On Nov 17, 2018 upgrades have been completed on the W5FC 442.425 Fusion repeater. The older DR-1X was upgraded and replaced with a new Yaesu DR-2X. Special thanks to K5BP for his hard work and effort on “tweeking” the controller codes to work with the new hardware. The repeater is also Wires-X attached – operators can talk around the world.
Some good news and bad – The Bad: AS of Nov 11, 2018 the w5fc DARC 442.425 Yaesu System Fusion Repeater will be off the air for a few days. The Good: when the repeater and controller come back on the air it will be the new Yaesu DR2X and have Wires-X connectivity (replacing the older DR1X). Stay tuned for more updates as they occur. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Save the date! On Sunday afternoon 1pm May 6, 2018 the DARC will be out at Custer Park in Richardson for Radio In The Park Day.
Save the date! On Sunday afternoon 1pm Sep 17, 2017 KF5ZBL and KG5EIU will be out at Dreyfus Point at White Rock Lake Park in Dallas TX for Radio In The Park Day. This is a “Shine ONLY” event, if it raining we will not be there. We plan on meeting at 1pm at Dreyfus Point Park (32.836591, -96.714532) on the east side of White Rock Lake in Dallas. This is an open invite and anybody that wants to enjoy an afternoon in the park is welcome licensed or not. Will be working out some kinks in go-boxes, AREDN nodes, home-built batteries, solar setups, antennas – including the home-built buddy pole and of course radios and rigs, D-Star, Fusion, Wires-X. This is the same location that the DARC was at for Winter Field Day 2017. See the map below for details or look for KF5ZBL or KG5EIU-i on APRS. Important – this is a SHINE only event, if there is weather or rain this event will be postponed.
Got an iPhone? Want to locate/find the nearest Wires-X node from your location? Go grab the WiresApp from the Apple App Store and you can locate nodes from your location. Link to the App Store:
If you have a newer Yaesu radio that supports Wires-X you can try it out by tuning in the W5FC 442.425 repeater and hitting your Wires-X button on your radio. Providing you are within repeater range you should connect up to the node. (you don’t have to connect to use or talk on the node) No code plug needed – just tune your radio to the correct frequency and join in the fun. There is also a very handy web site to bookmark called https://fusionlive.net that will show you where other Wires-X nodes are located that perhaps you can connect with. Lots of exciting rooms out in Wires-X land and now there are several nets around the world as well. Here is a short video on how to get connected: