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Open IPSC Manager Project

If you are an owner of a TRBO repeater on Amateur Radio frequencies and looking for an IPSC network to join, then you may wish to consider the "Open IPSC Manager".  DCI can provide you an opportunity to try out IPSC networking without any commitment to stay with us.  This enables a repeater owner to demo a network environment and better learn more by a hands-on approach to IPSC, multiple talkgroup use and also to experience DCI's style of DMR Ham radio. 

You can join as a single repeater network depending on how many repeaters are currently visiting the Open IPSC Manager.  Either way, you have access to DCI's basic talkgroups.  You are welcome to stay as long as you wish.  This page will lay out exactly what you need to know and a bit of what DCI needs from you to get your repeater(s) onto our Open ISPC Manager. 

The DCI 1 and DCI 2 talkgroups are used for all DCI networks only and are our main internal talkgroups.  DCI 1 and DCI 2 is available via PTTon the Open IPSC manager.  Most of the talkgroups carried on NATS are also available to the the Open IPSC network manager as well as MARC's North America, Worldwide and Worldwide English though they are on PTT.  The current line-up of talkgroups and their timers are shown on the talkgroup matrix and it is always the best source for determining what is available on the IPSC Open Manager or any manager for that matter.

There are also 2 additional control only TG's available to turn on ALL available TG's for 55 minutes or turn off most TG's for 15 minutes.  Add these TG's to your radios (CT On=16771491 on TS1, CT Off=16770491 on TS1) and simply "kerchunk" to switch on for 55 minutes or off for 15 minutes.  It is a simple method have instant activity or almost no activity from these networked talkgroups.  All normal settings will be reset once either or both these 2 Control TG timers expire.  More info on PTT or much more PTT details, just click on them.  All repeaters on the open IPSC manager are affected by use of the CT ker-chunks, so you should be aware that your activity can affect other visiting repeater that may be on the Open IPSC manager.

So jump in, get your feet wet, learn DMR, TRBO IPSC and more while you are here, with no strings or expectations.  Stay as long as you wish...or find a better fit with another c-Bridge group.  The point of the Open IPSC Manager is to be able to learn, get up to speed and maybe enjoy your time here but not make a long term commitment upfront.  The choice is yours.  Over the years, many other repeater owners have started out here and have gone on to add more repeaters, switched over to MARC, purchased their own cBridge and some even sticking around to make DCI their home.

OK, some details, rules and other odd stuff:

Typically, you must first get your repeater on the air.  We do not handle details with RF, towers, frequencies or other stuff one deals with in a standard analog repeater system as we expect you to have that basic knowledge.  We can help with Internet settings, router UDP pin-holing (port-forwarding), ISPC settings, Talkgroups, codeplugs and user/system management.  If you have your repeater operational or nearly so, you still may be able to join the Open Demonstration Manager.  Our focus is on TRBO aspects rather than the normal RF overhead of a typical analog repeater installation.  We are happy to help you get up to speed on TRBO even if you are in the early stages of a desktop or garage repeater or simply on a dummy load without a duplexer.  We would hope that you eventually are able to deploy a networked repeater on a wide area coverage site to be able to share the benefits of Ham DMR to more users.

The initial minimum information needed is: your repeater(s), location(s), freqs, color code, ID, Call Sign, owners/trustee/system manager's names, Email and phone numbers.  You may add as much additional information as you like beyond the minimums.

MARC maintains a database set of client radio and repeater ID numbers.  Please insure that your repeater, HT and mobiles have an issued radio ID number that it is programmed into your equipment.  If you are using a client radio that is issued by your employer or otherwise is using a non-standard ID, this can cause issues.  If you are in this situation, mention it to MARC and the details so that they can determine if that will work on the Ham DMR networks.  We expect you to use our settings in your codeplugs when operating on any of our networks and additionally, when operating on our affiliated networks that are available through your use of DCI

Our info:  We use DCI 1 (TG ID# 3160) as our main talkgroup.  We will provide you with the master IP, master UDP port and the network authorization key.  We publish all our information otherwise on this website.  Data is supported throughout our c-Bridge and across to many other c-Bridges.  Use of Private Call is not permitted on the Open IPSC network.  Encrypted transmissions or personal TG's are not permitted at all.  No encryption ever; your repeater will be immediately booted from the network without notice.

We encourage the use of an IP Power Switch ($90 plus; inexpensive to pricey examples: IP9258, Web PS 7, NP-05, ICT-180S-121 ) and that one be deployed with your repeater especially if your repeater will be located a significant distance away from physical control.  This will enable easy power cycling that may be needed from time to time but also and more importantly, it enables powering your repeater off so that network diagnostics can be run when we experience network issues.  Taking repeater off an Ethernet connection remotely vastly simplifies locating a problematic router or Internet connection.  It is also useful as a router failsafe as well as remote control of other AC devices.  We are not asking for control of your switch but only that one be available to help you and us when things go wrong.

Client radios have many more operational settings than your repeater and that programming can have a major adverse impact if not programmed correctly.  DCI has published a standard network codeplug for US repeaters and networks and we highly encourage you to clone or paste in our settings as an example of how best to program for DCI, not so much for the current repeaters, as the plugs tend to become stale.  Then copy one of the DCI zones for your own zone and then change the freq and color code for your use on our network.  DMR-MARC, NorCal and others may have slightly different setting and these setting are customized to match each network.  This is very IMPORTANT stuff.  Do NOT simply use a new radio's default codeplug and change the freq/color code and call it job well done.  Incorrect programming of client radios adversely affects our networks and can further affect other networks that we are linked into.  This includes Transmit Interrupt and overly loud client radio audio into the network, so Digital Mic AGC should NOT be enabled in Gen 1 TRBO radios (unless using R01.02.xx or newer firmware) but should be set to match the users voice and style with the use of the VU Meter.   If you are not able to enter all the settings correctly, please ask us for help.  If you or your users operate with poor TX audio and will not or cannot fix it, your connection to the network could be in jeopardy.  Did I mention how important this portion of programming is?  Do not use Net watch, RDAC, Air Shark or other 3rd party clients unattended or for long periods of time as they can cause  problems.  Please do not run any services that require ARS or otherwise poll or load the network with data.  Ask first if you are considering a data project and maybe it can be incorporated into the network.  We want to play and learn but we all have other networks that frown on adding drag to their repeaters and networks.  This is much dependant on how many repeaters are on the network you join.

More details on how to program your repeater and your client radios for our network operation are linked below.  We strongly suggest that you follow our programming details as it will help the entire network to run more smoothly.  Not all of our suggested programming follow Motorola default settings as we have developed these setting during our  first 4 years of Ham TRBO IPSC experience.  So use ours unless you have more experience and if you do, please share it with us.  We are all about helping others and not keeping anything but our network keys, hidden from the TRBO community.


Revised: 12/18/2016 23:18

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