Koy, K5KOY, is a good friend of MNWis bass players and Ham Radio operators everywhere. Please help him!

You can usually find Koy on the air in the SADRC Room, 40,324.


Upcoming Events

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Yaesu Fusion

BARS sponsors a Fusion Technical Net held Monday’s  at 7:30 PM Central Time (0030 Tuesday UTC Daylight time) in Room #21493 and YSF #21,493 as well as a number of Fusion Repeaters. Everyone is welcome!

Fusion Help – help and tip sheets, technical information, and other Fusion resources. (Link to old page)

W0MDT – the 444.525 Fusion/FM repeater sponsored by the Bakken Amateur Radio Society and broadcasting from the Medtronic Mounds View facility.

Yaesu Fusion Blog – Hints and help from your first Fusion contact to installing and operating a Fusion repeater. This blog presents to the experiences of over 20 Hams who operate Yaesu Fusion equipment. (Link to old blog)


Want to build a kit? Here’s a 4W mono-band digital SSB transceiver for $55! Hook this to your computer and run the FT8 digital modes.

Here’s a handy SWR/Power meter that can fit on your HT. It comes with adapters so you can use it with both male and female SMA connectors.

Fusion Firmware Listing updated 17-Jul-2020

Updated Windows 7 recommendations to include a survival guide for Microsoft’s discontinued support.

A PDF/Print option has been added to HamOperator pages to make it easier to save a post or a page on your computer. Look for the PDF and printer icons in the upper-right corner of the page.

MNWis is now using #21,493 for both the YSF reflector “US MNWIS    RDNT” and the WiRES-X room. The old YSF reflector at 37,624 is no longer in use. FCS 003-23 is still available for hotspot chatting, but is not linked to the YSF or WiRES-X reflectors. It may be linked during nets, but this is not guaranteed.

A note on problems using YSF Reflectors that bridge to WiRES-X Rooms.

MNWis now has a Chat Function. Try using this during the net!

Looking for links to interesting pages. Try the links page HamOperator->Links

March 11 MNWis net audio (about hotspots) posted.

All sorts of fun and interesting links posted.

Mobile Digital updates for WiRES-X and FTM-1/400

Use an FT2D for Mobile Digital operation

Updated list of firmware/software versions

Yaesu webinars available online

We now have OLD STUFF

MNWIS Real-Time Reports Includes connected nodes, Last Heard and other information

Chuck’s Channels – Downloadable repeater frequencies for Minnesota and vicinity

List of Fusion Nets and connections

Local Fusion Repeaters (MN+)

Recommended Fusion Simplex Frequencies

Good cheap HF antennas:  The K0ZE/K9EQ Antenna Shootout

Windows Tips and Troubleshooting (USB)

25-Mar-2016: How to set up Windows 7 and 10 for WiRES-X 24x7x365 remote operation on the Fusion Help page.

Tower Time Lapse Video – Taken at the MNWis Pine County repeater site


The HamOperator.com Amazon Store 

HF HamOperating

Icom AH-4 Universal Tuner. The Official K9EQ Unofficial Icom AH-4 Tuner Page. It’s not just about working all bands. It’s also about building practical, cheap, antennas that you can design and put together with stuff from Home Depot. Find out why 50 ohms and aluminum are evil. Did I mention cheap?

Other Stuff

Please refer to the BARS/W0MDT Mission Statement. This mission statement applies to all activities including the Fusion Net, and Hams in the Park. We humbly suggest that other organizations also establish their mission statement.

K9EQ’s Amateur Radio Rules. Sometimes we need rules. Sometimes we don’t. Do we need these rules? You decide! (Updated 27-Apr-2020)