The “North Central Texas Connection (NCTC), is a continuing work in progress. Without you, the donors, our technical staff and the various repeater owners and trustees, this system could never exist.

Most of the system is interconnected either by (420 Mhz.) full duplex links or NXU’s (Internet Extension Units “DMR, Wires-X, Allstar, and EchoLink”).

Our primary objective is to provide a backup system for the National Weather Service and their weather spotters during times of inclement weather. Please Read: “System Protocol”.

The secondary purpose is to provide for you the Amateur Radio Operator a way to communicate in the Dallas/ Ft.Worth metro area and the surrounding cities providing for technical talk and typical idle time chat.

Numerous long hours, weekends, donations of equipment and funding have allowed us to create this project. We hope you enjoy the system as much as we have enjoyed taking old equipment and giving it a new purpose. We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you enjoy this valuable resource.

Brandmeister Disconnected From NCTC

Per the request of the Brandmeister (BM) National Coordinator, the BM DMR link to NCTC has been disconnected. They do not want any cross linking to TGIF DMR. I kept TGIF Network over Brandmeister because of the openness of TGIF, friendly nature of the system, and there willingness to give us our own Talkgroup 189. I will keep the Brandmeister node disconnect, but running for Backup

For information on how to connect goto: https://tgifnetwork.createaforum.com/index.php

David KG5RDF


Paris on a East Texas run today with KG5RDF.. N5REL, and W5KJC.. and help from Tom and David. And Jon Moon. thx crew!!

David KB5WB


Talco has been resuscitated, however it’s temporarily on 442.125 / PL 151.4 while the primary repeater is sent off for repairs PA was cooked on the primary repeater. For reasons only known by Yaesu, we couldn’t get the temporary DR1X to move off of 442.125. Sometimes you have to improvise and adapt. Thanks to KB5EDB, KB5WB, KG5RDF and WA5TXI for the teamwork to get this back on the air. When the primary repeater comes back from warranty repairs at Yaesu, Talco will go back on its designated frequency of 442.200 / 151.4.

Nathan N5REL

NCTC Net 01/03/2019

Thanks to the 53 stations who checked into the net tonight. We learned a few new things:
– The government shutdown has caused the FCC to suspend operations including issuing and renewal of licenses. https://www.theverge.com/…/fcc-suspension-partial-federal-g…
– If the government is not fully funded before SKYWARN school then those sessions that are scheduled will be canceled.https://www.weather.gov/psr/ShutdownImpacts
– NCTC is available on the TGIF DMR TalkGroup 189. For instructions on the use of the TGIF DMR system on your hotspot, send an email to K4WZV Robert https://www.qrz.com/db/K4WZV and he can provide you with instructions. TGIF is not interoperable with the Brandmeister or DMR MARC systems.
– KB5WB said that there are plans to work on the Paris and Talco repeaters on the air Saturday/

Calvin Gluck W7KYG

TGIF DMR TalkGroup 189

NCTC was granted a TGIF DMR TalkGroup 189. For instructions on how to get connected to the TGIF server, please check TGIF WiKi for instructions, examples, and documentation. The TGIF Last Heard Panel http://tgif.network/lastheard/index.html.


Inclement Weather

Please be mindful of the inclement weather in the area. Make sure to review the system protocols.

Bottom Line – Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon through tonight with a risk for damaging wind gusts, a few tornadoes, and hail. Heavy rainfall may lead to localized instances of flash flooding and subsequent main stem river flooding.