Please check the settings in your hotspot to see which Brandmeister server it’s configured to use. If you’re using 3108, make an effort to switch to one of the other US-based master servers before May 30, 2020.
The 3108 master server is located in Atlanta so, from the standpoint of low latency/shortest round trip time, it likely provides the best results but only when communicating with others that also happen to be pointing to 3108.
It is also their “testing/staging” server. Brandmeister rolls out newer versions of software to 3108 before to 3101, 3102, and 3103. I’m not sure how they plan to test new code in the future. Suffice it to say, the most likely reason for this move is due to the operating expense. Space in data centers, Internet access, power, cooling, etc are not cheap! I’m not sure where Brandmeister gets their funding from - someone is paying a lot of money for the infrastructure!
What Should I Do?
Most of the repeaters and c-Bridges in the southeast use 3102 as their master server. My recommendation is that’s where you should focus your efforts on going forward.
The following information will give a bit more detail - general rule of thumb - pick the location closest to you for the best results:
Please let us know if you have any questions. The official announcement is below:
Brandmeister server 3108 being taken down effective May 30
Originally posted 03/05/2020
With some recent changes that have been made, we are planning on removing the 3108 Master Server. We plan on taking the server down at or around May 30th. The 3101, 3102, and 3103 masters have more than enough capacity to take the load. If people have any bridges, cbridge CC links, or OpenBridge connections, please open a ticket in the system under the BMUSA section and we will get you moved to another master.
Repeater Owners: If you had a cluster, let us know which master you move to so we can get a new cluster setup for you.
If you are using 3108 in your hotspot's Pi-Star configuration, change it.
Jeff Hochberg - W4JEW
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