The Princeton repeater is alive on the Brandmeister network and will be moving to is now at 442.500 CC3. The repeater is an MTR2000 with modifications to support DMR among other modes. it’s solid Motorola hardware with the MMDVM conversions board from “rptr builders” allowing P25, D-Star, Fusion and of course DMR. It’s currently running at 50 watts and at 442.5 442.5125but a minor move in frequency is expected. The antenna is 9Dbi and stands at about 55ft.
If you hear Bill W9YZI, be sure to say hello and let everyone know if you have worked his repeater.
It’s been discussed on this evenings net that some services on Brandmeister have been limited because “there’s no free ride”. I’ll disagree that money has anything to do with removing services. This is a hobby for all of us. I have repeaters on the air because I enjoy the technology. It’s unlikely I’d stop doing this with money being the motivator. But in any case, supporting your local repeater and network is a great idea. One issue to understand is we are each operating independently. I have 3 systems on the air and two under construction. Duluth is often delayed because of the shear distance, weather, tower limitations, lack of internet… White Bear Lake Township was delayed for water tower painting and this happened to also include the disposal of about $4500 dollars of hard-line being placed in the trash. Maybe Money is a factor??? Minnetonka and Chaska are my repeaters but the site and Internet are provided by Don Rice. The Bloomington system is hosted by the City of Bloomington on their radio tower. The duplexers are valued at $600. (You can buy cheaper, but there are significant performance differences). The repeaters are $2500 new and I have been buying second hand equipment at about 1k.
I’d like to leave a list of people who support DMR in our area, but I’m sure I’d forget someone. You can paypal myself at email@example.com I don’t have paypal addresses for anyone else. Dave KE0NA supports our Motorola users with his programming software and codeplug assistance. Galen KC0BBK supports the community by buying dozens of china radios and creating codeplugs for the community. Nagi N0AGI has a couple of repeaters? Had a couple? Hennepin Co provides a site and maybe owns that repeater now. Bill KD0YRF owns a repeater or two and provides a CBridge. Adam is administering that Bridge… (Largely I’m guessing here)… Matt N0YNT with a couple partners runs the system at the UofM and maybe one or two additional sites? Terry has two sites, one in St Paul, another North East of there? Maybe another? Don N0BVE has systems at the Airport and Downtown Minneapolis. He’s had a hand in other installations. He provides locations and Internet for two of mine. Carl has a repeater at his home in Bloomington that’s portable and available for disaster support. Dan KC0CAP has Litchfield. there’s plenty of systems outside the metro. There’s on going expenses for activities like the BBQ, the HamFest appearances… There are 3 significant networks involved. Brandmeister, K4USD and MN.DMR(KD0YRF). They each have on going expenses. If you can provide financial support, please contact those who are providing the services you use.
So it seems certain people in the DMR community have it in for the DV4Mini. I’m a prior owner and have had my fill of problems. I was happy to have sold mine. For some, they’re happy with it. I didn’t have a good experience. Anyhow, on this evenings Wednesday Night DMR net at 7pm on Minnesota Statewide, there was discussion about recent problems and it appears the US managers of the 4 nodes in the United States disabled support for the TG4999 reflector service.
Here’s a link to another article with some additional information:
2019 The St Cloud Amateur Radio Club is having their Annual Hamfest February 9th 2019 at the St Cloud Armory
General admissions $8.00 Large Swap meet with radios, antennas, computers and more. Ham Radio testing will be offered and your admission enters you into a chance to win Door Prizes! You can visit their website for more information https://w0sv.club/hamfest
Information provided by Chad Gross. You can email the club @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Motorola Mototrbo code plugs for the following models have been updated:
XPR 7550e (new)
XPR 5550H (new, VHF)
XPR 4550 (new, VHF)
XPR 6550 (new, VHF)
Here is a summary of the revisions in this release:
All Brandmeister Network connected Repeater and Hotspot Zones channels have been aligned with Galen, KC0BBK’s code plugs
Two South Central Minnesota Repeater Network (SCMN) KD0TGF repeaters, LEM1 and LEM2 have been added to all code plugs and the fleet map
The University of Minnesota (UoM) repeater Zone had been added back as a Brandmeister repeater
The code plug for Motorola model XPR 5550He has been refreshed from a firmware updated radio so that user radios can load it
Most DMR-MARC, K4USD, BrandMeister and DMRPlus talkgroups are available in “Contacts > Digital” for the convenience of those who want to customize their code plugs.
The “P” and “M” after your name in contacts follow the original DMR-MARC convention for Portable (P) and Mobile (M) ID assignment, they do not represent your middle or last name initial. This keeps the Subscriber ID unique for the two allowable by DMR-MARC.
The following Subscriber ID’s have been added to contacts:
3127618 NR0L Neill A Johnson Maple Grove
3127619 AD0IV Kevin M Crisp Farmington
3127620KE0QKYJustin L HicksNew Ulm
3127621 KF7PLN Kevin Robert Daly St. Paul
3127622 KC0VTW Theodore D Berquam Motley
3127623 KE0KPV Joseph M Hilton Saint Paul
3127624 KD0SFH Timothy Georgi Minneapolis
3127625 KD0WTB Jason Buckingham Chaska
3127626 N0GYT Riley Scott Saint Paul
3127627 KB0BRO Patrick J Burke Warroad
3127628 KE0QWW Robert W Beier Owatonna
3127629 K0MWB Matthew Beckwell Wawina
3127630 K0WFS Russell L Ramirez Otsego
3127631 KE0AZY Peter Zimmerman Apple Valley
MN DMR code plugs and FLEET MAP can be accessed at thisLINK.