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4-25-2017:  The Eugene Oregon repeater is scheduled for installation and testing on Prairie Peak on May 10th.  Wide area coverage will be I-5 from South of Eugene to North of Salem as well as coastal coverage from Florence to Newport.

4-14-2017:  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 move to Blossom Hill in late May to early June pending snow melt.

4-13-2017:  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.

4-10-2017:  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.

4-2-2017:  Announcing NVG 2017, firecracker or fizzle?...

3-26-2017:  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 Pinehurst ID.

3-14-2017:  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.

3-13-2017:  MCT use is expanding as the Washington West manager is updated throughout the Summer of 2017.  Please refer the PNW MCT Page for additional information.

3-12-2017:  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 these changes.

2-27-2017:  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.

2-15-2017:  The new PNW c-Bridge is now in production.  HamWAN 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: 198.133.242.10 to: 44.12.9.10.  The new netwatch is: netwatch.pnwdigital.net

1-26-2017:  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 well.

1-16-2017:  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 Baldi repeater

1-15-2017:  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.

1-3-2017:  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.

12-9-2016:  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.

12-3-2016:  The Not-A-Net Gathering and Best Practices are announced.

10-18-2016:  The Buxton repeater was installed today, is on air, on network and appears to be operating properly.

10-11-2016:  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.  More information

10-9-2016:  The Rainier Hill (OR) repeater, N3EG, is now onsite, on network and in service.

10-8-2016:  The Mazama (WA) VHF repeater is back in service after extended outage.

10-3-2016:  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.

10-3-2016:  Added the Oregon North User Guide written by Loren N7KPU.

9-30-2016:  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 Internet access.

9-29-2016:  New PNW page of interest: Getting started in PNW DMRAlso added the Rainier Hill (Longview area) to the talkgroup Matrix.  Those talkgroups still need to be decided.

9-28-2016:  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.

9-26-2016:  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 6, 2016

9-24-2016:  The Megler Oregon repeater was installed today.  Some antenna work to be done at a future date to enhance the coverage.

9-23-2016:  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!

9-19-2016:  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.

9-14-2016:  The Idaho and Oregon talkgroups have been patched into the Brandmeister network.

9-13-2016:  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.

9-12-2016:  Added Interstate 5 talkgroup coverage maps.

9-7-2016:  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.

8-30-2016: 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!).

8-28-2016: 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.

8-13-2016: 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 HamWAN.  Andy KK7TR did the duplexer and isolator tuning.  This was a 14 hour day for some of the install crew.  Checkout the updated heatmap as well as the Washington combined coverage map.

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.

7-26-2016: 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.

7-23-2016: 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.

7-21-2016: 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 connectivity.

7-17-2016: The Spokane repeater moved from low level testing to its site on Lookout Pt.  Networking was finished on the 18th and is now operating well on-network!

7-3-2016: 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.

6-16-2016: 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 site access/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.

5-22-2016: The 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.

5-17-2016:  The Redmond Oregon / Gray Butte repeater was installed today and is now on the air and network.

5-3-2016:  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 the throttle.

5-1-2016:  The Olympia / Capitol Peak repeater is now in the works with deployment 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 this summer.

4-30-2016:  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.

4-16-2016:  Another repeater has joined the Oregon group today.  Located in Woodburn and sponsored by Jim, N7MAQ, it is now testing at low level until a permanent site is arraigned.  442.8875, +5, CC1

3-31-2016:  The 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.

3-26-2016:  The Hebo / Mt Hebo repeater was installed today is now on network and operating normally.

3-17-2016: The 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.

3-12-2016:  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.

3-7-2016:  DCI (and PNW) now have 2 talkgroups cross connected to the US 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.

3-5-2016:  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.

2-13-2016:  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.

1-28-2016:  MEET-UP?  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.

2-5-2016:  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 groups.

1-8-2016:  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.

1-8-2016:  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.

1-5-2016:  The Frailey repeater project is now officially off the table.  No further information is known.

12-7-2015:  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 below...

12-4-2015:  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.

12-1-2015:  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.

11-25-2015:  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.

11-25-2015:  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.

11-24-2015:  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.

11-15-2015:  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 PNW-DMR.

11-13-2015:  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 Internet access.

10-22-2015:  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 Rob AF7PR 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 standard mailing 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 support.

The Oso/Frailey Mtn project has stalled.  It may be readdressed later in 2015.

3-2015:  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 our last 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 their waiting 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.

 

Revised: 04/25/2017 08:35

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