Author: K6BIV

Suggest RX Group

With the increase of DMR traffic in Northern California, there are now 3 Northern Cal TG’s in use.

NorCal TG31068
5150 TG95150
DMR of Anarchy TG31666

By creating a RX Group with these 3 TG’s in it and adding it to the 3 channels, you will not miss traffic while you are monitoring. Hold-off timers will prevent TG collisions while talking on a selected TG.

BrandMeister Updates

Hello All:

Many updates to BrandMeister happened in the last 24 hours.

We have coverage maps, additional filters for last heard and the long awaited Repeater Sysop Static configuration portal.

As has been reported for the last several weeks, you will need to register on the BrandMeister.Network Dashboard to gain control to these and many other features.

Once access is granted, you got the control you have been waiting for.

To that end the Default Condition for All Talk Groups on Master 3103 have been changed to Dynamic as to NOT conflict with your decisions on what you want to be Static.

So if you want a Talk Group to be Static you make it so..

If you need help and you are on Master 3103 please let me know and I can assist you.



Pacificon 2016 Recap

Hello All:

Pacificon 2016 was a big success.

More than 60 people attended the Pacificon Digital Dinner Friday night and a great presentation was made by the good folks from Powerwerx’s.

The Pacificon 2016 DMR presentation was “standing room only” at 08:00AM Saturday morning with more than 100 folks in attendance with BrandMeister as the main theme.

The SNARS presentation on Code Plug programming at 04:00PM was also a packed house.

Seventeen new DMR-MARC ID’s were issues, while Bruce, NG6D programmed radios.

All in all more than 50 new DMR users purchased radios with several more being sold to existing DMR users who just wanted to buy something.

The excitement was high the entire day..

For me personally, my day was made when I heard Jay, KT6Y talking to Ron, K6XC who was on a trip to Hawaii.

Ron is new to DMR and he just got an OpenSpot for his trip.

Jay is the Trustee of the MDARC, W6CX repeaters, who I have known for more than 35 years, who just got his first DMR radio Saturday at Pacificon 2016.

NorCal DMR rocks and I want to thanks all of you who took the time to share part of your day with me.

It really meant a lot to me this year, as many of you know.

73’ and Enjoy the Ride,


W6UUU and W6SRR Update

The Admins of the W6UUU and W6SRR DMR repeaters are testing other Networks and are currently not on the BrandMeister Network. This testing may take to the end of 2016 before they make a decision on where they will go and what they will do.

Please join me in wishing them success in this venture.

They will be missed..



First Phase Repeater Admin Portal

Hello All:

The first phase of the repeater sysops page is now active. In order for you to gain control to this portal, you will need to register an account with the Web site.

I will then need to link the repeaters that you are responsible for and then you can login and the Sysop Dashboard will be a selection, showing a tab for each of your repeaters.

You then need to add the requested information for each repeater.

I am here to assist.



Pacificon 2016

Hello All:

I am pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary of the Pacificon Digital Dinner.

It will take place Friday October 14, 2016 at the same great location as last years “standing room” only event.

Buffalo Wild Wings
200 Montgomery Street
San Ramon, CA 94583
925 380-6631

Seating will start at 5:00PM and the room is reserved until 10:00PM.

Buffalo Wild Wings has more than 40 beers available at this location, so I’m sure you’ll find a favorite.

Ken Mirabella, KM6YH President of Powerwerx Inc. will be our guest speaker this year.

Powerwerx, Inc are the folks behind the New Terra TR-7200 VHF and TR-7400 UHF DMR radios.

Supply of both of these radios will be for sale at the HRO booth at Pacificon 2016.

This will be the first year, NEW DMR radio inventory will be for sale at a Pacificon event since NorCal DMR started down the DMR path in 2011.

Since that time more than 55 DMR repeaters have become active in Northern California with more than 95 active DMR repeaters within the State of California.

NorCal DMR will have a club table, headed up by Bruce, NG6D this year to assist with programming of DMR radios, answering DMR related questions, a place to gather and solve other life problems, including “marriage counseling.”

There will also be a one hour DMR Forum early Saturday morning at 08:00AM October 15, 2016 at the Pacificon 2016 host hotel, the San Ramon Marriott in Salons G-H and another DMR Code Plug 101 Forum put on by the SNARS folks later Saturday afternoon.

So this will to be the BIGGEST and the BEST DMR Pacificon Event in History.

Please make sure you get your tickets by registering at:

Attendees – Pacificon2016

Do it before October 3, 2016 and safe a few bucks, so you can afford to buy a new DMR radio.

See you all at Pacificon 2016.



NorCal DMR Audio Meter

Hello All:

The NorCal DMR audio meter has been added to our new Web site. This meter delivers audio for Talk Groups 9999 and 31068.

TG 9999 is the Audio Feed Talk Group and works with repeaters on the BrandMeister and the DMR-MARC Networks.

TG 31068 is the NorCal Talk Group and only works with repeaters on BrandMeister.



AREA DMR Repeaters

Three of the AREA DMR repeaters have moved to the BrandMeister platform.

They are listed in the NorCal-BrandMeister repeaters table under the “Network Information” tab.

There are listed under the call signs of K6HLE and KB6FEC.

Please join me in welcoming these new repeaters to the BrandMeister Network.