xlxd 2.2.1 interlink now supported on BrandMeister Master Servers

Update: XLX 2.2.2 now fully functional with BrandMeister DMR, including D-Star traffic originating the inter-connected XLX.

The new BrandMeister Master server version 20180116-121244 brings the ability for a master server to establish an interlink with xlxd 2.2.1 . For reflector administrators, one of the major benefits of xlxd 2.2.1 is the ability to handle both D-Star and DMR audio flows with the ability to leverage AMBE transcoding.

When an interlink is established between a BrandMeister TalkGroup and xlxd 2.2.1, it is important to know that xlxd will only perform  D-Star~~DMR AMBE transcoding when sending D-Star audio to the BrandMeister master server. Outbound audio from BrandMeister DMR to the XLX server intended for D-Star traffic is not being AMBE-transcoded by the XLX server.

Below is a technical explanation of the reason. If you are planning to request an interlink, please also take notice of the current xlxd issues.

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New BrandMeister master server in mainland China

We are very excited to announce that a new BrandMeister master server 4601 is now operational in mainland China. This has been made possible with the help of Michael BD7MQB.

The  server is hosted at the multi-carrier Alibaba Cloud, offering low latency and fast data transfer to all users in mainland China.

For any assistance or further information, please check the BrandMeister China Wiki page, or check the QQ group 欢迎加入BM China 服务器讨论群,群号码:327069058.

New BrandMeister Last Heard : Better & Faster !

The BrandMeister DMR Last Heard has been nearly completely rewritten; for a more stable, reliable, and faster experience. It also includes new features !

Seriously Faster !

The last-heard has been rewritten and streamlined, from 500+ lines of code down to only 300 ! A significant gain of speed has been added with the elimination of all external lookups, which are now done ahead of time by the master servers.

More Features !

New features have been added to the Last-Heard. You’ll see a new Talker-Alias (TA) column, as well as c-Bridge names in the source column.

BrandMeister DMR Last Heard - New features

A feed is now built-in with more updated news !

Give it a try !

Go to https://brandmeister.network, and click on “Last Heard”. If you experience any error, please make sure to clear your web-browser cache !

Talkgroups numbers below 90, Clusters and Reflectors

As you may know, Talkgroups below 90 are reserved and do not route between BrandMeister master servers. Traffic stays within repeaters on the master. As of version 20171029-191416, the talkgroups below 90 should not be configured as static for any repeater.

For cluster usage, BrandMeister recommends to use Talkgroup 2 and Talkgroup 8.

Reflectors use TalkGroup 9 on Timeslot 2.

Abell R-80 Repeater is now supported by BrandMeister

The Abell R-80 DMR repeaters are now supported by BrandMeister master servers running version 20171029-191416 or later.

The R-80 is a 25W/50W repeater, available in VHF and UHF version, covering ham radio bands.

Important warning: before you go purchase this repeater, note that the manufacturer did not implement private voice calls, data calls, nor CSBK. Only voice will work (no GPS , APRS, SMS, Radio-Check, Talker-Alias, etc.) until the manufacturer implements it.

Authentication for Motorola SLR-series repeater is now fully working

The BrandMeister master server version 20170819-094229 fixed the previous issues encountered when authentication was turned ON for Motorola SLR-series repeaters.  The problem was due to a different handshake used by this model of repeaters.

Sysops using these repeaters can now use password authentication with the master server they connect to, if they wish to.

New page on BrandMeister master-servers for repeater hardware metrics

BrandMeister master server version 20170802-193953 brings a new feature for Motorola SLR et RadioActivity Kairos repeaters. Using your web browser, you can connect to the BrandMeister master server where one of these repeaters is connected to, and view the below real-time metrics. These values are not coming from the codeplug configuration, but are are being measured by the hardware real-time : Continue reading “New page on BrandMeister master-servers for repeater hardware metrics”