After D-star there is DMR. Not that I’ve used D-star much but just want to give new techniques a try. Yesterday I’ve ordered a Hytera MD785G. This is a mobile UHF-transceiver for both analogue FM and DMR. Ideal as a second set for the local repeaters since the 2nd VFO of my Icom IC-9100 is RX-only.
The MD785G has 25 Watts of output which should be more than enough to work repeaters in a 20 mile radius. The nearest (temporarily) repeater is only 500 meters from my home, the first production repeater about 15 miles.
More information about DMR activity in the Netherlands can be found on the website ham-dmr.nl.
My assigned DMR ID: 2043010