HAM Radio the Explosion of Digital and why the Growth

This subject of digital as in DMR is an Exploding system compared to anything in HAM Radio, bar none, and has been for many years as a dynamic mode that is often changing.   A mode that is challenging the HAM radio community's user base as it evolves. This compared to the stagnant water of any "anything" or mode in HAM Radio.

We understand Digital Mobile Radio is as follows and many are educated to what the group  DMR-Marc expansive network looks like with repeater maps and architecture.  The (Digital Mobile Radio = DMR)   aka :  BrandMeister , DMR-Marc , DMRplus , many are always having fantastic and enjoyable conversations.

A network from it's inception that offered a single manufacture and commercial (public service) grade devices is now offering numerous manufactures, important to note that no other HAM Radio mode offers as many devices to select from in purchasing. The on "fire" prices are beneficial to the consumer as value for money and the wise understand this, as found in the many affordable devices that are offered in Digital Mobile Radio market. The cost of DMR device almost comparing and rival inferior FM analog transceivers.

Benefits include:  device firmware exploits from known operators like Travis to Ty many now idle, for the benefits of the end user or ham radio operator.  With dismal advances in any other aspect of the radio hobby this is welcome change and may stimulate old bones in other areas of the hobby HAM radio.

To the surprise and joy of many in the DMR community the introduction of Hotspots and its popularity continue to evolve and explode the digital user base, with the ability to shift users moving to self empowered devices and also have the option to use the many repeaters as backup if available for communication tools.

Dual Band DMR Radios

Dual Band DMR Radios

                               

TYT Dual Band DMR Radios

TYT's long-awaited Dual Band DMR mobile radio is just about here.  My sample radios have arrived, and I am liking what I see so far.  The radio already holds more contacts than most, but an upgrade will be available soon also.  Also coming soon will be a new version of the firmware that allows you to import a codeplug from a previous TYT DMR radio (not sure yet if it will be the MD380 or the MD2017 codeplug, but it will be one of them).

Order today for an expected August 10 shipment.  Use the coupon code "GARMD9600" on the website to receive $60 off the $359 price, making the total $299 with a free programming cable, and free shipping.  You can download the software from the downloads tab now.

Lots of accessories are available for this model also, including external speaker-mic, earpiece with in-line PTT, spare batteries, and a battery eliminator is coming soon
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TYT MD-2017

We still have plenty of the MD2017 Dual Band HTs in stock.  Use the coupon code "Hoosier" to receive the radio, programming cable, and free shipping for $175.
                       

TYT MD-2017 w/GPS

For only $10 more, enjoy the features of GPS with this radio.  Use the coupon code "HoosierGPS" at checkout to get the radio, programming cable, and free shipping for $185

DMR MARC network to be taken offline permanently in Germany

I regret the fact, that the DMR MARC network in Germany will be taken offline permanently on July 31st, 2017 according to the official website (german):

The German DMR MARC team will cease operation of the DMR-DL server as of July 31,  We would like to thank all the sysops and users of the network for the long-term trust.
  http://dmr.ag/dmr-marc-netz-in-dl-wird-abgeschaltet/
Das deutsche DMR MARC Team wird zum 31. Juli 2017 den Betrieb des DMR-DL Servers einstellen.   Wir danken allen Sysops und Nutzern des Netzes für das langjährige Vertrauen.

At this point time, we don't know about the availability of a permanent or temporary solution during the net (Saturdays 1600–1730 UTC DST / 1700–1830 UTC) for the access to WW 1 on DMR-MARC via crosslinks from other networks.

Stay tuned.
VE3WZW ANDRE

The Amateur Radio Digital Wars

The Amateur Radio Digital Wars

Top 3 Ham digitals ::
- ICOM - DStar
- Yaesu - Fusion aka C4FM
- DMR (digital mobile radio aka Mototrbo) - many companies producing transceivers - DMR :fragments: BrandMeister, DMRplus, Mototrbo/MARC
** Excluded :  NXDN, pDmr, P25, ect.


IMPORTANT FACT:

Interconnection :  when talking about all of the digitals, none communicate with each other.  A basic understanding is none of the different digitals talk together.

Frequency :  All digitals use Amateur Radio frequencies same as Analog FM - VHF or UHF frequency band, in handheld/portable or mobile or base configuration

Cost saving :  only one of the three digital has many many companies producing Transceiver. The other two * only have (1) one producer of transceivers.  The cost of a DMR transceiver abt. $100 or a fifth to the other two digitals of about $500 per transceiver

Most popular :  the first to market digital was DStar and since is the largest in the market, however with  DMR manufacturers offering a large selection of affordable transceiver.   DMR has grown in the market of multiples of 10x year over year.   The third digital is Yaesu and has very slow growth.

Summary : they are all interesting , however DMR is the clear winner.


* Kenwood TH-D74 DStar transceiver

DMR Plus North America - DMR-MARC and DMR Plus partnership

DMR Plus is the original network that developed tools to interconnect Hytera and Motorola repeaters. It has been popular in Europe for years but now, with the cooperation of DMR-MARC, it has finally arrived in North America and the South Pacific. The DMR Plus architecture is similar to D-Star. Users have talkgroups to converse, to disconnect, and to monitor channel status. Users choose from a large pool of reflectors and move back to the converse talkgroup for all QSOs.

The DMR-MARC and DMR Plus partnership is ideal. The DMR-MARC network is robust and reliable. The DMR Plus network is more aligned with experimentation and interoperability of technologies. Think of DMR Plus as the best possible implementation of the former DMR-MARC Sandbox.

Canada DMR Net - Canada TALKGROUP 302 and BrandMeister TALKGROUP 302 Link

Canada DMR Net - Canada DMR-MARC TALKGROUP 302 and BrandMeister TALKGROUP 302 Link.

DRAFT.....

The comments within is a discussion about DMR-MARC Canada TALKGROUP 302 and BrandMeister TALKGROUP 302 Linking and connecting together.

The linking of the two talkgroups together should also consider malicious action and how to prevent, a proactive consideration in the event it occurs or as it is currently happening on one Toronto VA3XPR repeater.  Such as dropping a repeater link out of the connection ... may not be adopted

Also hoping to open the Access with DV4MINI / DVMEGA / SHARKRF to the DMR-MARC Canada Net discussion .

DMR Programming for Amateur Radio

DMR Programming for Amateur Radio

Finally, a video that is about DMR Programming alone! This video includes a short presentation on some background concepts then moves into the software to show how to get your radio up and on the air from a blank codeplug.




QRZ.COM Logging of Repeater Contact DMR | BrandMeister | Fusion repeater/wiresx

I was wondering why when logging a contact in QRZ.COM, there is not an entry for fusion/wiresx, but DSTAR there is an option?

QRZ.COM has "DIGITALVOICE" as a mode. Are digitals (Fusion, Dstar, Dmr). QRZ.COM has a unique option for DSTAR.

ADI files must conform with the latest revision of ADIF protocol; the acceptable mode enumerations are as listed here: ADIF protocol;

http://www.adif.org/304/ADIF_304.htm#Mode_Enumeration

Fusion/wiresx has yet to be adopted and also DMR and BrandMeister.

As I write this, it's the second non-pinned thread on QRZ forum: "ADI files must conform with the latest revision of ADIF protocol... Fusion/wiresx[/DMR] has yet to be adopted."

HAM Radio UHF frequency North America East Coast PAVE Phased Array Warning System

HAM Radio UHF frequency North America East Coast PAVE Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS)

PAVE PAWS is a United States' Air Force Space Command radar system for missile warning and space surveillance youtu.be/uuJTWM69ZqI

I have always wondered why UHF frequencies are not used for DMR or any HAM radio in the North East Coast of North America. PAVE PAWS uses frequencies located at the lower portion of the UHF spectrum near the Amateur Radio Band.

The PAVE Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS) was an elaborate Cold War radar and computer system developed to "detect and characterize a sea-launched ballistic missile attack against the United States".

With the first solid-state phased array deployed, the system at the perimeter of the contiguous United States used a pair of Raytheon AN/FPS-115 Radar Sets at each site (2 sites in 1980, then 2 more used 1987–95) as part of the United States Space Surveillance Network.







Complete Brandmeister Reflectors List / Complete Brandmeister Talkgroups List

Brandmeister Reflectors / Talkgroups List
Canadian examples

BrandMaster/BrandMeister is an operating software for master servers participating in a worldwide infrastructure network of amateur radio digital voice systems.

Brandmeister/Brandmaster - Brandmeister is German and Brandmaster is English.

Reflector vs Talkgroups

One of the big things I hear on Brandmeister is … What are the talkgroups? Well here they are. One thing you have to remember is reflectors and talkgroups are two different things.

Reflectors range from 4000-4999 and are a link to a talkgroup. If you are on a DMR repeater and on timeslot 2 talkgroup 9 you can access a reflector as a private call to that reflector. Do a private call to that number, key up for a few seconds and then unkey. You will get a british female voice come back to you letting you know the number you are connected to.

Doing a private call to 5000 will tell you what you are connected to,  and a manual dial to 4000 will disconnect you.

Mobile Radio (No Keypad) BrandMeister ::
Using Un-programmed Codeplug - To make things easy, just program your radio for the "talkgroups".
For example
1. reflector 4639 and talkgroup 3100 are the same thing.
2. Create a Private Call and Talkgroup each for the REF4639/talkgroup.
3. Just program your radio for TimeSlot 2 talkgroup 3100 and you are there. No manual dial needed.
4. When you are finished with your conversation, you can either disconnect using a created Contact and group “REF4000” keyup or the reflector will timeout after five (5) minutes of inactivity.

***** comment below or share information something that outlines setup for mobile and Brandmeister/Brandmaster

Handheld Keypad BrandMeister ::
Using Preprogrammed Codeplug
1. Dial your radio to the “VE3YYZ Local” channel.
2. Select the reflector name (e.g. REF4326) from the Contacts list in your radio.
3. With the reflector name highlighted, key your PTT. This will initiate a Private Call to that reflector and establishing your connection.
4. Exit from the Contacts menu in your radio. You can now make your call on that reflector using the VE3YYZ Local channel.
5. When you are finished with your conversation, you can either disconnect using the Contact “REF4000” or the reflector will timeout after five (5) minutes of inactivity.


Complete Brandmeister Reflectors List / Complete Brandmeister Talkgroups
http://brandmeisternetwork.blogspot.com/


"250" : Russia
"2501" : Russia Global
"2502" : XRF250 Bridge
"2505" : bridge to Radiocult
"9504" : *RUSSIA* (EchoLink)
"9" : DMR Reflector
"255" : Ukraine
"655" : South Africa
"1" : Local
"2" : Local
"91" : World-wide
"92" : Europe
"93" : North America
"95" : Australia, New Zeland
"910" : German
"911" : French
"913" : English
"914" : Spanish
"915" : Portuguese

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Top 10 MotoTrbo DMR Stats for Canada

 

Top 10 DMR Users and Repeaters Stats for Canada

The chart below show the top 10 active DMR users for the last 24 hours. This taken from the LastHeard logging website ve2tax_com Stats values daily.
Last 24 hours stats
The below stats show the top 10 active DMR users most used for the week. This taken from the LastHeard logging website ve2tax_com Stats values 7 days or weekly.

Last 7 days stats

http://www.ve2tax.com/topten_weekly.aspx



This taken from the LastHeard logging website ve2tax_com Stats values for the last 30 days most active users.

Last 30 days stats

http://www.ve2tax.com/topten_monthly.aspx

These values are updated and change often on the website.


Hytera Network vs BrandMeister

Sorry for the confusion, we could not earlier comment this incredible and stupid rumours.
Thank you Kurt for jumping in.
Torsten was in US last weeks, I was on a business trip in UK, we had both limited access to the internet and it was really a surprise to find all the emails in the inbox now which talk about such causeless stupid rumours.
This may again show clearly why it is not possible to cooperate with this group.
This kind of competition and fighting each other has nothing to do any more with my understanding of Amateur Radio and Hamspirit.
It is not worth to lose more words on such stupid behaviour.

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The developer team Torsten, Kurt, myself and all supporters are fully committed to DMR+.
For us Amateur Radio is no competition, we like the development of this system based on our own knowledge, own ideas, own code, legal code and tools, no matter if used for 1000 repeaters, or for 100 or for just our own 10.

To give you a brief overview on our next steps:

- A new DMR+Master 9.2x is in test since a few weeks.
This will provide a few new exciting features for dongle users.
We did not roll out more yet because we were busy with travelling and it makes no sense to spread a new release without being able to support it in the first days.

- A new IPSC-server is also in test.
The next version will fix a few bugs in the connection to the c-Bridge.
We brought up several connections from IPSC-servers to c-Bridges during the last weeks and a few more are in progress.
We also plan to integrate a dongle port to the IPSC-server and make it work independent from a DMR+Master.
There is also a nice feature under development which makes the configuration of the TG routing of repeaters much easier and more flexible.

- The DSTAR-DMR-gateway has been improved.
We have a new version in test since about 2 weeks which no longer needs the API of a Hytera repeater.
It works standalone at the DMR+ network, only needs an internet connection.
With this version we were able to improve the audio quality.
We no longer use an intermediate step with compressed audio like required by the API solution.
The new gateway now works from the test reflector DCS001_V to DMR+ test reflector 4012 and replaces the API version.

- We hope to probably also be able to improve the current API-based gateway with a new firmware for those who have it in use. But we need to test and verify it during the next days.

Believe us, there will be more new developments during next weeks and months.
Our activities are no competition which may give us any reason to give up.

For legal reasons it is not possible to make the DMR+ software open source.
There are many patents around DMR. Some people may believe that "ETSI standard" means open / free of patents and IPs, which is absolutely wrong.
We have SLAs and NDAs which help us to use these things in a legal way for our needs.
The contracts expressly do not allow us to make the code open source and public available.
The risk of abuse for commercial applications outsite of Amateur Radio is high.

73 de Hans DL5DI