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The Real Story:
Four ham desperadoes, on the lamb from the law, met by chance in a shady area of spectrum on the wrong side of the bands. Each fiercely territorial, their instincts kicked in and they began jamming each other relentlessly. After what seemed like hours and with batteries nearly depleted, a truce was forged. While normally these desperadoes would have been sworn enemies, their circumstances brought them together, and thus DMR of Anarchy was born.

The Cleaned Up Version So Your Spouse Doesn’t Forbid You From Associating With Us:
Years ago, some hams in Northern California decided to try DMR. They had come from a D-Star background, and appreciated digital modes, but were looking for something more reliable and with commercial quality. Repeaters were initially linked via Motorola’s IP Site Connect (IPSC), and eventually to a cBridge. The system became known as NorCal DMR. The system grew throughout Northern and Central California, with groups in the Central Valley and Ventura spinning off into their own organizations. Over time, one of Southern California’s largest ham clubs, the PAPA System, embraced DMR and purchased their own cBridge.

All of these groups came together at Pacificon one year, and formed an alliance. They all agreed to carry a common talkgroup as static on a common timeslot. This would allow seamless roaming throughout California, and effectively create one of the largest ham DMR systems in the world. The umbrella organization became known as CalDMR.

Things were stable for… what seems like only a few months. The wind shifted, and so did opinions of network management by the leaders of CalDMR. Bickering turned to infighting, and the whole thing blew up in a rather spectacular fashion, leaving most users wondering what had happened. The networks went their separate ways, and alliances were broken.

Some time later, the cBridge administrator for NorCal DMR decided to move to a new technology, replacing the cBridge with connections to the Brandmeister system. This system has some advantages over cBridge and some disadvantages. Conflicts continued amongst some of the folks involved with the system, and as a result, some of us decided to go in a different direction. With the help of the fine folks at SFTRBO, we’ve moved off of Brandmeister and onto a cBridge once again, forming a smaller network which will hopefully have less politics and infighting due to its independence from other groups, organizations and individuals.

We have no ill will towards other organizations or the Brandmeister system. We just think there’s room for more than one linked system in DMR, just as there is on analog. Based on our experience and personal preferences, the cBridge is the right technology for us. It may not be for everyone.

While we’ve chosen to go a different direction than most ham DMR organizations in California (hence, the “anarchy”), in the end our goal is simple: To continue our education in digital mobile radio and to have fun. We hope that’s why you’re here too.