HowTo How do you program DMR / MOTOTRBO / NXDN?

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To the best of my knowledge, this question - which does show up from time to time - has been asked but never really documented. Certainly not fully. The only doc I saw (with thanks to an unknown individual - I plumb forgot his/her name!) is in the mess that is the Uniden TWiki, viz.


Steve did a nice job of documenting this process in Sentinel for a MOTOTRBO system....


(Before someone asks, I did ask JB about updating the TWiki. He's got much bigger fish to fry, I'm afraid)

To be blunt - we need more of this! It's the kind of question that the wiki can be used to store the answer so that the same topic isn't restated again and again.

Just by way of review, there are really 5 programs that can work with the various DMR / MOTOTRBO / NXDN capable scanners. These are (note: Not FreeScan);
  • ARC-XT (for the 325P2 / 996P2)
  • ARC-536 (for the 436/536/SDS100/SDS200)
  • Sentinel (same as ARC-536; sadly not much if anything in the Easier to Read manual)
  • ProScan (all Uniden)
  • EZ Scan (Whistler scanners. I suspect the method would be identical regardless of the scanner used, but I could be wrong)
Of course no one should expect to write up every one of these apps. Take one, any one. Yes I know the support is incomplete (Hytera systems are an issue for Unidens, Whistler NXDN trunking really isn't) but these should also be explained.

Details on how to use utilities like DSD+ (and others if applicable) would also be welcome. To it's credit, the TWiki does have a little on that program, but neglects to tell you where to find it (duh!)

The upgrades to these modes have been out there for some time. 'nuff said

Mike
 
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Case in point....


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Sounds like a crate of apples/oranges/lemons and asking how to make juice.
First, each and every scanner has its own features, capabilities, and limitations meaning they program differently. To my know, MOTOTRBO and NXDN are digital trunking protocols, DMR is widefield for digital voice/data.
DSD+ is a PC based decoding app for a lot of different digital voice modes and tone features.
Now a lot of this interlinks like a section for systems, a section for a compatible digital voice modes, a section of groups and their digital modes, and then channels and their digital modes.
Your 'case in point',no decode audio,,programmed correctly just lacks the proper on board DSP for 'that' digital audio mode. (or programmed for it.)
That is where something like DSD+ comes in handy.
(If I am wrong here, correct me.)
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MOTOTRBO and NXDN are digital trunking protocols, DMR is widefield for digital voice/data.
MotoTrbo is Motorola's version of DMR.
MotoTrbo can be conventional or trunked, same as DMR.

NXDN is a digital protocol, it can be conventional or trunked.
Kenwood refers to their NXDN and NXDN trunking as "NexEdge".​
Icom refers to their NXDN and NXDN trunking as "iDAS".​
NXDN can handle data and/or voice.​
 

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If Uniden would write something up for DMR/Mototrbo/Hytera and NXDN (all flavors) for its own Sentinel program that would be a start. Yes this would be a huge job (as it would need to cover 4 scanners at once). Good documentation is pure kryptonite for developers (I am one, so I know whereof I speak...) but it's an absolute necessity, particularly with newcomers..as I wrote in another thread, their TWiki is a logical place to develop this, since I suspect the instructions would be common for all 4 scanners. Then they'd have to write up something for the 325P2 and 996P2 (because the DMA version is different), but I am willing to bet the instructions would be close. You could clone the pages written for the HP based scanners and make the necessary changes. .Mike
 
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