When configuring a codeplug, finding all the relevant repeater info can be quite the struggle.
To facilitate this, the HAM-DMR Belgium team has developed a script that can gather this info in bulk.
Currently this script is still in TESTING mode and is run manually.
Information you can get from the script:
– Repeater callsign
– Repeater DMR ID
– Repeater TX & RX frequencies and also the frequency shift*
– Repeater Color Code
– Repeater hardware: if the repeater is a Hytera, Hytera users can configure “Enhanced Channel Access”
– The time the repeater was last seen in the network: used to detect repeaters that are offline
– Static TG’s and the timeslot they are configured on
– Repeater firmware, GPS locations and Master Server: for information only
* : The repeater’s TX frequency should be configured as RX in your handheld device and the RX frequency of the repeater should be the TX frequency of your handheld.
From the script it is clear to see that there is no TalkGroup consistency whatsoever anymore and Best Practices are not followed at all 🙁
To recap the best practices:
– TG2061 should be static on Slot1 for all repeaters in Flanders
– TG2062 should be static on Slot1 for all repeaters in Wallonia
– TG2063 should be static on Slot1 for all repeaters in the German region
– TG206 can be configured as 2nd static TG on Slot1, this configuration is optional but recommended
– For Emergencies it is recommended to configure TG206112 on both Slot1 and Slot2 of your repeater, this way an emergency call is broadcasted on both slots – for maximum reach. A user in distress can then call TG206112 on whatever Slot is available and still be heard
– The repeater’s DMR ID can be configured static on Slot2 to create a “Local, repeater only” TG for when the usual TG9 is not enough.
– ColorCode1 for repeaters in Flanders
– ColorCode2 for repeaters in Wallonia
– TG’s 2064 up to 2069 are the OnDemand TG’s and should be configured on Slot2 in the user’s codeplug
– After making QSO on TG 206 / 2061 / 2062, users should QSY to an OnDemand TG for the regular chit-chat, in order to free up the capacity on TS1.
– Regular short PTT’s (1 – 2 seconds) on TG’s 206 / 2061 / 2062 to check for activity is strongly discouraged, as it prevents MMDVM repeaters to work in Fusion mode (they remain in DMR mode).
The last output of the repeater script can be found here.
Last run of the script: 02/03/2023