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ve3opc

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Considering buying one of the Beufeng DMR Radios...What programing software do I need, where do I get it and is my current programing cable compatible.
 

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This doesn't really have anything to do with Ontario. You'd be better off asking in the Budget Transceivers section.

But, FWIW.... you get what you pay for. Depending on the model (DM-5R etc) they only work on time slot 1. You would be far better off spending a few more $$ on a TYT or similar entry level radio. I recently picked up a Radioddity GD-77 and I'm quite happy with it.
 

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If you are talking about the Baofeng DM5-R Plus, then I wouldn't. The only thing they are suitable for is listening. If you ever intend to transmit, you don't want one of these. The only software I am aware of for programming these is the stock Baofeng software that is available from their web portal. Last I heard, there is no version of Chirp for them. A standard USB to serial cable that works for the UV5 will work. That is what I have used, anyway.
 

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I believe you have to use a baofeng software. Pretty sure that third party software has not moved to cover digital.
As others suggest, the radio is limited because it is hardwired to transmit on both slot 1/2 at the same time. This means it is useable for simplex but unusable with repeaters. Depending on what the intended use is this may make it worthless or not but regardless it is seriously limited.
 

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The DM-5R CPS can be found here:

https://www.radioddity.com/2016-bao...plus-dual-band-dmr-digital-radio-2000mah.html

I use the same cable for my UV-5R and DM-5R.

If this is the radio that you are interested in, here's my $.02:

If you have any need for transmitting, don't buy this radio.

If you are only interested in receiving, there are things that you need to be aware of:

It will recieve VHF and UHF DMR.
Dual watch does not work when one of the channels is DMR.
Some of the radios (mine included) have an annoying squelch problem, whereas, every twenty seconds or so, the squelch breaks open, as though you are pressing the MONI button. This shuts off the scanning feature.
The radio, at this time, cannot be programmed using CHIRP.

Hope this helps,

Rich
 

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Frankly it's not even worth a thing for listening either. It's a useless bit of trash cobbled together that pretends to be a radio. I sent mine back within the first three days and got a full refund.
 

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I use an Openspot. No one has detected when I use the DM-5R or any of my TYT radios. No difference at all . Mine are the DM-r5+ versions. Since the Openspot is slot 1, the radios come in very handy. They are small, lighter weight than the TYT radios. Using them , you give up some of the detail the TYT radios provide. Until I got the TYT 2017, they were useful for getting on analog repeaters, vhf and uhf. So not totally useless.
 
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