A few years ago, when the DMR movement leapt out of the starting gate, I got involved. Bought a handheld and a hotspot and was off to the races. Everyone was doing it and I ran with the crowd. After six months or so, I lost interest and moved on to the next thing - or back to the old thing, it’s hard to recall.

Having settled the matter that this mode wasn’t for me, I decided this week to delete my registration and remove my DMR ID. But as it turns out, deleting a registration isn’t nearly as easy as creating one. Apparently, the system wasn’t designed to get out, only to get in.

The old ‘Hotel California’ conundrum.

Unable to find a way to remove the ID myself, I sent a note to a friend who owns numerous DMR repeaters and asked him how to do it. He told me he didn’t think it could be done but that a note to the support team at RadioID.net might turn up a solution.

And it did after several email exchanges trying to prove that I was the proper holder of my own call sign. I understand their caution but find it interesting that the system provided no method for getting out of the database without considerable human intervention.