• Submitted By Patrick Lightcap


On Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Amateur Radio Emergency Services Ham Operators from Jefferson County, Madison County and Suwannee County gathered at the Lee Town Hall to learn more about DMR or Digital Mobile Radio. Pete Dulac (K4QHR) from Kingsland, Georgia and J.D. Mixon (KF4PBO) from Jacksonville, Florida made a trip through terrible rain storms to explain and demonstrate the value of DMR systems. Simply put DMR is a form of digital voice communications that allows the ability to talk around the world from a handheld, base or mobile digital radio. The voice data is sent by radio to the internet and back to radios in paths determined by how your radio is programmed. Pete set up his own digital repeater and many who attended made contact with stations in Jacksonville and beyond using handheld radios he provided for the demonstration. DMR is the preferred digital protocol of Motorola and Ham operators around the world are beginning to use these systems in their communications networks. Madison County ARES Emergency Coordinator Pat Lightcap (K4NRD) thanks Jim Anderson (W4FAO) for coordinating this special meeting and also Sarah Anderson (KD4SMA) for providing refreshments.


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