With the popularity of the various hot spots, we’ve often had requests for hot spot users to be able to talk to the local talk group. Because BrandMeister basically discards any traffic that it receives tagged with talk group ID 2, this really wasn’t possible.  Effective immediately, we recommend that everyone switches their local talk group from ID 2 to 310501.

Some users have already been using it for a while as an on-demand talk group and had radios programmed with both local talk groups.  There has been some confusion around the naming, so we suggest calling it NSX Local.  The sample codeplugs for the MD380 and CS700 have been updated to have the new talk group with that name.

Both repeaters (K5NSX/Shinall and AC5XV/Sherwood) now have NSX Local and Arkansas talk groups statically assigned on time slot 2.  This means that a remote user can use those talk groups on a remote repeater or on a hot spot and their traffic will pass on both local repeaters even if there hasn’t been recent local repeater activity on the talk group.

The back-end configuration that connects the Shinall and Sherwood repeaters’ old local talk group is still in place but will be removed after the meeting on the 23rd. If you need programming assistance, please come to the meeting with your radio and we will do our best to help. If you have something other than an MD380 and need help, please let us know ahead of time so that we can be sure someone has the proper cable and software with them.

One final thing that this change will do is enable the monitoring of the repeater activity on the BrandMeister Dashboard and audio on Hoseline.  Both are accessible with nothing more than an internet connection and a web browser.

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