The W2EF DMP Repeater
Scope and Intentions
Since DMR Radios and DMR Hotspots have become common our club decided to investigate building a DMR Switch to provide our own independent talk groups for club activities.
We have built a switch based on the HBLink3 software which is running on a server in the cloud. This switch currently has four talk groups configured, these TG's are available for anybody who connects to the switch, but access may be limited to club members in the future.
Two of the talk groups are configured for club nets and two are connected through to the Brandmeister server. The Brandmeister connections are primarily there for testing and to provide traffic through the day so that users can verify the switch is working.
The switch admin screen can be seen using the following link http://126.96.36.199:8080/ this page also has details of the configured nets.
If there is interest, this switch can be extended to include a gateway to DStar, link to local repeaters or connect to a future club RF repeater.
To connect to the WEARC Switch you will need to program your hot spot. Your Hot Spot will probably be programed to work with one of the Brandmeister servers. This is how you get access to the "stations" you want to work with.
The PI-STAR software will let you connect to up to three servers, the WEARC server will need to take one of those spots. We suggest you leave the Brandmeister server as your main connection and add the club server as a secondary server.
A set of rules determines which server gets a request for a channel/station. We suggest you configure the D-STAR software to keep all requests except those for the club channels. That way only the club talk groups will get routed to the club server.
Details for the club server are:
IP address: 188.8.131.52
Supported talk Groups:
Club Chat: 315019
Club Chat 2: 315020
TG310 (Brandmeister): 315013
TG2 (Brandmeister): 315002
The TG310 and TG2 are there for testing, if you connect to them you are effectively using those TG off Brandmeister, but they are busy, so you will hear stuff.
Remember there is also a dashboard for the club switch at http://184.108.40.206:8080
The actual setting of your PI-Star will depend on how you want it programed, The settings needed for the club switch assuming you use the network 2 slot are:
[DMR Network 2]
You can edit this in directly using the expert mode and DMR server settings, just add this test. You will need to have the PI-STAR configured for DMR Gateway (set in the configuration menu).
Once you have set up your PI-STAR you will need to add the club talk groups to your radio.