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BrandMeister - Text Messaging

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The PAPA System is evaluating the BrandMeister network for it's Motorola MotoTRBO DMR Repeaters. This is one of several posts with information about the features and capabilities of the BrandMeister network. Please see the links at the bottom of this page for reference links.This is not a full description of text messaging, more of a reminder that it is available.  Text messaging is support on the BrandMeister network and you are encouraged to experiment with it.  Text messaging is not a store-and-forward system.  The recipient does need to have their radio on and tuned to a BrandMeister repeater when you send a message to them.

The recipient does not need to be local, they can be connected to any repeater on the BrandMeister network.
Most of the radios allow you to create a set of messages using CPS.  Create some messages and send them to others.




ReferenceBrandMeister Information Website https://wiki.brandmeister.network

BrandMeister Dashboard: http://brandmeister.network

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BrandMeister - The Hose and Scanning

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The BrandMeister Hose has been updated to include scanning capabilities.  When you go to The Hose, you will now see a new "Scanner" option on the menu.



Clicking the "Scanner" button will show you a list of talkgroups.  Put in the talkgroups you would like to listen to and click "Apply" 




The scanner will start running and you will be able to listen to all of the talkgroups.

Have fun!




ReferenceBrandMeister Information Website https://wiki.brandmeister.network/

BrandMeister Dashboard: http://brandmeister.network/

BrandMeister Last Heard: http://brandmeister.network/index.php?page=lh

BrandMeister Hose: http://hose.brandmeister.network

BrandMeister Getting Started Guide: http://papasys.com/dmr/BrandMeisterGettingStartedGuide.pdf

User Guide: http://dmrx.net/files/US_BM_User_Guide.pdf

BrandMeister - Setting Up GPS

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The PAPA System is evaluating the BrandMeister network for it's Motorola MotoTRBO DMR Repeaters. This is one of several posts with information about the features and capabilities of the BrandMeister network. Please see the links at the bottom of this page for reference links.The BrandMeister servers have a gateway to APRS.fi for location information.  Setting up GPS support on your radio is easy and once setup works well.  Basic settings can be found at http://bm.pd0zry.nl/index.php/Motorola_Radios.  You will need to update the ARS Radio ID based on your country.  See the country specific page on the BrandMeister wiki for details.  For the US this is https://bm.pd0zry.nl/index.php/United_States

This is a summary of the settings for Motorola Radios

General Settings GPS: On
Network Settings CAI Network: 12 ARS Radio ID: 310999 (this depends on the master) Prefered channel settings ARS: On System/Site Change Enhanced GPS: Off Compressed UDP Data Header: Standard DMR GPS Revert: Selected Data C…

BrandMeister - The Hose

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The PAPA System is evaluating the BrandMeister network for it's Motorola MotoTRBO DMR Repeaters. This is one of several posts with information about the features and capabilities of the BrandMeister network. Please see the links at the bottom of this page for reference links.http://hose.brandmeister.network
The Hose is a combination of a Listen Now and Audio Test.  You can listen to active talkgroups to decide about adding them to your code plug.  You can also test your audio.  See how it compares to the audio of others.




ReferenceBrandMeister Dashboard: http://bm.ham-dmr.org
BrandMeister Last Heard: http://bm.dmrx.net/index.php?page=lh
BrandMeister Hose: http://hose.brandmeister.network
BrandMeister Getting Started Guide: http://papasys.com/dmr/BrandMeisterGettingStartedGuide.pdf
User Guide:
http://dmrx.net/files/US_BM_User_Guide.pdf

BrandMeister - Last Heard List

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The PAPA System is evaluating the BrandMeister network for it's Motorola MotoTRBO DMR Repeaters. This is one of several posts with information about the features and capabilities of the BrandMeister network. Please see the links at the bottom of this page for reference links.

http://bm.ham-dmr.org/index.php?page=lh



The last heard page shows all activity worldwide.  You can open the search panel and create a filter to restrict your view to a single master, repeater, talkgroup, call sign, radio ID, and a few other things.

On each row, you may notice a speaker icon in the Destination column.  This is a link to the Hose allowing you to listen to the conversation.


ReferenceBrandMeister Dashboard: http://bm.ham-dmr.org
BrandMeister Last Heard: http://bm.dmrx.net/index.php?page=lh
BrandMeister Hose: http://hose.brandmeister.network
BrandMeister Getting Started Guide: http://papasys.com/dmr/BrandMeisterGettingStartedGuide.pdf
User Guide:
http://dmrx.net/files/US_BM_User_Guide.pdf

DV4Home / DV4Mini - A wonderful looking DMR/D-Star Hotspot

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The people at Wireless Holdings are working on something new for the Hamvention in Dayton (May, 2016).  This is a base station to mount a DV4Mini for use at home or in your vehicle.  You can use it with a radio, or speaker and microphone.  They will be offering an enclosure.

Contact http://www.wirelesshold.com for more information


DV4home
Here is a first glimpse of our new DV4home boards which include all these new features:
use with or without your DV4mini in DStar/C4FM/DMR/dPMR/P25connect your microphone and speaker for DStar and DMR or use your radio - no Linux know how required simple set up - just connect to the internetnavigation on displaymetal case for better shieldingextended temperature range (-40C - +85C) for use in cars12 V power supplyFinished product including enclosure available at the Hamvention in Dayton.




BrandMeister - Dashboard

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The PAPA System is evaluating the BrandMeister network for it's Motorola MotoTRBO DMR Repeaters. This is one of several posts with information about the features and capabilities of the BrandMeister network. Please see the links at the bottom of this page for reference links.

Each BrandMeister server hosts  a dashboard showing activity and connections on the server.  These pages are responsive in design meaning they work well on both desktop and mobile devices.



Most obvious on the homepage is the overview of connection types, industrial repeaters (Motorola and Hytera), homebrew, DV4Mini, and Masters.  There are also graphs that show the number of connections from each country and network activity.

From here you can view a full report of each connection type, get status of individual connections and more.


ReferenceBrandMeister Dashboard: http://bm.ham-dmr.org
BrandMeister Last Heard: http://bm.dmrx.net/index.php?page=lh
BrandMeister Hose: http://hose.brandmeister.network
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Why DMR?

Analog, D-Star, P25, Fusion, DMR.  Why do we need another digital mode for UHF and VHF communications? When the PAPA System started talking about DMR I was very much in the mode if being happy with Analog and D-Star in my stable.  Why would I want to spend a bunch of money on another digital mode? My initial reaction was to compare and contrast DMR with D-Star.  You can do this, but it's kind of like comparing D-Star with analog...it's similar, but it's different. There are things I like about all three modes.  DMR does offer a few stand-out features. First, and I cannot stress this enough, DMR is an open standard that has been adopted by lots of manufacturers.  Unlike D-Star, you can buy DMR radios from at least ten different manufacturers,  starting at about $170. As good as D-Star audio sounds, it does not degrade well.  When the signal gets weak, the audio gets garbled.  There is no error correction, when the signal is marginal you end up with random garbage going int…

BrandMeister - Static and Dynamic Talkgroups

The PAPA System is evaluating the BrandMeister network for it's Motorola MotoTRBO DMR Repeaters. This is one of several posts with information about the features and capabilities of the BrandMeister network. Please see the links at the bottom of this page for reference links.

The BrandMeister network manages talkgroups differently that the C-Bridge.

On the C-Bridge network each repeater is configured with a set of talkgroups.  There are “always-on” and “user activated” (or push-to-talk) groups.  These are configured at the C-Bridge and cannot be modified by users from their radios.

On the BrandMeister network static talkgroups are configured by repeater operators.  These talkgroups are similar to always-on talkgroups.  They will always transmit when there is traffic.  These are the only talkgroups that must  be configured by repeater operators.

Dynamic talkgroups are just that.  When a user keys up on a dynamic talkgroup the BrandMeister system creates a subscription for that talkgr…