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DCI MotoTRBO IPSC Amateur Radio Group

Our mission is to connect to and converse with the wider DMR Ham community by openly sharing our network resources and talkgroups to enable dynamic connections to all radio amateur DMR groups.

Our focus is to learn more about and experiment with, IPSC, c-Bridge implementation and 3rd party networking options compatible with MotoTRBO networking.  You only need a DMR capable user radio but you must use or have access to a Motorola MotoTRBO repeater.

Our main pursuits are to actively to participate in the growth of the Amateur DMR community generally and MotoTRBO networking more specifically, to learn more about the "c-Bridge" and promote linking via the c-Bridge and other 3rd party efforts that can expand the abilities of TRBO.  Independent network growth is very simply implemented with the c-Bridge as it is so very easy to do and undo, without the need for the authorization keys of member networks.  We also desire to have in place the ability to work emergencies and nets with redundant talkgroup servers to insure smooth day-to-day communications as well as during priority and emergency events. 

Simply being able to load the time slots in the ham DMR world quickly and simply is a great reason to reach out to all the groups.   Other reasons are to play with DMR and TRBO as well as learning more about the technology, but also, connections can be simply for special functions such as hamfests, conventions and other demonstration events.  The connections can be short or long term, scheduled or impromptu.  The beauty of the c-Bridge is that connections can easily be severed, made dormant until needed and then reconnected, manually or dynamically.  Any administrator or manager of an  ISPC network knows how that can be problematic when adding or trying to delete repeaters from an IPSC network. But also, this method requires no trips to the hilltops and no worry about the network security being compromised by a disgruntled repeater owner or system operator.  This helps to insure that our approach remains politically neutral across all the independent Amateur DMR groups.

Important Caution:  Do not buy any equipment, especially DMR repeaters, before you know it will do what you want done.  Read this simple GUIDE (back-up) or ask around first.  Motorola repeaters are the standard in Ham networking and no other manufacturers are able to network to Motorola's MotoTRBO repeaters.

DCI also participates in DMR nets and most managers turn on these talkgroups are the appropriate times so that users are able to participate.  3 nets are currently scheduled:  Worldwide, Tech Net, and TAC 310 Net.

DCI has c-Bridge connections to: SF TRBO, NorCal, DMR-MARC, DMR-IL IT-DMR, AZ-TRBONET and more.  DCI actively supports the c-Bridge and the philosophy of connecting IPSC networks for many reasons.  Most importantly, peer slots on a simple IPSC network are finite and operationally, more problematic as the number of repeaters grow on a single IPSC network.  The c-Bridge breaks that limitation wide open and offers so much more than a simple party line on 2 time slots.  Talkgroups can be used for routing and this enables the use of more than a single Talkgroup on a Timeslot.  While not the complete answer to TRBO's IPSC limitations, it is a quantum improvement.

If you already have a TRBO repeater or you are part of an IPSC network, you are welcome to explore  bringing your repeater or IPSC network onto the  DCI network.  DCI can also peer in (join) to your network of 1 or more repeaters.  Whether to simply get your feet wet as you get up to speed and then move off into some other direction or you may desire a long term affilitation, our network managers are available to use and gain experience with TRBO networking.

If you have a c-Bridge, then it can easily link to our c-Bridge (or better into a CPM on Q-B) and these types of links (conference connections) are preferred over that of putting a c-Bridge peer on your network or your repeater on our networks.  If interested in exploring these options or use of CPM's, please Email us at: DCI Linking.  We also have a c-Bridge Forum if you wish to follow along in a more interactive setting.

c-Bridge / Forum DCI uses the "50x",  "IPSC-5" and Virtual c-Bridges by Rayfield Communications
Guide A "Beginners Guide to DMR" or DMR for Dummies booklet written by John, W2XAB, released May 2014 at Hamvention, Dayton Ohio  (back-up location)
History Background on TRBO-6 and DCI beginning in late 2008
Linking How to get started with your repeater or affiliate one of our IPSC networks as a peer or via your c-Bridge
Network Affiliations Short list of "known" c-Bridged IPSC networks, most being linked with DCI currently.  See:  "the Bridge" talkgroup for additional networking
News Get the latest information on additions or changes for the DCI Group
Open ISPC We support repeaters and IPSC networks that desire to connection to the many other ham IPSC networks
Repeater Listing Repeaters on the DCI's IPSC networks
Q-B DCI's Buffer Bridge BackBone project for robust/failover talkgroup networking
Sitemap The page of last resort (or is that first?) for category lists or alphabetical
Streaming DCI streams on Radio Reference; "DCI 1", "Comm 1", "TAC 310" and DMR-MARC's North America and "Worldwide" Talkgroups
Donate If you think there is value in our activities and are so inclined to support them

Revised: 09/03/2014 16:37

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