Manitoba Regional DMR Network & P25NX Gateway



Welcome to the Manitoba Regional DMR Network website. Our progressive, competent group operates a system of linked repeaters, providing mobile coverage along Highway 75 from Emerson (international border) to north of Selkirk, MB. We also have a repeater in south-eastern Manitoba, providing coverage along Highway 1 East, Highways 12, 59, 311, 52 and other regional roads, into the greater-Steinbach region. Coverage in the greater-Winnipeg area is excellent, with portable coverage extending west to Headingley, south to La Salle, MB., north into Lockport, MB. and east into Transcona.

Unrelated to DMR, our group operates a second repeater in downtown Winnipeg on VHF (VE4WIN), supporting analog and P25 modes, connected to the P25NX network.


Why choose DMR over Analog, D-STAR, Fusion, P25 Phase I or NXDN?

There are many different digital radio products being used by hams, public-safety and commercial operators. DMR Tier II is currently the best conventional technology available. This is why:


How do I get on the Manitoba Regional DMR Network?

You will need a UHF DMR radio to access the network. For a listing of compatible radios, check out the excellent VA3XPR website. The best feature-for-dollar radio as of this writing is the Tytera TYT MD-390. They are relatively inexpensive and available on eBay, Amazon and other sources. Note this is a portable radio and it will not offer optimal performance in fringe areas. For Winnipeg, it'll work fine. If you have some extra money to spend on a performance radio, check out the Motorola XPR7550 (portable) and XPR5550 (mobile). All DMR radios (except the Motorola SL7550) also support analog mode.

Once you have a radio, You'll need a Radio ID to access the network. For amateur use, the DMR-MARC group handles the assignments. You may request an ID at the DMR-MARC website.

The following repeaters provide regional DMR access. When adding the "Manitoba" talkgroup to your radio, you'll need to make a "Group Contact" and define it as 3024. Make sure it's a GROUP contact and not a private or individual ID contact. You can name this group contact "Manitoba".


Radio programming:

Configure your radio with the Radio ID you are issued by the DMR-MARC group. Create three channels (one for each repeater) in your programming template/codeplug. Use the frequency information below. Set the "Contact Name" in the transmit field for each channel as "Manitoba" (as defined in your contact list). You can leave the "Group list" field set to "none" under the channel receive parameters. For each channel, define the timeslot as 1.

Timeslot 2 is reserved for encrypted admin/technician traffic. Please do not use Timeslot 2 unless you've been authorized to transmit there.


VE4DMR
Winnipeg Coverage


VE4UHF
Steinbach Coverage


VE4STJ
St. Jean Baptiste Coverage

Talkgroup: 3024 (Manitoba)
Timeslot: 1


Winnipeg - VE4DMR (Wide-area coverage)
444.4625+ MHz (input 5 MHz higher)
Color Code: 12

Steinbach - VE4UHF (Greater-Steinbach area)
444.6500+ MHz (input 5 MHz higher)
Color Code: 1

St. Jean Baptiste - VE4STJ (Omni coverage: Hwy. 75 from U.S. border to Hwy. 205)
444.4375+ MHz (input 5 MHz higher)
Color Code: 11

Optional: If using a Motorola or Hytera radio, you may program a roaming list; all repeaters transmit a 1920ms beacon every 30 seconds.


VE4DMR


Here's a video made by Derek, VA4AFK, showing how to program a radio for our network:





As if DMR isn't enough to keep you busy, we also have a VHF Motorola Quantar on the air in Winnipeg. This is a dual-mode, analog/P25 repeater which provides excellent coverage to the Greater-Winnipeg area. Here are the details:

Winnipeg - VE4WIN
146.985- MHz (input 600 kHz lower)
Analog DCS 143 RX/TX
Analog Deviation: 5 kHz
P25 NAC: 143

VE4WIN is connected to the
P25NX network. This means world-wide coverage for P25 digital communications.

Traffic is routed via P25 talkgroups. You must program your radio with P25 talkgroups so the network knows where to route your traffic.

Talkgroups:

10100: WorldWide
10101: WorldWide Tac 1
10102: WorldWide Tac 2
10103: WorldWide Tac 3

10200: North America
10201: NA Tac 1
10202: NA Tac 2
10203: NA Tac 3

10300: Europe
10301: Europe Tac 1
10302: Europe Tac 2
10303: Europe Tac 3

10400: Pacific
10401: Pacific Tac 1
10402: Pacific Tac 2
10403: Pacific Tac 3

For local Winnipeg-area P25 chat, we use Talkgroup 1, which is not routed anywhere.

Users are asked to use their DMR-MARC Radio IDs on the network, and program their Soft-ID (user-definable ID) as their ham callsign. Some radios do not support Soft-ID.


VE4WIN


Future expansion

We're looking to add networked sites in the following areas:
  • Portage la Prairie
  • Brandon
  • Selkirk/East Selkirk
  • Dauphin
Other areas within Manitoba are also invited! If you have access to a MOTOTRBO repeater, you're welcome to connect.

Free network connectivity may be available from the
VA4WAN group. Please visit their website and consider helping them expand their network.



To contact the Manitoba Regional DMR Network, please email:



Please do not email radio programming questions. All info required to access the network is provided on this website.

Last updated: May 6, 2018

(Yes, this website looks like it's from 1997. It was coded in Pico!)