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Introduction to Wires-X
(Wide-coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System) is an Internet
communication system which expands the range of amateur radio
communication. For WIRES-X, an amateur node station connecting to the
Internet is used as the access point and connects the wireless
communication to the Internet. Users' stations can communicate with
other amateur stations all over the world using a node within the radio
Wires-X Terminology (as
defined by Yaesu). There
a few terms that must be clarified to order to understand WIRES X.
Node - Radio repeater connected to the Internet via
a PC, which repeats communications of a conventional amateur radio as an
access point. An example
would be the KARS 444.900 repeater which is connected to Wires-X
Local Node - This is a Node within the radio
communication range of a conventional amateur radio station. An
example would be a radio that can reach our 444.900 repeater.
Analog Node - A Node that is a transceiver or repeater
using a conventional FM format and can only repeat DTMF (Dual Tone Multi
Frequencies) codes and analog audio transmission/receptions.
Digital Node - This is a Node which is a
transceiver of repeater compatible with digital communications in C4FM
(Continuous 4 Level FM) format. With this type of Node you can not only
relay voice communications, but also text and image data transmissions.
One can also repeat DMTF codes and audio transmissions/Receptions.
Convention Amateur Station - This is a normal
Amateur Radio station either an individual on a hand held radio, a
mobile radio and a base station.
Room - This is a WIRES X Network community space to
which multiple Nodes can connect simultaneously, like the conference
call. This is a place where all amateur station can link to each other
via local Node and communicate with each other. In addition to voice
communication, one can chat with text messages on the PC use for the
WIRES X user ID (node) - YAESU provide
identification name with the WIRES X node. Each node is assigned a DTMP
ID (5-digit number, e.g. 11916) and user ID (alphanumeric e.g. WB7OEV)
up to 10 digits in length provided. Wires-X
user ids are assigned by Yaesu when you register equipment to run a
ID List - Nodes and room which currently operating
WIRES are listed and published on the Yaesu website
Scott Simpson (KE5EO) has a nicer interface at http://fusion.ke5eo.com/
Both websites shows information such as IDs, the call sign and
the operating frequency of the node.
Enough already how do I connect!
Most repeaters have a default
room. The default room of
the KARS 444.900 repeater, is the San Antonio Digital Radio Club (SADRC).
Check them out at http://www.sadrc.net/
Connecting is a simple as switching to C4FM mode (AMS off) and
contacting the 444.900 repeater using our current settings:
UHF: 444.9 (+) pl tone of 88.5
you donít hear anything, give your call sign.
While someone from anywhere in the world might respond, youíll
normally get a call back from someone between Corpus and Dallas.
If you hear people you know, give your call sign, and theyíll
let you in. While it appears
you are speaking to someone in Texas, be aware that people around the
world could be listening. As
always, FCC rules apply!
thatís all there is to a simple QSO.
to the Yeaseu digital products web site http://www.yaesu.com/?cmd=DisplayProducts&DivisionID=65&ProdCatID=249
first entry is: FTM-100DR/DE WIRES-X Node Operation
Instruction Sheet (12/21/17)
KB). Click/Download the
documentation for the exact steps to find rooms and switch to them.
Some radios will allow you to save a favorites list.
As you start to build up a set of favorite rooms, note their Room
ID. You can also go directly
to a room by entering it into your radio.
The process varies, so check the documentation.
You can all check YouTube for a number of tutorials on Wires-X
with different radios.
to the internet latency of Voice Over IP (VOIP), key down for half a
second before you start talking, and keep the key down for a half second
after you stop talking. This
keeps you message from getting cut at the start or end.
due to latency, itís a good idea to wait 3-4 seconds between
all, have fun.
canít screw anything up. You
canít break Wires-X (although I did manage to block the Texas-Nexus
room when I was setting up. My
squelch setting was too low and I was constantly breaking in!).
Nets on Wires-X are amazing.
Rather than a local net, you will find heavy participation.
The SADRC net (Wednesday @ 7pm CST), had over thirty check ins,
including people from all over the US and Trinidad.
The Zombie Alert Net room, also has lively discussion.
The Zombie Alert net is carried on SADRC Thursday nights at 6pm
CST. On Monday night, there
is a very good technical net. MNWis
Tech Net 7:30 PM on Wires-X room #21493
See you on the nets,