I-5 -- TG ID
Interstate 5 is the
only freeway in the US that is contiguous from border to
border in the United states. The
goal with this talkgroup is to be able to have
continuous (or nearly so) coverage from our northern and
southern borders with Canada and Mexico (Wiki).
Including our current coverages into Baja Mexico and
British Columbia, that would be approximately 2400
miles. While unlikely that complete coverage will
ever be attained, the major population areas could be
over time with the continued general DMR growth expected.
The Interstate 5
talkgroup was created on March 4, 2013 by PNW DMR and
was created specifically for use by those who travel
Interstate 5 anywhere from Canada to Mexico or have an
interest in DMR communications up and down
this freeway corridor. It should, in essence, be
considered loosely as an emergency and/or "phone home" talkgroup for travelers moving
along it's length. Road conditions or information
specific to I-5 travel are also valid users of I-5.
I-5 is a quiet
talkgroup that can be listened to 7/24. It should
be added to your receive groups for monitoring. If
you were an old time CB'er, then it is much like a
combination of Channel 9 for emergencies and Channel 11
All PNW DMR repeaters have
I-5 on full time (by design and need). Please limit the general chatter
so that our repeater owners will not be pressured to
change to PTT. Any change to PTT will dilute the
value of this travelers talkgroup. 3-5 minute
hold-off timers are in place generally on the DCI and PNW
approximately 30-35 TRBO repeaters that have likely
Interstate 5 coverage in California, Oregon and
Washington as well of much of British Columbia (Hwy 1
and 99) . San Diego (Otay Mtn) has coverage well
into Baja California as well.
USE of I-5:
By design, I-5 is to be kept on full time on the
repeaters that carry it. As
PNW have I-5 on
timeslot 1, it is considered a priority talkgroup on our
c-Bridge. This is important as it is always
problematic when users try to use it as a timeslot 1 gab
channel. It is specifically for the I-5 travel
corridor and of little use if the talkgroup devolves to
PTT access as repeater owners tire of its misuse.
It is considered a calling talkgroup with limited talk
time related to travel on the I-5 corridor and then when no other TG is convenient
between the many repeaters and c-Bridge networks that
carry it. If
allowed to become just another wide area talkgroup, repeater
owners are going to press for changes to PTT and that
will reduce its value to its users overall.
c-Bridges carrying I-5 are encouraged if not expected to
have the 3 common statewides and TAC's in place to
afford I-5 users options elsewhere for longer chats.
Repeaters without I-5 corridor coverage should not have
access to this I-5 talkgroup as a general policy.
If your repeater or
c-Bridge would like to join this special purpose
interstate TG and agree in concept to the use outlined
above, please contact us at
I-5-talkgroup for more information.