Amateur Radio: DMR

Revised 2020-05-26

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Current Pi-Star version is 4.1.2 / 20200526

  1. Get your amateur radio license…
  2. Want to learn how to get onto DMR? Start by reading…
    1. Amateur Radio Notes by KE0FHS (comprehensive introduction to and reference information, a must read)
    2. And get to the Colorado HD Net (all things digital)
  3. Get/Register a DMR ID
    1. Americas, Asia, Middle East, Oceania et al—everywhere other than Europe and Africa
    2. Europe and Africa
  4. Networks
    1. BrandMeister Network
      1. BrandMeister Explained
      2. BrandMeister News
      3. BrandMeister Talkgroups
      4. Hoseline
        — If your browser fails to produce audio, try another browser. My situation? Chrome fails, but Opera works on Win7 and DuckDuckGo works on Android. It makes no sense.
        — Some links below to lesser known talkgroups are simply to see if there is activity, and may not remain here. So many unused talkgroups, yet more are added each month. Ridiculous. Sigh…
        — Around 20 Feb 2020 Hoseline failed with a "502 Bad Gateway" error message. A message in Telegram stated that the developer is no longer interested in the project. A subsequent message says Hoseline may or may not work. As of late February there was no definative word. As of mid-March some functionally has returned. For now, the links below will remain.
        1. TG 91 Worldwide (Info)
        2. TG 310 TAC 310 (Info)
        3. TG 311 TAC 311 (Info)
        4. TG 310 TAC 312 (Info)
        5. TG 3108 Colorado (Info)
        6. TG 3134 New Jersey (Info)
        7. TG 3142 Pennsylvania (Info)
        8. TG 31012 QuadNet (Info) (QuadNet2 USA IRC Network)
        9. TG 31083 Colorado Severe Weather (Info)
        10. TG 31084 Mountain Skynet (Info)
        11. TG 31088 Colorado HD (Info)
        12. TG 31340 CNJHAM | Central New Jersey Hams (Info) K2IE Multiproticol
        13. TG 31360 TriState (Info)
        14. TG 31482 South Texas (Info)
        15. TG 31625 The Hangout SPot (Info)
        16. TG 31648 DMR Info Network (Info)
        17. TG 31660 Ocean County (Info)
        18. TG 31672 Pi-Star Chat (Info)
        19. TG 31801 The Gathering Spot (Info)
        20. TG 31802 Chat Lounge (Info)
        21. TG 31803 Secret Talk Group (Info)
        22. TG 98003 Reddit (Info) (KM8V)
      5. BrandMeister Bans
      6. CCS7 User Database (search by call or DMR ID)
      7. Changelog (network software changes) New
      8. Digital Communications Interconnect
        1. Talkgroups
      9. Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)
      10. Discovering DMR by KE0FHS
      11. DMR Learning Series by KD8TWG
      12. DMR Learning Series by K8JTK
      13. DMR-MARC
        1. Worldwide Talkgroups
      14. DMR For Dummies
      15. Ham Digital
      16. Last Heard New
        1. 3021 Canada
        2. 31088 CO HD
        3. 31360 TriState
      17. Messaging New
      18. Server Locations in USA
      19. Server Masters
      20. Talkgroup Activity Aggregator | K3HEX (Easy-to-read last-heard one–page overview)
      21. Talkgroups (Download CSV etc list using buttons atop page)
      22. Twitter @BMMasterStatus (monitors status of BrandMeister servers)
      23. Weirdness (changing master servers…)
    2. HBLink (HBLink provides a suite of programs for building and extending existing networks.)
      2. HBlink for Python3
      3. HBlink Monitoring Server: ColoradoHD.31088
      4. Make Your Own DMR Server
    3. T G I F Network
      1. Pi-Star Configuration for T G I F
      2. T G I F Forum
      3. T G I F Lands in Pi-Star
      4. T G I F through the DMRGATEWAY (older method)
      5. T G I F Talkgroups
      6. T G I F Windows
  5. Contact Lists
    2. DMR Contact List Download
  6. Hotspots
    — The following includes a select list of hotspots, based upon conversations with persons whose opinions I and friends trust. The list is not comprehensive. Links are not endorsements. Buyer beware. Your mileage may vary.
    1. DMRspot
    2. Hotspots by Ailunce
    3. Hotspot Offset Calibration | K9NPX
    4. MMDVM Duplex Hotspot | Commswg
    5. SharkRF openSPOT
    6. ZUMspot & MMDVM Demo Page
    7. ZUMspot Raspberry Pi Info and Setup
    8. ZUMspot—DMR Hotspot
  7. Time Converter
  8. Nets
    1. Sunday
    2. Monday
      1. PAPA DMR Roundtable: TG 3106 (Mon 2000 Pacific time)
    3. Tuesday
      1. Colorado Digital MultiproticolColorado HD Hotspot Discussion Net: TG 31088 (Tue 1930 Mountain time – 2130 Eastern – excellent!)
        1. Colorado HD Net Recordings
        2. Telegram (secure online chat)
        3. TG31088 Net Check-in
        4. Colorado Digital HD Net Resources
      2. DMR Information Net: TG 31648 (Tue 1930 Central time, net control KC5RJL)
      3. East Coast Reflector Tech & Swap-Shop Net (Tue 2000 Eastern time)
      4. North Star Digital Net: TG 31630 (Tue 2100 Eastern time—DMR news, discussion et al; net control WA2UMP)
    4. Wednesday
    5. Thursday
      1. NJ Emergency Communications Team Net: TG 3134 (Thu 1900 Eastern time— emergency comms purpose; net control K2HES)
      2. Tidewater (VA) DMR Net: TG 31515 (Thu 2100 Eastern time—DMR news, discussion et al; net control WZ4K)
      3. 31171 Net: TG 31171 (Thu 2000 Central time—general purpose net, see link for additional multiproticol inputs; net control KB9TZQ)
      4. #redditnet FakeHam LIDNet: TG 98003 (Thu 2130 Eastern time—fun and sometimes silly)
    6. Friday
    7. Saturday
      1. F-troop: TG 505005 (Sat 0000 UTC – general purpose net) (also on AllStar/Echolink)
    8. Lists, Other Sources
      1. KE0FHS: DMR Nets
      2. K4KNJ: Ham Radio DMR Nets ( on Telegram)
      3. N8NQP : Digital Repeater System Calendar : Nets
      4. NEX-GEN: DMR Nets
      5. Quadnet2 Nets
      6. Rickey: DMR Nets
      7. Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society | SNARS : Nets
      8. W0WC: BrandMeister DMR Nets New
  9. Pi–Star
    1. BrandMeister API
    2. BrandMeister Talkgroup List
    3. Color Schema
    4. CW ID
      1. Cautionary MMDVM Tale
      2. Pi-Star CW ID
    5. Forums
    6. FCS Reflectors
    7. Github: Andy Taylor (explore the inner workings of Pi-Star)
    8. Pi-Star Users Support Group
    9. Hotspot Interface
    10. Make a Full Pi-Star Image File
    11. MMDVM Scrolling Logo
    12. MMDVMCAL
    13. Pi-Star Colors
    14. Pi–Star Deep Dive (podcast) Streaming audio
    15. Pi–Star Notes by KE0FHS
      1. Changing a hotspot frequency (Avoid satellite frequencies; hotspot may be blocked from operating.)
      2. Expanding the filesystem
      3. Playing with Pi-Star | …setting up and using Pi-Star for the first time
        1. Recommended Windows Software | SD Card Tools
      4. Remote commands
      5. SSH Access to Pi-Star
      6. Updating and upgrading Pi-Star
      7. Updating hotspot firmware via Pi-Star
      8. Updating to Pi-Star V4
      9. Pi-Star 4.1 Release Candidate Problems
    16. Remote Commands | Shutdown & Reboot New
    17. Road to the MMDVM Streaming video
    18. Updating and upgrading Pi-Star
    19. Wiki
  10. Private Calls & SMS Text Messaging New
  11. Radios
    1. Anytone AT-D878UV
      1. Anytone.DE (firmware et al)
      2. Anytone Config Builder
      3. How to Set Up Anytone 878 DMR Roaming Streaming video
      4. Modifications
      5. Modifications, hints, tips and technical information…
    2. Baofeng (alternate)
      1. Baofeng Cheat Sheet
    3. Retevis
    4. TYT MD-380
      1. Scanning (setting up scan lists on 380/390)
    5. TYT MD-UV380
      1. Comments on the TYT MD-UV380 Updated
      2. 60 Days with the TYT MD-UV380 (source: HVDN)
      3. Firmware Update: TYT MD-UV380/390 Update 17.05 (also CPS software) (source: HVDN)
      4. Teardown & Comparison: TYT MD-UV380: Part 1 & Part 2 (source: HVDN)
  12. Raspberry Pi
  13. Reflectors
    1. Colorado Digital Multiprotocol Reflector Gateway #31088
    2. DCI c-Bridge Netwatch – Active Talker & Last Heard List
    3. KC5HWB CBridge 2.0 NetWatch (Home)
    4. Netwatch NJ-TRBO
    5. Pi-Star Multi-Reflector #31672
      1. What is the Pi-Star Multi-Reflector?
    6. XLX Multiproticol Gateway Reflector | KC2IDB
  14. Repeaters
    1. DMR Repeaters, Area List
    2. Frequency (Repeater) Coordinating Councils—USA & Canada
  15. Repeater Networks
    1. K4USD Network
    2. N2JTI NJ-NY-PA DMR Ham Radio Network
    3. N2NSA NY Metro DMR Repeater Network
    4. WR3IRS Interstate Repeater System
  16. Resources
    1. Amateur Radio Guide to Digital Mobile Radio pdf
    2. Basics of DMR Digital Mobile Radio | Radioddity
    3. Codeplugs
    4. CQ DMR Map by EA2CQ
    5. Dealers
      — A select list of dealers, based upon conversations with persons whose opinions I and friends trust, selling DMR radios. The list is not comprehensive. Links are not endorsements. Buyer beware. Your mileage may vary.
      1. Amateur Radio Toys
      2. Bridgecom Systems
      3. Buy Two Way Radios
      4. Connect Systems Inc
      5. Let's Get Ready
      6. Smraza (Raspberry Pi)
    6. DMR Shack | DMR Blog and Review
    7. DMR Shack | DMR to YSF
    8. DMRTexas
    9. First Coast DMR
    10. Ham Radio Concepts Streaming video
    11. Ham Radio DMR | Telegram New
    12. Ham Radio 2.0 (more videos) Streaming video
    13. Hotspot—Hardware Network Switch: BrandMeister–DMR Marc
    14. Hudson Valley (NY) Digital Network
    15. Introduction to DMR | Tait Radio Academy (Series of videos; commercial, but useful—have a look) Streaming video
    16. N5AMD's Digital Voice Resource
    17. Reddit: DMR
    18. Powerwerx Software Downloads (radios, USB cable drivers, firmware, DMR contact CSV files, codeplugs)
    19. Roger Clark, Freelance IT Consultant & Developer — OpenGD77 Project
      1. OpenGD77 Forum
        OpenGD77 conversations have mostly moved to the BrandMeister talkgroup 98977.
    20. Using APRS on DMR…
    21. VA2PV Ham Radio Video Playlist Streaming video
    22. Additional Digital Resource Materials
  17. SMS Text Messaging New
  18. Software
    1. Codeplug; Building a…
      — There are numerous YouTube videos but I prefer the printed word. Your mileage may vary.
      1. DMR Codeplug 1.0.1 | K3NXU
      2. How to Build a Code Plug | K9NPX
    2. Codeplug; Organizing a…
      —Choosing talkgroups and grouping them into zone lists.
    3. Codeplugs; Sample…
      — Codeplugs are enigmas. Whereas it is best to learn to build your own codeplug, looking at samples can help. These repositories may be helpful. Third-party codeplug editors (below) can convert file formats and make global changes.
      — If using a sample codeplug, you may have to change the hotspot simplex frequency to conform to your area's bandplan, cf. USA & Canadian Frequency Coordinators.
      1. Anytone Codeplugs by State (see warning)
      2. Colorado Digital Codeplugs
      3. DMR at Foxhollow
      4. DMR Starter Codeplugs… | Miklor
      5. DMRTexas National Codeplugs
      6. DMRTexas User-contributed Codeplugs
      7. DMR-Utah Codeplugs
      8. Florida Digital Amateur Radio Network Codeplugs
      9. Hoosier DMR Codeplug Vault
      10. Hudson Valley Digital Network Codeplug Repository
      11. Minnesota DMR Codeplugs
      12. N2JTI NJ-NY-PA & WR3IRS DMR Codeplugs
      13. TYT MD-UV380/390 Basic Codeplug | Parker (CO) Radio Assn
    4. Codeplug Editors
      — FYI. I haven't evaluated or thoroughly tested all editors. See my notes. Back up your codeplug file(s) before using an editor. I like, use and support N0GSG's software; recommended.
      1. DMR CPS Programmer by DL5MCC
      2. DMR Config—Command Line Editor (Win/Linux/Mac OS) by KK6ABQ
      3. Editcp—Codeplug Editor by WJ2O (manipulate codeplugs)
      4. N0GSG Contact Manager (manipulate codeplugs)
      5. TYT Codeplug Editor by G6AMU (manipulate codeplugs)
    5. SD Card Tools
      — I suggest using 16gb Class 10 SanDisk or PNY cards. Don't depend upon the cheap no-name cards found in some hotspots, including those from China.
      1. SD Memory Card Formatter
      2. Win32 Disk Imager

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