PNW DMR Tri-Cities
DMR has arrived for the Tri-Cities
The PNW DMR Network has installed a DMR repeater
at Jump Off Joe, south of Kennewick.
This is an open
repeater as are all of the 48 repeaters in our network located around
the Pacific Northwest region. There are no fees, dues or other
costs required to use our repeaters and network. Membership is
free. All you need to do is join our
PNW IO Group.
repeater is on the air on 145.42500, +1Mhz. The noise
floor is significant and after 3 trips we have HT coverage
from Richland to Tri-Cities.
We will be operating on a temporary
antenna until mid November when we will have a tower crew install the
new commercial antenna at the top of the tower, feeding it with 7/8" Heliax.
Program your radio for: 146.425
Rx and 147.425 Tx and Color Code 1 if you understand codeplug
programming. There are many more settings needed so we highly
recommend you use our 878 codeplug (now
available). "Cascades East 1" is our main talkgroup for
Eastern Washington. For testing, use the "Parrot 1"
talkgroup, our network wide Echo Server.
The PNW DMR Network actively supports
EmComm operations, routine or emergency as well as public safety and
community service activities. We have talkgroups designed to
support local area events, statewide Washington or wider yet, all of
Washington, the region, even worldwide.
dual band HT is
the recommended radio as it is Part 90 type accepted for commercial,
business and public service use as well as ham radio. This is
likely the best HT for DMR hams based on it's performance and cost.
PNW DMR has very special pricing available to our members (well under
Amazon's lowest price including the tax/shipping).
We have created a special Tri-Cities
starter or demonstration codeplug for use in the AT-D878UV and have made it
available to the new Tri-Cities users so that they can get on to DMR will a minimum of effort.
We have all the talkgroups including a a few local FM repeaters, FM
broadcast, NOAA weather radio and all 68,395 North America digital
contacts. Be sure to change to your radio ID and if using APRS,
then your Call, SSID, and comment line.
We have about 25
available in the zone for this repeater including 2 local only talkgroups that only reach out
locally only to the
Tri-Cities repeater. Then some that connect to all of statewide Washington
PNW DMR repeaters and then more that
connect to the entire network here in the Pacific Northwest or around the
Please give serious consideration to
the D878UV rather than buying the cheapest radio out there. There
are many good reasons to invest in the 878, user satisfaction at it's
price point is deservedly high. We have very special pricing PNW
DMR members, more information is available on our
PNW IO Group.
If you wish to learn more about DMR
generally and PNW DMR operations more specifically, check out these
informational files in the box below. Don't let them scare you
away. DMR does have a steep learning curve. This is prime
reason we are providing a custom codeplug for the Tri-Cities area, to
get new uses up that ramp more quickly and efficiently.
Or go to our homepage at:
Tri-Cities Starter/Demonstration Codeplug for the AT-D878UV
(CPS v1.3 FW v1.13)
All TC talkgroups,
68,935 NA contacts, Rx Groups, Scan, Local Analog repeaters,
APRS, FM & NOAA Weather
Anytone 868, 878 Quickstart Guide //
Anytone 868, 878 Programming Guide
The talkgroups available, or Talkgroup Deck as we call it,
is still being finalized. However, this is a rough outline of what the final will look like.
Please check at the Matrix, for complete up-to-date changes that might come over
the next several weeks, as we clean up the back end of the installation.
For an explanation of the purposes behind the
|Timer Legend .-
Decoding that 4th column in the above Talkgroup List - not
overly important starting out
||Standard Fulltime TG with 3 minute HO's
(hold-off timers) on all same slot TG's. This is an old
and rare animal now as it takes extensive time to program the
c-Bridge for all the possible combination or timers.
||Standard Fulltime TG with partial 3 minute HO's
(hold-off timers) on all same slot TG's, this is more the
standard configuration on our newer repeater managers.
||PTT (Push-to-Talk or Part-Time-Talkgroup)
for 15 minutes of On-Time with partial 3 minute HO's (Hold-Off timers)
and also MCT capability.
||PTT TG, on 5 minutes on a MCT repeater
network (No or few HO's programmed)
||2 minutes of On-time with no HO's or MCT
This heatmap is what we
expect to have at this time. This coverage will only
improve with the addition of the new higher commercial antenna
similar to a Station Master