Mark it in your calendar, folks! The DMR-MARC World Wide Net is held every Saturday at 17:00 UTC (12:00pm EST) and is available to hams around the globe via DMR repeaters in Canada, USA, Germany, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Finland, and Sweden. With over 2,500 DMR users worldwide, this net is one of the busiest nets available in the Toronto area, with typical weekly check-ins of around 100 stations.
Anyone interested in accessing the net can do so by tuning into the VA3XPR digital DMR repeater via Talkgroup 1 or by listening to the Live Audio stream.
To find out more about this or other cool nets, check out the VA3XPR Calendar.
Jean Moffett, VE3WAD, demonstrates the use of Digital Mobile Radio, otherwise known as DMR, at the Ontario Science Centre Amateur Radio Station in Toronto, ON, using the VA3XPR digital DMR repeater. Photo courtesy of Ward Kennedy, VE3WGK.
It’s the same ham radio your grandfather used to use, but now digitally remastered and on display at the Ontario Science Centre!
On January 27th, the Ontario Science Centre Amateur Radio Station, which operates under the call sign VE3OSC, made it’s first contact using Digital Mobile Radio, commonly known as DMR. Jean Moffett, VE3WAD, who is a long time volunteer operator at the VE3OSC station, made the station’s first DMR contact with Bill Barber, NE1B, of Hudson, NH, using her newly acquired DMR radio and the VA3XPR digital DMR repeater. “I just love this new mode of ham radio communications” exclaimed Jean about using DMR. “It’s so much fun talking to people all over the world and they sound so crystal clear using DMR” she added. Jean, who enjoys demonstrating the capabilities of amateur radio to youth visitors to the station, will now be able to provide demonstrations using DMR, exemplifying the evolution of amateur radio from its early beginnings.
The VA3XPR repeater antennas, with the digital DMR repeater antenna on the left, facing NW and the newly installed analog FM repeater antenna on the right, facing SE.
The VA3XPR analog FM repeater is back on the air! After being offline for approximately 3-weeks due to it’s antenna being switched to the digital DMR repeater, the analog FM repeater is now back on the air using a new 2-folded dipole antenna, as shown above at right. Thanks to the generous support of JAG Electromagnetics, the manufacturer of both VA3XPR repeater antennas, the new antenna for the analog FM repeater was installed today, resorting both VA3XPR repeaters to normal operation.
If you haven’t tried it out already, please feel free to check-in to the analog FM repeater to see how the coverage is in your area.
On January 23, 2013, Vertex Standard announced the launch of it’s eVerge™ portfolio of DMR radios. This new line of commercial radio equipment will provide hams with yet another value option to access both traditional FM and DMR technology, all in one radio.
For more information on the eVerge™ product line, check out http://www.everge.vertexstandard.com/
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