Facebook group helps DMR novices become ninjas overnight

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As with most ham radio digital modes, there is a steep learning curve for new users to figure out the new technology, configuration and operating procedures associated with DMR. While there are many valuable on-line resources to help users get started, many users are still left with questions and need a helping hand to get started with this mode. One great way that hams have adopted to address this is through the use of discussion forums, where newbies can pose questions to others within the community to get the help they need. In addition, more experienced users can offer tips, tricks and advice to help users make the most of their ham radio experience.

While there are many such discussion forums available for DMR users, one has become very popular and thus to “go-to” place for hams looking for answers to their DMR questions. The DMR Digital Mobile Radio Facebook group, which was established in May 2013 by George, KB0ZZT, allow members to pose questions, share the latest DMR news & information, personal experiences, photos, videos, upcoming event, files, plus it even allows members to post personal classifieds for DMR gear and accessories. Since its inception, the DMR Facebook group has amassed over 7,000 global members and supports postings in a variety of language, including English, French, German, Spanish and Italian to name a few.

In order to provide a welcoming and spam-free environment for users to discuss their topics related to DMR, the group is managed by a small team of volunteer moderators who approve postings and membership requests 24 hours a day.

To join the DMR Facebook group, simply login to your Facebook account and click the Join group button. Approval of membership requests are typically processed within 24 hours. If you do not already have a Facebook account, you can register one and join the group once your account is set-up.

About Don Trynor, VA3XFT

Don Trynor, VA3XFT
Don Trynor is a 16-year veteran of the telecommunications industry and a licensed Canadian ham radio operator since 1988. He is passionate about VHF/UHF repeater communications, especially using digital modes and he has owned and operated a number of ham radio repeater installations over the years, including ones in both the provinces of Ontario (VE3/VA3) and New Brunswick (VE9). Currently, he maintains three UHF DMR repeaters - two in Toronto, ON (VA3XPR-1 & VE3YYZ DMR) and one in Niagara Falls, ON (VA3XPR-2), plus one Yaesu System Fusion repeater in Toronto, ON (VA3XPS) that operates in digital-only mode. In addition to ham radio, Don enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, biking and astronomy.