Date/Time is Central USA
- January 20, 2022, 9:00 am: Virtual Breakfast Club
- January 20, 2022, 6:00 pm: Zombie Alert net
- January 20, 2022, 7:00 pm: West Virginia Net
- January 20, 2022, 7:45 pm: MVARC Net
- January 21, 2022, All day: CQ-America Monthly Gathering
- January 22, 2022, 4:30 pm: Southern Australia Net
- January 22, 2022, 7:00 pm: KY All Digital Net
- January 22, 2022, 8:00 pm: America Link
- January 22, 2022, 8:00 pm: DARC(MN) Net
- January 23, 2022, 7:30 pm: Ohio Link Network
- January 23, 2022, 8:00 pm: Oklahoma
- January 23, 2022, 8:30 pm: Southern Minnesota Fusion Net
Check the Calendar for a full month view. Let us know of any changes, additions, or updates.
Solar and propagation report courtesy of http://www.hamqsl.com/solar.html
Updates and Information
Interesting article on decrypting and examining the FT-70D firmware. Same techniques would apply to any of the radios. Article also links to one on the FT1DR that goes into the various tools for the Renesas microprocessor that Yaesu uses.
The DR-2X is available for sale. The sale lasts from 15 Nov 2021 through 31 March 2022. $700 for the non-IMRS version and $900 for the IMRS version. Restrictions apply. DR2X purchase application.
FT5DR 1.10 update to main firmware: separate Bluetooth & speaker volume and other fixes. See the Firmware and Software Versions and the Fusion Identification Cheat Sheet on the Fusion Help page.
IMRS: Having problems with connections dropping. Firmware 1.4.4 is available privately. See the Firmware and Software Versions and the Fusion Identification Cheat Sheet on the Fusion Help page.
Audio from the nets is now being recorded and is available on the MNWis Net page.
2nd Edition of WiRES-X, The Bible available for review.
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!
Latest Videos: Experiments with a DJI drone (aircraft). My, what fun. Ham Radio bit: It uses a 4 mbps 5.7 GHz link running 1 watt! YouTube Link (Please subscribe. If I get 100 subscribers I can get a URL that’s easier to remember than https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtEMgN4uxnvDEkKdca_vXzA. Thanks!)
Fusion Help – help and tip sheets, technical information, and other Fusion resources. (Link to old page)
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)
I can testify that this is really a fun toy, er serious professional instrument. I’ve used it to test out all my HT antennas and discovered many of them were not tuned up anywhere near the ham band (especially those provided for hotspots). It’s better than an SWR bridge because it has two ports and can look at what a circuit does to a signal. Looking at Return Loss rather than SWR really gives you a good idea as to how much radiating an antenna is doing. I can’t imagine buying any of the expensive graphic SWR meters when this is available. Note: It does require calibration, but everything you need is provided. The 5 Ah internal battery lasts forever and the touch screen is nice and big! You may also want to consider a few accessories. This is a great educational tool if you want to learn more about RF circuits! Probably some of the best money I’ve ever spent. (I’ve had mine for about 6 months now.) Caution: Be careful how you handle the SMA connectors! I recommend not putting antennas on them directly and only connecting with the small, lightweight cables.
MNWis now has a Chat Function. Try using this during the net!
Looking for links to interesting pages. Try the links page HamOperator->Links
All sorts of fun and interesting links posted.
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
Recommended Fusion Simplex Frequencies
Good cheap HF antennas: The K0ZE/K9EQ Antenna Shootout
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 Shopping Page has been updated with old stuff gone and new stuff added.
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?
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)