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Pacific Northwest DMR
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The PNW DMR network is a system of open use DMR repeaters located in the Pacific Northwest.  The PNW c-Bridge currently supports 37 MotoTRBO repeaters with 26 in Washington, 10 in Oregon and 1 in Idaho.  We also have deployed several c-Bridges, an echo server and 8 MMDVM servers for additional repeater and hotSpot support.  Where possible, our repeaters are IP linked via HamWAN, a private RF based IP backbone network.  Some repeaters have dual IP sources with failover protection.  Please become a member (free)!

This network enables the use of a single local area repeater for a QSO or EVERY repeater on the network, depending on the talkgroup selected.  Each repeater can support 2 simultaneous conversations or upwards of 50 conversations network-wide.  Users are empowered to talk locally on a single repeater or thousands worldwide.  Think smallest footprint needed to support your QSO.  Understanding how the talkgroups are designed to work is important before hopping onto the network.

New users of PNW DMR repeaters should read our Welcome Page.  Our primary web pages are available via links on the green banner at the top of all pages throughout this website.  Otherwise, click on the Links to to see more of our web pages.

Hams new to PNW DMR or DMR generally, you should read the Quick Start and/or Best Practices pages.  Northern Oregon repeaters operate differently, so please consult the Oregon Users Guide.  You may also catch us on our Not-A-Net Gathering Wednesday evenings on the Washington 2 talkgroup at 1900 local.  The Gathering was created in part, to assist our newest members with basic DMR information.  So please join us there each week.

Policy update:  All regular users of the PNW DMR Network (excluding visitors or through travelers), are requested to become members of the PNW DMR network by registering at our PNW groups.io subgroup.  Members may use our resources freely according to our published best practices and user guides.  We encourage our repeater users to become members but we do now require the users of our networking services, such as hotspots and IPSC to become members.  Read our policy update to understand the difference and why we now would like everyone to join our IO group.  Our repeaters are open use while our networked services requires membership.  There is no cost to join and all services are free.  Users who do not join our IO group will be asked to join.  Ultimately PNW DMR may require that you join or you services may reduced to local repeater use only.  Please join our IO group!


The Oregon North repeaters are operated primarily for Search and Rescue operations and routine use is discouraged; short QSO's only on timeslot 1.  Please read the Oregon North Users Guide before using these repeaters and contact Loren, KB7APU for additional information.

PNW DMR is also affiliated with the BC-TRBO network in British Columbia Canada and the HKS c-Bridge network and repeater (Sultan WA/Haystack Mtn). PNW DMR has select Brandmeister talkgroups but we are not a Brndmeister network.  We also have some other specialized assets including Polly, our echo server parrot, multiple direct connecting MMDVM servers supporting hotspot, MMDVM repeaters and high power DMR simplex stations.

Many of our repeaters and networking assets are linked via HamWAN's RF backbone.  This private IP network is preferred as their services are most dependable and better supports UDP voice packets while the public IP network manipulates UDP which lowers voice quality and increases BER.  We are working with HamWAN to expand their network coverage while expanding our radio links to their private network for more robust IP connections free of UDP machinations which typically are worst at peak use times.

PNW DMR also wishes to affiliate with and/or provide our services to, EMCOMM type groups such as RACES, ARES or ACS and other independent EMCOMM, public service groups or ham clubs that support their communities.  PNW DMR has available specialized talkgroups for Washington that are able to support emergency communications as well as public service events while still allowing much of our regular activity to continue without interruption to our regular users.

PNW DMR is growing.  We encourage new repeaters to be deployed and want to help you expand your RF coverage areas.  We welcome clubs to explore DMR and to join us.  We will also support local efforts by interested area hams who wish to get a DMR repeater deployed in their area.  We support MMDVM based repeaters and encourage them to join the network as well but are mindful that MotoTRBO repeaters are the most robust hardware for wide area RF coverage.

If you know of any hams or ham clubs in the Pacific Northwest interested in DMR and they do not know of our DMR network, please pass along our web address (www.pnwdigital.net) or Email address (pnwdmr@gmail.com).

 

Donate:  All repeaters are privately owned by our ham members.  If you wish deploy your own MotoTRBO repeater, assist PNW DMR with equipment, sites and/or expertise, please contact us at: pnwdmr@gmail.com. You can see our PayPal Pool or learn more at our Support page.

 

 

 Revised: 10/18/2018 21:28

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