Currently there are 5 “options” in the UK which are defined on the UK DMR Repeater map (http://www.dmr-uk.net/index.php/uk-dmr-map/)
This is the largest DMR network in the UK and also provides a connection to DMR-MARC which stretches over 48 countries and 500 repeaters. DMR Plus is also linked in to provide reflector access to Phoenix UK and DMR-MARC. This website contains most of the the information a user may require to be able to operate on this network. We have other media as well to provide live updates (including the twitter feed on the home page) – check under the “About Us” menu for more information and contact information.
There are similarities between the reflectors and talk groups between Brandmeister and Phoenix UK / DMR Plus however Brandmeister is not linked to Phoenix UK or DMR Plus. This is due to all systems using one numbering standard where blocks of reflectors and talk groups are generally assigned to specific countries.
More information on their talk group structure via http://www.bm-dmr.uk/dashboard/BM%20UK.jpg and http://www.bm-dmr.uk/dashboard/BM%20UK.pdf and their reflector structure http://www.bm-dmr.uk/dashboard/bmreflector.html – note that not all BM UK repeaters have the same talk groups as “always on” so it’s advisable to consult the local repeater keeper or website.
- South West Cluster
This is the larger of the 3 clusters in the UK covering a good area stretching west from Andover / Romsey just into the Welsh border. Note that Phoenix UK has several repeaters in this area as well and they are not connected to the cluster. The talk group layout is Slot 2 / TG950 for the cluster and Slot 1 / TG9 for local. More information about the cluster can be found at http://gb7bs.com/gb7bs/the%20southwest%20cluster.html
This is a growing cluster covering Shropshire and Borders which is now linked into Brandmeister. The talk group layout is Slot 2 / TG75 for the cluster [TG23575 if using a hotspot on the Brandmeister network] and Slot 1 / TG9 for local. More information can be found on http://salop-repeater.weebly.com/
- Northern DMR Cluster
This is a newly formed cluster of 5 repeaters in the north of England – http://www.northerndmrcluster.com/index.html – Note that as at 9th June 2016, the Northern DMR Cluster connected to MARC and is now accessible through the Phoenix Network.
These repeaters are not on a network and run TG9 on both slots (similar to having 2 analogue repeaters in 1 location). Some may be linked to other digital modes – it’s best to refer to the Repeater Keeper or search for a repeater website or Facebook Group for clarification.