DMR is the new trendy mode for comms on Ham Radio that is fast becoming the standard. It is threatening to bury the old fashioned Analog FM rigs. So when my Icom IC-2710 bit the dust, I decided to buy a brand new DMR dual band rig to replace it. Getting it to work at all was a bear. The radio comes from the factory unprogrammed and unusable at all until you program in a CODE PLUG. This is similar to what CHIRP does to regular radios. There are thousands of options though, and one BIT wrong and everything is HOSED!! So the first day was spent calling up the sellers tech support and scraping the Web to find data on how to make it work. I had gotten a Code Plug for the TYT MD-9600 from a friend who had one too, and highly reccomended it. The first thing you notice is that you cannot PROGRAM any thing from the keyboard. No frequency entries, no NUTTIN!! IF you want to do anything at all, you have to do it in the Code Plug! So when you turn on the brand new radio, it is BRICKED! The problem with someone elses code plug is they have chosen funny names for each channel which don't give you a CLUE what channel or frequency you are on. Right now, I am on "TAC310p" WTF does that mean??? No frequency data, no clue of where you even are or what band! Another thing his code plug did was turn off the backlight so I couldn't even see what was on the display. I reflashed the radio and tried to delete his code plug but once you put one in, it doesn't want to go away! Once again, the radio is making all the choices and if you disagree, you are SOL!!! And the next thing I found this morning was DMR take priority over anything else!! I was talking to SUE on the WA6BGS club regular FM repeater when someone on the DMR channel started a QSO. It immediately blanked out what me and Sue were saying and wouldn't even let me change channels until the talkers clammed up for a second. Fiinally I was able to get it off the Local talk group and to this obscure channel and continue my QSO with Sue. So the radio is really designed for NON HAMS who aren't supposed to make choices. The RADIO makes all the choices. So I am ready to SLEDGEHAMMER this rig and get an old fashioned Analog DUAL BAND FM rig! Our San Diego ARES is so thrilled with DMR they are making it the standard and are obsoleting old fashioned FM! If you aren't on DMR, you are left behind with the SPARK GAP rigs! I just want a rig you can tune around with like old fashioned HAM RIGS!