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Apr 19, 2005
Should any IDAS radio be able to text to any other IDAS radio as long as both support the Short Data Message and have a display?
There is a F4161DS and F6121D in the group. My friend also has a F6121D. The 2 mobiles can text back and forth, but the mobiles will not text to the handheld or vice versa. I am thinking this is because the HT can do a 12 character message, and the mobile just 8? I would have figured the data through NXDN would have allowed any SDM to pass, regardless of the difference in radio models.



Premium Subscriber
Mar 22, 2009

You should be able to SDM any of those radios you have listed. make sure on the radios you have enabled sdm messaging. Look at settings under digital and expert. Also SDM settings under digital
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