Keith C. Perry on 15 May 2019 10:59:46 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] PLUG Fusion room or DMR Talkgroup

I think the idea though is that repeaters because of all the network radio stuff are becoming under-utilized and thus the value proposition of maintaining and upgrading them overtime becomes more questionable.  However, if there is local repeater that wants to host the hardware and software needed for this it provides the motivation to continue to do so.  Even if the converage isn't as centralized as we want its probably a conversation to be had- especially if we can get several operators to carry the traffic.  I could see that being a win for systems that are not currently linked.  Devil is in the details, perhaps there is a reason why this hasn't been done yet.

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From: "Rich Freeman" <>
To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 1:43:30 PM
Subject: Re: [PLUG] PLUG Fusion room or DMR Talkgroup

On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 1:33 PM Jim Fisher <> wrote:
> There are enough existing repeaters in the area analog and digital that go unused.
> my recommendation is to pick a place a repeater and start to utilize it it would benefit the pluggers and the ham community in general.

The only issue with that is that it provides no benefit if:

1.  You don't have clear RF to the chosen repeater, since it isn't
bridged to a talkgroup on a network.

2.  The repeater doesn't use a mode compatible with whatever radio you
own, since none of the local repeaters are bridged cross-mode.

I guess there is always FM/echolink if we use a repeater which
supports this, and they don't mind.  Otherwise just using an HT from
walking around inside my house I basically can't hit any local
repeaters except maybe for RF Hill, which most of PLUG probably won't
be able to reach.  That's just the issue with being so dispersed.  I
can hit any of the repeaters from my outside antenna, but that just
runs down to a desk in my basement that I'm never at...

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