ON0MON New Frequencies

I have been requested by the BIPT to change the frequencies for ON0MON.

New Frequencies are:

Downlink: 439.1125 MHz
Uplink: 431.5125 MHz

Basic setup: 439.1125 MHz , SHIFT -7.6MHz, Digital D*Star, default connection DCS011 D (French)

Operational every day from 06:00 to 24:00.

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! :)

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 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 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 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! :)

Feb 01 2015

Unexpected outage – Work in progress

The first Raspberry PI broke a week before the winter holidays, luckily I had a second Raspberry PI and so by simply swapping the memory card I was able to restore the repeater in a couple of minutes.
Today the second Raspberry Pi decided to stop working so I’m moving everything on a spare computer I have but it will be based on Windows due to some hardware incompatibilities with Linux.

So, ON0MON is work in progress, expecting to be back no later than tonight, 1st Feb 2015.

Stay tuned.

Sep 03 2014

100% Service UP

Holidays are over and everything is back operational.
I’m considering to shutdown this website, quite useless as there are no real feedback and no real benefits and move to the more common Facebook platform. Twitter accounts are already setup…

Hey you two people (spammers excluded) out there that are reading this blog time by time: if one day it will be unreachable try again after a couple of days, if still unresponsive means I shutdown the website. :)

Apr 21 2014

Back Online

There are some religious holidays ongoing so also my brain is on holidays, let’s make this quick:

– ON0MON D-STAR Repeater back operational, connected to DCS011 D (French); People are free to de-link, re-link, play, etc with the repeater, I don’t care unless it is misused.

– ON0MON APRS iGate,Digipeater back operational collecting your path and messages.

Happy season holidays.

Apr 19 2014

It moves!

Let’s make everybody’s life easy:

– Repeater D*Star ON0MON will be down for a couple of days; The equipment are going to be installed in a larger room in the same building. Cabling and installation will take for a while;

– Repeater,iGate,Digipeater APRS ON0MON will be down for a couple of days; Reason is the same for the D*Star Repeater.

– Website if bumping, I’m moving to another provider, to make a long story short, after a “migration” the site went offline. After trying to recover the site and data I gave up and moved to a web hosting service in France. Several pictures went lost, database (lucky me) are safe.

Happy Season Holidays.

Feb 20 2014

Repeater Limited Capabilities

Due to the limited usage of the repeater, the working time will be reduced from 6:00 to 24:00, every day.

Actually the repeater isn’t used at all, there were just two attempts ALL TIME which means a waste of energy and money for the license and the equipment.

As usual feedback will be really appreciated and I’m available to restore the repeater to 24/7 in case someone decides to use it.

If no further evolution, the repeater will be converted or switched off at the end of 2014.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Best 73

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