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FRS going DMR?

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UK/EU is allowed a mix of digital and analogue on our version of FRS. Don't see why US cant do the same. Its a shared licence free band so interference is expected and inter-op between all users isn't necessary!
 

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UK/EU is allowed a mix of digital and analogue on our version of FRS. Don't see why US cant do the same. Its a shared licence free band so interference is expected and inter-op between all users isn't necessary!
Yep, dPMR.
No reason the US can't do it, just that there are too many commercial interests involved. There's a lot of companies that have significant investment in analog FRS radios. Allowing digital is going to upset that. And the FCC pretty much does whatever they are paid to do by the highest bidder.
 
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Sorry not trying to start a rumor. This came from a friend I was talking to.
Maybe he got it like from the UK . I know it was done overseas and I was just passing information. Please forgive me, I thought you like to know


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Sorry not trying to start a rumor. This came from a friend I was talking to.
Maybe he got it like from the UK . I know it was done overseas and I was just passing information. Please forgive me, I thought you like to know


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We do like to know these things, and appreciate your intention, but... as has always been the case, without real facts to back it up, it's nothing more than a rumor.

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Sorry not trying to start a rumor. This came from a friend I was talking to.
Maybe he got it like from the UK . I know it was done overseas and I was just passing information. Please forgive me, I thought you like to know


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No problem, easy to confuse.

As nd5y said, Europe has been doing digital on the dPMR service, similar to FRS, for a long time. No plans that I've seen for this to happen in the USA. I'm sure at some time it'll happen, but nothing showing on the FCC pages to even suggest that it's even being considered.

It's not unheard of for dPMR radios to make their way from Europe to the USA periodically. Others have reported hearing digital stuff in the 446 portion of the 70cm ham bands in the past, mostly in large cities.
 
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