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Build a DMR-6X2 Code Plug: Learn the Lingo

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU Because DMR radios have so many features, it stands to reason that programming them can be complex, much more complex than programming analog FM transceivers. To help you make sense of this complex topic, we'll be running a series of posts on DMR and how to program and use the DMR-6X2, BTECH's dual-band VHF and UHF radio with both DMR (Tier I and II) and analog capabilities. In this post, we'll define some of the terms...


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Getting Started with the DMR-6X2

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU A couple of days ago, I got my hands on a BTECH DMR-6X2, a dual-band DMR and analog handheld radio. Designed for both amateur and commercial usage, the DMR-6X2 is a true, dual-slot DMR radio compatible with DMR Tier I & 2. It features a large, bright 1.77" color TFT display and can store up to 4,000 channels, 10,000 talk groups and 150,000 contacts. The first thing I did was to set it up to access an analog...


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Scan a range of frequencies with your UV-5X3

One of the cool things that you can do with your BTECH UV-5X3 Triband Radio is easily scan a range of frequencies. Now, with the UV-5X3, you don't have to scan an entire band, but instead program the radio to scan only a portion of a band. This saves a lot of time, as you don't have to scan frequencies that you're not interested in. For example, I wanted see what NOAA weather stations that I could receive where I...


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Which Two-Way Radio Service is Right for You?

Choosing the right two-way radio can be confusing. You can't just buy a pair of radios and start talking on them. Most two-way radio services require licensing of some sort, and radios designed to be used in those radio services must be certified by the FCC. The most popular two-way radio services are: Private Land Mobile Radio Service (PLMRS) General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) Amateur Radio Service (ARS) Private Land Mobile Radio Services(PLMRS) The Private Land Mobile Radio Servicesis used by public safety...


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DTMF REMOTE COMMANDS ON THE UV-5X3

(REQUIRES CHIRP SOFTWARE & A PROGRAMMING CABLE) INTRODUCTION: BRIEF DTMF COMMANDS EXPLANATION Any Radio with DTMF Ability can be used to send Remote Commands to a UV-5X3. For illustration purposes, and as an introduction to the function, we will explain this feature by using 2 UV-5X3s. The UV-5X3 is capable to listening for Over-the-Air (OTA) DTMF tones and responding with a variety of remote commands. BASIC DESCRIPTIONS: REMOTE COMMANDS Inspection Code: When this command is received the radio will respond with its ANI (Automatic Number...


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BTECH-2Tone-converted

1,First write the above needed 2Tone parameters into your radio. To enable your 2Tone settings - set the above RED mark parameters in Optional functions. Upload back to the radio – To transmit press the “CALL” key, and your 2 tone has been sent, the status indicator light will flicker when the receiver receives 2 tone signals. When the transmitting radio sends a 2Tone signal call, the receiver’s (Radio for RX) squelch will be opened. After 15 seconds (The above example...


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CROSS BAND REPEATER WITH 2 BTECH MOBILES

WHAT’S NEEDED: RJ-45 CABLE (Diagram on Page 4) 2 BTECH MOBILES The frequencies used in this guide are for illustrative purposes only. It is the responsibility of the user to program frequencies that he(she) has been granted the authority to use.   This Illustration Example Uses: 136.025MHz to 465.025MHz – PL (CTCSS) 74.4Hz 1: First set the parameters on the two mobiles. On the first mobile select the lower display (with the A/B Button). Set the frequency to 465.025MHz (or your own UHF frequency) On the other radio...


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Improve the performance of your rubber duck with a rat tail

Hams often complain about the performance of the “rubber duck” antennas that come with their handhelds. There's even a question in the Technician Class question pool about rubber duck antennas. Question T9A04 reads, “What is a disadvantage of the “rubber duck” antenna supplied with most handheld radio transceivers when compared to a full-sized quarter-wave antenna?” The answer is, “It does not transmit or receive as effectively.” Usually, the solution is to buy a better antenna. Here at BTECH, we sell...


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Step by Step: Getting a GMRS License

There are several choices when it comes to selecting a service for family or business communications, including the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS), the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS), and the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). Of these four services, GMRS is arguably the most capable. For example, although many GMRS channels are on the same frequencies as FRS channels, GMRS users can use higher power than FRS users, can set up repeaters to extend...


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