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ON0MON – QRT 31 Dec 2016

ON0MON – QRT 31 Dec 2016

Due to some personal issues, I will no longer run and maintain the ON0MON Repeater. I will decommission the equipment on the 31st of December 2016 and probably return the call sign to the IBPT/BIPT on the same date.
The repeater is for sale, in case someone wants to buy it, and it is based on:

  • Motorola RM900,
  • Tono 70W UHF Power Amplifier,
  • Duplexer cavity tuned for the actual frequencies
  • D-Star DVRPTR V2 (Ethernet + USB support, works standalone).

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Lemmings

Lemmings

Lemming was a famous game for Amiga developed in the early beginning of this century. The player must “drive and address” the leader of a trail of dummy people in a queue, in order to achieve the goal, usually the door to the next level. Amateur Radio Operators are nowadays a bunch of Lemming!

Someone decides for a new technology and thousand of people are, like the Lemmings, following his directive without questioning if it will affect themselves or change their life. When I invested in my equipment, I took in mind the fact that one day they would become obsolete, I never took in mind that they would become INCOMPATIBLE because someone decided to change a technology in favor of his personal idea and a bunch of Lemmings accept the change.

I will sell my equipment, I’m not seeing any benefit to keep them. I don’t want to obey like a Lemming to someone else rules when someone else is NOT a certified authority.

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Repeaters status

Repeaters status

ON0MON and ON0MNS are back operational.

ON0MON is connected to the DCS011-D however due to the CCS7 configuration I have no idea if it works or not, feedback are very welcome, please let me know via comment or via private message if you are experiencing any issue with the D-Star Repeater.

ON0MNS is connected to the WIRES-X Network and join the room 27259 which includes, at the moment of writing this post, ON0LGE, ON0LUS and ON0LRG repeaters.

Regarding the rumors about a DMR installation at Rouveroy, at the moment there are no plans to invest in another digital technology especially if that technology is proprietary and controlled by a single user/team located in another country not willing to share it among the repeater system administrator. In this light, and thank you for reading the complete message, I am planning to decommission off the D-Star repeater. I don’t like someone else to dictate rules on something not belonging to them.

Status Update

Status Update

ON0MNS – OPERATIONAL  QRG: 145.7125 MHz, Shift -600KHz, Tone 74,4Hz

Mode: C4FM and FM Analog, Wires-X Node 17165 – Connected to Room 27259 (ON0LRG)

ON0MONQRT 31 DEC 2016 QRG: 439.1125 MHz, Shift -7.6MHz, no tone

Mode: DSTAR (Default DCS011 D) – APRS 144.800 MHz (Digipeater + iGate)

ON0??? – IN PREPARATION  QRG: <UHF> MHz, mode DMR

Moved!

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

 

Voice Beacon

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.

Wires-X Ports

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.

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Tone Changed to 74.4Hz

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.

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

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