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IN THE SOFTWARE THERE IS A TAB THAT YOU CAN PRELOAD CANNED MESSAGES. In the DM-5r manual there is nothing said about messages. Downloaded the pdf file on the dm-5r manual, searched text , then message. Nothing showed up. What do you do to send messages??
 

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Yes, they are ham radios, as well as commercial radios. They are fully functional in analog mode, but are extremely limited in digital mode.

They are only compatible with another DM-5R radio in digital Tier 1 mode. They are not compatible even with other dPMR radios.

Although the claim has been made that it will support Tier 2 with the firmware upgrade, the fact is that even with that applied it will only "work" in Tier 2 on Slot 1, which is completely inadequate to make it a fully compliant DMR Tier 2 radio.

Just like the MD-380 and the Retevis clone, there is no AMBE+ chip present. They are using a software defined AMBE+ encoder/decoder. Unfortunately for BaoFeng, the hardware they are using simply hasn't the "horsepower" to perform the tasks demanded, and Tier 2 will never be wholly enabled.

Nota bene: I owned a DM-5R for several weeks so I could test it thoroughly here in my lab. It took nearly a full month to process my refund request, and then only after having to escalate via a PayPal dispute process. I never did figure out how the text messaging worked, if it even does work for that matter.
 
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QRZ thinks they are and I also have one too.

Baofeng DM-5R DMR Radio Test and Review | QRZ Now – Ham Radio News!

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It's marketed as a radio that will do full band. Last time I checked, most, if not all amateur radio products were restricted to the bands amateurs could legally transmit on. Just because QRZ reviews it and you own one, doesn't mean it's an amateur radio.

Any further discussion would be off-topic.

Since you own one, perhaps you could help the OP?
 

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Generic questions on how to use the radio would belong in Budget & Entry Level Transceivers, thanks.
 

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OK, I had thought because it was a DMR radio, I should post in the DMR forum. I guess thats what I get for thinking.
 
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