Some statistics about unique IDs using BrandMeister and selfcare accounts

We ran database query over the past 6 months and have seen that more than 54,000 unique DMR IDs have been utilizing the BrandMeister network. That’s more than half the number of IDs assigned by DMR-Marc !

As of today, 16,000 unique users have created a Self-Care BrandMeister account . (per call-sign; some call-signs might have several DMR IDs)

Thank you all for your continuous support for the BrandMeister DMR network!

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 !

It’s BrandMeister 2nd Birthday !

Today, November 24th marks the second birthday of the BrandMeister DMR Network project!

Two years ago, BrandMeister revolutionized DMR HAM Radio by offering a uniform experience: any talkgroup accessible from any repeater or hotspot; the support for private calls; an audio web streaming server for all talkgroups, an easy to use web interface for repeater owners to do their own configuration, an interconnection with c-Bridges, D-Star reflectors, YSF reflectors, and the Wires-X network;  and a convenient wiki documentation.

Since then the core software and the back-end architecture have had several optimizations phases, and the implementation of the latest software technologies to ensure a fast network with high-audio-quality. New and unique feature have been added on a regular basis, such as repeater alerts,  repeater and hotspots passwords, Air Security,  a full APRS/GPS implementation for all common terminals, etc. Continue reading “It’s BrandMeister 2nd Birthday !”

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.