Harry W2HRY and myself replaced our 2 meter DR1X repeater with a new DR2X model. All went well and settings are the same for the moment. We will likely move from a CTCSS Tone Squelch to a DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) system in a couple of months.
DCS is a newer and better system from a performance standpoint. It will hopefully eliminate squelch hang and noise.
Another option for Fusion will be available soon. The FTM-7250 looks like the single band FTM-3200 (2m) and FTM-3207 (70cm), but will operate both bands. It is still waiting FCC acceptance, but expect it to run somewhere between $220 and $250. The FTM-100 is $308 right now and has APRS capability.
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.
The lower cost single band UHF 440 transceiver is now available. The FTM-3207 should be order-able from most retailers.
The interesting news is they have made this radio capable of controlling a Wires-X node. That is, from the front panel and microphone keypad, you can connect to a Wires-X node and connect to other nodes and rooms. This feature was not previously available on the lowest cost C4FM radios, the 2 meter FTM-3200 and FT-70 HT. But as of today, both of those radios are now upgrade-able with a firmware update.
All of these radios are under $200, and the FTM-3200 was going for $135 earlier this year.
The link below has a video on how it works on the UHF FTM-3207.
Put one of these on your gift to yourself list
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.