VO1UHF Static Talkgroups Update


TG302( slot 1) Canada
TG3020(slot 1) Newfoundlnad
TG3021(slot 2) Nova Scotia
TG3024(slot 2) Manitoba
TG3025(slot 2) Saskachewan
TG3026(slot 1) Canada English
TG3027(slot 2) British Colombia
TG3028(slot 2) Northern Canada
TG3029(slot 2) New Brunswick
TG30261(slot 2) Alberta

TG302050 (slot 1) –   Freestar Cross  ( XRF005B | YSF 306010 | XLX416G )

TG302310 (slot 1) –  Canada Cross Link ( NXDN TG 302 | BM302310 | XLX302 C | P25 TG 302)

TG302024 (slot 1) – The 420 Ham Radio Network


VO1UHF & VO1TZ Back On Air

This morning myself and VO1OE put VO1UHF and VO1TZ back on the air.

VO1TZ use to be a D-Star stack of VHF,UHF and 1.2Ghz radios. These radios have been removed and stored.

VO1UHF has been put in place of VO1TZ UHF on 443.400+ and is now DMR and DSTAR

VO1TZ VHF 145.090+ ( 100hz RX Tone )has been replaced by a DR-1X and is now C4FM and Analogue.

We also upgraded the modem on site ( Thanks to Don a bell tech here in the City that managed to get us up and running without having the headache of tech support)

The coverage area of VO1UHF extends from RCAF road in St. John’s to Paradise and Mount Pearl.

The Coverage area of VO1TZ favours the West end of the city and drops off at Allendale road in St. John’s.

Eventually VO1TZ will have the Wires-X node attached to it for linking, however right now it is local only.

If you have a motorola radio that needs reprogramming please contact me.


VO1UHF 443.600 +   

DMR Colour Code 5

Dstar VO1UHF B  / VO1UHF G


VO1TZ 145.090 +

Analogue ( 100hz RX tone)



Here is a listing of how the talkgroups have been set to static on VO1UHF  talkgroup(slot)

TG302(1) Canada
TG3020(1) Newfoundlnad
TG3021(2) Nova Scotia
TG3024(2) Manitoba
TG3025(2) Saskachewan
TG3026(1) Alberta ( Ex Canada English)
TG3027(2) British Colombia ( Ex Canada French)
TG3028(2) Northern Canada
TG3029(2) New Brunswick
TG30261(2) Old Alberta
TG30271(2) Old British Colombia



Repeater update

Just an update on the VO1UHF multimode repeater.

i have disabled the Wires-X due to limitations of my location and the loss of the node computer (again) so i have gone ahead and turn on the YSF and FCS network ( will explain connection below)

the D-Star has not been used so i have turned that off to save some resources.

the DMR side has not changed.

in order to use YSF or FCS you connect using your DX command as was done before.

another way to do this is via DTMF commands for FCS. for example America Link is FCS002-90 so the DTMF command would be A290 ( A{FCS host number}{FCS Room number})

FCS 002 room listing is below . these would be DTMF  A2** with ** being the room code.


here are the connections for FCS 001  these would be DTMF A1**


FCS003 and FCS004 these would be A3** and A4** respectively.





Antenna importance

There have been some issues with the wires-x node connecting VO1UHF to the network,. I have tried several things to maintain stability in the link between the radio and the repeater. Late last evening something popped into my head, something that should have been #1 on my list of things to check…. Impedance of the antenna. I had an SWR of 3:1. Considering my employment I will admit my embarrassment. After I attacked the antenna with a pair of linesmen pliers I have got the match correct and hopefully the link is stable enough to use. Always check your antennas folks!!!

Updates to Brandmeister

I received an email this afternoon from Ben who is the main administrator for the Brandmeister server Canada.  There have been some updates to things like talkgroups and the wiki for the server.  Newfoundland is assigned the talkgroup 3020  so we will slowly move from talkgroup 302002 as our local talkgroup to 3020.


Commands (private call) 


TalkGroup Appel privé / private call Description
9 4000 Disconnect (reflector mode)
9 5000 Repeater state
9 9990 (Time Slot 2) Microphone test (parrot) / Test microphone


On TAC TG’s PTT activated stays active 15 min after last PTT


TalkGroup BM TalkGroup DMRQ Description
302 20 320 (TAC) Tacticle Group with DMRQ
302 21 321 (TAC) Tacticle Group with DMRQ
302 22 322 (TAC) Tacticle Group with DMRQ
302 24 Quebec Hotspot



TalkGroup TS 1 Reflector / Réflecteur TS 2 Description
302 Canada call TG (pse QSY) /
302 0 New Foundland & Prince Edward Island /
302 1 Nova Scotia /
937 4837 Room BM937 Wires-X French International Gateway (recorded)
302 2 4322 Canada French BM/DMRQ TG3022 / Canada
302 3 CE Ontario crosslink YSF /
302 4 CE Manitoba /
302 5 Saskatchewan /
302 205 CF Linked to YSF CF.FR / BM & DMRQ TG3050
302 6 4326 Canada wide english linked to DMRQ TG3026 / Also linked to Canada Link on Wires-X and FCS002-17
302 7 4327 Canada French linked to DMRQ TG3027
302 50 CF Les Mémèreux Mauriciens
302 55 Canadian Military Veterans /
302 60 CF Canadian Truckers /
302 61 Alberta / Alberta
302 65 CF Quebec Nautical /
302 70 Canada Police Officers
302 71 British Colombia
302 75 CF Quebec Air Flight
302 8 Nunavut, Yukon & NWT
302 80 Canadian Aboriginals
302 85 Hitch Hiking Canada
302 9 New Brunswick

Ailunce HD1

**Update** Retevis released an update to the HD1 yesturday, it removed the annoying ” Missed Call ” Screen and fixed some of the bugs that the radio was having, i have gotten use to most of these bugs and now that they are removed the radio performs great. I use this radio as my primary DMR radio and utility scanner. Hopefully they come out with a Mobile version of this radio! **

I do not normally review radios but I feel this one needs my voice.

I have tried every thing popular in the DMR world, XPR series, NX series, MD380, GD77, Anytone and now the HD1.

It is a dual band Analogue/Digital radio with an RF out of 10Watts (16 on UHF if you fiddle). It is a true amateur radio as it has a VFO and is faceplate programmable, the promiscuous mode is very help full when monitoring the local municipal public works system and several other DMR users in the city. Scanning on most DMR radios is limited to 16 channels, this one has no such limits. I wanted a dual band radio to maintain VHF analogue on my drive to and from work and this is the keeper, I used the GD77 for a little while but that radio was before it’s time.

Ailunce monitors several web forms for bugs and software requests from hams and they actually listen to us and supply a change in firmware with the requested tweeks, very impressed and will buy thee new HM1 mobile when it becomes available.

I still like my Motorola’s though….


Jonathan Naylor the creator of MMDVM has finished his coding for NXDN bringing a 5th mode to the MMDVM suite. At the moment it only supports the wideband Kenwood radios and type D Icom radios. No word yet if our ardiuno based repeater VO1UHF will support NXDN as the mode requires alot of power to work with. Once I get my hands on an NXDN radio to play with it may be interesting to see how it could fit in with the digital environment.