Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Major Code Upgrade on August 19th – Please read carefully

Brandmeister’s developers will be rolling out a major code upgrade in the upcoming days. Please read below to learn about the impact of this upgrade.

User registrations, passwords, and activations

New user registrations, password changes/resets, and accounts activations will be paused the entire day of August 19th 2022.

API functions and keys

Current API (v1) will be upgraded to a new v2. The API keys format is evolving and is not backward compatible.

On August 19th, 2022, old API v1 keys will no longer be showing up on the Selfcare Profile screen. New keys that you add using the “+ Add Key” button will be in API v2 format.

It is therefore normal to see an empty list of API keys in your Selfcare Profile screen after August 19th, 2022.

While you won’t be able to add API v1 keys anymore, your existing ones will continue to work on hotspots for managing static talkgroups and such, but will be retired within a few months. We encourage you to migrate your API keys to the new version as soon as possible. The latest version of Pi-Star is already API v2 compatible. For other devices, please contact the manufacturer to inquire about compatibility.

Why are we upgrading the code?

Simply put, the current code base is reaching its limit and is hindering our ability to build new features.

  • Once in production, the upgraded functions will allow faster response time on the dashboard and other intrinsic features.
  • The new code architecture also provides improved ways of adding features and therefore allows faster growth for Brandmeister.
  • Last but not least, the new APIs bring more functions and added flexibility for developers to build software and hardware working with the Brandmeister DMR Network.

This article will be updated with any frequent questions we might receive.



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Monday, August 15, 2022

Net Report 15-AUG-2022

We have officially migrated net operations to Netlogger. If you have or get Netlogger, you can now following the net in real time. This platform allows you to see who is checked in, and who is currently talking. It even has an "almost instant message" feature that is essentially a chat room for the net. Download Netlogger

I believe it was Jim KB8QAS (apologies if it wasn't) who mentioned there is a mobile app version of Netlogger, called On-Air Net Scraper, which is also a handy tool you can use to confirm you're on the list!
BOLO! Be on the lookout for special event station K8L, for the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. Check them out on QRZ for more information. K8L QRZ | ILLW

CallsignName
W8EOEdward A Oxer
KC0MYPDana F West
KE8SOVDaniel L Prachar
KD8PTELucille T Scotti
N8RJHRichard J Hughes
KE8UQUMichael E Skelly Ii
WB8QJZStanley F La Muth
KE8RXNCollin Mcconkey
WA3TUURichard E Klingensmith
KB8QASJames A Soles
N4ALKAllan Karden
AC8ZDDavid P Behnke Jr
WQ8AJames E Wilson
KD8VJDAllan G Ostrander
N8RMADustin A Thomas

Monday, August 8, 2022

Net Report 08-AUG-2022

We had a good long net this evening and 3 newcomers as well!

We talked about all the great DMR nets we have for the State of Michigan. 

In case you missed it:

Sunday Night UP Net
Day: Sunday
Time: 6:30 PM
TG: UP of Michigan (31268)
NCS: KD8PTE

Monday Night Pre-Net
Day: Monday
Time: 8:00 PM
TG: Michigan (3126)
NCS: KC8MYP

I also believe there was an Arrow DMR net Saturday nights at 7:00PM on 3126, but I'm not sure if they are still doing that one. If someone can confirm I would appreciate that.

Net Newcomers: KD2ZSM, VE3XDB, KD8PTE

CallsignName
KB8QASJames A Soles
N4ALKAllan Karden
KE8VBURiley W Thomas
KE8FJWBrad A Newhouse
KC0MYPDana F West
KD2ZSMJason R Barkhamer
KD8KBHPhilip N Rolfe
N8RJHRichard J Hughes
KD8PTELucille T Scotti
VE3XDBDoug Behl
N8HLYThomas J Orlicki
AC8ZDDavid P Behnke Jr
W8EOEdward A Oxer
WB8QJZStanley F La Muth
W8VIJGregory S Siemasz
WQ8AJames E Wilson
KD8VJDAllan G Ostrander
N8RMADustin A Thomas

Monday, August 1, 2022

Net Report 1-AUG-2022

Thank you to KC0MYP and WB8QJZ for taking a swing at being NCS!

If anyone else is interested, please let me know!

CallsignName
KC0MYPDana F West
KE8VBURiley W Thomas
WA3TUURichard E Klingensmith
WB8QJZStanley F La Muth
KB8QASJames A Soles
N4ALKAllan Karden
K8PDJDorian Jurgle
AC8ZDDavid P Behnke Jr
N8NIFRichard K Seeley
KC8RGOVance B Nelson
KD8VJDAllan G Ostrander
N8RMADustin A Thomas

Monday, July 25, 2022

Net Report 25-JUL-2022

There are a few dates in August where I will be traveling, so if you are interested in helping run the net, please contact me. I've already had a few people reach out to me, but many hands make light work.

CallsignName
KC0MYPDana F West
N8SBEDavid E New
KE8MWHTerry G Smith
KE8FJWBrad A Newhouse
KE8UQUMichael E Skelly Ii
W8EOEdward A Oxer
WB8QJZStanley F La Muth
WA3TUURichard E Klingensmith
KO4SSWBlair C Smith
KB8QASJames A Soles
N4ALKAllan Karden
KC8RGOVance B Nelson
N8NIFRichard K Seeley
KD8VJDAllan G Ostrander
N8RMADustin A Thomas

Monday, July 18, 2022

Net Report 18-JUL-2022

Net newcomers: KE8UQU, W8OJ

CallsignName
KD8NPVJeffrey R Romence
KE8SUORicky D Cusick
KE8UQUMichael E Skelly Ii
KC0MYPDana F West
WA3TUURichard E Klingensmith
AC8ZDDavid P Behnke Jr
KE8FJWBrad A Newhouse
W8OJDanny R Hurst
N8SBEDavid E New
KE8VBURiley W Thomas
KC8RGOVance B Nelson
WB8QJZStanley F La Muth
N4ALKAllan Karden
KB8QASJames A Soles
N8NIFRichard K Seeley
WQ8AJames E Wilson
KD8VJDAllan G Ostrander
N8RMADustin A Thomas

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Repeaters static talkgroups are now replicated throughout Brandmeister master servers

Up until now, the static and time-static talkgroups configured for a repeater were saved on the master the repeater is connected to at the time of the configuration. When a repeater was moved to a different Brandmeister master server, the static talkgroups had to be re-defined so it could be saved onto the local database of the new master server.

This behavior has now changed. When configured in the self-care, static and timed-static talkgroups subscriptions are now replicated throughout all Brandmeister master servers. This means the static talkgroups will stay the same no matter which master server a repeater is moved to.

This is an added improvement to the “decentralized” architecture of Brandmeister. If all Brandmeister back-end infrastructure were to fail, masters can continue to work standalone.



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