Sample Code Plugs

DMR Radios are configured using “Code Plugs”, which define the repeaters, talk groups, and other settings used by the radio to communicate. Every manufacturer uses their own format, which may or may not be compatible with similar models. Though this model of programming allows a large amount of customization for a given radio, it is also very time intensive – and unlike analog and some digital modes, you must program a DMR radio with a code plug before it will work.

Below are a number of template code plugs for different radio models, pre-programed with the NorCal BrandMeister repeaters, to help you get started with your own code plug.

An Important Note about DMR IDs

When using the code plugs below, you must be sure to update the Radio ID (or similarly named) field in your radio’s Customer Programming Software with your own DMR ID. Failure to do so will mean your radio will appear to belong to a different radio amateur on the network, assuming it works at all. You only need one DMR ID for all of your radios.

The global DMR ID registry is maintained by DMR-MARC on behalf of the amateur radio community.
If you don’t have a DMR ID, request one here.

Code Plug Downloads

FileDescriptionDate addedFile sizeDownloads
Motorola XPR-VHF-7550Created by W6GTT
August 30, 2016 10:03 PM 56 KB 116
Motorola XPR-7550-UHF-norcal-brandmeister-09092016-ctbCreated by K6SIA
September 9, 2016 7:41 AM 1 MB 114
Motorola XPR-5550-UHF-norcal-brandmeister-09092016-ctbCreated by K6SIA
September 9, 2016 7:45 AM 1 MB 102
tyt-md380-uhf-norcal-brandmeister-rdtCreated by W6AWD
October 20, 2016 9:34 PM 6 KB 184
tyt-md390g-uhf-norcal-brandmeister-rdtCreated by W6AWD
October 20, 2016 9:34 PM 6 KB 105
tera-uhf-livermore-v01Created by NN6H
October 20, 2016 9:37 PM 6 KB 74
my-xpr7550e-vhf-ham-only-no-id-ctbCreated by AA4JK
October 29, 2016 8:09 AM 104 KB 70
tera-tr7200-vhf-norcal-brandmeister-v2-epmCreated by WB6PFJ
November 3, 2016 7:29 AM 6 KB 58
tera-tr7200-vhf-norcal-brandmeister-w-simplex-and-fpp-channels-epmCreated by WB6PFJ
November 3, 2016 7:29 AM 7 KB 64
generic-norcal-md380-uhf-20161103bCreated by AE6TT
November 3, 2016 8:50 AM 17 KB 128

More Codeplugs

Numerous websites and organizations publish Code Plugs for other operators to use.

PAPA System
Southern California's PAPA System publishes code plugs for several radio models, covering SoCal, Arizona, and Nevada.

US DMR Codeplugs
Joseph Rowe, WJ0WE, runs, which hosts code plugs for many radio models, and covers almost every US State.

Programming Software

DMR Radio Programming software (often known as "CPS") varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some companies, such as Motorola, require a subscription for their software. Many other companies (Hytera, TYT, Connect Systems, etc.) make their software available for free.

If you need programming software, contact the radio's manufacturer or check their website. Canada's VA3XPR maintains a repository of firmware and CPS downloads for many different models on their website as well.