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
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
- No GPS
- 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.
- 65 watts
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.
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.
Hopefully many XARC members have put a Fusion radio on their Christmas or Hanukkah wish list. A couple of things worth noting:
If you have an FTM-400, they have released new firmware. The only major change I know of is release of programming software for the memory, which is supported in the new firmware. I have updated mine, not too difficult. All SW and instructions on the Yaesu site.
Glad I didn’t buy that 3rd party programming software yet. The Yaesu software works fine.
The Drumlins Fusion repeater is up and running on 444.750 +5 Mhz, 110.9 PL.