Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Whistler Steps Up to DMR

After the announcement by Uniden that they would be offering an update to listen to DMR digital on the 436/536 line of scanners, the Whistler Group announced they, too, would be offering some new models that will receive DMR digital modes, and had NXDN digital soon to me available.

In addition to the new scanner models, Whistler announced a forthcoming update to their current digital scanner line that would include DMR. The new model scanners, called the TRX-1 and TRX-2, will probably ship later this summer.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Uniden Announces DMR Upgrade

In a thread on Radio Reference, the Uniden product manager (UPMan) for scanners announced that they were preparing to offer a paid upgrade that would allow owners of the Uniden HP436 and HP536 digital scanners to receive the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) format, also known by the Motorola trade name of TRBO.

While there is some federal use of DMR radios, the format has come into massive use by business, security and some public safety users. Until now, you were locked out of monitoring these users, or purchasing an actual DMR radio and having it programmed, or using a SDR stick receiver and computer software.