SilverShadow wrote:The problem is you will need to go down the dongle route anyway as unlike analogue (where just frequency and tone are needed) you need all the parametres to program into a DMR radio to hear anything which include Group ID, Frequency, TimeSlot, and Colour Code. You can get them by using DMR Decode.
It's very cheap and fairly easy to get started monitoring digital, you just need a disc tap or a dongle (under £10 on ebay) and the free DSD software. I would first get used to DMR systems and log some info before thinking of getting a DMR radio.
@Jonnyboyy that's the best advice! SilverShadow has hit the nail on the head. Play with a dongle, use DSD and DMRDecode! Once you have an understanding about how it works it will become more clear when you do buy a DMR Radio, as the lady states you cant just pump a frequency into a DMR radio and listen to what you want. I had a play with the dongle for a while I had DMRDecode and DSD running side by side to try and understand what was going on. When I got my radio I ran into a few problems regarding groups but SilverShadow and Moj helped me understand the group thing! I should have gotten this on my own as I have a APCO25 Digital radio for listening to a certain system and this also uses groups.
Have a play with the dongle, DSD and DMRDecode!
Then send your radio away to get a tap fitted I did mine through this site (http://www.discriminator.nl/index-en.html
Once you've got it all then take the plunge