This is a Map of System Fusion repeaters I copied from repeaterbook.com. It gives an idea of density and locations of System Fusion activity in the US. In some places, like Phiily/NJ area, too many to individually show at this zoom level, so it just looks blurry blue. Click on the Map for a larger version.
Saw this just went on the air – near Cobourg. 146.895 MHz. 162.2 Hz tone on FM. It is pretty strong at my QTH, it’s antenna is over 1100 feet and not far from the lake.
It has Wires-X capability as well. I’m going to listen in the upcoming days and see what kind of activity it has.
I have schedule another Fusion net on the W2XRX repeater – here is the info:
Tuesday Mar 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.
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.
Presented at October 13, 2016 XRX Amateur Radio Club meeting.
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
There was a kind of semi-bungled release of the long-awaited software updates from Yaesu this past week (long story). This includes updated Wires-X node software, and new software for the DR1-X repeaters to allow connection to a Wires-X device.
I went down/up to the repeater site today, and made the following changes:
- Added a RF Concepts RFC-2-317 amplifier to the transmitter
- Added an Advanced Receiver Research P144VDG Receiver Preamp
- Added a Wacom Bandpass filter in the receive path
- Added a Wacom Bandpass filter to the transmit path
- Added a 12 VDC power supply for the amps
On Saturday, I went down and adjusted the squelch on the repeater. Not a pot, but a digital control on the screen. Simple description: it was set to “2”, I changed to “1”. “0” would be off.
I am now able to key up the repeater and hear it with an 2.5 watt HT and a rubber duck. I am 39.2 miles away and close to Lake Ontario. I couldn’t raise anyone yesterday, so today I went out at lunch time, and in the parking lot of building 207, still about 35 miles away, I got into the repeater and talked with Steve KA1CNF with my HT. My meter was a little under 1/2 scale. Steve said I was a little noisy but copy-able. I went to my mobile and we spoke both on analog and digital, and Steve sent a photo as he was driving into the city. He was on digital when he went down into the Browncroft Blvd valley, and the audio did garble for about 5 seconds.
Then on the way home I talked with Tom KC2TCK, and we switched to digital and we both had solid copy all the way home on DN mode. I can do the same with analog, but with a bit of noise.
I also spoke with Dave, KC2DQS, briefly, but we stayed on analog for some reason.
With cooperation from the weather man we were able to get the antenna up to about 165 ft today. That would put it at about 1925 feet above seal level. Initial indications are that there is a definite improvement, most places. A few weeks of observation and use should tell us more.
Thanks to Tim Warth AA2RS, Mike Rink W2HYP, Dave Carlson KA2OQZ, and Mark Erdle AE2EA for all the help and hard work.
Here are some more photos: