Crimp Vs. Solder

What’s best, crimping or soldering. Should you use crimping? How is a good crimp done.

Below are references that address these questions.

Wikipedia Entry

Crimping vs Soldering Advantages and Disadvantages

Good and Bad RF Crimp Connections

ARRL Instructions for Crimping RF Connectors

How to Make a Quality Crimp

More on Making a Quality Crimp (technical)

Molex Crimping Manual (technical)

TE Systems Crimp Chart

Notes on crimping:

It is always best to have the right tools. Make sure you use the right connector for the cable and the right crimp die for the connector. With the right tools, RF connectors can be crimped very quickly and are very reliable. One nice advantage, is that it is easy to reuse the connector. The center pin is generally soldered (which is easy to unsolder) and the shield is crimped with a short metal “tube”. Some companies sell bags of replacement “tubes” so the connectors can be reused. Follow the connector’s instructions EXACTLY and you’ll have a solid connection that will last forever.

If you are making outdoor connections, I recommend using N connectors as they are hermetically sealed. (PL-259s are not) For power connections, I recommend using the same connectors that are used to connect solar panels together. They’re much cheaper than Anderson Power Poles and they form a hermetic seal. For signal connectors, go to your hardware store and look in the irrigation section. They have special twist-on connectors that are meant to be underground or sit in the rain. They’re pretty cheap if you buy a big bag.

Check back again in about a week and I’ll have more links and references.




WiRES-X Automation

Yaesu does not provide a mechanism that allows the WiRES-X software to be controlled by another program, i.e., having another program switch to a certain Room when a net starts.

Windows does, however, permit another program to send events to a program. Each window, menu item, and dialog in a Windows program has a unique identifier. It is possible to use these identifiers to send “message” to the WiRES-X software.

The WiRES-X Automation Project’s purpose is to bring together people who are interested in developing this technology and sharing their results.

To get things going, here are two mechanisms for automating WiRES-X:

1. AutoIT: http://www.autoitscript.com
2. Python – an excellent programming language found at python.org

Dave, N9TOW, provided the following information:

Packages I have installed on my WiresX system.
C:\Users\WiresX>pip list
comtypes (1.1.3)
pip (9.0.1)
pypiwin32 (220)
pywinauto (0.6.3)
setuptools (28.8.0)
six (1.10.0)
https://github.com/pywinauto/pywinauto

To install

pip install -U pywinauto

Script that executes changing channels on WiresX app

import time
from pywinauto import Application
 app = Application().connect(path=”C:\Program Files (x86)\YAESUMUSEN\WIRES-X\wires-X.exe”)
app.WiresX.menu_select(“Connect(C)->Connect To(T)”)
time.sleep(1.5)
app.InputID.Edit.set_edit_text(“21493”)
time.sleep(.5)
app.InputID.OK.click()
time.sleep(4)
dialogs = app.windows()
##app.Dialog.CloseButton.click()




DV4mini Fusion Monitor Program

This program uses a DV4mini to monitor over-the-air Fusion signals and display the meta data (does not display voice, pictures, messages, etc.)

This version of the program will output a record when a station keys up and then another record when the station unkeys. I’ve done this so that the user doesn’t get overwhelmed with all of the meta data that is produced.

You’ll need to review the Yaesu Digital Communication Standards document to understand what the different fields mean.

Computer Requirements: Windows 7 or later

Program Installation

1. Download the program from this link: DV4mini YSFMonitor.
2. Create a directory on your Windows PC and unzip this folder into that directory.
3. Download and install the Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 redistributable for your machine

Running the Program

1. Open a command box (type cmd) and change to the directory in which you installed the software.
2. Check the program: Type VSFRX.exe -v. It should respond with the version number.
3. User Device Manager to determine the com port of your DV4mini.
4. Enter frequency and com port as follows: YSFRX.exe com7 444525000
Note that the frequency must be entered as 9 digits.
5. A log file will be created in the same directory as the program.

Output Example from the 30-Apr-2018 Net
M: 2018-05-01 01:01:30.338 DV4mini version: V01.77
M: 2018-05-01 01:01:30.338 YSFRX-20180430 K9EQ starting
M: 2018-05-01 01:01:33.646
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M: 2018-05-01 01:02:23.581
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M: 2018-05-01 01:02:23.584 0000: 32 31 34 39 33 45 30 50 71 61 4B 46 38 50 4D 2F 41 4C 41 4E *21493E0PqaKF8PM/ALAN*
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M: 2018-05-01 01:02:51.167 0000: 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 57 35 4C 4E 41 2D 4B 45 56 4E ***********W5LNA-KEVN*
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M: 2018-05-01 01:04:24.355 TIMEOUT
M: 2018-05-01 01:04:44.738 TIMEOUT
M: 2018-05-01 01:04:53.392
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M: 2018-05-01 01:04:53.394 0000: 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 2A 4B 30 4F 52 4B 2D 43 48 55 4B ***********K0ORK-CHUK*
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