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.
FreeDMR is a new network in the UK, which come to life since the Brandmeister UK server got moved to a new team. As such it’s currently not referenced on the mapping page. FreeDMR uses a HB Link server which has several repeaters and gateways linked to it.
The talk group structure is fairly much the same as Brandmeister UK (there are a few additional chat talk groups) – note that some talk groups are now linked with Phoenix.
Here’s a link to their talk group layout which covers the UK and other countries they are now linked with – http://www.freedmr.uk/index.php/talkgroups/?fbclid=IwAR0hojIJJWbw98dNwtAOIp_uiyOMWkYs0WrObQY0g7swKu5SwKeZpPf1udk
As the network is still in development, keep checking their website for updates.
- 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 https://gb7bs.com/gb7bs/the-southwest-cluster.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.