GPS/APRS – Motorola DMR Radios On BrandMeister

The BrandMeister servers have a gateway to APRS.fi for location information. Setting up GPS support on your radio is easy and once setup works well.  Basic settings are listed at https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/Motorola/Radios. You will need to update the ARS Radio ID based on your country. See the table below or the country specific page on the BrandMeister wiki for details.

This is a summary of the settings for Motorola Radios

General Settings
  • GPS: On

Network Settings
  • CAI Network: 12
  • ARS Radio ID:  —————–> (this depends on the master server you use. See Table below)

ARS Radio ID Country
202999 Greece
204999 Netherlands
206999 Belgium
208999 France
214999 Spain
216999 Hungary
222999 Italy
228999 Switzerland
230999 Czech Republic
232999 Austria
234999 United Kingdom
238999 Denmark
240999 Sweden
242999 Norway
250999 Finland
250999 Russia
260999 Poland
262999 Germany
268999 Portugal
272999 Ireland
284999 Bulgaria
293999 Slovenia
302999 Canada
310999 United States
334999 Mexico
425999 Israel
440999 Japan
450999 South Korea
460999 China
502999 Malaysia
505999 Australia
655999 South Africa
714999 Panama
724999 Brazil
730999 Chile
226999 Romania
255999 Ukraine

Because GPS takes a lot of power you may want to turn off the GPS when you don’t need it running.  This is easiest if you program a button to turn GPS on and off.

Prefered channel settings

  • ARS: On System/Site Change
  • Enhanced GPS: Off
  • Compressed UDP Data Header: Standard DMR
  • GPS Revert: Selected
  • Data Call Confirmed: On
  • CSBK Data: Off

General channel settings – set ARS to “On System/Site Change” and Compressed UDP Data Header to DMR Standard.

In the TX settings for your channel set GPS Revert to Selected, Data Call Confirmed to On, and CSBK Data to Off

You will need to do this for each channel on the BrandMeister repeater.

After setting up your radio you will need to configure the gateway so your location information is forwarded from the BrandMeister network to the APRS.fi servers.  This is done on the BrandMeister website. Go to http://brandmeister.network and click the “Register” button in the menu. Fill out the “Account Details” form and click “Register”. You will need to wait for a confirmation email, but it usually comes quickly.

After your account is activate, go back to the site and login. Click your profile, then click “Self-Care”.

This page will allow you to setup your APRS information for each of your DMR IDs. It is important you select the Motorola as your brand, then you can set the others as you see fit.

Once this is done go out and have some fun, drive around, do stuff, see people, then check aprs.fi.


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