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Recommend Mobile Digital Unit

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Recommend Mobile Digital Unit

Hi All,

1) I'm looking at getting a mobile radio within the next 6 months and I have been looking at 5100 and 4100.

2) I do understand if you dont live in a area with repeater and / or high powered access point you will need your own AP in the vehicle to use the mobile radio. I have a Dvd4Mini Ambe with UHF. Would this be a good option to setup for mobile use with one of the rigs above or should I look at something like SharkRf?

What would the community suggested is a good radio and AP for mobile use?

 

 

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The ID-4100 is a great radio. I thought not having dual watch and dual recieve would be a pain, as all other radios ive had have it, and i use it a lot, however, the Icoms scan really fast, and even in DR mode, you can have FM analogue repeaters and simplex channels programmed in and scanning.

Nice small remote head too. Would love a 5100 for functionality, but wouldnt want the size of the remote head.

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Hi Tony,

Thanks for that. I have now brought a 5100a after having a look at Warren ZL2JML unit.

Do you have a suggestion for mobile Hotspot? I have a dvd4mini but need a pc to run it. I have been looking at DVMega or Dvap.

I have pi-star on my raspberry pi and looks like u need to run dvmega but not sure if thats the right thing to have.

Be interested to know your thoughts

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If you run an android phone or are willing to buy a cheap one, def have a look at the dv bluestack module.  This modules basically is a Bluetooth bridge that connects a dvmega to your phone for network access (instead of a pi). It's a nice, compact solution and you don't have to setup a pi, worry with sd cards coming loose or failing, or remember to properly shut it down each time before you turn off the car.  They make an iOS version, but it is not d-star compatible.

http://www.combitronics.nl/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=61

 

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Hi there,

 

Thank you for that info I will have a look at that for sure.