The way we've been doing it now that our usual time slot is linked in to a statewide network and has more traffic, is we just say "I'll meet you on DMR, and if slot 2 is busy, I'll be on slot 1". Its not because we don't want to be social but rather we don't want to interrupt someone else's conversation to talk about something completely unrelated.If there is a conversation in progress on Slot 1 and I want to call someone who isn't part of the conversation, how do I do that? If he's listening to the conversation on Slot 1, how do I call him, I assume using Slot 2, and get him to hear my call.)))
If my radio had a display and a keypad, we could make use of the messaging.
"Individual call" can take place on the same repeater instead of group call even though that may be frowned upon by the repeater owner.
And I guess if all of that fails, you can interrupt to conversation to make contact with who you're calling and tell them to switch to slot 2.
See my above reply.That's my concern. D-STAR, I believe, already practices a bit of this in that if you aren't registered, you can't use the network features. If I put up a DMR system and told the local hams they had to register in order to even put out their callsign on the repeater, I think I'd be labeled as an elitist snob.
By the way you don't have to require hams to register for a local digital repeater. If it's tied into one of the networks then maybe but its your repeater, you can do what you want.