts: 95
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bharvey2 View Post
It doesn't require a repeater. The radios I use at work are only used in simplex mode. All of the radios generate an MDC1200 tone. The managers have radios with a display that shows the ID of the transmitting radio user. The downside is that a "cookie cutter" approach can't be used to program the radios. Each radio requires a unique codeplug (the program file uploaded to the radio) because each user has a unique MDC1200 ID number that must be transmitted.
Oh sure how else could it work?
Reply With Quote
  #25 (permalink)  
Old 05-16-2018, 12:41 PM
Member
   
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 28
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DennisKink View Post
So which radio would you recommend?
You already have some good recommendations, but I will add the Tera-505. I have had very good luck with it over the past two years. They are easy to program and the software is free. The cable is relatively cheap as well. The radio will do MURS as well, though I usually just have it programed for GMRS. It handles repeaters well.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #26 (permalink)  
Old 05-16-2018, 3:19 PM
mmckenna's Avatar
Member
   
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: WTVLCA01DS0
Posts: 8,520
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DennisKink View Post
Wouldn’t that be cool to have that ability on simplex?
MDC-1200 and most of the analog caller ID protocols get -really- annoying after a while. There are ways to set up the radios to mute them, but for those that don't, it's a short lived experiment.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 7:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
All information here is Copyright 2012 by RadioReference.com LLC and Lindsay C. Blanton III.Ad Management by RedTyger
Copyright 2015 by RadioReference.com LLC Privacy Policy  |  Terms and Conditions