BrandMeister - Setting Up GPS


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 Call Confirmed: On
  • CSBK Data: Off

General Settings:


Network Settings


Because GPS takes a lot of power it is recommended that you turn off the GPS when you don’t need it running.  This is easiest if you program a button to turn GPS on and off.


General channel settings - set ARS to “On System/Site Change” and Compressed UDP Data Header to DMR Standard.


In the TX settings for your channel set GPS Revert to Selected, Data Call Confirmed to On, and CSBK Data to Off.



You will need to do this for each channel on the BrandMeister repeater.

After setting up your radio you will need to configure the gateway so your location information is forwarded from the BrandMeister network to the APRS.fi servers.  This is done on the Digital Radio Amateur Technologies site. http://cloud.dstar.su/bootstrap/  You will need to create an account on this site, there is an authentication process, but it is automated and quick.


After your account is setup go back to the site and click “Self-Care”.  Then “Ham DMR” in the menu at the top of the page.




This page will allow you to setup your APRS information for each of your DMR IDs.
Once this is done go out and have some fun, drive around, do stuff, see people, then check aprs.fi.




Reference

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