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BrandMeister User Guide

Over the past few days I have spent some time working with a few others on developing a “User Guide” for the U.S. BrandMeister server.

It documents what talk groups are available statically on each time
slot, some definitions, and a listing of various other talk groups that
may be of interest.

Our hope is that it will answer many of your questions and increase your understanding and exploration of the system!


U.S. BrandMeister User Guide



Moving to BrandMeister

If you have been keeping tabs on the Facebook group you know that we have been doing testing on an alternative to the cBridge which connects to a new network with some exciting possibilities.


Using Motorola, Hytera, or Homebrew repeaters
The ability to use Dongles to communicate with the network
The ability to communicate with DStar reflectors
Support for location based services for Motorola and Hytera radios with GPS (APRS)


Less network activity, meaning less repeaters until people learn of it and test it. I have looked at the statistics and including all 3 repeaters, we use less than 3 minutes of network based talk groups a day, so I don’t consider this a huge loss.

We will still have our local talk group and still have the Arkansas talk group as well, so communication among us will not be disrupted. New sample codeplugs for Motorola, Hytera, Tytera, and CS based radios have been published to ease the transition to the new system.  In addition, I will be providing a list of the most commonly used talk groups and how they are configured on the system.

The Little Rock repeater has already been transitioned to the new system as I have been doing a lot of testing to ensure that it is stable and operates properly.  I have also contacted the other repeater owners in the state about moving to the new system and this should be completed in the next week or so.

Questions or comments, please let us know!