September 19, 2022 News from Kalispell. The Flathead Valley Amateur Radio Club recently turned-up their new mixed-mode DMR/FM 2 meter repeater on Buffalo Hill. This replaced an analog FM-only repeater. Details can be found at their web site:

July 4, 2022 Updated web pages for Boulder Hill, Mac Pass UHF, North Hills, West Mesa, and La Mosca Peak.

June 11, 2022 Boulder Hill, Mac Pass UHF, and North Hills sites were used to support the Governor’s Cup Races in Helena. 

April 24, 2022 Hamilton site removed, it is no longer on the air. Added New Mexico site West Mesa, located on Nine Mile Hill. This site serves Albuquerque proper and may work better for some users than the Sandia Crest site.

February 3, 2021 MPRG1 talk group reaches into Canada! See BC Kimberley site for details.

September 29, 2020 A fourth UHF DMR site using BrandMeister networking has been turned-up in New Mexico. Capilla Peak, 30 miles southeast of Albuquerque, is on the air. This is a DMR-only site due to the use of Motorola repeater hardware. That and a Celwave 8 dBd gain antenna located at the top of the tower are expected to provide spectacular coverage south of Albuquerque…As part of the same Mission from Montana, on 9/25/20, the power supply at the Santa Fe site was replaced with new hardware. On 9/23/20, the Hytera repeater hardware at Sandia crest was replaced with a Motorola MTR3000.

August 8, 2020 The Butte, Montana Red Mountain 444.0 MHz site is on the air again, this time with different repeater hardware. A Hytera RD982 replaces the Yaesu DR-1X/MMDVM modem.

August 8, 2020 At the Lookout Pass, Montana site, the Hytera RD982 was replaced with a Motorola SLR 5700 repeater. Analog FM mode and EchoLink node are no longer available.

July 19, 2020 At the Toston, Montana site, the original Hytera RD982 was replaced with a Motorola SLR 5700 repeater. Analog FM mode and EchoLink node WR7AGT-R/449300 are no longer available.

July 7, 2020 At the Missoula, Montana University Mountain site, the original Hytera RD982 was replaced with a Motorola SLR 5700 repeater. Analog FM mode and EchoLink node WR7HLN-L/448900 are no longer available.

June 12, 2020 At the Dillon, Montana Badger Pass site, the Hytera repeater was swapped for a Motorola SLR 5700. DMR on BrandMeister operations have not changed but analog FM with EchoLink networking is no longer available.

June 7, 2020 Great Falls 2 meter DMR Brandmeister repeater is on the air. 146.800- split, CC2. The original Hytera RD622 was replaced with a Motorola SLR 5700 repeater. Analog FM mode is no longer available.

June 6, 2020 Lookout Pass repeater was used in analog FM mode for communications support for the Trail Rail Run. This is an annual event that takes place from Mullan, Idaho to St. Regis, Montana along a former railroad path that has been converted into a trail.

April 20, 2020 I am rebuilding the site from scratch, again. Again, an issue with the web site making software with no known solution. #1 priority is the more popular downloads. Give me a few days to get the content and downloads restored to the site.

March 5, 2020 
Are you using the 3108 master for your repeater or hotspot? Per Corey, this master server will be shut down on May 30th so you have until then to select and switch your repeater and hot spot over to another BrandMeister master server.

February 18, 2020 
Joel W7JFO has his MMDVM-based repeater running 24x7 at his shop in Rexford. Soon, it will be moved to Black Butte, a mountain top site with clear views of Eureka, Rexford, and north well into Canada. 
November 31, 2019 
The second Montana DMR Net was a great success. There were nineteen check-ins this evening. The plan is to hold this net every Saturday at 7PM Montana Time (MST/MDT) on the Montana Statewide talk group 3130. Questions and comments to Rahn W7DOA.

November 10, 2019 Billings DMR & D-Star repeater is on the air. This is owned and operated by Mike N7YHE. It is on the air from his home on the far west side of Billings for testing. Soon, it will be moved to its permanent location where it is expected to provide portable coverage throughout the Billings metroplex.

September 14, 2019 
It does now. The DMR repeater at the La Mosca, New Mexico site is connected to BrandMeister via a local WiSP. 
June 25, 2019 
Santa Fe on the air 6/24, La Mosca on the air 6/25 but without internet access so it is operating as a stand-alone repeater for now. 
June 19, 2019 
Map for New Mexico site Santa Fe and also the all-New Mexico map have been updated to reflect the correct frequency for the Santa Fe site. A new New Mexico sample codeplug for MD-380/390 has been posted reflecting this change and also correcting an error with the DMR Simplex channels. This new codeplug file name ends in 190619nm.

June 15, 2019 
Great Falls site is on the air. DMR networking with BrandMeister is working well but analog EchoLink has not yet been installed. Limited coverage testing verifies excellent signals in town and to the south. Coverage reports north, west, and east of the site to Tom WR7AGT are appreciated.

April 27, 2019 
The empire grows. Tom WR7AGT is in Albuquerque, installing a new MPRG DMR repeater at a site on Sandia Crest. The new 443.300 repeater is connected to the BrandMeister network and is operating dual-mode, providing DMR and analog FM coverage over a substantial portion of central New Mexico. He is also setting up the future Mt Taylor 443.350 repeater at Dallas' shop in Albuquerque so it will be tested and ready for installation at Mt Taylor this summer.

Larry N7YET marked on through the Dillon Badger Pass repeater today. This is noteworthy because Badger Pass has been stand-alone, disconnected from the BrandMeister network since last fall due to the failure of the microwave radio at Badger Pass. Some digging showed that the radio started working 3 days ago, bringing Badger Pass back onto the network. We don't know why it failed months ago or why it came back to life on its own.

April 10, 2019 
Darrell K7IUI created a codeplug for Anytone 868 and 878. It is posted under Downloads > Downloads for Anytone.

Starting Over April 7, 2019 
Due to [stuff, this and that, excuses], this web site has been neglected for many months. Some of the information is badly outdated so we are starting over. The #1 priority right now is to make the latest MD-380/390 sample codeplug available for download. A lot has changed in Montana since the last 380/390 codeplug was pushed out. The latest version includes zones for sites that didn't exist in Western Montana with the previous version and also a lot of new to DMR hams are now included in Digital Contacts. Under Downloads, grab page 1 of the worksheet to see the new zones and channels layout then if you are interested, download the codeplug from the Hytera page for your MD-380 and 390. As always, there is no guarantee of anything when using our sample code plugs so you need to be able to backout of this change to your radio. Before you program your radio, at a minimum, please change the Radio ID number to your own. 

More to follow,
Mike KB8ML & Tom WR7AGT

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