Recommended Talkgroup Use


Some people have asked for clarification on when a talkgroup should be used. Hopefully the following will be helpful in deciding which talkgroup you should use to make contact or carry on a conversation. Remember this idea:  Use the talkgroup that has the smallest footprint that will accomplish what you need.

Remember, before keying up on any talkgroup on time slot 1, use the Monitor All channel to make sure the time slot is not in use on your local repeater.

Local — This is used when you want to talk with someone on the same repeater. As a general rule, conversations on this talkgroup are not linked, so you are not tying up any other repeater in the network.

PRN — This is used when you want to have a network-wide conversation, such as when you are traveling. For this network, this is the go-to talkgroup for general chit-chat amongst users. If you just want to have a long chat with a friend, consider moving the conversation over to the Southeast talkgroup to free up the PRN talkgroup.

Southeast — This talkgroup is a PTT activated talkgroup, and can be used in two ways. First, if you don’t want to tie up all of the repeaters in the PRN network, you can move from the PRN talkgroup to this, and then you are only using the two repeaters that you and the other user are on, plus any that someone else keys up to listen to the conversation.

TAC 310 — This is a PTT activated talkgroup, and should be used to chat with someone outside of our network, but within the U.S., Canada and Mexico. There are some repeaters in the country that have this on full time, but most require it to be activated first. All NorCal, DCI and DMR-MARC repeaters have access to this, along with most of the smaller networks who use these entities c-Bridges. This talkgroup can also be used to chat with people anywhere in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, or from these locations back in to our network. Again, because this is a PTT activated channel, it must be activated first from inside our network, so make sure to schedule it with whomever you wish to talk to first.

TAC 1 — This is a PTT activated talkgroup, and should be used to chat with someone outside of our network, and also outside of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. There are some repeaters that have this on full time, but most require it to be activated first. All NorCal, DCI and DMR-MARC repeaters have access to this, along with most of the smaller networks who use these entities c-Bridges. This talkgroup can also be used to chat with people anywhere in the world outside of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, or from these locations back in to our network. Again, because this is a PTT activated channel, it must be activated first from inside our network, so make sure to schedule it with whomever you wish to talk to first.

DCI Bridge — This is a PTT activated talkgroup on our network, but is full time on the DCI network, so you should never use this to talk to someone on our network, instead use Local, PRN or Southeast. You should only use this to chat with someone outside of our network.

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