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DCI and PNW are DMR networks of amateur Radio repeaters that are independently owned and operated.  DCI and PNW reserve the right to, at any time, make changes, with or without notice to enhance or restrict repeater access/hosting, data, talkgroup or user access.  DCI and PNW also reserves the right to remove your access or block your use or use by any of your users on or through the DCI and PNW networks, at any time, with or without notice. 

DCI and PNW Repeater owners and users must use a valid user ID issued by DMR MARC.  Any use of unsanctioned or custom talkgroups is forbidden without the express approval of the repeater owner with written notice and written concurrence to DCI and PNW.

DCI and PNW are not public utilities nor common carriers. DCI and PNW are private Amateur Radio networks of private Amateur Radio repeaters which allow use by most licensed Amateur Radio Operators under a not-for-profit environment, subject to control or restriction by individual and independent repeater owners or their trustees and/or c-Bridge owners or their administrators who may enable/disable transport of repeater traffic and user access. 

Your use or continued use of any repeater connected to the DCI and PNW networks, any of our transport networks directly or indirectly or this website infers no right to any continued use of any repeaters or transport networks. Any of our radio and/or network assets may be withdrawn at any time for any reason without notice or recourse to you as a repeater owner/administrator or any or all of your users. 

Encryption is not permitted; your repeater will be most certainly be blocked from our networks and your radio ID's blocked from the DCI and PNW networks with or without notice. 

What this means in Ham parlance: If you play in our sandbox, then you must play nicely, get along with others and then you may use our infrastructure, if you can't abide by our terms of service, then you cannot use our stuff.

While all of the above is arguably not the general Ham approach to Ham Radio that I have known for the past 45 years, please give a tip of the hat to K1DMR, for which is the basis for its creation.


The TOS statement above has been added primarily because a ham (Kenneth Bryant, K1DMR), incredibly, filed a lawsuit in 2015 and is continuing his prosecution of those NCPRN repeater and c-Bridge owners (see the directory for more links and files) because his access to NCPRN was restricted due to his (alleged) commercial/business related use of their network and repeaters.  See the GoFundMe Campaign and consider a donation to support Scott's (KF4DBW) defense.  By doing so, you really are supporting your local repeater owners and the c-Bridge administrators and...believe it or not, all users.  Make a contribution, as little as $5 to $10 to get updates from the GFM campaign.  Include your name and call sign to show your public support if at all possible.

To be very clear, you would be supporting yourself as it is us (you, me and Scott, etc) who provide the repeaters, c-Bridges, website and the networking to any ham at no cost.  It will affect you directly if you simply discount or ignore this issue. Fewer repeaters will be deployed and/or more will go to a closed access format to insulate themselves from hams who wish to do business in the Ham arena. Please educate yourself by reading from the links above.

Skip your dinner out one time and send that money to support the defense of this outrageous case repeater owner or network admin.    -- Mike, NO7RF

 

UPDATE 1:  November 17, 2016: Lawsuit settled short of trial, colossal waste of money, but no precedent set:
 

In the matter of Kenneth Bryant v. NCPRN, Scott Whitaker and Wade Hampton, Jr., this issue has been resolved.  We regret this matter occurred and acknowledge that it could have been handled better, and regret some of the unfortunate public comments made pertaining to this litigation and to Mr. Bryant.  It is in the best interests of Amateur Radio that this matter be resolved without further litigation.

Network privileges for Kenneth Bryant are restored.

The parties ask the community not to discuss this matter further.

 

UPDATE 2:  December 09, 2016:  The GoFundMe campaign has been terminated...a total of $6,625 was collected, much less than the $15,000 to $20,000 of costs that Bryant caused just this single defendant in defense of the lawsuit.

 

UPDATE 3:  July 12, 2019:  3 years later, I find that Bryant now has on his QRZ page (April 28, 2019), in part, the following text:

RE: Lawsuit Against NCPRN (filed on behalf of, and in support of, the Amateur Radio Community)
For anyone truly interested in the facts of the matter, rather that hearsay from someone who has never read the court file, please contact me and I will be happy to provide you with court documents in the case via email.  Many individuals were duped into donating to a Go Fund Me campaign started by Mike Shirley, NO7RF, based on false and misleading information about the case.  Since it was questionable about how these donations were obtained, I had asked that these funds totalling almost $7k be donated to the ARRL Youth Education Fund (which is dedicated to fostering new hams from childhood ranks) but the Defendants refused.  In any event, the matter has reached a final outcome and here is the latest update posted on the NC PRN website dated November 17, 2016:


"In the matter of Kenneth Bryant v. NCPRN, Scott Whitaker and Wade Hampton, Jr., this issue has been resolved. We regret this matter occurred and acknowledge that it could have been handled better, and regret some of the unfortunate public comments made pertaining to this litigation and to Mr. Bryant. It is in the best interests of Amateur Radio that this matter be resolved without further litigation.  Network privileges for Kenneth Bryant are restored.  The parties ask the community not to discuss this matter further." [original emphasis retained]

 

The first paragraph quoted above under Update #3 from Bryant's QRZ page (4-8-2016) is much a mischaracterization of the case as well as my support for the defendants and the ham radio community.  Bryant filed this case for himself as he was not satisfied after he was banned from the NCPRN network.  You may make your own determination on who truthful by simply reading the documents that I made available during the course of the lawsuit.  I read the pleadings and the later filed documents.  Bryant has never made the court file publicly available.   I founded the GoFundMe page and all money raised went directly to the defendant(s) with no strings on how it may be used in their defense.

Some of the links (above and in the directory) are no longer valid after 3 years but the basic information is unchanged.  Had Bryant prevailed in his lawsuit, it could have set president or case law that would cause current and potential repeater owners, c-Bridge owners and manager in the DMR world to reconsider deploying a repeater or network as they more easily prevail when some wingnut gets his panties in a twist. 

$20,000 was spent by 1 defendant  to defend against Bryant's lawsuit and what came of it?  At the bottom line, it was the settlement agreement and the above statement.  The ham community is fortunate that Bryant did not prevail.  Bryant has since violated his own settlement agreement by his posting of more comment on his QRZ page, that content which further bolsters the defendants original reason for banning Bryant's activities on the NCPRN network.