Low Cost Headsets For Field Day

 

Background

The annual Field Day event in my little radio club here in Livingston County, Michigan has always been full of challenges, but thanks to a dedicated team of folks who really want to make it happen, we pull off some sort of an event every year.

For several years now, we’ve chosen to activate the Emergency Operations Center in our county Central Dispatch facility.  At our location, the EOC area doubles as a large meeting room and classroom area.  In times of an emergency, there are copiuos  power, video, and networking options.  Magically, pushing a few tables around, and adding computers and phones turns this into a command center.

The 3 F’s Of Our Field Day

In retrospect, you should never turn over the operation and logistics of Field Day to folks who are not rabid contest types.  However, we have very few contesters who actually want to be involved in the planning and setup of this annual event.  Excuses run the gambit – you’ll just need to trust me that I’ve heard everything imaginable.

We’ve chosen, therefore, to focus on 3 wider appealing areas for our annual  operations:

  • FUN (If we don’t have some level of fun, why do this?)
  • FELLOWSHIP (We’ve tried to extend an invitation to hams and non hams alike to “come and play”.  We’ve managed to gather a nice collection of equipment for the activity, and for some, a chance to operate gear they’ve only read about is compelling.
  • FOOD (Hey, you gotta eat.  Even simple fare done well can be yummy)

Change Is A Four Letter Word?

It has been said that people don’t like change.  I would actually submit that people do not like change that they didn’t create.  Additionally, I would add that in general, some folks just tolerate change in any way, shape, or form better than others.  I’ve heard a wide range of excuses about all of this as well.  We’ve got some members who stopped coming to our event because it wasn’t “outside in tents”, others because “it’s not in a field”, and still others who claim fear of the large people carrying balloons that are launched just 1/2 mile from our location at the annual Hot Air Balloon Challenge going on during the same weekend.  This year was a collection of a huge number of changes (like 3 of them).

Computer Logging

For many many years, we simply did things the old fashioned way – operators scribbled contacts and info on scraps of paper.  At the end of the contest, someone would attempt to translate and search for duplications before submitting our results. At the end of Field Day last year, the person who handled this for years drew a line in the sand – no more paper logs!

We were fortunate to latch onto many older Panasonic CF29 “tough books” for use within the county as emergency communications computers.  These units even came with mobile docking stations, supporting the notion of running the computers on the same 12 volt sources as the radios.  I’ll save more of the details for a future post.

The DX enthusiasts in our club swear by N1MM software for contest logging and rig control, so right or wrong, good or bad, that’s what we installed.  Heck, I could write two blog entries on this topic alone!

Station Equipment

In the past, we operated 3 or 4 stations, most of them Elecraft radios of some sort.  There have been 3 amateurs who bring their K3 stations out to the event.  At least two of them commented that bringing their gear out to Field Day gave them the opportunity to dust things off!  This year, we supported bring whatever you felt like.  As a result, we had more gear than operators.

Headsets

We’re operating in the same large room, and although we try and separate folks into different spots, headphones are a must.  Add to this that in most cases, we were hopeful that there would be a logger as well as an operator, which means at least two sets of headphones per operating position.

We’ve used headsets in the past, but there have been issues, especially with volume level.  We just don’t have the budget to buy a bunch of Heil headsets, so we started to look for alternatives.

Computer Gaming To The Rescue

I’ve used computer gaming headsets on amateur transceivers before, as many others have, so that part isn’t all that unique.  While wandering through the local Microcenter store gathering supplies for our computer login project, I stumbled into this:

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Pro HT Headset Distributed By Inland Products

 

Outside the plastic, the unit looks like this:

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This is a great little headset for $7.99 plus tax.  There is an inline volume control, to support the need for two or more users needing to adjust the audio level for their comfort, and a great little microphone.

You need to support 3.5mm connectors, as shown in this picture:

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We ran into only one complication, in that some radios or microphone cables we connected to didn’t like the stereo microphone plug.  The construction of those jacks was found to be such that the sleeve contact was actually touching the ring of the stereo connector, and as such was not completing the connection from the radio to the microphone element.  Fortunately, the fix was a little adapter connector, like the image below:

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The only complaint we couldn’t address was that the microphone boom articulation is only supported on the left side of the wearer.  The cost was worth dealing with this minor inconvenience.

Audio performance was outstanding, both on transmit and receive.  We were able to support logging and operator requirements in a very cost effective manner.  Users were surprised at how comfortable and light the headset were to use.

Future Plans

We’re already discussing a mechanism to allow the logger to talk to the operator by way of the headset, much like an intercom environment.  We’d like to do this because there were several times that the logger caught all the information, but the operator didn’t.

Conclusion

A really useful low cost headset that you don’t mind getting accidentally immersed in coffee or coke.  Low cost enough to buy everyone their own personal headset as a take home souvenir!

 

 

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How Do You Become The Best Product Of 2013 When You Don’t Even Exist?

Someone over at  Factual Radio  pointed out the other day that we hadn’t covered anything about the hottest new product on the market, a winner of the prestigious “Best New Product” award for the 2013 Dayton Hamvention – Of course, I’m talking about the  Palstar TR30A Transceiver, from our  good friends at Palstar Inc. in Piqua, Ohio.

Click on this link to be transported to the TR30A Transceiver website. 

An image depicting the elusive Palstar TR30A Transceiver
An image depicting the elusive Palstar TR30A Transceiver

The words describing the transceiver (from the Palstar website) are:

The Palstar TR30A is a new 100 watt transceiver optimized for Ham Band only reception using the best of legacy techniques combined with microprocessor controlled DDS and electronic switching for rock solid performance.
Optimum HF sensitivity is provided by an active mixer that does not require an RF Preamp. The active mixer has inherently strong overload performance and with no RF Preamp, the TR30A provides excellent performance for all bands, modes and signal conditions.
8 pole Collins Filters provide single-signal reception in a single conversion superheterodyne that has clarity reminiscent of direct conversion. This single conversion, using a low phase noise LO, minimizes spurious responses, reciprocal mixing and high background noise. The TR30A’s TFT implemented analog S-meter returns the operator’s ability to see and feel the received signal strength and its characteristics. Not only is it responsive, but also factory calibrated for S9 and dB readings above and below.
The Industry’s first TFT color touch screen interface is so intuitive that a licensed operator can turn on and operate the TR30 without wading through menus or studying a tedious manual.
The TR30A has one of the industry’s best transmit IMD performance, provided by a 50 Volt RF LDMOS FET transmitter final. 100 watt PEP output with IM3 of -48 dB PEP or -42 dBc is 10 to 20 dB better than today’s popular transceivers.

What was even more intriguing  is that the Palstar website claims the TR30A has been awarded “Best New Product Of The Year” at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention.

Best New Product
Best New Product

Which sounds pretty official, but is NORMALLY reserved for products that you can actually buy.  and I don’t even remember  seeing this device at the Hamvention.

Inquiries directly to Palstar have, for the moment, gone unanswered.  For now, we’re skeptical.    You can’t buy one now.  There is no price nor a shipped weight listed on the website.

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OK, many of us just can’t wait to get our hands on this, or can we?  If it’s been around since 2013, and none of us have seen it yet, are we sure we want to?  Not to mention, at what cost?  We know that Palstar is well known for manufacturing some unique equipment, but sometimes, unique carries a special price.  Take for example, the Palstar  R30A Shortwave Receiver.  A really nice looking radio:

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Front and Rear Views of the R30A Shortwave Receiver

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That carries an $895 US price tag.  Based on that, how much will a transceiver fetch?

While it’s entirely possible that we might see a TR30A Transceiver  at the 2015 show, there is still the question of how a product that you cannot buy becomes “Best New Product”.    Give Palstar a call, perhaps you’ll get a better answer than I did.

 

FCC Changes How You Receive Your Amateur Radio License

 

 

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Beginning  February 17th, the FCC has announced that they will no longer automatically mail hard copies of licenses.  Although this actually impacts many radio services, in this post we’re going to focus on Amateur Radio Licenses.

Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams have already been advised to instruct new license applicants without FRN numbers that they will NOT receive a paper copy of their amateur authorization.  Instead, they will have the option to cruise over to the FCC ULS website, and print out their own “official” copy.

If you have an existing FRN number, however, and would prefer to still receive a hard copy of your license, here’s how.

First scoot over to wireless.fcc.gov, and click on the log in button…

The FCC ULS Home Screen
The FCC ULS Home Screen

 

There’s a convenient link on the page in case you’ve forgotten your password:

ULS Login Screen
ULS Login Screen

The License List page on the License Manager will have a new banner added to the top of the screen.  to change your authorization preferences, click where indicated:

ULS License List Page
ULS License List Page

 

You can select whether you want paper authorizations mailed to you from the FCC, or would prefer to download a PDF file, watermarked with “Official Copy”.

Change Your Authorization Preferences Here
Change Your Authorization Preferences Here

Clicking on the print authorizations will take you to a screen where you can select the license(s) you wish to print authorizations for:

Print Authorizations Screen
Print Authorizations Screen

New Amateur Radio Licensees can request that their future authorization renewals be physically mailed to the from the FCC, but only AFTER they have received an FRN.

I’m hopeful that radio clubs will offer to print licenses for their members on really nice paper stock.  It would be a nice touch!

73

 

Jim K8JK

 

 

Zippity (Fizz) Do Dah – Repurposing Empty ZipFizz Containers

For me, there are lots of times that when I see an empty container or a discarded device that I see possibilities for reuse.  My wife would say it’s genetics, and while she might be right, I have met others who look at the world the same way.   So goes the story of the ZipFizz containers .

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Costco packaging of Zipfizz

 

I first sampled ZipFizz at our friendly neighborhood Costco store.  The product is a powdered energy drink, heavily loaded with vitamin B12 (41,677% of your daily requirement), along with a little flavoring and about 100 mg of caffeine .   Their claim is that the large amount of B12 will act as an energy booster, without the side affects of ingesting large amounts of caffeinated beverages.  ZipFizz is distributed by a ZipFizz.com (kind of obvious, I suppose).  To use ZipFizz, you take a sip or two out of a 16-20 oz. bottle of water, dump in the contents of a tube, and cap it up quickly.  The chemistry in Zipfizz creates a slightly effervescent  drink, in a number of interesting flavors.  For those of us who are old enough, it’s somewhat reminiscent  of Fizzies (which are making a comeback, just click here.)  Each serving is packaged in a cute little plastic tube, that looks like this:

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Zipfizz tube (pink lemonade flavor)
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ZipFizz Tubes In Carton

Even the packaging is begging to be reused.  After you take all the tubes out of the box, you can remove the little cardboard  insert, and apply a little tape to it, to make a handy holder for the tubes after you reuse them. to hold something.  The very first use I found was to store small parts, (resistors, transistors, etc).  However, even I didn’t have enough components to fill up all the containers I had.

A Nice Way To Store Your Small Parts
A Nice Way To Store Your Small Parts

I shared my little tubes with my friends at the local radio club, and a few other amateurs there had other ideas as well.  One ham, who is also an avid muzzle loader, is using the tubes to store powder for each shot.  Another put his powdered creamer and instant coffee in several tubes to always have his favorite beverage on hand.

Small Parts Stored In Old ZipFizz Tubes
Small Parts Stored In Old ZipFizz Tubes

One afternoon, while trying to decide what I was going to use for a PTT switch, I had just fixed myself a refreshing ZipFizz, and there in my hand was the answer.  I have made several PTT switches (in designer colors) for my ham radio friends.

PTT Switch In ZipFizz Container
PTT Switch In ZipFizz Container

I’ve got some other ideas for the empty ZipFizz tubes(coil forms, lightweight fan dipole spacers, homemade ladder line),  and I bet you have a few thoughts as well. since I have plenty of tubes, drop me a note, and we can sort through how we we get them to you.

73

Jim K8JK

 

 

 

The Livingston Amateur Radio KLUB (LARK) PowerPole Distribution Box Project

     BACKGROUND

At the Livingston Amateur Radio Klub (LARK) we’ve tried to host at least one electronic build project annually.  The criteria for what projects we select are pretty simple:

  • relatively low cost
  • easy assembly with minimum special tools
  • useful for most amateur radio operators
  • ability to complete in 2-3 hours
  • high degree of success upon completion
  • No computer required to build/use (some members do  not own computers)

Some of our past projects include:

  • “Tape Measure” Foxhunt beam antenna
  • Active Attenuator for Foxhunting/DF work
  • VHF/UHF vertical antenna from PVC and copper pipe
  • Direct Conversion 4o meter receiver
  • Digital Frequency Display Unit with preamp (for the direct conversion receiver)
  • Simple LED flasher
  • VHF SWR Bridges
  • HF SWR Bridges

This post will describe our PowerPole Distribution Project.  Our members were able to create a very useful 6 position PowerPole unit with fused outputs and LED indication of failed ports for under $30.

We try to encourage everyone to use PowerPole terminations for their 12 Volt DC connection needs.  2 years ago, we even offered to terminate up to 5 power cords to ALL AMATEURS in Livingston County, Michigan for NO CHARGE or OBLIGATION, to encourage as many folks as we could to adopt this standard.  We are considering offering that program again in the future, so stay current with LARK announcements.

PROJECT SELECTION

Our technical team evaluated lots of potential PowerPole distribution projects, and finally settled on an excellent version created by Bill Conkling, NR4C.  You can view Bill’s great project documentation here.  Here’s a snapshot of his completed unit.

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Bill, NR4C’s PowerPole Distribution Box

Bill’s project met the success criteria, but we thought of a few ways to make it even better! (Yes, as  a courtesy to Bill, we shared our ideas with him.)

The really good news was there is a circuit board generally available.  Don’t get me wrong, if we had to create a board ourselves, we could have, but it would have driven the costs and timing up for the project.  Surf over to FAR Circuits:

FAR Circuits Home Page
FAR Circuits Home Page

 

Scroll down a little until you come to:

Choose The NR4C Project!
Choose The NR4C Project!

You’ll find the NR4C 6 Position PowerPole!  A reminder, if you’re ordering these for a large group or club, FAR Circuits will consider a discount price.

When we received our boards, we trimmed all of them, and using a belt sander, smoothed the corners to make them easy to fit in the case Bill used.

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NR4C Board Component Side
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NR4C Board Solder Side

PARTS ORDERING

In Parallel with ordering the circuit boards, the group set about ordering the other components, using the parts manifest found in Bill Conkling’s documentation on page 5.  I had plenty of green LEDs and 470 Ohm 1/4 watt resistors to donate to the cause.  Likewise, I had access to plenty of Pan Head screws.  Because of our attempts to convince everyone in our county to utilize PowerPole connectors, we had plenty of 30 Amp pins and connector shells. Since we had a Radio Shack part number for the project box, we simply took that route, rather than searching out any other suitable substitute unit.  We purchased fuses for the project from the local AutoZone, but we chose the slightly more expensive fuses with integrated LED indicators that illuminate when a fuse has failed. Each kit included one each of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 Amp fuses.

In Bill’s original build, he used female “spade lug” quick disconnects, removed the plastic insulation, soldered them to the circuit board, then applied heat shrink tubing to help prevent any accidental short circuits.  During our prototype builds, we discovered a nifty solution for the fuse holder arrangement.  To implement our solution (described further down this page), you’ll want to use a very specific connector, a Tyco Electronics AMP Female Disconnect 16-14, part number CPGI-3-350820-2-10 (that gets you a 10 pack), or the part number 3-350820-2.  The 10 packs, although a bit expensive to buy that way, show up at Home Depot.  Our Internet Savvy crew found an ample supply on Ebay.  Save yourself a lot of aggravation, and buy this very specific part! 

Since we chose to mount the PowerPole supply connection directly on the board, we eliminated the need for a wire “pigtail”.

KITTING

In all of our previous projects, we learned that we saved ourselves much hassle and time by assembling parts collections ahead of time prior to build night. A trip to the grocery store netted us some small “not name brand” food storage containers with snap on lids, that were big enough to hold all the parts needed for each unit. A typical kit looks like this:

Kit inside of Budget Food Container
Kit inside of Budget Food Container
Kit Contents
Kit Contents

 

With one of our criteria being the success of the builder to complete the project successfully in a single build session, we looked for ways to assist and streamline the build process.  We chose to assemble and permanently fuse the PowerPole red and black shells in the proper configuration and eliminate that step for the user.  Likewise, we chose to crimp the solid wire used on the PowerPole pin to connect it to the circuit board in advance of build night. The builder was still required to insert the pins into the connector shells. The preassembled pins were contained in a small empty Altoids Smalls container, to aid the builder in locating them.  In an effort to please everyone, if a builder was adamant  that they wanted to assemble the pins and connectors themselves, we had spares on hand.

 

PowerPole pin with wire attached, ready to insert into connector shell

BUILDING THE FUSE HOLDER CONNECTORS

As we mentioned previously, if you use the Tyco Electronics AMP 16-14 female disconnects, available at Home Depot, you can turn them into custom insulated solder tab fuse holder pins.

The pictures below illustrate the steps…

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Start with a connector….
Grasp the metal tab of the connector, and the plastic tail, and pull the connector apart...
Grasp the metal tab of the connector, and the plastic tail, and pull the connector apart…
The Tyco Electronics connectors will come apart...BEWARE! Others may not!
The Tyco Electronics connectors will come apart…BEWARE! Others may not!
Cut the "tail" of the plastic shell flush with the body...
Cut the “tail” of the plastic shell flush with the body…
You now have a very cool little plastic shell to slip over the metal connector...
You now have a very cool little plastic shell to slip over the metal connector…
You'll be able to solder this directly to the circuit board...
You’ll be able to solder this directly to the circuit board…

 

THE FINISHED KIT

We actually offered to versions of the finished project, one that builders could take home that evening and use, and the other that required us to “pot” the module in epoxy.  The procedure for the circuit board construction differs only by raising the LED up off of the board so it will show through the top of the potting compound.  The plastic case is modified by removing the screw pillars, allowing the module to settle down into the case.   I’m carrying one of the potted modules in my toolbox, where it probably won’t be handled with the same level of care that it might if the module were sitting on my workbench.

Traditional Power Distribution Module
Traditional Power Distribution Module
Potted PowerPole Distribution Module
Potted PowerPole Distribution Module

BUILD NIGHT SHOTS

We had a bunch of fun that night!  Everyone was successful in completing their kit, and we were able to keep the costs below $30.00!

 

Builders Assembling Away!
Builders Assembling Away!
Les, W8MSP & Van, N8GVD Solder Up a PowerPole Distribution Module
Les, W8MSP & Van, N8GVD Solder Up a PowerPole Distribution Module
John, KD8SWT, Very Happy With The New Addition To His Shack!
John, KD8SWT, Very Happy With The New Addition To His Shack!

 

CONCLUSIONS

We’ve determined that our little radio club really does enjoy a useful project now and then! To that end, we’re always on the lookout for new opportunities.  If you’re group has been successful with a particular project , drop me a note, I’d love to hear from you.

73

Jim K8JK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Repeaters Have Arrived!

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A pair of DR-1x repeaters, being bench tested

BACKGROUND

Our local radio club (Livingston Amateur Radio Klub), maintains two repeaters in the Livingston County, Michigan area; one with an output on 146.680 MHz and the other with an output on 444.525 MHz.

For several years, these systems have performed quite well, but at greater than 15 years old, are starting to suffer from a couple of issues.  Both repeaters are Motorola MTR2000 systems, attached to a Link Communications RLC-Club Deluxe controller.

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MTR2000 Motorola Repeater

In recent years, our two meter(VHF) system has started to give us issues, especially during cold weather.    We had determined  that the issue was centered around temperature and attempts by the repeater to keep itself on frequency, but apparently whatever gremlins are going on inside the box are difficult to locate.  After 3 rather expensive attempts to resolve the issue, and at least one embarassing trip to the repeater site getting stuck in the snow, enough was enough, the search for new gear was on!

TIMING CAN BE EVERYTHING

During the time we had acquired the MTR2000 systems, the local Motorola dealer was very generous in providing us with maintenance.  Additionally, they sold us the systems at a very attractive price.  Their generosity was directly connected to the large 2 way radio contract they held with Livingston County.  To replace our MTR2000 repeater with a new MTR3000 repeater was going to cost us a significant amount of money.  I’m talking the kind of money that our little radio club treasury just doesn’t have.  Even offsetting all of this with the fact that the new repeater, if an MTR3000, would literally be a plug and play installation, it was becoming very difficult to justify.  Ironically, this issue is plaguing only the VHF system, the UHF MTR2000 units at the site are not suffering from the temperature swings.

Sometime during the summer of 2014, Bob, K8VQC and I installed a backup repeater built around a pair of Icom commercial mobile radios, and a TPL 80 watt external amplifier. Since then, the weather has turned much colder, and we switched the backup system over to the antenna .  This has given us a way to hopefully make it through the winter without trudging out to the site.  So far, we’re still up and running on the backup system.  With the immediate issue temporarily resolved, we set our sights on how we were going to acquire a new system.

ENTER YAESU

Back in 2013, Yaesu made a big splash at the Dayton Hamvention around their “yet another digital format”  VHF/UHF radio plans.  Several clubs even participated in a Beta program to test radios and the Yaesu DR-1 repeater.  Back in September 2014, Yaesu issued an announcement of a special program in place until March 31, 2015, where a club with an existing repeater on the air could purchase a new DR-1x repeater for $500!  Fortunately for us, one of our club members, Gerry, W2GLD, had been participating in the Beta program, and turned us on to the offering from Yaesu.

We took delivery of the new systems on December 27th.  Both units are on my workbench, as we begin the planning for attaching our RLC-Club repeater controller to the new systems.

SOME OF THE TECHNICAL DETAILS

I turned one of the systems around, so you could get an idea of the connections on the back of the DR-1X system.

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Yaesu DR-1x repeaters, front and rear panels
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Control I/O and Acc connector closeup

All the interfacing for any external repeater controller is done through the CONTROL I/O connector. The ACC connector is for attaching a computer to do firmware uploads, and for other digital transactions.  Yaesu thoughtfully included a USB to ACC connector device with each repeater.

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RX connector, AC and DC supply connectors, and external control and loading connectors

On the right side of the rear panel, you find connections for the internal AC supply, an input for external 13.8 volts DC for backup (the repeater automatically transfers from the AC supply to this DC input, and back to AC power after it’s been restored), fuses and the Receiver antenna connection.

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TX connector and fan

On the left side of the rear panel you’ll notice the Transmitter connection, and a very large fan.  I don’t suspect cooling is an issue with this unit.

The front panel (again)
The front panel (again)

The actual operational display isn’t quite as pretty, but still very useful.  Here’s a quick snapshot:

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Repeater in operation, transmitter and receiver in “fixed analog FM” mode

What the front panel is conveying to you is that both the transmitter and receiver are currently in “analog only” mode.  If you select other modes, you can make the repeater respond differently.  For example, if the repeater receiver is in automatic, and the transmitter is in fixed analog, any compatible digital signals will be automatically translated into analog FM.  you can also accommodate analog and digital users on the same system, but analog users will not be able to decode digital signals, nor will digital users be able to understand the analog ones.

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Settings menu on repeater touch screen

I probably should mention that the display  is a touchscreen; you program all aspects of the    DR-1X repeaters internal controller from the front panel display.  A press of a physical button disables the display after you’ve configured the system.

When you want to use an external repeater controller, you need to put the system in “remote” mode, as indicated in the picture below:

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Repeater configured for external controller usage

I’m sure I will right more once we sort through the details.  The Yaesu folks are pretty bright about promoting the installation of these repeaters at about 1/3 of the list price.

To read more about Yaesu System Fusion, go HERE

To read about the special repeater incentive, click HERE

Welcome To Yet Another Amateur Radio Blog!

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Welcome to my little corner of Hyperspace!

I’m no stranger to the Internet, to be clear.  Throughout my entire working career, I’ve had the opportunity to grow up during a time  that technologies have transformed  how we live and work.  For many years now, despite the encouragement from my wonderful spouse, I have resisted the concept of creating “yet another personal aggrandizement” amateur radio related blog – after all, what do I have to say that hasn’t already been written about, videoed, texted, face booked, or skyped about already?

Sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake, but I do eventually get there.  My own personal experiences provide yet another facet of interesting color to the Amateur Radio avocation. They can hold real value, if not to anyone else, but to me.  Why not share them with others?

So, in honor of the new year (2015), I welcome you to the K8JK “Reflections From Both Ends Of The Feedline” event.

What you will see

I hope to create a new posting at least once a week.  For me, this is a pretty aggressive goal, because I already have a full schedule.  It’s my plan to create little nibbles of general interest, although admittedly they will be filtered by my interests.  I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to document some of the past projects we’ve worked on with various radio groups, and even solicit ideas from readers about projects that might be useful as well.  My intention is to keep posts amateur radio related.

What you won’t see

If you’re looking for “this radio is better than that one”, please, as they say on the air, “move on down the band, old man…”  In my short tenure as an amateur radio operator, I have either owned or have had the great fortune of playing with many pieces of equipment.  Some rigs offer interesting features that others may not.  I’m far less of a “fan boy” about equipment selection, and am most often interested in things that “work well”.

What you could see

Although I will tend to limit my posts to amateur radio related topics, it is possible an occasional recipe or two could sneak in.  Remember , if you’re following via email, the delete key is always at your disposal.  It is possible an occasional rant or two could escape my “better judgement” filters.  Hey, I’m only human….

Ready, Set, Go….

And so we begin.  Please consider following the blog.  I will of course read your commentary.

73

Jim K8JK

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