& BLOG ROLl
First of all, you can still use the Salop ‘channels’ on GB7WD; Slot 1 / TG9 is still local and Slot 2 / TG950 is the new ‘pseudo’ Salop cluster on Brandmeister – unfortunately WD is the only repeater connected so far, so it won’t get you very far.
There are no fixed or ‘static’ talkgroups configured, all access to the wider Brandmeister network is via user activated ‘reflectors’ which are set up by placing private calls to specific addresses on either Slot 1 or Slot 2.
So, at the very least, all you need to do is add another channel to your radio which is Slot 2 / TG9.
The West Midlands reflector (4418) is connected by default to Slot 2 / TG9 so any traffic on this talkgroup this will come through automatically. As far as I know, this is also permanently connected to our friends at GB7WF in Bewdley.
Useful reflectors are:
4400 – UK wide
4407 – Wales
4418 – West Midlands
4419 – East Midlands
4420 – WiresX
4426 – AllStar
This is not the complete list, all the Brandmeister reflectors should work, you just need to activate them by placing a private call.
Once you have successfully made a private call, there is a voice announcement and then just use TG9 as normal.
If there is no RF access to the repeater for 300 seconds (5 mins) the reflector is automatically disconnected.
To test your radio, use the parrot reflector … simply make a private call to 9990 on either slot 1 or 2 and it will record and play back your transmission.