Traveler's and visitor users of PNW
have a bit more latitude in their radio
Be considerate of
your use of wide area talkgroups, especially on
timeslot 1, remember that Local 2 or timeslot 2
talkgroups have less impact on our
primary timeslot 1 networked talkgroups.
conversations should be kept to a minimum and moved
to a TAC talkgroup as soon as convenient. PNW
is not a Brandmeister network but a c-Bridge network
that supports some of the Brandmeister talkgroups.
Use the Parrot
talkgroup to test your audio levels and quality to
confirm it is within norms. How well you sound
is important to other users who hear your
minimum signals into the repeater to minimize
obnoxious noise impact to other listeners.
That means use your highest power setting available
unless you are reasonable certain that your signal strength is
-110 dBm. If any doubt, use High Power Please!
Always when calling, say the
talkgroup you are on as many users scan or use RX
Groups or can't see their display and then
otherwise, will not know which talkgroup on which to respond. Mentioning which repeater you are using
is handy as well.
Remember to leave a few seconds
between transmissions to allow other users to
PTT into or out of the
"Gathering" regular for our Not-a-Net (net: Wed 1900
local PNW 2).
MotoTRBO CPS are available to members only who have
agreed to abide by our best practice expectations.
See last line of this page.
Loaner radios may
be available. Contact your
repeater owner directly via the repeater's CCx link
on the PNW homepage
if you are interested in trying out a particular
When calling to strike up a
conversation, it is helpful if you say something
more than your call sign. Let people know you
would like to converse. Mention your location,
the repeater you are using, etc. We have many more
listeners than talkers, so try say something compelling
to increase chances or a response.
participation in our interactive
Yahoo Group to help make PNW DMR better.
PNW DMR virtual "Hallmark": "I-5
A LAST FEW THOUGHTS:
Our repeater and c-Bridge owners have invested or contributed
well beyond $60,000 in repeaters, site rent, Internet,
insurance, Heliax, commercial antennas, commercial tower
stand-offs, gasoline, networking and hundreds of hours
of labor in the design, programming, installation and
maintenance of this network as well as time away from their
family. There is no such thing as a 2 hour hill
trip, 2 typically can be 8 (our record is 17 hours).
At a minimum,
please seek out to support
them by acknowledging their contributions on behalf of the
network and ultimately to you, the user of the network.
Any repeater owner can be Emailed by clicking on the
Color Code of the respective repeater or say something
to them when you hear them on the air.
Maybe said another way, think about taking
your spouse out for dinner 1 night a year
and tell her that PNW DMR suggested that an
annual night out was a good investment in
your continued relationship. Or maybe you
could do both and thereby, pay it forward.
Something to consider, the value of a
If you have question,
PNW, any repeater
owner (click on the Color Code link on the
home page), post your
question to our
Yahoo Group or ask during our weekly
if you agree and wish to become a supporting member of
PNW DMR, then send an
Email indicating you agree in
principal with our best practices or respond
Yahoo Group Poll. If you think
we have this hopelessly screwed this up (FUBAR
comes to mind), well you can tell us that as
well...and maybe provide some insight on how
we may be able to do better.