Getting started with DMR is easy! Just follow the four steps below and you’ll be up and running in no time!
1. Check for DMR Coverage
2. Get a Subscriber ID
All radios on ham radio DMR networks require a unique Subscriber ID, so you will need to have one assigned before you can program your radio to operate on a DMR repeater. If you intend to have more than one DMR radio active at any given time, then you should request a Subscriber ID for each radio.
Within about 24 hours, you should receive your Subscriber ID via email. Please do not transmit with your DMR radio until you have received a Subscriber ID and have this programmed into your radio. Using ad-hoc Subscriber ID numbers will cause conflicts with other users on the network.
3. Obtain a DMR Radio
Obtain a DMR radio, the programming software and cable (if required for your desired radio model) from one of the sources listed on the FAQ page.
4. Program your DMR radio
Program your DMR radio using the DMR repeater specifications found on the DMR repeater map by clicking on DMR repeaters in your local area, plus the Subscriber ID you received via e-mail. If you are in Canada, we have preconfigured radio programming files for the most popular DMR radio models that contain all Canadian DMR repeaters.
Want to set-up a DMR repeater?
Looking to set-up a DMR repeater? We can help you with that! Based on your location, select the appropriate link below.
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