While at first blush, it may seem overwhelming this new digital mode, we hope to provide a method to flatten the learning curve.  We have on the home page of our website, several links to important files.  These files are reasonably short and to the point to get a new DMR user up to speed on the PNW DMR network.  

New DMR Users: please read the Welcome pageQuick Start and/or Best Practices pages or browse through our handy links page.  If you don't have the time or the interest to get up to speed with the basics, then try the FAQ in our Wiki for some quick stuff that might build you interest in reading more.

You may also catch us on our Not-A-Net Gathering Wednesday evenings on Washington 2 at 1900 local.  The Gathering was created in part, to assist our newest members.  So please join us each week.

Please do not use PNW 1 or PNW 2 for QSO's.  These are calling channels that are full time on all PNW repeaters.  Call, make contact, then move your QSO to a TAC talkgroup or possibly a Local talkgroup.  PS 1 and PS 2 are EMERGENCY USE ONLY or other public service uses.  The Oregon North network is primarily a SAR group so read their Guidelines PRIOR to using their repeaters.

Remember, if you are not sure how to get started, send us a post to our Mentors/Elmers group and once you have a radio programmed to our repeaters, ask for help on Washington 1 or Washington 2.  Throw out your call, location and which talkgroup you are on...tell us you are a new user and have some questions or need something explained.  Requests for an explanation or or for demonstrations tend to get the quickest responses.  So say something when you announce your call that is compelling to spark a response.  We have many listeners but getting them to respond is in your hands.

Welcome aboard,

Your PNW DMR moderation Team

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