Status Update

ON0MNS (Rouveroy JO20ai):
– 145.7125 MHz, Shift -600KHz, Tone 74,4Hz
Mode: C4FM and FM Analog, Wires-X Node 17165

– 439.1125 MHz, Shift -7.6MHz, no tone
Mode: DSTAR (Default DCS011 D)

ON0MON (Jurbise, JO10xm)
– APRS 144.800 MHz
Considering DMR (waiting for new frequency assignment)

Apr 05 2015

Status Update

ON0MNS (Rouveroy JO20ai):
– 145.7125 MHz, Shift -600KHz, Tone 74,4Hz
Mode: C4FM and FM Analog, Wires-X Node 17165

– 439.1125 MHz, Shift -7.6MHz, no tone
Mode: DSTAR (Default DCS011 D)

ON0MON (Jurbise, JO10xm)
– APRS 144.800 MHz
Considering DMR (waiting for new frequency assignment)

Mar 29 2015

Moved!

This is tough.

The hardware repeater that was in C4FM and Analog (Yaesu Fusion) running on ON0MON is now running at Rouveroy (JO20AI) as ON0MNS in VHF therefore there is no more C4FM repeater as ON0MON.

There is at the moment just the APRS Digipeater in JO10xm however in the next few days I will install a new repeater and everybody will be happy

 

Mar 13 2015

Voice Beacon

I received a request of explanation about the voice beacon running every 10 minutes on the C4FM repeater.

The system says: “This is ON0MON Wires-X connected to 17165, one node.

I think it is better than the classic CW callsign because it is giving the real status of the repeater and is also giving a hint to those which are casual tuners.

I wish Yaesu implements a customizable voice message so it could also announce, for example, the subtone in use or the locator.

Mar 07 2015

Wires-X Ports

Regarding the configuration of the Wires-X software (1.0.6.0), I forgot to mention that some ports on the router MUST be open in order to have the voice/data flow from the repeater to the Internet and backward.

It is possible to rely on the embedded uPNP protocol however I strongly recommend to manually open the ports in order to have them permanently configured.

The repeater should be configured on a static IP address in order to have the port forwarding activated.
If your network is based on Network Address Translation (NAT) Protocol then the correct configuration is Static IP and Port Forwarding.

Due to the high number of router firmware available on the market, I cannot provide any help on how to configure your NAT and/or Static IP. This is the extract from the instruction provided by Yaesu for the port forwarding.

Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 21.25.31In the Wires-X software configuration, under Tool(T) there is a function called Port Check; that application will help you in the verification process for port forwarding configuration.

Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 23.15.34

Mar 05 2015

Tone Changed to 74.4Hz

CTCSS Tone for the repeater changed from 100Hz to 74.4Hz to be in accordance to the UBA guidelines.

Thanks to Filip ON4PC for the corrective indication provided.

Feb 19 2015

ON0MON UHF Repeater Coverage

It looks quite realistic however, as everybody knows, these calculation are not 100% accurate.

ON0MON UHF Repeater Coverage

ON0MON UHF Repeater Coverage

Feb 19 2015

Yaesu DR-1X, HRI-200 and Wires-X Workaround

When I bought the repeater the first thing I was looking around was the “how-to” setup and connect the combination of DR-1X + HRI-200 to the Wires-X Network; What I discovered is that Yaesu is NOT ready (yet) for such combination. After an initial big disappointment, I start to search for similar experiences and noticed that most of the repeater’s sysops managed to configure it but none of them, as far as I know, shared the methodology they used to have the repeater configured to inter-operate with the Wires-X infrastructure.

In strict cooperation with Max ON4GXY (aka IW0GXY) and the final support of Raffaello (IZ0QWM) we managed to have a kind of working structure which means the repeater is able to send and receive from the internet and also interconnect to other rooms/repeaters.

Here are some screenshots of our configuration, some small changes happened in the meantime such as Voice Beacon instead of CW for the digital part, in fact the repeater is broadcasting its own  beacon in CW so, to do not confuse the two beacons and (remotely) be ensured that both parts, repeater and Wires-X, are working, we decided to distinguish the repeater beacon from the Wires-X beacon by switching to the embedded voice. Another small change is the removal of the tag on the feature that re-joins automatically the repeater to the own room after an amount of time; for this feature we noticed that the repeater is acting “weird” some times when re-joins the rooms by cutting the transmission in progress. Users are still able to join any room using the DTMF feature.

Please note that all the features which are available exclusively via digital connection are NOT supported by this configuration. We all are looking forward to receive from Yaesu an update to the DR-1x firmware.
(Versions available at the time of this post is 1.00Z, Wires-X Software Version 1.060).

DR-1x configuration is: RX AUTO / TX FIX FM (Other configurations are NOT working properly)

Transceiver

Transceiver

Settings - Wires ID Information

Settings – Wires ID Information

Location Settings

Location Settings

Round QSO Room Settings

Round QSO Room Settings

Room Open

Room Open

HRI-200 Setup

HRI-200 Setup

Call Settings

Call Settings

General Settings

General Settings

Sound Settings

Sound Settings

Audio Adjustment

Audio Adjustment

Feb 15 2015

Technical Updates

Today I introduced some small changes to the two repeaters:

– Added CTCSS Tone to the C4FM/Analog Yaesu Fusion Repeater, tone is 100Hz
– Temporarily disconnected the D-Star Repeater from the World Wide Network to avoid interference between the two systems.

Repeater(s) frequencies:

– UHF 439.1125 MHz
– Shift: -7.6 MHz
– Repeater A modulations: Analog FM and C4FM, CTCSS Tone 74.4Hz 100Hz;
– Repeater B modulations: D-Star only (Standalone repeater);

APRS Node: 144.800 MHz

The plan is to re-connect the D-Star to the internet by the end of the week.

Feb 13 2015

C4FM Yaesu DR-1x Repeater with HRI-200

Yes, in the title you get everything. All in a line.

Before any discussion, I have to give credits:

– Marco – CSY&Son for the provisioning of the repeater (http://www.csytelecomunicazioni.com/) ;
– Max ON4GXY aka IW0GXY for being the best partner you can get if you want to do experiments and troubleshooting.

Seriously, I just received a new repeater, Yaesu Fusion DR-1x and the Internet connector HRI-200.
It is sharing the frequencies with the D-Star Repeater and I have to admit Yaesu did a good job with it.

In fact the repeater is extremely easy to install and operate, only one small concern:
Why there is no power supply for the European version? The US and the JP version are including the power supply, the EU version not… Why Yaesu???

Anyway, the repeater is also connected to the Wires-X Node and Room system of Yaesu, which are Node 17165 and Room 27165 for the repeater.

The configuration is “cross” which basically means RX AUTO, and TX FM FIX, which is the only configuration working with the HRI-200 in order to have it connected to the Wires-X Network.

Everybody is expecting a new firmware to be released soon (they said January but we are mid of February and there is no firmware at the horizon yet).

Feel free to test it as you like and ask for any kind of mod you like.

P.S.: Soon I will post all the steps to configure the DR-1X to the HRI-200 and make it working on Wires-X.

Feb 07 2015

ON0MON back online

The repeater is back operational and working perfectly. There are no more Raspberry Pi for me; even if the repeater is experimental and subject to outages, it should not be for an unreliable hardware. Raspberry Pi are good for playing with and for home applications, not for a 24/7 repeater.

The server is now a Intel Xeon running at 3GHz with “just” 4GB Ram and a 64bit Operating System.

Ah… just because you spent your time reading this post, here is a teaser: soon there will be some big changes, so now, more than before, stay tuned! :)

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