Readers can find a short exchange of comments at the bottom of the blog regarding the Motorola DTR. I would like to thank the gentlemen for the information provided. A special thanks to Ticom, author of “Musings of a Man In Black: Prometheus”. Read and heed folks.
If you have followed my past articles, including those over at Mountain Guerrilla, you know that I am fond of the Motorola DTR. It is one of the few, rugged, MILSPEC radios that you can run without a license. I do include some caveats and they are:
1. I would use this radio for inter-squad use only. Great for CQB. The DTR inherently has limited range due to it’s 1 watt power output and 900 MHz range.
2. Use it in that application sparingly. When operating in a patrol, I prefer squad hand and arm signals to any radio. Why is that Dan?, you ask. Because I am highly allergic to JDAMs, 30mm Bushmaster rounds and Hellfire missiles. One advantage of the DTR is it’s frequency hopping capability. Motorola is very tight lipped regarding it’s hopset. I do know that it will run ten separate hopsets and will repeat hopsets every 50 cycles. I have no doubt that our buddies over at NSA already have those hopsets. If your dealing with Mosby’s Cannibalistic San Franciscan’s or local law dog’s, don’t worry about it. It can’t be intercepted with any commercial scanner. But, if you’ve managed to draw the ire of the big boys, don’t key any mic (unless you are running a deception). I don’t know how else to put it.
3. As per the comments at the end of the blog, I prefer the DTR-550. The 410 has a fixed stubby antenna which limits range. The 550 and the 650 have removable antennas that can greatly increase range if the proper antenna is constructed and used. The 410 and 650 have the infamous manager functions that can cause havoc if not properly administered. And for you former 18Es, buy the keypads, they’re about $30.00. They can be used somewhat like a DMDG with the DTR.