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Letter: DMR in Puerto Rico

Storm knocks out Skynet users too

Dear RW:

I read the piece about the FCC tracking outages in Puerto Rico after Fiona struck.

I am part of a ham radio group that uses radio and internet. We call it Skynet and it’s a group that uses Zoom for video and radio for audio.

None of the guys from Ponce, P.R., have been on since the storm, because they need a working internet connection. This is a fundamental problem with DMR radio, but we put up with it since 99% of the time it works great. And it keeps a lot of hams in touch from Europe and the USA at the same time. Without the internet, band conditions would prohibit that.

Also, it’s FM-quality audio.