Monday, October 4, 2021

Net Report 4-OCT-2021

Stations Checked In: 21

Duration: 39 minutes

Net Newcomers: AB2XG, KD8DXA


CallsignName
KC0MYPDana F
N8YUIRandy
N8DMHDrake M
KE8ORJMarlon M
WA3TUURick
N4ALKAllan L
W8EOEd
KD8DXAThomas R
N8SBEDave
KD8VJDAllan G
N8NIFRICHARD K
KE5XDDAVID M
N6WYDavid J
K9DPBDAVID P
AB2XGHenry E
KD8GTXMichael F
WB8HSBruce
N8TJTHOMAS E
WA8RSADavid
KE8GRYEric P
N8RMADustin A

Monday, September 27, 2021

Net Report 27-SEP-2021

Stations Checked In: 20

Duration: 40 minutes

Net Newcomers: 


CallsignName
N4ALKAllan L
KB8AOBRichard C
N3WJFDAVID B
KC0MYPDana F
WB8HSBruce
K9DPBDAVID P
WA6WVSergio
WA3TUURick
VE3SBDavid
N8RMADustin A
WA8RSADavid
KD8VJDAllan G
N8HLYThomas
K8RTCRANDY
KO4PZXJoseph A
W8PASPAUL A
WQ8AJames
N8NIFRICHARD K
KD8KBHDennis W
N8YUIRandy

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Technologies used within Brandmeister DMR

Did you know there are 20+ technologies that make the BM magic possible?

Brandmeister’s developers chose the best and most bleeding-edge technologies available to create the most efficient and featureful Amateur Radio DMR Network ever conceived.

To give you an idea of the technologies symbiosis beauty happening within Brandmeister, here is a list of the main ones we use:

Databases

Languages

  • C & C++ for a most optimized core of Brandmeister DMR
  • LUA for ultra-fast calls processing on masters
  • NodeJS for back-end processing
  • Javascript for the dashboard
  • PHP for web functions on master servers
  • HTML for the dashboard and master web pages
  • Python for scripts on master and back-end servers
  • Bash for scripts on masters and back-end servers

Data Transfer

  • REST APIs for front-end to back-end communications
  • Fast-Forward a network protocol created by Brandmeister to transfer communications between masters at very high speed
  • Mosquitto for master-network data transfer
  • D-Bus for message bus system

Operating Systems

Applications

If you have expertise in programming with these technologies and can volunteer several hours per week, contact us to see if your skills are needed!



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Master 7141 Panama retired

If you were using the Panama master for repeater or hotspot, note that this master has been retired and you will need to update your configuration.

You can follow the steps in this article to find the most suited master server for your application.



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Monday, September 20, 2021

Net Report 20-SEP-2021 (and 13-SEP-2021)

Stations Checked In: 20

Duration: 38

Net Newcomers: KE8SOV, KL5GI, N3WJF

CallsignName
KE8FJWBrad
N8TJTHOMAS E
N6WYDavid J
KE8SOVDaniel L
WA3TUURick
N8YUIRandy
WA8RSADavid
KD8VJDAllan G
KL5GIclifford A
N3WJFDAVID B
W8EOEd
N8HLYThomas
N8DMHDrake M
N4IYLUlysses J
KC0MYPDana F
N8NIFRICHARD K
KO4PZXJoseph A
K9DPBDAVID P
WB8HSBruce
N8RMADustin A


September 13, 2021

Stations Checked In: 17

Duration: 38

Net Newcomers:

CallsignName
W8PASPAUL A
KC0MYPDana F
KB8QASJim
N6DBFJOHN E
WA6WVSergio
VE3SBDavid
K9DPBDAVID P
N6WYDavid J
N4ALKAllan L
KD8VJDAllan G
N8KOMSteven E
WB8HSBruce
N8RMADustin A
WA3TUURick
N8NIFRICHARD K
KD8KBHPhilip
N8YUIRandy

Thursday, September 2, 2021

New “TextCapture” feature, the SMS Store-And-Forward service you can now enable in your Self-Care!

If you found it inconvenient that you can only receive SMS when your DMR radio is turned on, within repeater/hotspot coverage, and not busy transmitting… Brandmeister has a solution!

Thanks to the hard work of Artem and the Brandmeister beta testing team, you now have the ability to turn on “Text Capture” in your self-care, a feature that will store text messages sent to you if your radio is not reachable at the time of sending, and delay delivery until your RadioID becomes active on the Brandmeister DMR network.

Important Requirement

In order for this feature to work, you need to ensure that your radio sends an acknowledgment of SMS reception back to the BrandMeister network. Otherwise, BrandMeister will keep sending the messages, and you will be spammed!

So before turning on this feature, make sure your radio manufacturer has implemented SMS acknowledgment, and that you have enabled this feature in your codeplug. (We will provide a web-based tool to assist in checking if your radio acknowledges properly. Stay tuned!)

How does it work?

Illustration of a DMR Radio sending an SMS to another radio over the Brandmeister Network

By default, Text Capture is turned off. When someone sends an SMS to your RadioID, if the sender and the recipient are not on the same frequency and timeslot, the message is routed to the Brandmeister master server where your radioID was last seen and sent over the same repeater/hotspot you were using. If your radio gets it, great. If not, it’s lost and it won’t be re-delivered.

Brandmeister SMS routing when Text Capture is turned off

Once you turn on the Text Capture feature in your self-care, any data call sent to your radioID (including SMS, IRS, etc.) will be handled by BrandMeister. When an SMS is sent to your RadioID, Brandmeister will capture the message, send an acknowledgment to the sender, attempt delivery to your radio, and wait for it to acknowledge receipt of the SMS. If no acknowledgment is received, Brandmeister will keep sending the message on a regular basis until an acknowledgment is received, for a maximum duration of 7 days. After that, the message will be purged and there is no way to recover it.

Brandmeister SMS routing when Text Capture is turned on

Again, it’s important you keep in mind that once the feature is turned on, your radio will only receive data calls initiated by Brandmeister.

Turning Text Capture on and off

  • Toggle the “Text Capture” option ON or OFF:


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Monday, August 9, 2021

Hotspots and Repeaters Passwords – Important change on October 1st 2021

Over the past few months, the default password “passw0rd” used for MMDVM, Homebrew, and Kairos connections has been progressively removed from BrandMeister DMR Master Servers. This process will be completed by October 1st 2021.

Below are the details of which devices will be affected with this change, and how to address it.

MMDVM, Homebrew Hotspot users (which includes OpenSpot, Pi-Star, BlueDV, ZumSpot, etc.)

If you have not yet specified a hotspot password in your BrandMeister Selfcare, please do so by following the steps in this article. You will also find explanations on configuring your personalized password for the Openspot, Pi-Star and BlueDV.

MMDVM, Homebrew Repeaters Owners

If you are running a repeater using a 6-digit DMR ID and connected to a BrandMeister Master, and you have not set a password yet, please login to your repeater page and scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will find the “Device Password” field:

Once saved, configure your repeater to use this password when connecting to any BrandMeister Master server.

Dual time-slot MMDVM devices

If you are running a dual-timeslot MMDVM with a 7-digit DMR ID, please follow the steps described in the hotspot section above.



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Monday, July 26, 2021

Net Report 26-JUL-2021

Stations Checked In: 20 stations

Duration: 53 minutes

Net Newcomers:

CallsignName
WB8HSBruce
N8SBEDave
WB8BHNJOHN W
N8TJGTodd J
N8YUIRandy
KE8FJWBrad
KD8KBHPhilip
KE8IPGJohn W
VE3SBDavid
KB8GFFSteve
N8VOXAnthony M
N8DMHDrake M
WA6WVSergio
KD8GTXMichael F
N4ALKAllan L
KB3NUNEdmund A
N8HEEJeff
WA3TUURick
KE8GRYEric P
N8RMADustin A

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Net Report 19-JUL-2021

Stations Checked In: 21 stations

Duration: 48 minutes

Net Newcomers: K8MGB

CallsignName
K8MGBMICHAEL G
N8VOXAnthony M
KD8NPVJeffrey R
AD8BUFrank M
N8RMADustin A
KB8GFFSteve
KD8GTXMichael F
WA3TUURick
VE3SBDavid
WB8HSBruce
N4ALKAllan L
K8JMLJACOB
KD8VJDAllan G
AA8RKRalph
KE5XDDAVID M
WA8RSADavid
N8DMHDrake M
W8EOEd
N8TSPAnthony K
KD8KBHPhilip
N8YUIRandy

Monday, July 12, 2021

Net Report 12-JUL-2021

Stations Checked In: 18 stations

Duration: 40 minutes

Net Newcomers: K8HB


CallsignName
KE8FJWBrad
KB8QASJim
VE3SBDavid
AD8BUFrank M
N8YUIRandy
KE8RDIJohn D
WA3TUURick
KE5XDDAVID M
KA9FONMilton
K8HBJOHN E
N4BYUROY G
KD8GTXMichael F
KD8VJDAllan G
WB8HSBruce
KE8IPGJohn W
N6WYDavid J
N8NIFRICHARD K
N8RMADustin A

Monday, July 5, 2021

Net Report 5-JUL-2021

Stations Checked In: 25 Stations

Duration: 55:25

Net Newcomers: N8TSB, K8VL, K8JML, W8PAS

CallsignName
W8PASPAUL A
KJ7UOHMitchell
KG5HJDKevin L
KE8FJWBrad
K8JMLJACOB
K8VLMARK C
KE8ORJMarlon M
KD8VJDAllan G
AD8BUFrank M
KE8GRYEric P
VE3SBDavid
N8RMADustin A
WA3TUURick
WA6WVSergio
N4IYLUlysses J
N4ALKAllan L
N6WYDavid J
VE3PVRick
KE5XDDAVID M
K8JDSJason
N8TSPAnthony K
WB8HSBruce
WQ8AJames
N8NIFRICHARD K
N8YUIRandy


I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!


Monday, June 28, 2021

Net Report 28-JUN-2021

 Stations Checked In: 20 stations

Duration: 51:56

Net Newcomers: N6DBF

CallsignName
N4IYLUlysses J
N6DBFJOHN E
KE5XDDAVID M
N6WYDavid J
N4ALKAllan L
WA3TUURick
KD8GTXMichael F
AD8BUFrank M
KE8GRYEric P
N8NIFRICHARD K
VE3SBDavid
WB8HSBruce
W8EOEd
N8DMHDrake M
N8YUIRandy
KD8VJDAllan G
N8YADBenjamin R
KD8KBHPhilip
N8TJTHOMAS E
N8RMADustin A