Traveler's and visitor users of PNW
should 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
main network 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 Brandmeister.
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 positive your weaker signal is under
-100dBm. If any doubt, use High!
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 where to respond to your
call. 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 the
talkgroup or key out of the talkgroup.
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 as well as purchase of XPR-6550's at a
price point less than $200. We want to compete
with the CS-750 pricing by providing TRBO radios to
our members at a lower cost. Contact your
repeater owner directly via the repeater's CCx link
on the PNW homepage
if you are interested in TRBO.
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. We have many more
listeners than talkers, so say something compelling.
our user's and member's
participation in our interactive
Yahoo Group to help make PNW DMR better.
PNW DMR 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.
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 member of
PNW DMR, then send an
Email indicating you agree in
principal with our best practices or respond
Yahoo Group Poll.