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Ham Radio Workbench Podcast

This podcast is your bi-weekly deep dive on making, DIY, electronics, and technical topics of interest to the ham radio operator. Join your hosts George KJ6VU and Jeremy KF7IJZ as they discuss current developments in ham radio while introducing listeners to a plethora of topics and skills such as test equipment, 3D Printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and more.

Oct 10, 2017

This week George and Jeremy host a roundtable to discuss the differences and similarities between some of the most popular digital voice communication modes available to amateurs today.  They are joined by Rod Hardman VA3ON (DMR), Rich Timpa KC6OBJ (DStar), David Ranch KI6ZHD (Yaesu System Fusion), and Randy Neals W3RWN (Allstar).  In this conversation opinions and facts are explored about the benefits and potential of each of these digital modes of communication.


KF7IJZ / KJ6VU / KR6ZY / W6KWF Eagle Board Layout Video -



All Star -

DMR - /


Yaesu System Fusion -



DMR - Tytera MD380 UHF -

DMR - Tytera MD9600 Mobile -

DMR - Hytera (Commercial Quality) -

DSTAR - ID-51 Plus 2 Handheld -

DSTAR - ID-4100 Mobile -

DSTAR - IC-7100 Mobile HF w/ DSTAR -

Yaesu System Fusion HT - FT-2DR -

Yaesu System Fusion Mobile - FTM-100DR -


Digital Mode Hotspots


MMDVM ZUMSpot (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) -

SharkRF Open Spot (DMR, Fusion, DSTAR) -

All Star Micro Node -


New ICOM SDR(?) IC-9700 144/440/1200 Radio -


DSTAR HF Coordination -