Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Hamradio. This is our third and final part of this series on Yaesu System Fusion. We have talked about what the system is, what the repeater is and does and what kind of radios and accessories there are. So what is left you ask? Well, you may remember that I mentioned that my club just got two new repeaters? Well I decided to do an unboxing and programming video and put it up here on my website. I actually took a short video of each step in the unboxing and programming process. I uploaded them all to youtube and even made a video of them all together so you, my readers, can make the decision as to which you decide to watch. So, if you just want to watch the video in its entirety, scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post and it will be the very last video. The rest of you, please follow me…
Step 1 – Unboxing
In this first video, we start out our journey by taking the repeater out of the box and talking a little bit about the front panel of the repeater
Step 2 – Front and Back Panels
While we lightly touched on some of the stuff on the front panel in the last video, in this video we go over each part of both the front and the back of the repeater.
Step 3 – Setting the Frequencies
So let’s power this bad boy up. Probably the most important part of any repeater is the frequencies that it operates on. Without them, there wouldn’t be a reason to have them in the first place. So in this video, we walk through how to setup the uplink and downlink frequencies of the repeater
Step 4 – Setting the ID
Now that the repeater knows what frequencies to operate on, it needs it’s second most important piece of information, who owns the repeater. As it says in the FCC rules, a station must identify every 10 minutes or at the end of a transmission. Well, the same is true for repeaters, so the repeater needs to know what call sign that it is suppose to use.
Step 5 – Setting the ID Interval
Now that the repeater knows what call sign it is suppose to use, it needs to know how often that it is suppose to do it. Now the rules say that you MUST ID every 10 minutes, but does that mean you can’t do it more often? No! The programming of the repeater allows you set what interval you want, from 5 minutes to 15 mins(If memory serves me).
Step 6 – Mode Selection
One of the nice things about Yaesu System Fusion is the automatic mode selection. In all the radios, they automatically use what signal mode they are using. If they receive digital, they talk in digital. If they receive analog, then they talk in analog. The repeaters are a little different in that you can select whether you want it to automatically select the mode or set it to fixed.
Step 7 – Setting the Squelch
Just like any radio, you need to set the squelch on it.
Step 8 – Setting the Sub Audible Tone(CTCSS or DCS)
Next we select what CTCSS or DCS tone we want the repeater to have.
Step 9 – Setting the Transmit and Receive Tone Mode
Now that we have picked out tone out that we are going to use, now we need to decide if it is just going to be a recieve tone, or if we Â are going to transmit a tone as well and which tone to use, CTCSS or DCS
Step 10 – Setting the power level
The last thing that we really need to do is to set the power level of the repeater. The thing with this is though is that we normally want to transmit on the highest power possible.
Step 11 – Extras
In the last video of the series, we look at the extras that come with the repeater.
For all of you that didn’t want to go through the steps with us, here is the full video
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73 de Curtis, K5CLM