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Cheap DMR Radios Out There?

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Hi guys wasn't really sure where to put this but I am looking for a radio that will do DMR (preferably) MotoTrbo) but at a good price. I don't want to pay $500-$1000 for a little radio. I do know there is the CS700 and that's a good price for it but It doesn't support TRBO, (or at least that is what I've read.) and then there are also those cheap ones from china, don't really mind them just couldn't find a price.

Some help would be great

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cs 700 will do turbo or more correctly DMR.It does not have all the features of a motorola,
but works fine for most people.I use mine on motorola systems everyday.




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I see an Hytera on ebay as well and that is what I use every day.



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That Hytera is probably going for $350, but more importantly, doesn't cover the ham band. Maybe it can go out of band, but the CS700 is a very good radio.

It lacks a few features of the Motorola, but for the money it is a steal. In addition, new firmware is coming which may add some great features that even the other radios don't have (FPP) for one.
 

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Add Kirisun DP770 and the soon to be mobile TM 840 to the list.

The DP770s are selling on Ebay for 340 right now. Seller also has a 390 listing I believe w/software and cable. But you can get programming cable for 20 from him and software is being charged for by that seller even though its available online free. So I'd grab the 340 and add the cable. It uses same cable as Motorola XPR series if you have one. Same accessories too such as speaker mics.

Has GPS in it. Some confusion on whether its included or an option. Getting different stories from different people about it. Its there though it may not be activated. Also has 256 AES encryption and a few others along with MDC 1200 included at no charge.

Big color displays and Radiosfiction if any follow him did a great video review on the handhelds
Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quYHDfSvWiA
Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJgZRKl772w
Part 3 Submersion Testing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meJEDPUw4Pg
Also tested in part 3 is the M6550 radios. It starts with 6550s then the DP770s
 
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I'm not sure why anyone wanting an inexpensive DMR radio for ham use would buy anything other than a CS700/701 from Connect Systems.

1. Price is great.
2. Manufacturer is VERY ham friendly.
3. Did I mention the price?

I have both the VHF and UHF models and while there are some bugs that I hope get sorted out in a future firmware release(s), it's really a great radio for getting into DMR.
 

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I'm not sure why anyone wanting an inexpensive DMR radio for ham use would buy anything other than a CS700/701 from Connect Systems.

1. Price is great.
2. Manufacturer is VERY ham friendly.
3. Did I mention the price?

I have both the VHF and UHF models and while there are some bugs that I hope get sorted out in a future firmware release(s), it's really a great radio for getting into DMR.
I agree, have two of them. It had been mentioned already so picked something else to add to the discussion. :)
 

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DMR radio

When buying the UHF model, make sure to get the one with ham coverage, not the 450 to 512 model.
 

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KiriSun makes cheap DMR handhelds. Its like a mock motorola motoTRBO. I have the dtr 660 model for 100. Has encryption on it to if thats something you need. Also other models available. Just type the brand name in ebay or amazon.
 

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KiriSun makes cheap DMR handhelds. Its like a mock motorola motoTRBO. I have the dtr 660 model for 100. Has encryption on it to if thats something you need. Also other models available. Just type the brand name in ebay or amazon.
Nope. Not the same thing.
That Kirisun 660 is a dPmr radio, not a Dmr radio. One is TDMA and the other is FDMA. The Kirisun is dPMR radio is certainly cheaper than a Dmr radio, including their own Dmr offerings however it is not compatible with Dmr and this thread is about Dmr and not dPmr.
 

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Nope. Not the same thing.
That Kirisun 660 is a dPmr radio, not a Dmr radio. One is TDMA and the other is FDMA. The Kirisun is dPMR radio is certainly cheaper than a Dmr radio, including their own Dmr offerings however it is not compatible with Dmr and this thread is about Dmr and not dPmr.
Its not dpmr thats just at typical amazon mispelling by a chinese seller.
 
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The Kirisun TP660 is a DMR-compatible radio.

TP660 - Products - Kirisun Communications Co.,Ltd

It's usually better to get information directly from a manufacturer's website, rather than from a reseller on the internet. With that said, I have seen some of the 'cheaper' Chinese manufacturers show incorrect information on their websites, such as indicating that a radio is DMR-compatible in the description of a unit, but the specs showing that it's FDMA (and thus can't be DMR-compatible)..

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Nope. Not the same thing.
That Kirisun 660 is a dPmr radio, not a Dmr radio. One is TDMA and the other is FDMA. The Kirisun is dPMR radio is certainly cheaper than a Dmr radio, including their own Dmr offerings however it is not compatible with Dmr and this thread is about Dmr and not dPmr.
 

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I didn't see the comment that was removed but I didn't mean to be rude when I posted what I did. I apologize if it came across that way.

I clicked on the link for the model "dtr" 660 not "tp" 660 because that's what Emily said they got. Evidently they are different models, John.
The DTR660 is a DPMR radio that is a lot cheaper.
The TP660 is a DMR radio that is is more expensive to buy than a low end or used DMR radio of a more familiar brand.

I am aware that Kirisun offers both dPmr and Dmr radios however they are not the same radio.
 
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Now, can I use the radio to listen to businesses that are DMR that use an individual frequency?
 
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