Emergency Communications, or EMCOM, is a significant element of amateur radio. As new voice modes are added there is always interest in using the latest technology.
DMR on the Brandmeister network has taken a major step in making DMR much more usable for EMCOM.
The following announcement was posted in the BrandMeister Facebook group:
Due to the high demand for emergency communications on DMR we have implemented two new (worldwide) talkgroups
- TG 9911 – EMCOM US
- TG 9112 – EMCOM EU
Please keep these talkgroups clear. Use them only for Emergency Communications!
(FAQ: why is there a 9 in front of each TG? The 9 stands for global TGs that are not bound to any country.)
For the PAPA System we have decided to add EMCOM US (9911) to our code plugs. We intend to create an EMCOM zone with channels for each repeater. When needed, the PAPA System will make this talkgroup static on all of it’s repeaters in the affected area.
This is being done to discourage use of the talkgroup, except during an emergency, and to make it easier to move between repeaters if you are using the talkgroup.
Listen to the DMR Roundtable on 3106, Mondays at 8pm (Pacific Time) for updates.
Special thanks to qsl.net for the image.