Boise, Idaho DMR/MotoTRBO Amateur Repeater Codeplugs!

Boise’s DMR repeater has been busy with chatter the last few days since it came back online. Thanks again to Al, WA7GSK, Fred KE7FIX and the group at Gem State Communications for bringing it back on to the DMR MARC network!

Connect Systems has brought down the price on the MD380 UHF handheld clear down to $110! Incredible value to get on digital voice and talk to the world. As I write this post, I’m QSOing with a station in Nova Scotia and New Zealand 🙂 You can buy an MD380 here.

Want to know more about DMR aka MotoTRBO in Idaho? Here are a couple short articles and the DMR Primer:

Amateur’s Guide to DMR

DMR in the UK

DMR at the Windsor, Canada Field Day

Motorola Amateur Radio Club (DMR-MARC)

I’ve built sample codeplugs for the following radios:

Motorola XPR4550 UHF Mobile
Motorola XPR6550 UHF Handheld
Connect Systems CS750 UHF Handheld
TYT/Tytera MD380 UHF Handheld

All that needs changed is the subscriber ID to match the one you have requested from DMR-MARC here:
Request your radio subscriber ID from DMR MARC

The radio IDs have been defaulted to “1” in each codeplug and will need to be changed prior to accessing the network.

Right click to save as:
Connect Systems CS750 Boise Sample Codeplug (entire DMR-MARC contacts database)
Tytera/TYT MD380 Boise Sample Codeplug
Motorola XPR4550 Boise Sample Codeplug 403-470 Split
Motorola XPR6550 Boise Sample Codeplug 450-512 Split hex edited down to 430 MHz (write to radio, reading from radio will return to original 450-512 bandsplit)

Software used:
MotoTRBO CPS version 10.7 with wideband patch from the gents at Communications.support (patch here)
Connect Systems CPS HAM2000 version R4.00.13
Tytera MD_380 Radio Programming Software V1.30.0

Watch the C-Bridge live here!

Interested in more info? Email me directly at k6lor AT vwreact DOT org or catch me on the 444.075+ DMR repeater on Local Color Code 1 Timeslot 2 Talkgroup 2 🙂 I’m also typically monitoring the 146.780-/444.725+ repeater network.

Welcome to 2015

Happy New Year! It’s going to be a very busy year for VWR. Your help is needed to make the events we support go smoothly. Volunteer now!

On the topic of repeaters, DMR aka MotoTRBO had a very big year in 2014, with 3 times as many active repeaters on DMR-MARC as there were in 2013. We are working together to find the best solution that will serve the community.

If you are interested in DMR aka MotoTRBO, please contact me at aj.grantham at gmail dot com!

Brief website outage & Fit One 2014

Sorry for the downtime everyone! The domain name that this site’s DNS points to expired a couple days ago and I thought it was set up to automatically renew. Oddly enough it wasn’t. So when it expired, the private NS entries dropped out and hosed several other sites. We’re back up!

Major thanks to everyone that came out this morning to assist on Fit One 2014 put on by the folks at St Luke’s. No major issues and things ran pretty smoothly. This year the organizers were on DMR rental radios (Motorola MotoTRBO XPR6550s) so we were only able to communicate with them using the one spare radio they had. In years past they’ve been on analog narrowband UHF that we were able to communicate directly with. Major improvement over last year as logistics was on simplex and medical was on the only repeater. This year both medical and logistics were on the repeater (different timeslots).

Quick edit – handhelds used were XPR6550s, not the mobile XPR4550 🙂

Project Preparedness 2014


What is Project Preparedness 2014? Valleywide REACT is taking on the task of deploying Digital Mobile Radio, also known as DMR or MotoTRBO, repeaters throughout our impact area in Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon to provide for:
– Resilient emergency communications
– Efficient use of spectrum
– Dedicated public service radio use
– Improve the use of Amateur (Ham) Radio in community and government emergency preparedness plans

Project Preparedness 2014 is in the funding stage at this point with a bench launch planned for Winter 2014. The network will consist of 8 DMR repeaters covering from Twin Falls, Idaho to Vale, Oregon and extending to New Meadows south to Jordan Valley. This all digital two way radio network is open to anyone with an FCC issued Amateur Radio license, a DMR handheld or mobile radio and a desire to help their community.

DMR is a natural migration from traditional analog wideband communications and allows for greater spectrum use with limited infrastructure. DMR is vendor neutral – no one is locked in to only using one particular brand of radio like Icom’s DSTAR product and has a GPS location mapping element built in to the ETSI international standard.

If you are interested in more information about Valleywide REACT’s DMR plans or to get involved in DMR in your community, feel free to email AJ Grantham, K6LOR at his callsign at ARRL dot net.

Field Day 2014

We’re putting together a Field Day team for June 28-29 with set up starting after 5 pm on Friday June 27. This will be at a location in south Caldwell. Email me if you are interested or call me directly.

-AJ, K6LOR