Seeing the predicted coverage of the 440 repeater, I decided to try our 2 meter machine. A few variables I took the default, but this looks pretty close based on my living at the fringe area. It might be slightly better than shown here, but this is not bad. Definitely can see the problems going east and south, with higher ground in both directions.
I have schedule another Fusion net on the W2XRX repeater – here is the info:
Tuesday Feb. 28 at 8PM, there will be a Fusion net on the 145.29 W2XRX repeater (Canadice, NY). The mode will be digital narrow DN. It will be on Wires-X room #21704. The purpose will be to discuss Fusion news, equipment, Wires-X, tips, etc. Check-ins are encouraged from all CNY/WNY Fusion stations. Initially we would follow-on with a net every 4th Tuesday of the month. More frequent nets could be added if enough interest.
Next meeting – more details forthcoming but the main topic will be whether the club supports the possibility of re-establishing our 440 repeater. We have a possibility of a site, not in an ideal location for most XARC members (the west side is NOT the best side ;-), and it looks like we might be able to do this rather economically. So we plan on discussing further at the next meeting and probably taking a vote as to whether we move forward. Please plan to attend if you are interested. That’s Feb 9 at 6 PM.
Also at next meeting – possibility of a couple club projects – 6 Meter halo antenna and/or all band 300 watt amplifier might be discussed.
I purchased a FTM-100DR to have as a full-time (or almost) Wires-X node to free up one of my FTM-400’s for a base radio. Now I need to put up a second antenna.
By the way, I paid under $300 for the FTM-100DR. I think I paid over $500 for a Kenwood TM-733 at the Rochester Hamfest in the early-mid 90’s. It was a nice radio and could receive two bands at once, but it didn’t have a GPS receiver, APRS, or digital.
Looks like Yaesu has a lower cost C4FM fusion handheld on the way. The FT-70DR was seen on the FCC website for testing. I’m guessing under $200 and somewhat de-featured from the FT1D. Maybe no GPS. Probably hear in a couple months.
Heard a couple new guys in the area on Fusion. A couple had FTM-3200’s they got for Christmas and a couple with FT-991. Don’t have their callsigns handy – but if you have Fusion, listen for these guys and please answer if you hear them call. One reason why I got another rig, so I can answer them easier.
Heard a talk about Fusion from a Yaesu guy who indicated Fusion C4FM was nearly identical to APCO P25 Phase 1, but the FCC asked them to make a small change (one bit) to make them incompatible.
FYI – The cheapest way to get on Fusion. Now $134.95 at HRO.-
Probably similar prices elsewhere.
Drawbacks compared to the FTM-100DR ($309):
Only 2 meters
No APRS support
Can’t control Wires-X digital nodes
Can’t be used as a Wires-X node
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.
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.