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United Kingdom
MCC Prefix 235
Coordinators MW0MWZ, 
Website https://brandmeister.network/
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Welcome to the United Kingdom 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, M0UPM,  London, UK


Hotspots' and Repeaters' Passwords

Important change on October 1st 2021

Over the past few months, the default password “passw0rd” used for MMDVM, Homebrew, and Kairos connections has been progressively removed from BrandMeister DMR Master Servers. This process will be completed by October 1st 2021.

Below are the details of which devices will be affected with this change, and how to address it.

MMDVM, Homebrew Hotspot users (which includes OpenSpot, Pi-Star, BlueDV, ZumSpot, etc.)

If you have not yet specified a hotspot password in your BrandMeister Selfcare, please do so by following the steps in this article. You will also find explanations on configuring your personalized password for the Openspot, Pi-Star and BlueDV.

MMDVM, Homebrew Repeaters Owners

If you are running a repeater using a 6-digit DMR ID and connected to a BrandMeister Master, and you have not set a password yet, please login to your repeater page via your BrandMeister self-care page and scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will find the “Device Password” field:

Once saved, configure your repeater to use this password when connecting to any BrandMeister Master server by entering it into the "BrandMeister Hotspot Security" box below the server name. If this fails, then go to the Configuration/Expert/MMDVMHost menu if you have a single network, or Configuration/Expert/Full edit DMR-GW if you have multiple networks or have the Gateway enabled for any other reason, and enter the same password in the box below the BrandMeister server name in either case. A warning here - Copy and Paste does not work. The password has to be manually entered.

Dual time-slot MMDVM devices

If you are running a dual-timeslot MMDVM with a 7-digit DMR ID, please follow the steps described in the hotspot section above.

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 (and 234). 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 RadioID.net (see below). 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://radioid.net/

Information / Services

Essential Connection Information

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

For our facebook page click on https://www.facebook.com/groups/brandmeisteruk

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)
  • Data port = 50001 (UDP)
  • RDAC 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


HotSpots

In the very near future users of non-NOV Hotspots will be obliged to use a personal password for access to the BrandMeister Network see the top of this page . The password is derived from the Self-Care section of the users personal account on BrandMeister. To get the best use of the network with the personal password, use the United Kingdom server BM-2341 at all times. Changing servers may not carry the same password privileges.

Why must i do this? By protecting your account on the server in this way, it will help to prevent your ID from being used by another individual. Even extended Identifiers eg 2089117-01 are protected in this way. A further protection is also available on Self Care that can lock your ID when it is not in use to prevent the same misuse while you are not for the time being operational.

Due to the various modes in use on the UHF 430-440 MHz band, the following frequencies are recommended for the use of UHF Low-power non-NOV personal Simplex HotSpots. That is to say, those devices used purely within the personal environment of the licenced user and for he/she alone. They may be at a fixed address or used whilst mobile.

  • 434.000 MHz
  • 438.800 MHz.

For Duplex non-NOV HotSpots there is no clear guidance, however the use of one of the DVU channels that is not in use in the area may be acceptable provided the device is not elevated. For VHF simplex Hotspots the following segment is offered, however verify the activity in your locality before selecting a frequency.

  • 144.794-144.990MHz. Check the latest ETCC advice on ukrepeater.net for up-to-date available simplex frequencies.

The use of any other frequency may impinge on other activities, including Satellite working. In any case check the RSGB Band plan to avoid infringing your licencing conditions.

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 (formerly of the 4001 + range) are no longer available and not supported on BrandMeister, as the numbers correspond with MCC code extensions in the Far East.

BrandMeister permits access to All TalkGroups 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. Look closely at the configuration of the repeater as it presents itself on the page on the left hand side. The sysop may also have described the recommended code-plug at the head of the page. For example follow this link for GB7YJ Repeater. https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeater&id=235174

Talk Group 2350 is the Centre of Activity of the United Kingdom BrandMeister Network and short QSOs are permitted, however thought should be given to extending the conversation onto another Talk Group such as 2351,2352 or 2353 or any group in common to the participants, if it becomes apparent that more time would be taken up. If the conversation concerns Technical Information that is relevant to all who, for the time being, might be listening to Talk Group 2350, given the expertise that might be afforded, then it should be permitted to continue. So-called-policing of alleged abuse of this Talk Group privilege should be avoided.

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. On a repeater please use time slot 1.

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, HT 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 or here on the main page https://brandmeister.network/?page=talkgroups, or in fact below.

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. Any links that present themselves, including the symbols on the Last Heard pages will dead-end.

TalkGroup 98 has been dedicated for the purposes of two-way testing. Feel free to use it at any time, without fear of disrupting current activity elsewhere. Here you may find stations available to help in any way.

Talk Group 91 World-Wide whilst interesting has inherent difficulties. The operating for the most part on this group is not best practice for DMR, that is to say very few gaps are ever left for the purpose of i. breaking in to join a conversation on the network, or ii. disconnecting from the Talk Group. If you wish to listen to Talk Group 91, do so from the privacy of a hotspot, and avoid where ever and when ever possible its use on a repeater, as it may detract from the real purpose of a repeater, that is to say to provide extended mobile coverage to the fixed Talk Groups that have priority on either slot.


Statistics of talkgroup activity

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Official TalkGroups

 TalkgroupNameDescriptionCountry
TalkGroup/235235UK Wide MCC Talk GroupNot generally Monitored, try TG 2350United Kingdom
TalkGroup/23502350UK Wide Talk GroupUK Hailing Group, Short QSOs are permitted, but consider a move to another mutual Talk GroupUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2350023500UK South WestRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23512351UK Wide Chat GroupChat 1United Kingdom
TalkGroup/2351023510UK South EastRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2351623516JerseyChannel IslandsUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23522352UK Wide Chat GroupChat 2United Kingdom
TalkGroup/2352023520North WestRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2352623526HubNetCross Network Linking - HubnetUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23532353UK Wide Chat GroupChat 3United Kingdom
TalkGroup/2353023530YorkshireRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2353123531RAYNET-UKTalkgroup for RAYNET-UK operators to co-ordinate emergency communications and message handling activities in the UK.United Kingdom
TalkGroup/23542354Northern IrelandCentre of Activity Northern IrelandUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2354023540Northern IrelandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23552355ScotlandCentre of Activity ScotlandUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355023550ScotlandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355523555Scotland RaynetTalkgroup for RAYNET-UKUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355723557East ScotlandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355823558Highlands & Islands of ScotlandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355923559West ScotlandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23562356WalesCentre of Activity WalesUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2356023560North EastRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2356123561Tyne & WearRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2356223562Trans Pennine RouteRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23572357Isle of ManCentre of Activity ManUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2357023570Wales - CymruRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2357523575Shropshire (Salop) ClusterRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2358023580West MidlandsRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23592359CornwallCentre of Activity CornwallUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2359023590East MidlandsRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom

Network Linking

The following Talk Groups in Scotland have inbound links from IPSC2 (DMR+) Scotland. That is to say that users of both networks shall hear and be able to participate in communication together for the first time.

Talk Groups 23551, 23552, 23553, 23554, 23555, 23556, 23557, 23558 and 23559 (on Time Slot 1 on BrandMeister Repeaters) are linked by OpenBridge to the Scottish IPSC2 server http://dmr1.dvscotland.net/#. Counter-intuitively the DMR+ repeaters on this network have these Talk Groups on Time Slot 2, but this does not affect the communication in any way.

Worldwide TalkGroups

 TalkgroupNameDescriptionCountry
TalkGroup/3141931419RepeaterbookAmateur Radio's most comprehensive, worldwide, FREE repeater directory. Now supporting GMRS!Worldwide
TalkGroup/3163031630STEMScience, Technology, Engineering, and MathematicsWorldwide
TalkGroup/5152551525SCAN INTERNATIONALSCAN i Alternate Calling TalkgroupWorldwide
TalkGroup/5154651546SCAN INTERNATIONALSociety of Communicators and Networkers Calling TalkgroupWorldwide
TalkGroup/5156951569BAARC - PDMR 69BAY AREA AMATEUR RADIO CLUBWorldwide
TalkGroup/907907Brandmeister 907907Worldwide
TalkGroup/9191WW 91 Any LanguageVery Short QSO onlyWorldwide
TalkGroup/910910GermanGerman LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/913913EnglishEnglish languageWorldwide
TalkGroup/914914EspagnolEspagnolWorldwide
TalkGroup/915915PortuguesePortuguese LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/916916ItalianItalian LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/9292Europe WideEuropean EnglishWorldwide
TalkGroup/920920DL, HB, OEGermanic languageWorldwide
TalkGroup/921921FranceLangue FrançaiseWorldwide
TalkGroup/922922NetherlandsDutch LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/92209220Global Exchange Space on SpiritualityTalkgroup amicalWorldwide
TalkGroup/923923EnglishEuropean EnglishWorldwide
TalkGroup/927927NordicNordic LanguagesWorldwide
TalkGroup/9393North America USA CanadaVery short QSO onlyWorldwide
TalkGroup/930930GreekHellenic LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/937937FrenchFrancophoneWorldwide
TalkGroup/9595Pacific RimAustralasia PacificWorldwide
TalkGroup/95009500CollegiateFor communication between collegiate amateur radio repeatersWorldwide
TalkGroup/955955WWYLWorldwide YL DMR TalkgroupWorldwide
TalkGroup/9863898638Wireless VillageInfoSec HamsWorldwide

APRS

Destination: 234999 Private Call.

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

Here at APRS text you can modify the text sent as your Talker Alias, for those equipments capable of receiving and displaying it. There is limited character space.

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. The use of such groups may prevent important activity on the normal fixed TalkGroups upon the same slot of the device that 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 either Time Slot, TalkGroup 4000 initiates a report from the server of "not linked".

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 the parrot 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 on another group and ask for a radio check, simply call for a contact as you would on any other mode or band. A group call to 9990 serves no purpose.

The parrot call is achieved in two ways. The traditional method has been to send a private call to 9990, however it is more correct to send a private call to the server-maintained parrot on the server to which the user is connected. So for the UK server 2341 if connected here, a private call should be made to 234997 to achieve the desired response.The user should use the same MCC code (234) to which the repeater or hotspot to which he or she transmits.

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 servers 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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Special Advice to Pi-Star Users.

When configuring your device, please ensure that your connection to BrandMeister is assured and working, before attempting to change the settings to DMR Gateway. As you do so, change only one parameter at a time and click 'Apply'. In this way you can observe the correct responses as the server connects, and you can verify that parameters do not change subtly as you apply them. This has been the cause of difficulties in many such installations, where connections seem to time-out or are refused.

Verify that your ESSID has remained intact, and that any passwords previously changed have not been overridden.

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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United Kingdom
MCC Prefix 235
Coordinators MW0MWZ, 
Website https://brandmeister.network/
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Welcome to the United Kingdom Wiki[edit]

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, M0UPM,  London, UK


Hotspots' and Repeaters' Passwords

Important change on October 1st 2021

Over the past few months, the default password “passw0rd” used for MMDVM, Homebrew, and Kairos connections has been progressively removed from BrandMeister DMR Master Servers. This process will be completed by October 1st 2021.

Below are the details of which devices will be affected with this change, and how to address it.

MMDVM, Homebrew Hotspot users (which includes OpenSpot, Pi-Star, BlueDV, ZumSpot, etc.)

If you have not yet specified a hotspot password in your BrandMeister Selfcare, please do so by following the steps in this article. You will also find explanations on configuring your personalized password for the Openspot, Pi-Star and BlueDV.

MMDVM, Homebrew Repeaters Owners

If you are running a repeater using a 6-digit DMR ID and connected to a BrandMeister Master, and you have not set a password yet, please login to your repeater page via your BrandMeister self-care page and scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will find the “Device Password” field:

Once saved, configure your repeater to use this password when connecting to any BrandMeister Master server by entering it into the "BrandMeister Hotspot Security" box below the server name. If this fails, then go to the Configuration/Expert/MMDVMHost menu if you have a single network, or Configuration/Expert/Full edit DMR-GW if you have multiple networks or have the Gateway enabled for any other reason, and enter the same password in the box below the BrandMeister server name in either case. A warning here - Copy and Paste does not work. The password has to be manually entered.

Dual time-slot MMDVM devices

If you are running a dual-timeslot MMDVM with a 7-digit DMR ID, please follow the steps described in the hotspot section above.

Validation and use of DMR Identifiers[edit]

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 (and 234). 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 RadioID.net (see below). 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://radioid.net/

Information / Services[edit]

Essential Connection Information

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

For our facebook page click on https://www.facebook.com/groups/brandmeisteruk

Motorola IPSC[edit]

Hytera Multi-Site[edit]

Homebrew protocol (MMDVM)[edit]

Hytera PNAS RoIP[edit]

SmartPTT Dispatch[edit]

Configuration[edit]

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


HotSpots[edit]

In the very near future users of non-NOV Hotspots will be obliged to use a personal password for access to the BrandMeister Network see the top of this page . The password is derived from the Self-Care section of the users personal account on BrandMeister. To get the best use of the network with the personal password, use the United Kingdom server BM-2341 at all times. Changing servers may not carry the same password privileges.

Why must i do this? By protecting your account on the server in this way, it will help to prevent your ID from being used by another individual. Even extended Identifiers eg 2089117-01 are protected in this way. A further protection is also available on Self Care that can lock your ID when it is not in use to prevent the same misuse while you are not for the time being operational.

Due to the various modes in use on the UHF 430-440 MHz band, the following frequencies are recommended for the use of UHF Low-power non-NOV personal Simplex HotSpots. That is to say, those devices used purely within the personal environment of the licenced user and for he/she alone. They may be at a fixed address or used whilst mobile.

For Duplex non-NOV HotSpots there is no clear guidance, however the use of one of the DVU channels that is not in use in the area may be acceptable provided the device is not elevated. For VHF simplex Hotspots the following segment is offered, however verify the activity in your locality before selecting a frequency.

The use of any other frequency may impinge on other activities, including Satellite working. In any case check the RSGB Band plan to avoid infringing your licencing conditions.

TalkGroups, Reflectors and Interconnections[edit]

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 (formerly of the 4001 + range) are no longer available and not supported on BrandMeister, as the numbers correspond with MCC code extensions in the Far East.

BrandMeister permits access to All TalkGroups 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. Look closely at the configuration of the repeater as it presents itself on the page on the left hand side. The sysop may also have described the recommended code-plug at the head of the page. For example follow this link for GB7YJ Repeater. https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeater&id=235174

Talk Group 2350 is the Centre of Activity of the United Kingdom BrandMeister Network and short QSOs are permitted, however thought should be given to extending the conversation onto another Talk Group such as 2351,2352 or 2353 or any group in common to the participants, if it becomes apparent that more time would be taken up. If the conversation concerns Technical Information that is relevant to all who, for the time being, might be listening to Talk Group 2350, given the expertise that might be afforded, then it should be permitted to continue. So-called-policing of alleged abuse of this Talk Group privilege should be avoided.

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. On a repeater please use time slot 1.

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, HT 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 or here on the main page https://brandmeister.network/?page=talkgroups, or in fact below.

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. Any links that present themselves, including the symbols on the Last Heard pages will dead-end.

TalkGroup 98 has been dedicated for the purposes of two-way testing. Feel free to use it at any time, without fear of disrupting current activity elsewhere. Here you may find stations available to help in any way.

Talk Group 91 World-Wide whilst interesting has inherent difficulties. The operating for the most part on this group is not best practice for DMR, that is to say very few gaps are ever left for the purpose of i. breaking in to join a conversation on the network, or ii. disconnecting from the Talk Group. If you wish to listen to Talk Group 91, do so from the privacy of a hotspot, and avoid where ever and when ever possible its use on a repeater, as it may detract from the real purpose of a repeater, that is to say to provide extended mobile coverage to the fixed Talk Groups that have priority on either slot.


Statistics of talkgroup activity[edit]

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Official TalkGroups[edit]

 TalkgroupNameDescriptionCountry
TalkGroup/235235UK Wide MCC Talk GroupNot generally Monitored, try TG 2350United Kingdom
TalkGroup/23502350UK Wide Talk GroupUK Hailing Group, Short QSOs are permitted, but consider a move to another mutual Talk GroupUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2350023500UK South WestRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23512351UK Wide Chat GroupChat 1United Kingdom
TalkGroup/2351023510UK South EastRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2351623516JerseyChannel IslandsUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23522352UK Wide Chat GroupChat 2United Kingdom
TalkGroup/2352023520North WestRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2352623526HubNetCross Network Linking - HubnetUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23532353UK Wide Chat GroupChat 3United Kingdom
TalkGroup/2353023530YorkshireRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2353123531RAYNET-UKTalkgroup for RAYNET-UK operators to co-ordinate emergency communications and message handling activities in the UK.United Kingdom
TalkGroup/23542354Northern IrelandCentre of Activity Northern IrelandUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2354023540Northern IrelandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23552355ScotlandCentre of Activity ScotlandUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355023550ScotlandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355523555Scotland RaynetTalkgroup for RAYNET-UKUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355723557East ScotlandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355823558Highlands & Islands of ScotlandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2355923559West ScotlandRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23562356WalesCentre of Activity WalesUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2356023560North EastRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2356123561Tyne & WearRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2356223562Trans Pennine RouteRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23572357Isle of ManCentre of Activity ManUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2357023570Wales - CymruRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2357523575Shropshire (Salop) ClusterRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2358023580West MidlandsRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/23592359CornwallCentre of Activity CornwallUnited Kingdom
TalkGroup/2359023590East MidlandsRegional ChannelUnited Kingdom

Network Linking[edit]

The following Talk Groups in Scotland have inbound links from IPSC2 (DMR+) Scotland. That is to say that users of both networks shall hear and be able to participate in communication together for the first time.

Talk Groups 23551, 23552, 23553, 23554, 23555, 23556, 23557, 23558 and 23559 (on Time Slot 1 on BrandMeister Repeaters) are linked by OpenBridge to the Scottish IPSC2 server http://dmr1.dvscotland.net/#. Counter-intuitively the DMR+ repeaters on this network have these Talk Groups on Time Slot 2, but this does not affect the communication in any way.

Worldwide TalkGroups[edit]

 TalkgroupNameDescriptionCountry
TalkGroup/3141931419RepeaterbookAmateur Radio's most comprehensive, worldwide, FREE repeater directory. Now supporting GMRS!Worldwide
TalkGroup/3163031630STEMScience, Technology, Engineering, and MathematicsWorldwide
TalkGroup/5152551525SCAN INTERNATIONALSCAN i Alternate Calling TalkgroupWorldwide
TalkGroup/5154651546SCAN INTERNATIONALSociety of Communicators and Networkers Calling TalkgroupWorldwide
TalkGroup/5156951569BAARC - PDMR 69BAY AREA AMATEUR RADIO CLUBWorldwide
TalkGroup/907907Brandmeister 907907Worldwide
TalkGroup/9191WW 91 Any LanguageVery Short QSO onlyWorldwide
TalkGroup/910910GermanGerman LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/913913EnglishEnglish languageWorldwide
TalkGroup/914914EspagnolEspagnolWorldwide
TalkGroup/915915PortuguesePortuguese LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/916916ItalianItalian LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/9292Europe WideEuropean EnglishWorldwide
TalkGroup/920920DL, HB, OEGermanic languageWorldwide
TalkGroup/921921FranceLangue FrançaiseWorldwide
TalkGroup/922922NetherlandsDutch LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/92209220Global Exchange Space on SpiritualityTalkgroup amicalWorldwide
TalkGroup/923923EnglishEuropean EnglishWorldwide
TalkGroup/927927NordicNordic LanguagesWorldwide
TalkGroup/9393North America USA CanadaVery short QSO onlyWorldwide
TalkGroup/930930GreekHellenic LanguageWorldwide
TalkGroup/937937FrenchFrancophoneWorldwide
TalkGroup/9595Pacific RimAustralasia PacificWorldwide
TalkGroup/95009500CollegiateFor communication between collegiate amateur radio repeatersWorldwide
TalkGroup/955955WWYLWorldwide YL DMR TalkgroupWorldwide
TalkGroup/9863898638Wireless VillageInfoSec HamsWorldwide

APRS[edit]

Destination: 234999 Private Call.

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

Here at APRS text you can modify the text sent as your Talker Alias, for those equipments capable of receiving and displaying it. There is limited character space.

Disconnection from Dynamic TalkGroups[edit]

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. The use of such groups may prevent important activity on the normal fixed TalkGroups upon the same slot of the device that 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 either Time Slot, TalkGroup 4000 initiates a report from the server of "not linked".

Parrot or EchoTest[edit]

The parrot allows you to test your modulation and your connection. All you are required to do is to pass a private call to the parrot 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 on another group and ask for a radio check, simply call for a contact as you would on any other mode or band. A group call to 9990 serves no purpose.

The parrot call is achieved in two ways. The traditional method has been to send a private call to 9990, however it is more correct to send a private call to the server-maintained parrot on the server to which the user is connected. So for the UK server 2341 if connected here, a private call should be made to 234997 to achieve the desired response.The user should use the same MCC code (234) to which the repeater or hotspot to which he or she transmits.

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[edit]

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[edit]

Some servers have HamNet connections. It will be necessary to make further enquiries in this case.

Where to ask for help ?[edit]

Radio-Amateurs[edit]

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

Official BrandMeister Support Portal[edit]

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[edit]

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

Instant Message Group[edit]

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

Video Tutorial[edit]

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

Tutorials for Connecting Hotspot Devices[edit]

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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Special Advice to Pi-Star Users.

When configuring your device, please ensure that your connection to BrandMeister is assured and working, before attempting to change the settings to DMR Gateway. As you do so, change only one parameter at a time and click 'Apply'. In this way you can observe the correct responses as the server connects, and you can verify that parameters do not change subtly as you apply them. This has been the cause of difficulties in many such installations, where connections seem to time-out or are refused.

Verify that your ESSID has remained intact, and that any passwords previously changed have not been overridden.

Web Sites[edit]

Documentation[edit]

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[edit]

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