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

XARC Announces 2-Meter Nets

XARC will be hosting 2-meter Nets on the first and fourth Thursdays of each month starting at 8:30PM. The net will use the club’s Yaesu – Fusion repeater set to analog mode so that all can participate. The repeater (callsign W2XRX) frequency is 145.290Mhz with a PL tone of 110.9. All check-ins are welcome.

~ 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.

 

Newark 146.745 Repeater Fusion Capable

Drumlins ARC now has two Fusion repeaters.  The WA2AAZ 146.745 repeater in Newark is a Yaesu System Fusion machine.  The FM PL tone is 71.9Hz.  I believe the machine is just south of the Newark village.

The WA2EMO machine on 444.750 is also a System Fusion machine with a PL of 110.9Hz.  I think it is a ways north of the village.