BFDX CS-580 codeplug is finished. Steve
N7LNX and Mike NO7RF worked on it intensively for the
past 3 days after Steve's initial completion of most of
the zones. It now includes all WA, ID and BC
repeaters, scan lists, RX group sample, I-5 travel
corridor and GMRS zones. Steve created the
major work on the original plug and was the first to
announce the innovative features and superb audio of
this handheld. Likely it is the BEST cost
to value ratio of ANY handheld on the ham market.
The Bremerton repeater at Gold Mtn switched over to
the PNW c-Bridge today. Also Rob and crew are
putting up a new 4 bay Telewave antenna to replace the
vertical. 7/8" Heliax should be replaced, maybe
next year after the many other projects.
The Olympia repeater at Capitol Peak switched over to
the PNW c-Bridge today. While it's new manager
is not yet completely programmed (same as Bellingham),
it is done for TS 1 talkgroups. Likely the
programming with be done by Monday. These new
managers use the
MCT type of talkgroup
controls; checkout the
The Eugene Oregon repeater at Prairie Peak is online
(announced 4-25-17 in the news). This is the 8th
repeater to be deployed by Loren, KB7APU. 1 or 2
more likely to be launched this year in Oregon.
Check out the likely
The Outlook - Bellingham repeater is on the air and
on the network. Rob AF7PR reports 30 watts into
7/8 inch Heliax to 4 bay Telewave antenna at 110' on the
tower. 1-3 more repeaters are planned for launch
in 2017. The first report was -109 RSSI in Burien,
South of Seattle.
2 new talkgroups have been created for Emergency or
Public Service events. PS 1 and PS 2 are PTT and
available on all PNW c-Bridge managers. PTT
timers are set for 12 hours of ON time, simply key up
once to enable 23 hours of monitoring or use of
any of area repeaters. All other repeaters can be
used normally if not needed for the event.
[Antenna/Feedline is up, next weekend possibly.] The
Lookout repeater is scheduled to go on the air on 4-28.
The antenna is to go up 110 feet on the tower and
hopefully the Internet connection will be working.
coverage along the I-5 travel corridor (~125 mi)
from Everett to Vancouver BC is expected.
The Eugene Oregon repeater is scheduled for installation
and testing on Prairie Peak on May 10th. Wide
coverage will be I-5 from South of Eugene to
North of Salem (~100 mi) as well as coastal coverage
from Florence to Newport (~60 mi).
The Coeur d'Alene repeater came on network on 4-2-17
and is coordinated to 444.475 and testing from a
low level site until the
Blossom Hill in late May to early June pending
Announcing Brandmeister's Talkgroup 31771, an
independent, dedicated talkgroup. PNWR 2 will
switch over to PNW 2 during the weekly gatherings only
to provide BM access. Otherwise, it is PNW's
portal to Brandmeister that will otherwise, not impact
our statewides with out of region traffic.
Announcing Brandmeister Talkgroup 31771 is now connected
to PNW 2 for the weekly gatherings. Additional
use is still to be worked out. This will enable
our PNW users to access the weekly Gatherings when away
from our RF coverage areas. It will also enable
live monitoring via the
BM Hose as well as
BM archiving for your later listening pleasure.
Announcing NVG 2017, firecracker
Announcing: The Coeur d'Alene Idaho repeater will
be on the air and testing low level in a few weeks,
with deployment to Blossom Mountain in June or July.
This repeater will provide around 100 miles of I-90
corridor coverage from East of Sprague WA to West of
The Washington West manger will be separating its
repeaters onto separate mangers. Gold and
Cougar will remain clustered, but Capitol, Baldi and
Lookout will go onto their own managers. This will
enable much more independent traffic, a varied talkgroup
deck as well as provide a local platform for local area
users that does not busy out other repeaters. The
talkgroup matrix will be updated as each
repeater is made independent. Likely Capitol Peak
will be the first to move and it is listed as a
sample already. All new managers will use
MCT's. It is important
for users to understand MCT action on these managers.
MCT use is expanding as the Washington West manager is
updated throughout the Summer of 2017. Please
refer the PNW MCT Page for
The Oregon North repeater group has dropped about half
of the typical PNW talkgroups. Please refer to
the talkgroup matrix to determine the valid talkgroups
still available in Oregon. Stock codeplugs should
be adjusted so as not to key up on unauthorized
talkgroups. Please contact
Loren, KB7APU for additional information on
There is a change in policy for DCI 1 and 2 talkgroups.
DCI 1 and 2 are no longer "required" to be carried
fulltime (or at all) on PNW repeaters. This change
has been made due to the deployment of the new PNW
c-Bridge as well as some repeater owners having issues
with DCI traffic.
The new PNW c-Bridge is now in production.
has graciously provided the hosting on their own
backbone. PNW has been testing for several weeks
with several repeaters. Most other c-Bridges in
our area have already switched their connections from
the DCI c-Bridge to PNW. We will begin migration
of our PNW repeaters over to PNW to aid in the
more robust service provided by our own regional
servers. This process will likely take many months
as each repeater site must be visited for a quick
programming change in the repeater. The single
change for the repeaters is Master IP from:
18.104.22.168 to: 22.214.171.124. The new netwatch is:
General update on the 2017 repeater rollouts; 1)
Moses Lake will be installed (likely) on February 18th, a 100
watt MTR-3000 covering about 100 miles of I-90. 2)
Either Bellingham or a new Spokane area repeater will be
installed. 3) Baw Faw is in "planning stage" for the Summer of 2017.
Salem Oregon is still "planned" for 2017 but no further details
have been provided though weather related access is the
primary delay. We welcome individual efforts to
sponsor low level, fill in repeaters to join PNW DMR as
Repeaterbook.com is becoming a superior resource for
DMR repeater listings. It is far more than a
simple database of repeaters. RB now supports
information on talkgroups, timeslots, coverage maps,
highway coverage support and much more. It is a
recommended resource for the travelers and
visitors, especially so for DMR repeaters and c-Bridge
operations that do not have a web presence. Examples:
DMR Repeater Search or
The "On-Timers" for the following PTT talkgroups on
Washington West network have changed as follows:
All TAC's and the Bridge are now 5 minutes. This
will diminish the ability for these talkgroups to be
"live-streamed" but still allow ready access to the
talkgroups for active use if desired. Live-streaming can
be done on the web via Brandmeister for those who wish
to monitor a talkgroup without tying up a timeslot on
most of the PNW repeaters.
The SNARS talkgroup has been added to most of the Washington
repeaters. It will be on PTT 15 minutes on/ 3
minutes off or MCT.
No Oregon repeater owners have yet to sign on to
carrying this talkgroup as of today including the
southern border repeaters; Megler, Vancouver and Rainier. Check the
TG-Matrix for the
latest status on which managers carry which talkgroups.
The Moses Lake repeater is now a go.
Planning for an install in 1-2 months weather
permitting. This MTR-3000 repeater is expected to
provide about 100 miles of I-90
coverage between west of George to East of
Ritzville. North to South may be from Coulee City
to Connell. The Lookout Mtn repeater (Bellingham)
is now on the back burner due to winter weather.
Not-A-Net Gathering and
Best Practices are announced.
The Buxton repeater was installed today, is on air,
on network and appears to be operating properly.
The new Haystack repeater (KE7SFF) is now a PNW
affiliate and is capable of carrying these PNW
talkgroups: BC 1, I-5 1, Oregon 1, PNW 2 and Washington
1 & 2. The repeater is located at a solar powered
site so it's talkgroups may be on PTT.
The Rainier Hill (OR) repeater, N3EG, is now onsite,
on network and in service.
The Mazama (WA) VHF repeater is back in service after
Effective November 1st, PNW 2 will be carried on all
Hawaii TRBO repeaters PTT. So visitors to
Hawaiian Islands will then be able to phone home to All PNW repeaters as we
have PNW 2 on full time. Conversations can then
move over to a TAC talkgroup. We currently have
Hawaii 1 (their statewide) talkgroup on PTT here on the
Washington West network only.
Oregon North User Guide written by Loren N7KPU.
Update: The Longview (Washington) repeater is moving to Rainier
Hill (Oregon) on or about October 6. The frequency
will change to 441.7000. Coverage will be Portland
to Napavine. This essentially fills the last gap
in our I-5 Coverage in Washington. This is a
wonderful addition to the PNW network through the
efforts of Earl N3EG, Senior Systems Tech for Day
Wireless and with Day Wireless providing the site and
New PNW page of interest:
Getting started in PNW
DMR. Also added the Rainier Hill (Longview
area) to the talkgroup
Matrix. Those talkgroups still need to be
The Capitol Peak repeater is now back on high power,
new 7/8" Heliax and a new 4 bay folded dipole antenna.
This should be a significant upgrade in coverage since
the repeater was installed. Only item still on the
list is to move the antenna out a foot further out from
the tower leg and onto the east tower leg.
The Longview repeater joined PNW today.
Currently low level covering Longview, West Longview and
Kelso and a portion of the I-5 corridor as well.
But expected to be up at 1,100 feet on or around October
The Megler Oregon repeater was installed today.
Some antenna work to be done at a future date to enhance
PNW DMR received it's first donation from a user
today. Not sure at this time what attribution
to provide for that kindness, a list, anonymous list
with or without amount. Will consult and figure it
out. Still way astonishing cool!
Rob, AF7PR installed the Capitol Peak repeater today.
Currently on a temporary antenna at about 60 feet, AF7PR
and the tower crew will install the Heliax and antenna
40 plus feet higher on 9-22.
The Idaho and Oregon talkgroups have been patched
into the Brandmeister network.
The Capitol Peak repeater will be installed on 9-18
on a temporary antenna (60') and then on the 24th,
the new antenna and feed line will be installed just
above 100' on the tower. The Megler repeater is
scheduled for install on 9-24.
Added Interstate 5 talkgroup
The Scott Mtn repeater will be moving to Lookout Mtn at
some point after the Capitol Peak repeater is installed.
This installation on Lookout may be done some time later this year
but may wait until next year. The Scott Mtn
repeater will go dark in the latter half of October.
This is the expected coverage map for
Lookout. The coverage will be better
overall (especially for Bellingham) as Lookout is
1,022 feet higher and 20 miles north of Scott Mtn.
RepeaterBook Support: PNW and RepeaterBook
will be working more closely to support all the PNW
repeaters located in ID, OR, WA and BC. The
listings will soon be providing talkgroup information as
well as the ability to directly export repeater and
talkgroup information via CHIRP among other formats.
Check the listing for
Bremmerton - Gold Mtn repeater (click on: Show
Talkgroups or Coverage Map). More features are expected to be
supported soon, such as heat maps and routes. My
thanks to Garrett KD6KPC at RepeaterBook and Tom KD7LXL
for the support to the entire DMR community (and more!).
The Gold Mtn repeater is now fully functional. After
an aborted trip on 8-20 (gate locks changed), today with
a duplexer swap out by AF7PR, KE0CO and N7NFY, the
repeater is now operating properly and the project is
now complete. There may be a possible antenna
reorientation at some point in the future. This a
great addition to the Western Washington network.
Beaconing is enabled for anyone interested in Roaming.
The Gold Mtn repeater was installed. The 4
bay dipole antenna has an elliptical pattern oriented
North and South and was installed
at 150' thanks to the tower crew, Mike N3KPU and Daniel
KL7WM. All equipment provided by Rob AF7PR, site
access by Mike N7NFY and Internet by
Andy KK7TR did the duplexer and isolator tuning.
This was a 14 hour day for some of the install crew.
Checkout the updated
as well as the Washington combined
The Rx is numb and
another trip is planned for 8-20 correct that and tidy
up the installation. Next up are the Capitol Peak
and/or Megler repeaters. Oregon still has some
plans for more repeaters not yet listed in the repeater
table. There is some rumbling about a Coeur
D'Alene, Idaho repeater off in the distance as well.
Update on the pending repeaters: Capitol Peak now
has a frequency pair and should be installed soon, Gold Mtn will be installed soon, Goat Mtn is very close to
installation, Hebo will get a network update, then
Megler will be installed. A high level repeater
for the Eugene area is planned but no time frame is
known. That is the end of the coordinated repeater
growth by our admins. We welcome more area
repeaters added by individuals to enhance coverage.
A new talkgroup matrix
specific for PNW has been created and includes more
detail as well as less information not relevant to PNW.
Future network changes are outlined. Only repeater
owners or their network admins may make changes to the
talkgroups and other network settings. Contact
them directly if you wish to discuss changes to the
talkgroup lineup or in their settings. More
emphasis on MCT's
will appear on the new or newer IPSC networks.
The Mt Hood repeater is now on-network via a Verizon
wireless data connection. The repeater was
installed several months ago but was lacking Internet
The Spokane repeater moved from low level testing to its
Lookout Pt. Networking
was finished on the 18th and is now operating well
The Washington 1 talkgroup is now patched into the
Brandmeister network on a fulltime basis.
See the topic in our
Yahoo Group for more details.
The newest repeater to join PNW will be the
Bremerton repeater to be located on Gold Mtn.
It is expected to come online within the next month or
two. This repeater is made possible jointly by
Mike N7NFY and Rob AF7PR. Mike is providing the
Internet and Rob is
providing the Internet (possibly via HamWAN), XPR-8300
repeater and RF system, once again. A rough
heatmap has been generated and it is expected to
be added to the Baldi/Cougar/Scott roaming list.
Mt Vernon /
Scott Mtn repeater is now operational on a
Tx antenna 90 ft above the ground and the RX antenna at
140 ft (top of the tower) RF Output into the
feedline is about 70 watts.
Redmond Oregon /
Gray Butte repeater was
installed today and is now on the air and network.
The Oregon Regional Net is now running weekly on the
Oregon 1 talkgroup starting at 1930. Everyone is
welcome to check-in. If you are not on an Oregon
Group repeater, then it is a part time talkgroup (PTT),
so hit the pickle if you wish to join the net. The
c-Bridge scheduler may be implemented to enable the net
for 30 minutes on the other PNW network groups.
Day and time subject to change. If no there is no
NCS for the net, just jump in informally or take over
Capitol Peak repeater is now in the works with
by June possibly by July 2016. This is a joint effort by
the Oregon group led by Loren, KB7APU enabling the site
access and Internet. Rob, AF7PR will provide the
repeater and the complete RF system hardware.
Still details to pin down but should be OTA something
Mt Vernon /
Scott Mtn Repeater: Rob, AF7PR and Daniel, KL7WM
installed the repeater and associated equipment at the
site. The transmit ant is still needed to be
installed on the tower. The repeater is currently
on a dummy load and on the IPSC network, operating
perfectly. Possibly in the next week or 2, a
temporary antenna will be installed or less likely, the
permanent antenna at 100 feet up. The May 15 day
already planned may not be necessary.
Another repeater has joined the Oregon group today.
Woodburn and sponsored
by Jim, N7MAQ, it is now testing at low level until a
permanent site is arraigned. 442.8875, +5, CC1
DMR Lastheard Android app has been updated to
v1.06, available now in the Google Play Store. My
appreciation to Mike AF6FB for adding DCI to his app.
Mt Hebo repeater was installed today is now on
network and operating normally.
Hebo (Oregon) is scheduled for install on
3-26-16, weather permitting. Grey Butte and Mt
Hood are still not online, no updates at this time as
installs are in the hands of non-ham teams.
AF7PR is moving forward with the
Mt Vernon repeater (Scott Mtn) and underwriting all costs to bring this site on
the PNW network. The site has been secured,
440.925 is the frequency (at this point), the Rx antenna
will be at the top of a 140' tower and the Tx antenna
will be at 100' with ERP of approximately 175 watts.
The time frame is likely April to May of 2016.
DCI (and PNW) now have 2 talkgroups cross connected to
Brandmeister 3102 server.
TAC 1 and "the
Bridge" talkgroups are now connected
permanently. "the Bridge" is connected full time
on the BM side and currently is PTT on most PNW networks
(by request). TAC 1 is PTT on both DCI and BM.
Neither talkgroups will impact PNW as they are on PTT on
our side of the connection.
New repeater has been ordered for
Mt Hebo. This repeater will cover the
north coast of Oregon and parts of central state
including some stretches of I-5 North and South of
Salem. This repeater is in addition to the Mt Hood
and Gray Butte repeaters now awaiting only installation
at their sites.
Oregon will deploy 2 more repeaters,
Mt Hood and
Gray Butte in February and/or March. The repeaters are
programmed and awaiting installation at their respective
sites. More sites are planned for 2016.
We are tossing around the idea of
some sort of a "Meet and Greet"
sometime in 2016 for the repeater
groups and their users.
Take the survey and
read the topic to help us
plan or trash the idea.
PNW 2 was created to provide a place for longer or long
conversations that don't tie up the main timeslot 1.
It is full time on all PNW repeaters and it's use is
encouraged without limits. Washington 2 was used
for that purpose but now that Oregon has a large
presence, Washington statewides are less appropriate for
a general use talkgroup for all of the affiliated PNW
Our next Washington repeater will be Scott Mtn repeater,
near Mt Vernon WA this spring. The mobile coverage
should be from the Canadian border to Seattle.
Another repeater underwritten by Rob, AF7PR.
The new SLR-5700 slated for Timberline (Mt Hood, OR)
arrived today. Loren KB7APU had it on the network
and began testing at low level with the intention for it
to be on the hilltop before
February 2016. This will be the 3rd repeater in
the Portland group to come online in less than 2 months.
Several more are in the planning stage.
The Frailey repeater project is now officially off the
table. No further information is known.
The PNW 1 talkgroup is now full time on all PNW manager
and a feed has been shared with our British Columbia DMR
repeater neighbors as well. All statewide are full
time for instate repeaters and PTT for repeaters outside
of that state. Portland/Vancouver as the exception
as they are on the same manager and physically close in
spite of the state line. See 11-15-2015 entry
The Vancouver WA repeater on Larch Mtn was installed and
came on network about 0945 today. Larch is at 4000
feet and sports an MTR3000 repeater running about 85
watts. It is operating on the Portland/Vancouver
manager so all TG's are always in sync between the
Vancouver and Portland repeaters.
Reminder: The PNW 1 talkgroup plan will be
implemented on 1-1-2016. Washington 1 and
Washington 2 will switch to PTT for out of state
repeaters. With the addition of PNW 1, this will
enable the Wash talkgroups to operate as they were
originally intended, for routine in-state. PNW 1
will take over as the primary PNW network-wide go-to
talkgroup. Suggested: Program in Local 1 and
2, PNW 1 and Oregon 1 ASAP. If repeaters owners
adopt PNW 1 early, Wash talkgroup repeaters will switch
to PTT for the out-of-state sooner. Check out the
codeplugs for the various radios on the Yahoo Group as
some users have put in many hours in codeplugs that may
save you much effort.
New repeater: This afternoon the Portland (West
Hills) repeater joined the PNW network. This
repeater is located at Stonehenge (KGON tower) and has
HT coverage all over Portland as well as over 100 miles
of the I-5 travel corridor. This is a joint effort
by Jim N7MAQ and Loren KB7APU. Vancouver WA (Larch
Mtn) will join soon and 3 other repeaters are in
planning for 2016.
New webpage: Talkgroup
- How-to has been created. It
(tries) to explain how to use and understand the
workings of talkgroups. It also describes the
purpose of the talkgroups and caveats and restrictions
on their use.
The Oregon group will carry PNW 1 full time and
Washington 1 will be PTT 15/3. This means that PNW
1 is the PNW network's new Home channel or TG and that
Oregon will not necessarily hear any callers from
Washington 1. So use PNW 1 or call them on Oregon
1. PNW 1 will be made fulltime by 1-1-2016 on all
PNW managers. Major modification to the TG layout
on the PNW Homepage.
The PNW 1 talkgroup has been created. Now that
Washington is no longer the sole state in the network, a
PNW wide TG will now be the network's home base.
PNW 1 will not be distributed outside of our region.
More about this in
The Portland repeater has now morphed into a MTR-3000 in
Vancouver WA on Larch Mtn, 3500' with a coverage from
North of Salem OR to around Longview WA, about 90 miles
of I-5 coverage. ETA is about 2 weeks.
Portland is still a go but has some issues with securing
The Portland repeater is now testing but off-network.
It is expected to be on-network in early November.
More information as it develops.
10-22-2015: The North Tacoma
fill-in repeater is installed permanently and operating
normally on the network, though still needing a bit of
tweaking. Soon, the antenna is to rise another 18
feet, very significant for this low level site.
The Tacoma repeater supports roaming, currently
configured for 3 repeater overlap coverage. Users
with TRBO radios may wish to begin with -108 for HT's
and -105 for mobiles. Check with
for more details on his latest repeater deployment.
8-20-2015: The old mailing list
has been replaced by a new Yahoo Group:
PNW-DMR. All PNW updates will now be made
there. This is an interactive mailing list as well
as a decent source for and support of Pacific Northwest DMR.
It is being populated with codeplugs, heatmaps and other information now and you may
find it to be a decent reference in addition to the
list support. If you wish to join be sure to include your call
and location in the
comments when you request to join the list is the restricted to control SPAM
and focus support to the Pacific Northwest Networks.
7-2015: In an effort to
provide more versatility and better independent
repeater operation, Lynnwood and Spokane will be moving (or have
moved) to their
own managers on the c-Bridge. Local 1 and 2 will
then have a true local option. All TG's can be
customized to fit the repeater users needs and the coverage area. PNW TG's will still operate the same unless changes are
desired by the repeater owner or their users. No changes
are planned to the wide area Cougar/Baldi
machine combination except to support roaming. Fill-in repeaters will be able to make
use of the timeslot 3 & 4 concept if desired.
Roaming (repeater beaconing)
is likely to be
better supported by
west side Washington
repeaters in the future but for now, passive
roaming is available with beaconing currently on the Baldi and Tacoma repeaters. If you have a
TRBO radio, you may wish to program for roaming on "Washington 1"
and "I-5" now as those talkgroups are well suited for
our eventual roaming
The Oso/Frailey Mtn
project has stalled. It may be readdressed later
2 wide area San Diego repeaters joined the I-5 TG in
March 2015. One of our long term goals is to have
seamless I-5 travel corridor coverage in Washington with
legs into the Vancouver/Portland and Bellingham areas still to be worked out.
Hopefully, though the clock is ticking, by the end of the year
(2015), full coverage will
exist on the I-5 travel corridor from Portland to the
US/Canadian border and 40 miles north into Canada for
the greater Vancouver BC for over 200 miles
plus wide swaths East and West of the freeway corridors.
This is a big project so any help contributed by our
users would be appreciated.
The larger goal has been border to border coverage so any other repeaters in California and Oregon having I-5
coverage are welcome
to join the talkgroup.
Local 1 and Local 2 talkgroups are now on short 1 minute timers and
independent from the other Washington repeaters.
This means that conversations can be kept local to a single
repeater/manager for a true single site talkgroup.
Currently only Lynnwood and Mazama have this
configuration. Cougar/Baldi have locals tied
together and Spokane and Tacoma have yet to move to
managers. But once all set-up, each local will not
key up other locals unless another repeater user wishes to
PTT into the conversation. Then they are tied
together for another talkgroup for limited use on the
PNW network only. This is similar to the TAC 310 operation
but with only Washington repeaters having the
possibility of connecting in. Remember, Local is
primarily for same repeater users but can be used
intra-network if you maintain short TX cycles (or
kerchunk each minute).
As a user of PNW, a
c-Bridge account is typically available upon
request for access to an enhanced Netwatch
capability (check out the
Dashboard also). This account will provide a view of
all the peer repeaters as well as the active talkgroup
connection map. This is very useful to see exactly
where your transmissions are being routed and is a handy
diagnostic tool. Include your request for a simple
password if you have a preference. Minimal
Netwatch is always available without an account nor any
need to log into the c-Bridge.