About Us

Our Mission

Is to provide a consistent Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) experience for all amateurs in the Puget Sound region. We accomplish this through education, support, and relationships. We do this to promote education and use of this robust digital mode of radio communication . We believe this is best accomplished by the use of the BrandMeister network.

Our Vision

We engage with those who would like to become DMR repeater owners and operators, and to join the BrandMeister global network. We respectfully encourage disparate system owners, managers, operators, and users to join the BrandMeister network to provide a consistent experience locally and all around the world

Our Challenges

We have found that disparate system owners and operators have different motivations for their systems. The fundamental requirement seems to be Control. Typically, the desire for control is ambiguous. Whether it be a desire to enforce legal operations by users, or an emphasis on ARES/RACES needs, or Search & Rescue missions, they all fall short of the Amateur Code. This control is what leads to an inconsistent experience.

This causes some to believe that it is just another voice mode.

But it's not!

We respect, encourage, desire, and support all of these missions. We simply believe they can be accomplished, while at the same time, using the BrandMeister network.

Why build a website?

This site came from a desire to change the perception of Digital Mobile Radio in the amateur radio community of the pacific northwest. We are dedicating this site to education and a factual information exchange about DMR. Our goal is to dispel some common myths and preventing negative experiences in the future. Our intent is to provide both current and future DMR operators a welcoming place, free of unnecessary dogma, rules and other limitations... except for those set forth by the FCC, of course. This site and our groups.io email distribution list provides a forum for receiving and sharing knowledge, and the ability to make your own decisions about how to best use DMR for your needs. We are all open to different perspectives for finding solutions. We will remain manufacturer agnostic as much as possible. Some manufacturers provide solutions and features that others do not. When those arise, we will add a disclaimer. We believe that much will be applicable to amateur DMR around the world.

We’re excited you’re here, we hope you are too! Welcome!

NOTE

WE ARE NOT a club, we are simply a group of like minded repeater owners and DMR users that believe in the intent of the hobby. This means that you are welcome to use any of these repeaters.


Please be patient while we continue to build this site. We have many ideas, day jobs, and families which get in the darn way of making an awesome site overnight. 😊

As we continue to grow, we are excited to be working toward our vision of engaging with many people throughout the region and expanding access. Click the Coalition Members to see more details about each member.

The Radio Amateur is

  • CONSIDERATE...He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

  • LOYAL...He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.

  • PROGRESSIVE...He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date. It is well-built and efficient. His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.

  • FRIENDLY...He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

  • BALANCED...Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

  • PATRIOTIC...His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

- adapted from the original Amateur's Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928

Source: http://www.arrl.org/amateur-code

Founder

Jamie Hughes (WA7JH)

I've been in the commercial radio industry since 1993 working on all kinds of systems and radios. I often state that radio is; my hobby, my career, and my passion. I got my first exposure to DMR just a short time ago in 2017 when I was hired by Hytera America (West) Inc, as a Sales Engineer and was put on the fast track to becoming an expert.

I cannot stress enough how much pride I take in assisting customers with shaping an ideal solution for a customer’s need and a willingness to help customers understand potential in product offerings and solutions. I want to do the same for you, but I'm not here to sell you anything. I here to share my knowledge. I'm here to show you what DMR can do, not what a system limits you to.

I built this site based on a disappointing experience I had. Without going into all the of the drama, what I can share is that what ensured was not pretty. I discovered that the regional c-Bridge was really just another voice mode system. All the neat features were either not supported or they weren't allowed, or both. The rules and regulations changed based on the area you were in and the different system owners actively sought to discourage system use. I wanted something better.

I was lucky enough to discover BrandMeister. This was a system built by hams for hams. I was shocked and excited. I haven't looked back since.

I would like to offer a quick introduction to Brien Morris (K7KSN). Brien has become a great friend and is also the Co-Founder of this site. I had the great privilege to meet Brien during my professional travels. I was excited to meet another passionate DMR supporter. As we got to talking, I learned that Brien had been heavily discouraged from using DMR in the amateur realm. He shared his own DMR experiences with me and how frustrated and disappointed he was, but how cool it could be. We decided it was time to take action.

And the website was born.

Co-Founder

Brien Morris (K7KSN)

Hello and welcome to PugetSoundDMR.org. I hope you find this website useful and informative while you navigate the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) mode of amateur radio. Here’s a little about myself. I have called the Pacific Northwest my home all my life and currently live just a few miles down the road from Puget Sound in SW Washington with my wife, daughter, three cats and a bird. Radio communications has been a passion of mine since my early childhood when my father had two-way radios for his company service fleet. I have fond memories as a youngster following around the radio technician while he repaired or installed two-way radios at my father’s company.

In the early 1990’s after playing with CB radios and GMRS, I plunged into the world of amateur radio as a Technician Class Operator with my original call, N7UMJ. In 1999 I applied for my current call sign K7KSN as a tribute my employment at the time. Over the years I have enjoyed all modes of operation, but I am really enjoying DMR. I like to think of myself as a modern amateur radio operator because I love ALL modes, but especially the newer technologies like DMR and modes involving ROIP (radio over IP).

My professional career has seen many forks in the road. I spent many years in the public safety arena, both paid and as a volunteer. For the better part of my life I was an on air personality on commercial radio in the Portland metro area, thus the reference earlier to my vanity call sign. Bonus points if you can tie my vanity call with my previous employment. People always told me, I had a face for radio. For the last 5-1/2 years I have been working as a radio technician for a Pacific Northwest based two-way radio company, so I get to play with DMR and Kenwood’s NXDN digital radio platform on a daily basis.

Thanks for coming and checking us out. We hope you find this site helpful.

73!