My review of the rd-5r

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Ok where do I start, as a starter of this dmr world, let me say it is a bit of a learning process, how to enter slots, uid, color codes, and tg aka and listening to a digital voice, and not analog, and the quality of this radio is a lot better then I expected.
The look and feel:
Well it is like any other uv family radio, as in cosmetics and feel, the antenna is better built then the normal baofeng antenna, (it is a radioditty rd-701 antenna), and the signal, is ok, at least no front end issues, (thank god, I live near major radios towers).
The display is nice but I wish it would be color changing if not on the led , but on the screen it is crisp, but the white leds are Diffrent then what I am used to, but it is a ok thing I guess.

The meat and potatoes of the setup and operation of the radio, it is simple if you know a dmr code plug, if not, do the homework , it will help, the basic is ok, but I myself, have a lot more to learn, and looking at the threads on here,

The operation of the radio, is good, I have a few dmr channels on here listening and comparing to my scanner, it is night and day, no static, and on a 40 watt system I can get good signal at 25 miles away,.

I do like the front panel programming, but I have yet learn how to save it, to the main scanning banks on it. Maybe some one knows how to,

I am still learning this thing out, but from what I can tell, it is awesome.
 

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I heard about that, but mine does not have that issue at all I have about 600 channels loaded up and all by state or ham or police and fire and ems, and miscellaneous stuff, no issue at all
 

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I did make my own code plug, I used an old one from a web site to use as an example to go by, and I get amr ambulance and it is encrypted I know but as a test on what I could do, then used the Nucor system and get them in the clear, and if and when I do some traveling I know how to enter them
 

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*Update* sadly when I finally did the upgrade to the firmware my transmit audio is gone, so since this is a huge issue I am going to say if this a issue I will not be giving this a good mark
 

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(in a robert stack voice) UPDATE, since the new firmware is not working it seems to be an analog issue with the rd-5r, now the new radio i have is doing the same thing with the beta, now i do have the digital side working and the older one is still having issues not keeping up with the dmr decoding, , now i know it is a beta but i will put in some input on this
 

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Thank you for the review. I hope this radio does not inherit the issues present in the radio this is based on, the Radioddity GD-77.
https://forums.radioreference.com/b...356586-radioddity-gd-77-a-10.html#post2913445
I have had no trouble with the GD-77 and 3.1.1. One thing I do, which does take time, is to build every code plug from a clean database, including the talk groups and individual receive groups. I have 8 different radios, and it is not just the GD-77 that requires individual receive entries.
 

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ok here we go, turns out they sent me another radio, this time the new update killed the analog side of the new and older radio, seems that radioditty has a big issue on there hand, and if they wont fix it soon, then we may need to have a pow wow with them to get this issue fixed, this will cost us and the sellers money!
 

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I returned mine and bought an AnyTone D868UV. Very easy to program, great customer service, and I found a lot of code plugs for it for my area.

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After some programming errors on my part, I LOVE my RD-5R!!! Strong transmit signal and great range for this little piece of equipment... I to had issues getting to digital side to transmit correct, but after a few tweaks of the setup, I couldn't be more happier with this model!
 

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Could someone be some assistance to me on helping me program the rd 5r? I got the new software and it seems to have a virus or something. Each time i try to program it , the radio is harder to operate. Ive managed to get some freqs in but it will not scan. Any advice would be appreciated
 
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Could someone be some assistance to me on helping me program the rd 5r? I got the new software and it seems to have a virus or something. Each time i try to program it , the radio is harder to operate. Ive managed to get some freqs in but it will not scan. Any advice would be appreciated
I could send you a code plug, but it is setup for Hoosier DMR and sites close to Indiana... Don't know how useful it would be for ur area?
 
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I could send you a code plug, but it is setup for Hoosier DMR and sites close to Indiana... Don't know how useful it would be for ur area?
I would be interested. The code plug I used for my TYT-380 came from Hoosier DMR, but I don't see a spot in the codeplug vault for a RD-5R plug

73 de KN4INT
 

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Is it possible to program, even if for receive only, frequencies between 500 & 512 MHz. I've looked at the CPS and it appears so, but I was wondering if someone could please try it on an actual radio.

Thanks.
 
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