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BoltonBill

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Hi if I upgrade my DM-5R Can I use it as a scanner and listen to any digital transmissions in my area i.e pubwatch/shopwatch ??
 

rgchristy

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Hi Bill,

I am not familiar with pubwatch/shopwatch, but I use it as a cheap DMR scanner, and it works well, except for two things:

Dual watch only works if both channels A and B are analog (page 13 of the manual).

I have a squelch problem that causes the radio to break squelch approximately every 30 seconds, when parked on a channel. From what I understand it is a common problem with the UV-5R series radios, but since the radio is not able to be programmed with CHIRP, there appears to be no way to alter the squelch settings.

Here's the link to topic regarding DM-5R usage as a scanner:

https://forums.radioreference.com/b...g-dm-5r-usage-receive-only-mode-question.html

Also, I'm not sure if you need to upgrade your DM-5r in order for it to be used as a scanner. I would try it first before purchasing the upgrade.

Take Care,

Rich
 
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