If you’re like me your getting more involved in digital modes. It’s an exciting part of the ham radio hobby. Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) continues to grow in popularity across the country, partly fueled by the expansion of the Brandmeister digital network. If you’re lucky you have multiple DMR repeaters in your area with plenty of talk time available to local ham radio operators. If not, you’re going to need what’s known as a ”hotspot” to get involved in the digital fun. A DMR hotspot will allow you rag chew without tying up a local repeater.
What is a hotspot?
A DMR hotspot is a gateway that allows your radio to connect to a digital network like Brandmeister or DMR-MARC. You can also use your hotspot to connect to other digital network’s like Yaesu System Fusion and D-Star. Most hotspots operate as a simplex gateway. This means they transmit and and receive on a single frequency. All you need to do is program your DMR radio for the hotspot frequency, make sure it’s connected to the Internet and you’re on the air!
How far will a DMR hotspot reach?
When you purchase a hotspot you may wonder what the range will be? The answer is… it depends.
- What kind of antenna are you using on your hotspot?
- Where is the DMR hotspot placed in your home?
- What kind of materials make up the exterior of your home?