XARC September General Meeting

XARC will be holding its monthly meeting on September 8, starting at 6:00PM at the QTH of Steve Verzulli (KA1CNF).

This months presentation will be a tour of his 15.6 kW solar array with a presentation on the sizing, costs, vendor and component selection. Steve will compare his installation to the solar article found in the April 2016 QST and follow-up comments in the September 2016 QST by Bob Bruninga. There will be a short business meeting prior to Steve’s presentation.

~ Rich, K2RAH

Yaesu FTM-3200DR Fusion Radio Special

FYI – The cheapest way to get on Fusion.  Now $134.95 at HRO.-

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-014731

Probably similar prices elsewhere.

Drawbacks compared to the FTM-100DR ($309):

  • Only 2 meters
  • No APRS support
  • No GPS
  • Can’t control Wires-X digital nodes
  • Can’t be used as a Wires-X node

Advantages:

  • Cheap
  • Will work Fusion C4FM / thru Fusion repeaters with Auto Mode Select
  • Analog FM also
  • Can work distant stations via Wires-X if repeater is already connected or someone else connects.
  • 65 watts
  • Cheap

I would definitely recommend the FTM-100DR or FTM-400XR, but if the advantages of it don’t interest you, the FTM-3200 is still a good radio to work through our repeater with and at least take advantage of the digital mode.