CMRA now has a DMR repeater at 444.425. The analog repeater formerly on this frequency is now off the air as the DMR repeater has taken its place.
This repeater is a cooperative project between the Backyard Repeater Group (BYRG) and CMRA.
At the time of this writing in late July we do not have internet connectivity at the site yet, so we have no ability to connect to the Brandmeister network. The good news is that the repeater can be used locally. You must be on the same time slot and talk group as the other person you want to talk to.
Initial coverage tests with a portable went very well, and we expect coverage to be as good as or even better than the previous analog coverage. Without Internet connection, you will not be able to talk to anyone other than those who can hit our repeater directly.
For programming, you can find the appropriate code plugs on the BYRG website (http://byrg.net) when you click the Codeplug ALA Carte Menu at the top of their homepage.
Remember to register for your DMR ID if you don’t have one already. If you don’t know whether you have an ID, you can check the database at www.radioid.net to see if your callsign is already registered. If you don’t have an ID yet, you can register there. Please remember, you must have your own ID number and program it into your radio before you can use the DMR repeater.
For programming an Anytone portable radio, we recommend using the latest software and firmware available on the BridgeComSystems website (https://www.bridgecomsystems.com/pages/support”>https://www.bridgecomsystems.com/pages/support). They have the firmware and CPS software all rolled into one zip file for you. Scroll to the bottom, and download the latest there.
Please read your radio and save your current code plug, then upgrade your firmware as soon as possible. Updating the firmware will wipe your code plug so be sure and save it first! Using the latest firmware will ensure you are using the latest features on the Anytone.
Also, we highly recommend using the N0GSG contact manager software to build your code plug from the a la carte code plugs on the BYRG website. You can find the N0GSG Contact Manager here: (http://n0gsg.com/contact-manager/).
You’ll find plenty of help documents available on the BYRG website to help you, so just look around there when you get stuck.
We’ll be glad to help you get started and answer your questions, but please try to find the answers yourself if you can. Otherwise, when you have questions you can’t find an answer to, please ask. We probably don’t have all the answers but we can help you find them 🙂
Specifications You’ll need
- Rx 444.425
- Tx 449.425
- Color code 3
- Time slot 1
- Talkgroup 31296 (This is for the Central Missouri Talkgroup.)
Note: The only things we will have on TS2 are BYRG and KC SkyWarn once the network is connected.
We will have more info later once we’re connected to the Internet.