Visitors and Travelers Information



PNW DMR is an open repeater network

No membership, pre-check-in or other notification need be made while using the repeaters during your visit or travel through the region

We are a c-Bridge based network, not Brandmeister

Thank you for your interest in the PNW DMR network.  You are welcome to use our repeaters and repeater network while visiting or traveling through the Pacific Northwest.

You should use our codeplug settings as they are specific to our network for the best possible networking experience.  Our Netwatch is available to you and it can help to verify that your radio is able to be used on our network. If you need a codeplug or more information, Email us.

The Repeaters page will show you all our repeaters and their basic information and coverage areas.  Our Washington Repeater location map shows you graphically locations and talkgroups available to you on each repeater to assist in selecting the best repeater depending on your location.

When traveling through Northern Oregon, most of those repeaters are under control of SAR and their operational policy and talkgroup deck is very different.  More info below on OR SAR or if you can, please read the policy doc before using the northern Oregon SAR repeaters.


  • If it's priority or emergency, use PNW 1 or PNW 2 and state the problem

  • When initially calling, please say which talkgroup you are using

    • We suggest Oregon 1 or Washington 2 for your initial call if you are in doubt

  • If you want a QSO, say something that will spark a conversation.

    • Many may be listening but if you say you are traveling through or need help with navigation or traffic conditions, you are more likely to get a response.  Just throwing out your call may not do it

  • Use high power if on an HT and a roof-top antenna in a car

  • Use Digital Monitor or Promiscuous mode to listen to all repeater traffic

  • Main codeplug setting are: TX same color code, TX follow color code or TX color code free

  • Do not use data, all call or private call (no encryption of course)

  • No Quick Keying: allow 1-2 seconds between transmissions

    • This allows other users to key into or away from your talkgroup and reduces doubling

  • Use Parrot 1 our echo server to check for your ability to hit a repeater and sound quality

If possible, read our Quick Start and Best Practices pages.  They have much more detail on our network operations than does this visitors page.

Suggested Talkgroups for Visitors -  Details
Channel Label TGID TS1 TS2 Information
BC 1 3027 X   British Columbia's main talkgroup
Cascades East 1 3191 X   Primary East Washington TG
I-5 1 3168 X   Interstate 5 for active traveler MX to BC, limit QSO's or QSY
Idaho 1 3116 X   Idaho Statewide TG, BM connected full time
Oregon 1 3141 X   Oregon statewide TG, BM connected part time
Parrot 1 9999 X   PNW DMR's own echo server
PNW 1 3187 X   Calling channel on TS 2, full time on every repeater on our network, make contact, VERY short QSO or QSY
PNW 2 103187   X
PNW Regional 1 31771   X PNW's BM Talkgroup, Available full time on most WA repeaters
TAC 1 8951   X PPT Talkgroup for extended QSO's, no BM connectivity
Wash 1 3153 X   Busy QSO talkgroup within the PNW DMR Network, connected to BM part time
Wash 2 103153   X Busiest QSO talkgroup within the PNW DMR Network

NOTE:  Not all talkgroups are available on every repeater, see Washington Repeater Location Map and/or TG Matrix for more details.


Oregon SAR repeaters have 6 primary talkgroups of interest to travelers. 

  • Local 1 is where most users hang out on, best to call there for information

  • I-5 1 is for travelers anywhere from Baja Mexico to British Columbia.

  • Oregon 1 is another talkgroup that most Oregon SAR user hang out.

  • Parrot 1 is the echo server, use it for coverage testing and audio checks.

  • PNW 1 and 2 are all 50 plus repeaters connected, Calling TG only.

  • WA 1 is PTT to talk to WA hams.

  • Please keep any QSO's to 10 minutes or less unless priority traffic.

If you plan to use the Northern Oregon SAR repeaters including the 3 located in southern Washington (Megler, Vancouver Hospital or Larch UHF), then please read the Northern Oregon SAR User's Guide before use of these repeaters as their rules are more restrictive than the other Washington repeaters as this group of repeaters is sponsored by a Search and Rescue organization.  Loren KB7APU is the Oregon SAR administrator.   Email Loren for more information.



 Revised: 04/29/2019 19:36


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