|April 2015 UPDATE: It has been said many times,
in various ways, that if 3 hams get together to form a club,
that 2 clubs will be created. Another way to synopsize
this DMR group experience is to say that, "Infrastructure breeds
politics". No matter how you slice it, there are
many approaches out there in the ham DMR community and the
big guns are now running the show their way with little room
for the "Independent c-Bridge Operators" (ICBO's).
CHANGES PENDING or IMPLEMENTED:
- This website and its
active maintenance will be reduced to serve
our current member repeaters and their users while the
focus forward is to actively serve the
Pacific Northwest region
of the USA.
- Connections for current member repeater
managers will be
maintained; no one must leave, no changes.
- New Individualized/customized repeater managers will no longer be our
hallmark except for our regional support.
Open IPSC network
will still be open to new connections that wish an
independent DMR presence.
- DCI will continue to
explore, support and alpha/beta test the c-Bridge
software and deployment options.
from non-member repeaters/users requesting DMR information and/or support will likely be
referred to the Yahoo
MotoTRBO USA group with few Email responses in the future.
The time and money pit
that DCI (TRBO-6 as well) has invested in since 2008,
while fun and immensely educational, had been reduced to
a burden over politics and bent personalities. We
have joined others who no longer try to help
in the national DMR arena simply because we had the time,
experience, resources and that desire to assist the wider
This decision was made before the Florida c-Bridge
TG eruptions, radio ID
blocking and the lawsuit brought by K1DMR against numerous
repeater owners or their trustees (NCPRN). This is extremely
sad coming on the heals of DCI's issues with MARC and
7-3-15: CalDMR has dissolved). DCI's departure was prophetically timely in hindsight.
I have no further words on this pitiful spiral down the toilet of
the Ham fraternity.
NADMRC has been a near complete flop as most
c-Bridge groups will not speak up for their fellow
independent c-Bridge operators, more especially not
publically against any of the MARC policies of black-balling
or other efforts to marginalize these independent operators.
CalDMR (now dissolved) and MARC are now allied and NATS is history as well.
This is the trifecta, a straight line of uniformity and
DCI sees the light and has
ceased its involvement in the ICBO battles. TAC 310/TAC
123 was the instant and last effort to try to maintain an
independent worldwide Push-to-Talk talkgroup and it too has
been suppressed and is quite likely to be eliminated by the
alliance, as TAC
123 has already.
This longstanding effort to
provide c-Bridging services to any repeater that came our
way has been a wonderful experience, albeit expensive and
time consuming. DMR Email and c-Bridge support required hours each
morning for responses and follow-ups.
Considering the nastiness of Ham DMR as well as time
management and costs, it is time to roll-up the carpet and
devolve to a much smaller operation, one that focuses on
local and regional support, growth and enjoyment and more
importantly, out of the polarization and politics seemingly
inherent on the national stage.
DCI now leaves behind this unfortunate chapter, if not book
on Ham DMR. -- NO7RF / WB6WUI