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Sep 20, 2008
Sector 001
I've got a case in point...XPR8400 in analog then flipped to digital. Same repeater, has better coverage in digital operation (a 34% usable coverage increase to be exact).

The local ham club has an analogue and 2 DMR (Brandmiester and DMR-MARC) repeaters all combined to the same two community RX and TX antennas. The DMR repeaters easily have better coverage than the analogue repeater.

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Jun 5, 2002
Hubert, NC
I have 5 repeaters on one antenna system (TX at 250 ft / RX at 290 ft). 2-analog, 2-P25 and 1-DMR. All three digital repeaters out perform the analog ones. It's not even close. I have demonstrated it numerous times to hams that are interested in digital. I have used the same radio to show them how digital will come through when there is only white noise on the analog side. All of my equipment is properly aligned. Anyone is free to test it out with their own radio if they are in the area (Jacksonville, NC).
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