Saturday, May 9, 2015

April 2015 news

Big things happened this month. The biggest thing was Hoosier DMR became a network partner to DMR-MARC with the acquisition of our own c-bridge! Cool stuff!!!

We are pleased to welcome 3 new trustees and their repeaters to the Hoosier DMR family this month. Stuart KC9USH in Covington, Tim N9DKI in West Lafayette and Dewey KC9YCZ in Mishawaka. The Mishawaka machine was currently on the air, but connected to a different network. The Covington and Lafayette machines are coming very soon. Also, Rich N9GPY added a second repeater under his belt just north of the Plymouth area. It has great coverage and seems to be getting used a lot. Way to go Rich. 

We are also working on several potential sites to extend the Hoosier DMR coverage. Some of the sites include areas in and around Muncie, Richmond, Tipton, Trafalgar, Union City, Columbia City, Bedford, Salem, Seymour, and Jeffersonville, adding DMR to the Louisville Metro area.

Don't forget if you're traveling to the Dayton Hamvention, make sure to program your radio for the Hoosier DMR roadshow repeater. We will be set up in the west outdoor flea market in booth 2128. 

Until next month...


Friday, April 10, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am excited to announce that we have invested in a new C-Bridge for use by the Hoosier DMR organization. We were notified earlier this week that DMR-MARC was going to drop the TAC-310 and TAC-311 talkgroups from their C-Bridge we were operating through in Schaumburg and felt that this was a necessary move to accommodate to our user base to keep those talk-groups available.
After some discussions, we called BridgeCom Systems Wednesday morning and purchased the Hoosier DMR C-Bridge and had it programmed up and in operation the same afternoon. It is being hosted "on the cloud" in a very large data center in Indianapolis with top of line servers and redundant internet. You probably haven't even noticed any changes on your end! We have been operating on the new Hoosier DMR C-Bridge since approximately 3:00 Wednesday afternoon. The only change you will notice immediately is the fact that our traffic is visible in real time again on
We were also able to secure the Indiana 3118 Statewide talkgroup to our c-bridge so the Tuesday night information net will continue!
We would like to eventually make each repeater’s local talkgroup a true local talkgroup. All other talkgroups will remain the same and there will be no unnecessary re-programming of user radios. The only programming users will need to do at this point is add the new talkgroups that are available if they wish. The new talkgroups that are available are as follows:
“The Parrot” is now available on Time Slot 1 Talkgroup 9998
DMR-MARC’s “UA English 1” is now available on Time Slot 1 Talkgroup 113
DMR-MARC’s “UA English 2” is now available on Time Slot 2 Talkgroup 123
We may also add a "zone" talkgroup for Indiana North, Central and South, to provide intra-comms within a specified zone, but that is still up in the air.
If any of you have questions about this change, please feel free to contact us. Communication among the repeater trustees and users is key and everyone’s feedback and input is valued. This is a team effort and we need to keep it that way to ensure we have the strongest DMR network possible.
We would like to thank each and every one of you for your patience during the recent growing pains that the network has seen. It’s sad to see that the Indiana DMR network got separated by some, but yet it’s even more encouraging to see that we are going stronger than ever! Now that Hoosier DMR doesn't have to rely on others for C-Bridge connectivity, we can rest assured that our network will remain stable and configured as efficiently as possible
Also, If you know of clubs or repeater trustees that would like to add DMR in their area, please let Steve or I know. We would be more than happy to help them get DMR off the ground in their area. With the addition of our own C-Bridge we can add as many new repeaters as needed! We even have enough room to add any of the Indiana DMR repeaters that would like to get back on board with the DMR-MARC/Hoosier DMR team.
Your Hoosier DMR admin team

Saturday, January 3, 2015

December 2014 Update

Happy New Year! 

Big things happened this month on the DMR highway. First, help us welcome Indiana's newest DMR repeater trustee. Mr. Rich Sytsma, N9GPY will be placing his DMR repeater on the air in CULVER, INDIANA within the next week. The N9GPY DMR repeater will operate on 443.925 +5 with a color code of 1. Thisrepeater will be a part of the Northern Indiana zone connected to the WB9VLE Fort Wayne master. Welcome to DMR Rich and thank you for supporting the DMR effort in Indiana!

The folks up in South Bend/Mishawaka/Elkhart area have been bitten by the DMR bug thanks to Steve, N9KYB. They've requested a DMR demo at a club meeting in the near future and a QnA session to follow. 

Lastly, we will be rolling out an Information net on TG3118, on Tuesday nights at 8pm EST. There will be a formal traffic net with check-in's followed by a round table QnA session. 

Here's to a prosperous New Year!