There are a number of radio amateurs in Ireland now experimenting with and using digital modes on the VHF and UHF bands. While digital is unlikely to replace analogue FM in the short term, it does indicate where things are going in the commercial world.
There are three main digital modes in use... Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), D-Star from ICOM and System Fusion from YAESU. Considering that DMR is not tied to one specific vendor and the cost of cheap Chinese handhelds, DMR is likely to be the dominant mode in Ireland.
The purpose of this page on this website is to given beginners a brief introduction to DMR radio in Ireland and provide them with links where they can get more information.
Related posts on this blog...
EchoLink now connected to Irish DMR network... 12th Oct 2018
Guest post : The Galway DMR Repeater by EI5DD... 6th Oct 2018
DMR registrations in Ireland at the end of Sept 2018... 1st Oct 2018
DMR net planned for Ireland on Monday evenings... 23rd Sept 2018
Presentation on the DMR network in Ireland by EI7IG & EI8JA... 14th May 2018
New experimental digital gateway in Cork harbour... 9th May 2018
Snapshot of DMR activity in Ireland... 10th March 2018
DMR registrations in Ireland (EI)... 9th Feb 2018
Here are some useful links for anyone looking for more information on the subject relevant to Ireland...
1) Brandmeister Ireland Wiki Page... Brandmeister is the main network for DMR in Ireland.
2) Steve Wright EI5DD has a lot of information about DMR and programming code plugs on his page. Steve has also put a lot of work into compiling beginners guides. While some of the information is specific to Galway, there is still plenty of interest to anyone starting out on digital radio.
...a) EI5DD website
...b) Galway Digital Radio Group Operator’s Handbook
...c) A Guide to DMR Radio Operation And Programming
...d) Digital Radio Data Card (Suitable for printing and laminating)
3) EI registered DMR numbers
4) Southern Ireland Repeater Network digital page
5) Digital Ham Ireland ... Digital radio in Northern Ireland.
Page updated 16th Oct 2018