DMR Repeater

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.

Simulated Emergency Test (SET) – 2017

This year (2017) BCARES, in conjunction with the Boone County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), held the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 28 from 10:00 -12:00. NCS was operated from the new Boone County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) inside the Joint Communications Center (911-dispatch).

This was our first full exercise of our facility at the ECC, and it went very well, although not without one issue that was easily resolved.

A number of our CMRA members participated in this event.

Click here to view the full report. (Right click to save.)

2017 BCARES Repeater Run – Summary Results

On February 4, 2017 BCARES conducted the first annual Repeater Run for Boone County. This exercise consisted of checking in by roll call across a number of regional repeaters to evaluate our capabilities and insure proper programming of radios.

We included 9 VHF repeaters and 3 UHF repeaters which potentially could provide emergency communications in times of our need in Boone County.

Click here for further explanation of the event and to see the results.

CMRA Teams Up With Rock Bridge Elementary for ISS Contact

Students from Rock Bridge Elementary School, Columbia, MO, made contact with the International Space Station (ISS) with help from CMRA on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1400 UTC or 0800 CST. Several club members reported hearing portions of the astronaut’s transmissions on 145.800 MHz. as the station flew overhead.

A great deal of work and planning went into the event. Its success reflects the good job done by everyone involved. View an article written by Bill, N0AXZ, when you click here.

The event received favorable local press coverage as well. The Columbia Tribune featured an article entitled “Rock Bridge students talk to astronaut on International Space Station” which you can see when you click here. KOMU-TV covered the event as well, with an online story you can see when you click here.

Sarah Hill of Veterans United did a live broadcast on YouTube the morning of the contact, which you can view below.

 

 

CMRA Club Station Forced to Move

The American Red Cross on Worley advised us the first week of December 2013 that their building had been sold and they had to vacate by the end of the month, which means we did also. Several volunteers pitched in at various times throughout the month and did a great deal of hard work to pack up and move the equipment and other club property in the club station.

For the time being, there is no longer a CMRA club station. It is hoped one can be put back together in a location to be determined by the club at a later time.

This affects license testing as well. If you or someone you know needs to test or upgrade, contact AC0G so arrangements can be made. See the Public Service page for his contact info.

More to come as the situation develops.