22nd May 2017
Following on from earlier successful experiments with GB7NF, G4TSN is now trialling some alternative technology to allow MMDVM repeaters to be “dual homed” on both the Phoenix UK and BrandMeister networks.
A new Regional Phoenix Talkgroup has been created – “TG844 – East Midlands” which is configured as “ALWAYS ON” for GB7FU, GB7SK, GB7RE and GB7IN. TG844 is also available “USER ACTIVATED” on all other repeaters which are connected via the Phoenix “new platform”. However, TG844 is not currently available to those accessing via dongles; this will be reviewed once the outcome of the experiment is known.
The shape and size of TG840 will not be changed as a result of this experiment; however, we will be welcoming GB7IN to TG235 for the duration.
Note that this is not a “bridge” between the two networks; it is innovative technology which allows individual repeaters to have concurrent connections to multiple networks, and we are pleased to have the opportunity of working with Jon on this important development which should bring us closer to having a truly UK-wide capability for all DMR users, while allowing each network to retain its individual features, functions and characteristics.
4th May 2017
A bridge between Phoenix Uk and Fusion via the CQ-UK Wires-X room has been established. Users can access via reflector 4409 or if accessing via repeaters on the new platform as a UA on talk group 2351, Timeslot 1.
Worldwide private calls are now supported between mmdvm based dongles users (mmdvm, dvmega,openspot *mmdvm mode). DV4minis will be supported soon as well.
8th April 2017
Dongle users please be advised that TG801 has been moved to its new home on Ref 4491. We are now hosting TG80-84 on Ref 4401-4405. See http://www.dmr-uk.net/index.php/hotspots for full details.
6th April 2017
GPS to APRS is now supported for MD-380 and MD-390 Radios as well as Hytera devices, for all repeaters connected to Phoenix-D,Phoenix-E, and Dongles.
26th January 2017
Tuesday Tech Net
31-01-2017 at 20.00hrs
TG840 regional group, user activated outside of area. Also access via DMR+ 4440
This net is to run for about one hour. No matter your level of knowledge, input is welcome and encouraged. Whether you want to help, or need help and advice, we shall try between us to assist.
If unable to check in for any reason, or just shy email our dedicated address firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. These can then be discussed either on the day, or over the next few sessions.
I’m hoping to run the net fortnightly, based on uptake. I shall update this thread (on East Anglian DMR radio group) with any further thoughts and developments
On behalf of
31st December 2016
BAOFENG DM-5R DMR RADIO
There’s been a lot of chat on various forms of media about these new radios and if they work on the DMR network especially after the Tier II upgrade.
Please take note of the following post from a Phoenix Repeater Keeper as it raises the fact that they are not suitable for use on any DMR repeater network.
“I have now heard a station using the DM-5R on the Phoenix network. I can confirm that although the radio appeared to work (apart from having very low audio) it was actually occupying both time slots on the originating repeater. This confirms that even though the so-called Tier 2 update had been done it was still working as a Tier 1 radio.
Using these radios on any repeater is definitely not recommended. Doing so effectively make that repeater unusable on the second time slot, totally defeating one of the main advantages of DMR. It is up to the repeater keeper how such misuse is handled.”
4th December 2016
DMR+ reflector allocations for hotspot connections to Phoenix have changed. See http://www.dmr-uk.net/index.php/hotspots for details.
26th November 2016
Following the announcement earlier this week that the DMR-MARC network, (which Phoenix is part of) has now established a partnership with DMR+ we will begin a selective roll-out of Dongle access to the Phoenix network.
You are all aware that we are proud of our “radio based” network and we place a high value on the call quality and network stability and we would not wish to do anything which would degrade either our network or the user experience. After consultation and 100% support from the TG840 repeater keeper’s we will initially provide dongle access to TG840 for a trial period until the 31st December 2016.
This does not mean that we are proposing a cross-connection to the BrandMeister network for TG840; the “Emergency / Disaster” connections to BrandMeister via TG 9112 / 9911 remain in place, however. Access is gained via the use of DMR+ Reflector 4404. Currently DV4mini’s , SharkRF, and DVmegas are all fully supported. Please connect to the Phoenix-C master in your software.
We welcome feedback during this trial period from users of the network. If repeater keepers would like their region added to the next phase please get in touch. Please direct all messages to email@example.com.
more details on how to connect can be found here:
1st August 2016
A number of tests have been conducted between DMR+ and Phoenix.
Currently a few repeaters have TG4400 on slot 1 UA linked to reflector 4400 on DMR+. Test’s have been made using both the DV4mini and DVmega. Repeaters included are; GB7SE, GB7WL, GB7AL, GB7MK, and GB3OM.
Further updates will be posted as testing continues.
9th June 2016
As posted on the Northern DMR Cluster Facebook Group:
A connection to the wider Amateur networks has always been viewed as a goal, and something that we have been working with others to provide. You may at times hear voices from wider areas and groups, due to us testing a link into the MARC talk groups via OpenDMR. We should have available the same TG’s we show on the website, but they should now connect to further repeaters around the world on the MARC network.
9th June 2016
Mike Hawkins (G8WOY)
It is with sadness that we advise that Mike became Silent Key on Monday 6th June 2016 at Hillingdon Hospital following a brief and unexpected illness. He was involved with many repeater projects around London and had recently been awarded the NoV for GB7MP in Southwark London. As a member of the Radio Society of Harrow, updates are available via their website – http://www.g3efx.org.uk/discussions/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=544
7th May 2016
Following discussion between users and keepers at the recent Kempton Rally, a proposal was put forward to all repeater keepers in the region to make TG801 the primary (Always On) talk group for the entire Metro West and East areas. Users had also expressed interest in having GB7WL join the region. The proposal was given full agreement by all the keepers and the Admins have now activated this service. In summary this will mean the following;
1. GB7GF, GB7NS, GB7EP, GB7HR, and GB7SC will have TG801 made the primary (always on) talk group , TG802 will be made a UA on Slot 2 (as it is for all other repeaters).
2. GB7WL will have TG801 made an always on talk group on slot 2. (TG810, will remain Always On also) , It has been acknowledged there is shared usage between local and London area users of GB7WL and would be a natural fit on TG801.
3. TG803 will be retired. As all these repeaters now fall into tg801 area. If Tg801 is in used TG802 can be used or alternatively you can use TG80-84.
We feel that these changes will encourage more usage and will make operating while mobile a lot easier. As a reminder users now have the option of 5 UA talk groups (TG80 to 84) should they wish to move off TG801. Also for those which use local TG9 on their repeater there are hold off timers already in place which will stop TG801 interrupting your QSO.
No codeplug changes should be required by users of the existing Metro West repeaters. Those which use GB7WL have the option to add TG801, although we have received feedback that most users already were using TG801 as a UA already. TG803 can be removed whenever you next update your codeplug.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd May 2016
From the Phoenix Admin Team:
As of today [and for a trial period] GB7SK (Skeffington, Leicestershire) will add TG801 to it’s Slot 2 “Always ON” groups.
If the burden of traffic – in either direction – becomes an issue the experiment can be discontinued.
The c-Bridge Admins have advised that 3 additional UK Wide User Activated talk groups were created some time ago in the event that they might be required. These were never published however as the news of them is now reaching social media, we have been given permission to formally publish that TG82, TG83 and TG84 are available on all repeaters and just to note that these are optional talk groups and therefore it’s up to the individual users to decide if they wish to utilise them or not.
10th March 2016
Work has been going on between G0RDI & DL5DI to integrate a new version of DMR + into the Phoenix network which will allow the MARC style setup in regards to talk groups and slots. Other features of DMR + are switched off whilst currently under-going testing then it’s up to the Keepers whether they want them and how to deliver them.
The most important addition is a real ISPC server which allows Hytera repeaters to join the Phoenix network and will appear as “DMR-Plus IPSC” on the MARC repeater listing.
An additional feature will be the availability to connect home brew repeaters based on G4KLX code running on MMDVM hardware. More features to be tested are a dongle server and reflector system – more detail to be advised when available and the addition of the new features is pending testing and agreement with the network and Keepers.