DMR Canada History

History Lesson

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

Milestone: Dec 2015 Brandmeister Network is born

The Brandmeister server was launched in Canada in November 2015 and linked to the DMR-Marc network with two talk Groups 302 Canada and 9

3023 Ontario was later added to the List

The DMR-MARC system was all repeaters(No hotspots at that time). DMR+ came online that linked to DMR=Marc and allowed hotspots but was limited. Brandmeister on the other hand welcomed the hotspots and grew rapidly in popularity.

International  Coordinated Talk Groups assigned to Canada

Province XXXY   Province XXXY
Newfoundland, PEI 3020   Saskatchewan 3025
Nova Scotia 3021   Alberta 3026
Quebec 3022   British Columbia 3027
Ontario 3023   Northern Territories, Yukon, Nunavut 3028
Manitoba 3024   New Brunswick 3029

Then a couple of years ago an new young upstart network called TGIF(Thank God It’s Friday) started up on a pi-star hotspot, moved to DMR Plus, moved to Brandmeister, then to their own physical server where they are today. They hold a great technical net every Friday night at 8:30pm est/edt and are growing rapidly in popularity. There is now a bridge on TG302 Ontario between DMR-Marc, DMP+, Brandmeister and TGIF

TGIF has a Talkgroup TG30232 BARC for the Burlington Amateur Radio Club