As many are aware, changes have been made at both the network level and local level as far as access to certain talkgroups, particularly the TAC channels. The TAC talkgroups were, and still are, intended to be used as a "working channel" for communications established initially on a wide-area talkgroup, such as Worldwide, North America, etc., or a regional calling talkgroup. The TAC channels were never intended to be hang-outs. They were never intended to be used as full-time talkgroups. At the network level, TAC channels are user-activated (aka "PTT"), timing out after a nominal period of inactivity.
Instead, going directly against the intended use and policy, hotspots were being set up with TAC310 and others configured full-time, and even worse, repeater users have been repeatedly keying repeaters to keep the TAC talkgroup(s) active.
While the Interstate network has no control over Brandmeister or other networks other than our own cBridges, we philosophically agree with the decisions that have been made to curtail abuse of the TAC talkgroups. We remind users of all WR3IRS repeaters and all repeaters on Interstate cBridges that repeatedly keying up user-activated talkgroups without actively participating in a conversion is expressly prohibited.
Several additional WR3IRS repeaters are under construction to enhance and extend coverage in the following areas:
Northern New Jersey including Somerset, Essex, Morris, Middlesex, and Monmouth counties, lower Manhattan, and Staten Island
Northwestern New Jersey including Sussex, Warren, and Morris counties, and eastern portions of adjacent counties in Pennsylvania and New York
Western New Jersey including Hunterdon and Warren counties and portions of Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania
Improvements and expansion in northeastern and north-central Pennsylvania
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