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Cheapest DMR radio? Cotre CO01D

Discussion in 'Digital Radio, DMR, Fusion, Wires, DSTAR' started by KJ7ZOK, Jan 14, 2022.

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  1. KJ7ZOK

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    Amazon was selling these for $13 in the US. The price has now gone up to $35 with a 40% off coupon available.

    They are:
    - UHF-only.
    - 2W max.
    - No display.
    - 16 channels in 1 zone.
    - Non-standard antenna connector. (M3 screw, I think)
    - Uses a Baofeng programming cable but picky on the serial chip--I could only get a cable using the CH340 chip to work.
    - Does Tier II and works with repeaters and MMDVMs. (Can do simplex too.)
    - Both Part 90 and Part 97 approved.
    - Also does analog channels, but no VFO or on-radio configuration, must program analog channel as one of the 16 channels.

    For $21, I see lots of experimentation ahead. In the Seattle area these are the hot new toy.

    The CPS software is...adequate.

    They also have a couple higher models, I haven't tried those.
     
  2. K8XG

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    @KJ7ZOK , can you provide a link please?
     
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  4. KJ7ZOK

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    Sorry for the delay. Yes, that's the one.
     
  5. KB9ZB

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    Typical cheap radio cheap software and very limited options. It's buying a luxury car with a manual transmission with two gears. looks nice but works like what you paid for it!!
    Personally i want two things from the place i purchase anything from: good product and more importantly SERVICE. I would much rather pay and a few more dollars and get what i really want with a 100% great service to back it up. But that's just me, i found out that you pay cheap you get cheap and when you have a problem all you get is crickets!!!
     
  6. KJ7ZOK

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    Sure, full featured radios are nice. But sometimes you want a bicycle to get a few blocks over rather than a real luxury car. At less than 1/10 of the cost of most DMR radios, I'd say this is closer to that bicycle than to a stripped luxury car.

    In the metro areas of the Pacific Northwest, these things can hit local repeaters pretty well, and we're getting a good influx of new to DMR users. We haven't seen too many issues with the hardware.
     

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