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Update: The Annual Holiday Dinner is on Saturday January 19th. Details in the post below. Reservations are now closed.

Update: The speaker for the PSRG Annual Meeting has been announced. The meeting will be held Sunday January 27th at the Seattle EOC, followed by a short board meeting.  New! An AnyTone DMR HT will be awarded as a door prize at the Annual Meeting! Details in the post below.

New PSRG DMR repeater operational! Details below.

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New PSRG DMR repeater operational!

From Doug (KD7DK): With material help from Randy (W3RWN) and labor from Casey (AE7SL), the Puget Sound Repeater Group has installed its test DMR repeater at Capitol Park.  This repeater is linked to and carries the core PNW-DMR (Pacific NorthWest DMR Group) talkgroups.  Please visit their website pnwdigital.net* for more information on the PNW-DMR network, talkgroups, user technical guidelines, and operating best practices.

If you are going to operate DMR in this region, please join the PNW-DMR vgemail/notification group so you can receive operational notifications and be informed of network changes.

Now the details so you can program your radios:  Our repeater is new so its not in the existing codeplugs which you can download from the PNW-DMR website.

RX 440.775 / TX 445.775 (+5.0)  Color code 2
Callsign WW7PSR
This is a dedicated narrowband (12.5KHz) channel.
DMR Digital transmissions only.

The following talkgroups are supported:

Time slot 1:
Wash 1  (3153)
Local 1  (3181)
Tac 1  (8951)
PNW 1  (3187)
Parrot (9998) – This is a playback test talkgroup.

Time slot 2:
Wash 2  (103153)
Local 2  (3166)
Tac 2  (8952)
PNW 2  (103187)
PNWR (31771)

The equipment for this repeater is a Yaesu DR-1X operating at 20 watts into a modest gain antenna.  The digital modem is a Micro-Node Teensy-MMDVM connected to a Raspberry Pi 3 running MMDVM-Host and DMR-Gateway to interconnect to the PWN-DMR 2-slot gateway, known as Rex.  This is not the final configuration but one the group could launch quickly, and help us gain more information to inform our final equipment choices.

If you have not operated DMR before, please take some time to read some of the information for first time users  before keying up.

We have been really pleased with the initial coverage reports.  Please let us know how you find the coverage.  We are currently running 5 watts, but that was a configuration mistake and it will shortly be set to 20 watts which will probably be the final setting for the test repeater.  Send questions and observations to tech@psrg.org.

*Also please note that PNW-DMR is in the process of moving their web presence to a new hosting site and that some of the URLs referenced above may change in the future.

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Annual Holiday Dinner

Update: The PSRG Annual Holiday Dinner will be held on Saturday January 19th,
social hour at 6pm and dinner starting at 7pm. . We’ll be holding it at the Egg & Us restaurant in Ballard. This restaurant is the same as last year. So is the cost, which will be $28.00 plus tip which will be collected at the dinner.

Reservations are now closed! If you find you must cancel for whatever reason, please contact Tim Helming (wt1im@psrg.org) as soon as possible so that we can cancel your food order and avoid the group incurring unreimbursed cost.

 

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PSRG Annual Meeting

Update: The PSRG Annual Meeting will be held Sunday January 27th from 1 PM to 4PM at the Seattle EOC . The speaker will be Bob Stephens AF9W on the topic “Introduction to DMR.” See the Annual Meeting Page for detailed information.

New! PSRG has received a donation of an AnyTone AT-D878UV GPS DMR handie-talkie which will be awarded as a door prize at the Annual Meeting. You need to be in attendance at the annual meeting to win.

The AnyTone AT-D878UV is a dual band analog FM and DMR (tier I and II) portable radio, it supports APRS, DMR Roaming and DPRS. This radio is designed for amateur radio. The radio has a value of $219 and was donated by an anonymous donor.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JM2HTV6/ It will, of course, work on the new PSRG DMR repeater. 

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DMR Repeater Planned

Although the minutes of the December board meeting have not been released, President Doug, KD7DK has announced that the board approved the installation of a 70 cm DMR repeater at the Capitol Park site. See the  previous DMR Repeater Proposal for an explanation and details. Doug announce on the December 10 PSRG Net that donations were being accepted to cover most of the costs. By the December 12 9 PM Net, the goal had been met!

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IRLP has been restored!

IRLP has been out of commission for a while, but thanks to our dedicated Tech Team, it is back in business. The Echolink/IRLP/Allstar page has been updated with instructions about how to use it.

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Repeater Voting System (Remote Receivers) Monitoring Link

Update 

PSRG added a “Voting System” in October 2018. This is a network of remote receivers scattered around the coverage area to enhance the coverage for people calling into the repeater. Although the system is one directional, i.e., the remote units can receive your signal, the output of the repeater still comes from Queen Anne. A more detailed explanation of how the system works has been provided by Doug Kingston, KD7DK: PSRG Voting System. PSRG Voting System.

You can look at the strength of the signals being received by each of the receivers in real time at the PSRG Supermon page.

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November Educational Meeting

The November Educational Meeting date was held on Saturday November 10, at 1:30 PM at the Salmon Bay Cafe, 5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle.

The topic was “Ham Makers and Tinkerers Showcase”

Confirmed presenters were Cody, AG7LR, presenting his work with micro-controllers; Darin, KG7ZFC, presenting his Raspberry Pi/SDR box project and Quentin, K7DRQ, discussing Antenna Optimization with Genetic Algorithms.

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August Meeting Minutes

The August meeting minutes have been posted under the News & Information tab.

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Interested in Upgrading? Know Anyone Who Wants to Become a Ham?

There is an Extra Class coming up in late October and early November.   The class is sponsored by Mike & Key Amateur Radio Club, and it’s FREE.

Details: Dates for the class are October 27th, November 3rd and 10th from 9am-5pm.  The class is FREE, but the test at the end of the third day costs $ 15. The class location is

PC Center
2363 NW 80th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

Course materials are available at www.TukwilaRadioClub.org under Training Roadmap and the ARRL Extra Licensing Manual is recommended. The Manual is available for $30 at the class, but you should reserve a copy.

There is also a Technician class at the same location on November 3rd and 10th. If you know anyone looking to get their license, here is an opportunity. Materials are also on the Tukwila site.

If interested in either class, please email Dan Stevens kl7wm@aol.com to sign up.

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