The Amateur Radio Digital Wars

The Amateur Radio Digital Wars

Top 3 Ham digitals ::
- ICOM - DStar
- Yaesu - Fusion aka C4FM
- DMR (digital mobile radio aka Mototrbo) - many companies producing transceivers - DMR :fragments: BrandMeister, DMRplus, Mototrbo/MARC
** Excluded :  NXDN, pDmr, P25, ect.


IMPORTANT FACT:

Interconnection :  when talking about all of the digitals, none communicate with each other.  A basic understanding is none of the different digitals talk together.

Frequency :  All digitals use Amateur Radio frequencies same as Analog FM - VHF or UHF frequency band, in handheld/portable or mobile or base configuration

Cost saving :  only one of the three digital has many many companies producing Transceiver. The other two * only have (1) one producer of transceivers.  The cost of a DMR transceiver abt. $100 or a fifth to the other two digitals of about $500 per transceiver

Most popular :  the first to market digital was DStar and since is the largest in the market, however with  DMR manufacturers offering a large selection of affordable transceiver.   DMR has grown in the market of multiples of 10x year over year.   The third digital is Yaesu and has very slow growth.

Summary : they are all interesting , however DMR is the clear winner.


* Kenwood TH-D74 DStar transceiver

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