Amateur Radio Stats Canada and America

 Amateur Radio Stats Canada and America 


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Active # of Amateur ham Radio operators in 🍁CANADA 🇨🇦 

@ISED_CA Our records indicate the number of active amateurs with call signs is 73,648 and 1672 clubs as of this day SEPT.24 2021

🇨🇦Amateur ham Radio operators: 73,648
🇨🇦Clubs: 1672

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#ve3wzw check # of 🇺🇸 Amateur ham Radio operators in USA

The FCC records indicate the number of active amateurs with call signs as of this day SEPT.24 2021

USA Amateur ham Radio operators: 
🇺🇸Active: 840,000
🇺🇸Expired:  453,550
🇺🇸Cancelled Terminated:   226,750

2021 BM USA Servers 3102 3103 3104 - Summer Fall 2021 Updates

BM USA Servers 3102 3103 3104 - Summer Updates 2021

Please take a moment to read the attached Summer Updates which outline all the updates which are currently being implemented or have been implemented to the master servers specifically for the USA Master Servers. Most of the updates are to help protect repeaters and hotspot owners from usage of IDs from abuse and to improve some connection activities such as adding repeaters to the network.

Hotspot Passwords Now Required
All world-wide Master Servers starting October 1, 2021
Hotspot Security will now be required for all simplex and duplex hotspots connecting to BrandMeister world-wide starting Oct 1, 2021. This means you are required to set a hotspot security in the dashboard and then enter the same password into your hotspots. You will not be able to use the default password of “passw0rd”. See the step by step instructions by visiting https://help.brandmeister.us/dashboard/ hotspot-security. This applies to 7-digit and 9-digit radio IDs only. Final- ly you may have already noticed there is no longer an option to ena- ble/disable Hotspot Security in Selfcare due to this new requirement.

Call Sign and Radio ID Matching
Effective September 1, 2021 on all USA Master Servers.
Another feature update being deployed (currently on 3102 and 3104) is the verification of Call Sign (Radio Alias in Repeater CPS) and Radio ID are matching the registration on RadioID.net. This means you must enter the Callsign and the RadioID you registered with RadioID.net for your devices (hotspots and repeaters) to connect to BrandMeister Servers. If they do not match the repeater/hotspots will not be allowed to connect until they are updated. So please visit RadioID.net and veri- fy the information is correct and is the same information being used/ entered into your hotspots and repeaters. For all repeaters the call sign must be listed first followed by a dash, space or slash if you wish to add other info in the Radio Alias field (in CPS) such as Mountain or City Name for example.

Brandmeister Hotspot stats

Brandmeister Hotspot stats


 

2020 BrandMeister Network Users Discussion Group

2020 BrandMeister Network Users Discussion Group

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Hotspot security password now required when connecting to USA BM Masters

Hotspots connecting to a BrandMeister Master Server in the USA will now require their users to set a hotspot security password. The configuration change will happen on the following dates:

Master 3101 : November 27th, 2020

Master 3102: December 4th, 2020

Master 3103: December 11th, 2020

Users who already have a password set don’t need to take any action at this time.

For general step by step instructions, you may refer to this post. The link can also be found in the FAQ section of the USA Wiki Page under the Hotspot Configurations section.

Please configure a personalized security Brandmeister password for your hotspots

What is are hotspot passwords ?

As you may know, hotspots connecting to a BrandMeister master server using homebrew or MMDVM protocol require a password to connect. Currently most of you use the “master server password” which is typically published on the corresponding country’s BrandMeister wiki page. Some software packages include those default passwords, relieving the users from needing to research and input this password.

It is also possible, and now strongly recommended for each user to setup their own personalized password from within the BrandMeister Selfcare.

Why setting up a personalized hotspot password for your own callsign is important ?

If you did not setup a personalized password for your hotspot, anyone can configure their hotspot with your personal DMR ID and connect with the master’s publicly documented default password, and start using the hotspot with your callsign !

Unfortunately this is happening more and more, thus our recommendation for everyone to setup a personalized password. By creating your own password, you ensure that you are the only one able to use your DMR ID to setup a hotspot.

Also setting up your own password will prevent your hotspot connection to stop working when the password is changed on the master you are connecting to.

Setup Brandmeister personalized hotspot password step-by-step

BrandMeister Hotspot Security Password setup for DMR

BrandMeister has made available the option to use Hotspot Security, this is a method to use a custom password for your connection to BrandMeister, to ensure that nobody else can connect  a hotspot to BrandMeister using your hotspot (or repeater) ID.


Pi-Star Hotspot setup full tutorial for beginners!


Step 1 – Configure or create/add your BrandMeister Hotspot Password to the Brandmeister.network website :

visit
https://brandmeister.network/

Login

    Connect to the Brandmeister dashboard
    Click your callsign at the top right
    Click “SelfCare”
    Turn on “Hotspot Security” and define and enter a password
    Write it down
    Click “save”


Step 2 – Configure Pi-Star or Openspot with your Hotspot Security Password:

Pi-star instructions: 
Head to the configuration page on Pi-Star, assuming your hotspot is accessible by wifi or ethernet.

In the configuration tab page under DMR section, you will now find the HotSpot Security field, if you are using Expert tab, under DMRGateway tab this will be shown as “BM Hotspot Security”:

BrandMeister Master Server - How to

How to select a BrandMeister Master Server?


One of the main distinguishing feature of BrandMeister DMR is that the network is accessible from any master. Therefore you have a choice of 40+ master servers to connect your repeater or hotspot. How to choose?

The best performance will not always be with the master server that is closest to you geographically. Rather, it depends on your internet service provider’s capacity/peerings and the one of the master server.

The key factors for best DMR performance are jitter, then latency. Below is the most simple method to find the best master for you, without any special software.

Step 1: Go to the Brandmeister DMR Master Servers list, and select which master(s) you want to consider. Click on the “Status” button and grab the IP address for the master in your browser’s address bar.

Step 2: From the same network as your repeater or hotspot, run a “ping” command for 1 to 2 minutes to each master you are considering. Perform this test during the time of the day where your typically have the most traffic.

Step 3: Check that the round-trip delay provided by each ping (called latency) stays consistent, without any major variations (called jitter). See the examples below:

Using DMR IDs on BrandMeister Oliver F4BWG

The support team noticed a lot of questions are being sent regarding the use of IDs in radios, hotspots and repeater. Here is how BrandMeister recommends to use DMR IDs based on the different use case.

Accessing BrandMeister DMR with your radio and a public repeater or hotspot

All you have to worry about is the codeplug of your radio. In the configuration, you will use the 7-digit DMR ID your call-sign has been assigned (for example: 2060945) and the proper TX/RX frequencies.

Accessing BrandMeister DMR using your radio and personal hotspot

In your radio’s codeplug, configure your 7-digit personal DMR ID as assigned by HamDigital or RadioID. (For example: 2060945).

In your hotspot configuration, use your 7-digit personal DMR ID followed by “01”, for a total of 9-digits. (For example: 206094501). If you have more than one hotspot, use the suffix 02, 03, etc. Always make sure that all your hotspots are using different frequencies.

Do not add only “1”, “2”, etc. for a total of 8 digits, as this won’t work.

You do not need to request a 6-digit repeater ID for a hotspot, even if more than one person is using it, and even if it is dual-timeslot. The 6-digit repeater IDs are designed for large-coverage repeaters.

Providing a BrandMeister DMR repeater for the general public

If you would like to setup a repeater to allow a larger audience to access the BrandMeister DMR network, you will have to apply for a repeater ID with HamDigital.org or RadioID.net depending on your geographical location. Use this ID as-is in your repeater codeplug configuration and you are done.

If you are planning to deploy more than one repeater you will need to request a new 6-digit repeater ID for each repeater. Do not add “01”, “02” suffixes in each repeater configuration.


6/7/2020 - Using DMR IDs on BrandMeister Oliver F4BWG

6/7/2020 - Using DMR IDs on BrandMeister Oliver F4BWG

The support team noticed a lot of questions are being sent regarding the use of IDs in radios, hotspots and repeater. Here is how BrandMeister recommends to use DMR IDs based on the different use case.
Accessing BrandMeister DMR with your radio and a public repeater or hotspot

All you have to worry about is the codeplug of your radio. In the configuration, you will use the 7-digit DMR ID your call-sign has been assigned (for example: 2060945) and the proper TX/RX frequencies.

SMS functions via DMR – Amateur Radio

The Brandmeister network has some functions to request information via SMS messages. To access these functions specific keywords are to be sent to DMR ID 262993. Then the system responds as well via SMS on these requests. Below you’ll find an overview of these commands with some explanation. The commands are not case sensitive.



Brandmeister Historical last heard data

Posted on 2020-06-02 by Oliver F4BWG

Historical last heard data

The provider hosting the Last Heard back-end server is currently experiencing technical issues. This causes the historical traffic usually showing up after loading the page to not display. However once loaded, the page will pick up real-time traffic and display finished transmissions at the bottom of the page the way it used to.