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    Default Listening in to DMR on and SDR radio

    Please forgive my newbie questions but I am new to SDR and digital transmission. First a bit of background if I may. I had been thinking of purchasing a scanner, but it seems that everything is going digital these days including ham transmissions. Looking around there does not seem to be much in the way of a handheld radios or scanners that can do both analogue and digital. I figured that a secondhand analog scanners like AOR8200D might be worth considering, but in light of the digital revolution I am beginning to question whether that would be a wise spend? The AOR DV10 looks interesting, but evidently has frequency drift issues which according to at least one review makes it unusable. Having done quite a bit of reading, I must admit that am still finding the picture rather confusing.

    For the present, rather than paying a lot of money for a scanner, I decided to buy a secondhand SDRplay SDR radio to allow me to scan the bands, experiment and determine whether there is anything of interest to me that can be picked up in the UK.

    What I am trying to determine at the moment is:

    1. Is there a scanner emulator program that works with for SDR radio?

    2. Is there anything of interest that can still be picked up on an analogue radio in the UK?

    3. Is there anything of interest on digital services, e.g. DMR, D-Star or TETRA or whatever? Is any of it actually accessible or is it all encrypted? I thought hams use DMR repeaters for example, but where can I find more information?

    4. I presume I will need a discone, but a single or double? There seem to be various opinions regarding whether a double discone is actually better.

    Sorry, its a long post with lots of questions but before I spend lots of money on any kind of radio, I would like to think that there is something worthwhile listening to?
    Last edited by WaveyDipole; Tue 19th Feb 2019 at 14:25.

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