CAN-TRBO is hosting DMR-MARC Canada Amateur repeater network and it is using a communication device called c-Bridge from Rayfield Communications. This device allows to route calls between different IPSC networks and/or remote c-Bridges.
CAN-TRBO has been operational since early 2013 and its goal is to provide connectivity for the Canadian MotoTRBO digital repeaters to the World wide DMR-MARC network. The connectivity is provided from Montreal using a very stable 50 mbps, high bandwdith connection to Canada’s leading Internet provider.
On top of being connected to the DMR-MARC network in the US, it is hosting the Canada Wide talkgroup (302) and also several provincial wide talkgroups for Québec 3022, Ontario 3023 and Alberta 3026. It also interconnects with the BC-TRBO c-Bridge hosted by the New Westminster Amateur Radio Club and also with K0SY (which is providing connectivity to the Canadian Maritimes repeaters) for the Canada Wide and Provincial talkgroups 302x. The Canada Wide talkgroup is also made available south of the border to the DMR-MARC, DCI and MIT networks.
It is also hosting the Worlwide French talkgroup (11) for North America supported by a Smart PTT type connection coming from Geneva Switzerland.
It is also interconnected with the DCI for “The Bridge” (3100) and TAC-310 talkgroups and with MIT for the 3125 talkgroup.
The CAN-TRBO was made possible initially by the financial support of Alain Reid (VA2SPB), Don Trynor (VA3XFT),Chris Gaylor (VE2BNI). Many others have generously contributed financially to the project.
The c-Bridge is being hosted and operated by Stephane Ricard (VE2TAX)
CAN-TRBO went on to expand the Network across Canada with the 302x provincial talk groups where the x is the provincial call zone( 3020 to 3029)
2015 Brandmeister comes to Canada
The Brandmeister server was launched in Canada in November 2015 and linked to the DMR-Marc network with two talk Groups 302 and 9
Milestone: Dec 2015 Brandmeister Network is born
International Coordinated Talk Groups assigned to Canada
|Ontario||3023||Northern Territories, Yukon, Nunavut||3028|
Brandmeister on the other hand has re-tasked 3026 and 3027 as follows
3026 Canada wide English
3027 Canada wide French
|Alberta Wide||3026||2||Always on for Alberta and PTT triggered for others with an outbound inactivity timeout of 5 minutes||CAN-TRBO – All Alberta repeaters.|
|BC Wide||3027||2||Always on for BC and PTT triggered for others with an outbound inactivity timeout of 5 minutes||BC-TRBO – All British Columbia repeaters|
It boggles my mind that anyone would think that 3026 or 3027 would make a good Canada wide talk group, not to mention that 3026 linked to an international net on Tuesday Nights was a good idea based on the 5 minute time out and split between permanent and on demand usage.