When I leave my mobile behind, I rarely can do that without taking a little of everything with me.
Besides my camera and maybe an extra lens and the other necessities required to practice my brand of photography, its a given that I'll take my D72 VE6AB-7 that will be set up to beacon via my mobile VE6AB-9 parked at the trail head.
On this day I also had a Kenwood TK-D340 DMR transceiver with me that was lent to me by Radioworld here in Calgary.
Kenwood supplied several of these DMR HT's to Radioworld for evaluation purposes, and I have one of them as seen in this photo.
I will be reporting back as to my findings on this DMR transceiver in the near future.
For the record this Kenwood DMR transceiver is not yet available for purchase in North America, but will be released some time down the road, I cannot tell you when, as I am not privy to that information.
I also have been informed that being it is a commercial radio, it will not be available at your normal Kenwood amateur radio outlet, but will only be available from commercial radio outlets carrying Kenwood.
If you are not up to speed as to what DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is, its similar to Dstar but different in the sense Dstar was developed by Icom for amateur radio, and DMR was developed by Motorola for commercial use.
It was a given that sooner or later hams would discover DMR, and it seems to have taken off with repeaters and new users entering our ranks every day.
On this day it was fun to be out and about while monitoring the DMR North American channel, and making contacts across the continent with other hams on DMR.
Click on the photo for a closer look.....