Brandmeister is a group of around 120 repeaters connected to a master server to provide access to the international community. The network comprises of around 25% repeaters and 75% hotspots users.
NOTE: If you have been using the Brandmeister UK server and experiance some issues, please update your software (pi-star will update overnight if you hotspot is running 24/7. There has been a change to the IP address (22.214.171.124) for the BM UK server and most software should update itself. If your hotsport software has not updated, you can manually enter the IP address within the configuration file – https://news.brandmeister.network/uk-master-server-2341-de-provisioned/.
There are around 1420 talk groups (https://brandmeister.network/?page=talkgroups) as at the end of July 2020 which are accessible on all repeaters across the worldwide network. The talk group structure covers anything from Worldwide to regions within numerous countries, bridges to other modes, special groups and various other topics.
Note that Brandmeister UK is in the process [as at mid August 2020] of revising their talk group structure as part of moving away from reflectors – please refer to the Brandmeister UK Wiki page for the last official list of UK talk groups [note that unofficial talk groups will not be listed] – https://wiki.brandmeister.network/index.php/United_Kingdom
There are around 136 reflectors (http://registry.dstar.su/dmr/reflector.db) of which some are linked to talk groups on the network. Brandmeister currently plans to cease the use of reflectors no later than 30th December 2020 (please be prepared as this could happen several months sooner) – https://news.brandmeister.network/brandmeister-dmr-reflectors-support-ending-by-end-of-2020/
Repeater Keepers have the option to define what talk groups are Always On. TS1 is mainly used for talk groups and TG9 TS2 is used for reflectors. On many repeaters, TG9 is connected to a reflector – either UK Wide or the region.
You can search for a repeater (https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeaters), click on the repeater name to bring up information on the repeater, the repeaters last heard as well as information on Always On talk groups and if a reflector if linked to TG9 TS2. Note that some talk groups may be Always On at set times such as TG91 (Worldwide) for the Saturday net.
The Brandmeister network supports APRS via 234999 (Private Call) – this can be routed via any slot.
Here’s a link to the main Brandmeister website – https://brandmeister.network/