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Welcome to the UK Wiki

This page is updated when there is a change of configuration effected on the server. It is here where most up-to-date information may be found.

DMR ID Managed by Location Remarks


2341 MW0MWZ,  London, UK


Validation and use of DMR Identifiers

To use the BrandMeister Network via a repeater or hotspot, you must have a valid Identifier know as a CCS7 identifier. For a repeater this consists of 6 digits and for personal use an ID of 7 Digits. This identifier can be used on D-Star, P25, TETRA, DMR, NXDN and other modes. This permits the interoperability between these different modes. The first 3 digits of the CCS7 indicate the country of origin by the use of the Mobile Country Code (MCC) a sequence of codes issued by the International Telecommunications Union.

For example the UK MCC code is 235. This code has no legal interpretation by OfCom, but has been adopted by the World Wide Amateur Radio fraternity as a whole. DMR cannot be used without an ID. The system is internationally administered by Hans DL5DI. The issue of these numbers is not within the remit of OfCom and is undertaken by the Amateur Radio Organisations. The use of such a number does not constitute that the user has a valid licence, however there are checks in place in respect of their issue in the first instance.

To obtain a DMR Identifier consult https://register.ham-digital.org

Information / Services

Essential Connection Information

For information and help with the UK Master server please visit our Telegram group: https://t.me/BrandmeisterDMRUK

Motorola IPSC

  • IP Addresses = 51.68.220.36 / 2001:41d0:801:2000::296c
  • Port = 55000 (UDP)

Hytera Multi-Site

  • IP Addresses = 51.68.220.36 / 2001:41d0:801:2000::296c
  • P2P port = 50000 (UDP)
  • RDAC port = 50001 (UDP)
  • Data port = 50002 (UDP)

Homebrew protocol (MMDVM)

  • Name = BM United Kingdom 2341
  • IP Addresses = 51.68.220.36 / 2001:41d0:801:2000::296c
  • Port = 62031 (UDP)
  • Password = passw0rd or (your hotspot password) See Notes

Hytera PNAS RoIP

  • IP Addresses = 51.68.220.36 / 2001:41d0:801:2000::296c
  • Port = 50180 (TCP/UDP)
  • Password = passw0rd or (your hotspot password)

SmartPTT Dispatch

  • IP Addresses = 51.68.220.36 / 2001:41d0:801:2000::296c
  • Port = 55001

Configuration

Configuration specific to the server Hand-Off Timer: 15 seconds

  • On-Demand Timer: 600 seconds
  • Maximum record time on the Parrot: 90 seconds
  • WWCQ Round Mode: deactivated

TalkGroups, Reflectors and Interconnections

Unlike other amateur networks, BrandMeister permits all valid TalkGroups. These will be routed globally across the network. To facilitate this function, some of the TalkGroups have been ascribed a label. The list in real-time is here. https://api.brandmeister.network/v1.0/groups/ - However some of the information is in utf-16 format, for example the Greek language and French accented characters, so will be displayed literally like \u0394 or \u0039. The information source is in constant use and cannot be changed to reflect your needs.

Reflectors are shortly to become deprecated*, so have been omitted in this Wiki.

* https://news.brandmeister.network/brandmeister-dmr-reflectors-support-ending-by-end-of-2020/

BrandMeister permits access to TalkGroups differently on each of the two time slots 1 & 2. Kindly go to the repeaters page https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeaters where you can find a recommendation for the allocation of TalkGroups that are activated on which time slot per repeater by entering the callsign of the repeater required. The sysop of each repeater can give recommendations of the use of the time slots for dynamic TalkGroups, that is to say user-activated, and not fixed. Each. Look closely at the configuration of the repeater as it presents itself.

TalkGroups 1-90 are always local, unless there has been a request to connect a group of repeaters together such as TalkGroup 75 for the Salop (Shropshire) Cluster of Repeaters. However connections to this cluster may also be achieved by selecting TalkGroup 23575 on any repeater or hotspot.

The Below TalkGroup table illustrates the Named TalkGroups. The named 5-digit groups are of Regional status, but each regional group can give rise to other unnamed TalkGroups within the similar structure, for example 23561 is a TalkGroup fixed on Time Slot 1 on all repeaters in the Tyne & Wear area within the North East Region, GB7CZ, TY, XX, XY, YI and NE. There is no requirement to name such groups.

There are a small number of international TalkGroups that normally commence with 9, such as 91, 92, 913, 923. Information on these can be obtained on the Worldwide Wiki https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/Category:Country or the real-time list above.

A specialist group 23526 is available, connected across many networks and modes courtesy of HubNet.

In answer to many questions on the subject, HoseLine or Hose is not supported at this time.


Statistics of talkgroup activity

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Official Talkgroups

TalkGroup Description Interconnections and Comments
235 UK Nationwide Calling An International calling group, however, if no reply, please try 2350.
2350 UK Nationwide Calling
2351 UK Wide Chat 1 "Chat" = "to have an extended conversation" - A channel to which to QSY from the calling group.
2352 UK Wide Chat 2
2353 UK Wide Chat 3
2354 Northern Ireland
2355 Scotland
2356 Wales
2357 Isle of Man
2358 London
2359 Cornwall/Kernow
23500 South West
23510 South East
23520 North West
23530 Yorkshire
23540 Northern Ireland
23550 Scotland
23557 Scotland East
23558 Highland and Islands
23559 Scotland West
23560 North East
23570 Wales
23580 West Midlands
23590 East Midlands

APRS

Destination: 234999 Private Call To modify the GPS icon or change the SSID, use your self-care account https://brandmeister.network/?page=login.

Disconnection from Dynamic TalkGroups

When activating a Dynamic TalkGroup (i.e. one that is not fixed) it remains active for a period, known as the Hang-Time. Some of these TalkGroups such as Worldwide TG 91 are quite active and the many users there may leave few data breaks in transmission for you to be able to disconnect from the selected group. Their use may prevent activity on the normal fixed TalkGroups upon the same slot of the device that which you use.

On a repeater however despite the possibility of the expiry of the hang-time, you are kindly asked to disconnect from the TalkGroup once you have finished by making a very brief transmission on TalkGroup 4000 on the slot that you have used. This provides the connected server with the information to remove the path to the active TalkGroup.

To facilitate your ability to use TalkGroup 4000, make a group call entry 4000 in your contacts list (TalkGroup list in the Anytone 868/878), and assign the group to a hotkey or auxiliary button on the side or front panel of your terminal. When used on Time Slot 2, TalkGroup 4000 initiates a report from the server of "not linked", however the announcement is not made on Time Slot 1, but the path is removed in both cases.

Parrot or EchoTest

The parrot allows you to test your modulation and your connection. All you are required to do is to pass a private call to 9990 and speak for a short time, to a maximum of 90 seconds. As you release the PTT, the connected server should repeat your private call transmission back to you. Not only does this give you an indication of your audio levels and quality, it confirms your connection to the server. There is no need thereafter to call and ask for a radio check, simply call for a contact as you would on any other mode or band.

The addition of 9990 set as a private call can be made in the contacts list in most terminals, (TalkGroup list in Anytone 868/878) and programmed as an auxiliary button on the side or front panel. Alternatively such as in the Tytera MD-380, you can touch the 'M' button normally set as a private call initiator, and tap 9990 on the keypad, and then press the PTT to make a short transmission.

MMDVM

The BrandMeister network permits connections from home-brew devices. Under normal conditions the password is “passw0rd”. Note the replacement of “o” with “0” - 'zero'. The Pi-Star software controlling most of these devices has the BrandMeister United Kingdom 2341 server set in the server list. The new server should now be updated in all Pi-Star lists. See here and below for immediate help.

https://news.brandmeister.network/configure-a-security-password-for-your-hotspots

HAMNET

Some server have Hamnet connections. It will be necessary to make further enquiries in this case.

Where to ask for help ?

Radio-Amateurs

In most cases you will find instant help by making a call on TalkGroups 235 or 2350.

Official BrandMeister Support Portal

In the first case the main support can be found here: https://support.brandmeister.network/servicedesk/customer/portals - By completing a ticket, one of a number of the BrandMeister support team will respond to you in due course. A support ticket number will be assigned and you will receive a response by email. These tickets are dealt with in order of their receipt.

Forums

Technical forums can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/brandmeisteruk

Instant Message Group

A support group on Telegram can be found here: https://t.me/BrandmeisterDMRUK

Video Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiJKmuwF6NY1iwCJz0vCOmQ

Tutorials for Connecting Hotspot Devices

OpenSpot - https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/OpenSPOT

OpenSpot 2 - https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/OpenSPOT2

OpenSpot 3 - https://youtu.be/ZGdIJKuJYGE

DVMega - https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/DVMEGA

DV4Mini - https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/DV4mini

MMDVM - On completion of entering your personal data, to connect to BrandMeister UK, go to the configuration page from the menu to display this paragraph.

If you have already selected a new password for your own security then apply it in the appropriate box below. It is recommended that you do so at the earliest opportunity.

For more comprehensive information on the configuration of Pi-Star, go to https://forum.pistar.uk/ where all the most detailed information can be located.

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Web Sites

Documentation

New functions, modifications and improvements of BrandMeister appear sometimes at such speed it is difficult to keep up. News on any updates will appear from time to time here: https://news.brandmeister.network/

Interconnection Diagrams

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