Washington EmComm and Public Service Talkgroups


PNWDigital.Net has not settled on the best approach on the use of the PS talkgroups.  Until that occurs, consider the information below as a beginning point.  If you have input on the process, please contact us and let us know what we are doing poorly or how to improve our working model. While we are experienced in DMR, our EmComm experiences could be supplemented by more EmComm group involvement.

We have de-published EmComm and PS talkgroups and may change the TG ID's as well. Any EmComm or public service groups that join PNWDigital.Net will be provided this information.  These changes are to address the issues of mis-use of our EmComm talkgroups. ANy EmComm or public service group should contact us for additional information.  Nets, drills, training days should be scheduled with our Nets coordinator prior to the event.  Priority or Emergency conditions certainly preclude any need to schedule.  [Info]

The current PS Talkgroup plan has been adopted by nearly all WA repeaters, not participating are: Haystack (HKS), Larch UHF(OR-SAR), Vancouver WA hospital (OR-SAR), Megler(UHF and VHF), and Kelso/Longview repeaters.


The Washington PNWDigital.Net network of repeaters support the work done by EmComm and other public service groups and we offer our network  services in Washington.  Scheduled nets or drills by an organized EmComm or public service group are supported and we  encourage these groups to explore the services that we can provide your organization..  Your event will have priority on our talkgroups over other normal network user activity when scheduled through our Nets coordinator.

Please contact us to reserve dates and times as well as to discuss specific needs.  This will enable PNWDigital.Net to provide the most efficient resources and notify our members of upcoming events to reduce inadvertent use during your event.

PNWDigital.Net  can provide 95% coverage of the I-90 travel corridor to supplement our current 95% coverage of the I-5 travel corridor in Washington and well into British Columbia and south to Eugene OR.  While Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia are not officially in our Washington EmComm plan, they may be potentially available to use with many of our interconnected talkgroups as they are officially a part of the PNWDigital.Net network.

We can likely provide you with single or multiple repeaters, local, county wide, intra-county or statewide services.  By default our PS 2 talkgroup is set-up to operate independently on each local repeater but public service event personnel are easily able to add more repeaters as needed, in the field and on the fly.  With prior arrangements for scheduled nets or other events, we are able to implement unique setting that will set-up our repeaters to suit your needs better.

PS 1 and PS 2 are generally quiet by design.  PS 1 is similar to PNW 1 (primary hailing) and PNW 2 (secondary hailing) as these talkgroups light up almost every repeater in Washington state by default.  PNW 1 and PNW 2 are calling or very short QSO talkgroupsTG's primarily as they are full time on all PNWDigital.Net  repeaters.  That is why they are generally quiet as well.

For EmComm and public service group use of PS 1 or PS 2, we request that you contact us  to make arrangements for the use of PS 1 or PS 2.  Unforeseen priority or Emergency events are not subject to any prearrangements, so use you best judgment.  You might consider PS 1 as being the 911 for Washington.

PS 2 is the primary public service talkgroup as it can be scaled up as needed to provide coverage into more and wider areas.  Other talkgroups tend to be used as a practical implementation or by each groups preference.

PS 1 is a secondary talkgroup available if needed but it lights up almost all Washington state repeaters so PS 1 is more likely to be used in a statewide emergency, rather than for routine weekly nets or training events.

PNWDigital.Net has it's own direct connecting MMDVM server to support hotSpot deployment and use at stationary locations or in the field via convenient tethering to cellular phones or other Internet sources in tandem with repeaters or use in areas not supported by RF repeater coverage.  Generally not the most robust, dependable approach due to Internet connectivity but bring essential operational advantages to areas that do not have RF repeater coverage.  We also have 7 other MMDVM services to support other aspects of our network operation that could provide essential back channel operation if the repeater network is busy or congested.

SMS or Text Messaging can also be available.  At this time, it's use is problematic due to many non Motorola radios not implementing SMS support according to their standard.  PNWDigital.Net is working on determining how to best support most radios rather than only MotoTRBO hardware.  This is an ongoing effort.

PNWDigital.Net is closely associated with HamWAN and their statewide microwave IP backbone and we have been able to bring HamWAN to sites where PNWDigital.Net has repeaters.  Many of our repeaters are now using the HamWAN backbone and all our Networking services on the West side of the state is on the HamWAN microwave backbone as are 6 of our repeaters.  We have 3 repeaters on the East side with HamWAN network support and we are supporting and funding the effort to bring HamWAN backbone over the Cascades to Yakima in a major effort to bring all of HamWAN onto a single RF backbone.

PNWDigital.Net also is capable of supporting a Brandmeister talkgroup (TG ID 31771) on a full time basis if needed.  Brandmeister brings several benefits to the table with little downside.  In fact we have

PS 1 and PS 2 talkgroups are designed to function in an emergency.  Nothing must be enabled or programmed ahead of any event.  So these services are available at any time.  Of course any talkgroup can be used for an emergency.  We suggest Washington 1 or PNW 1 (programmed full time on most Washington repeaters) as the initial talkgroups of choice as all our users have these talkgroups and generally are listening via scan or Rx Groups.


POTENTIAL PNWDigital.Net EMCOMM Talkgroups

Talkgroup Timeslot 1 Timeslot 2 Timers Brief Description
EmComm 1 ----   Full Time These are local only talkgroups to be used only by ACS/ ARES/RACES personnel on their repeaters, 5-15 minute hold-off timers per each groups admin team
EmComm 2   ---- Full Time
PS 1 ----   Full Time Full time WA statewide with 2 hour timers to hold-off other networked traffic
PS 2   ------ PTT 1 hour PTT timer, 1 hour to hold-off timer local repeater normal networked traffic
Local 1 3181   Full Time Next highest priority talkgroups.  Local 2 can be linked to other repeaters for broader or wider area coverage as needed if planned for in advance.  Typically, the locals operate independently of other repeaters and can co-exist with or supplement an active public service event.
Local 2   3166 Full Time
PNW 1 and 2 3187 103187 Full Time Every repeater on this regional network (all states annd British Columbia) is active full time on these talkgroups.  Calling or hailing only during normal operation but best for a wide area or regional emergency.
PNWR 2   31771 Full Time Standard full time talkgroup on PNW with Brandmeister access, major WA statewide net weekly.
TAC 1,2 or 3   8951-8953 PTT Potential use for back-channel point-to-point communications such as EOC to EOC, Hospital to Hospital, etc
Washington 1 3153   Full Time Auxiliary EmComm Talkgroup (most DMR users are listening here)

 Not all WA repeaters carry PS1 and PS 2 talkgroups; see our Talkgroup Matrix

Repeaters owners:  Wish to join in support of the EmComm talkgroups?  Email PNWDigital.Net

Links  --  Pages of interest to new users on blue background
Heat Maps Current combined: Oregon, Washington  /  General Repeater Location Map
Netwatch Online status and activity for PNW  //  IBCO-2  //  Android DCI Minimal Netwatch  //  BC-TRBO
User Guides Get up to speed faster:  Generic User's Guide
Quick Start Quick or entry document for new users to get up to speed on using the PNW DMR network
Talkgroup Info A primer for PNW users to help understand the features and power of talkgroups.  Much more information on each talkgroup and how they operate on PNW // MCT operation explained  //  Brandmeister/c-Bridge talkgroups
Talkgroup PTT What are Part Time Talkgroups, PTT or Push-to-Talk Talkgroups & what are their affects on the timeslots; advanced


 Revised: 01/22/2020 09:09


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