The Northern Alberta Radio Club has established a Yaesu Fusion II repeater at its main Club site on the East side of Edmonton. The repeater uses the callsign VE6WXX and is co-located with the VE6HM analogue repeaters.

The VE6WXX repeater is permanantly connected to the Yaesu WIRES-X system and allows users to connect to WIRES-X nodes and repeaters world-wide. For more information on WIRES-X see:

https://www.yaesu.com/jp/en/wires-x/index.php

VE6WXX

  • 443.1500 MHz (+5)
  • CTCSS 100.0 Hz
  • DG-ID 01 (only for Yaesu Fusion/C4FM/Digital radios)
  • WIRES-X Node ID 33860
  • WIRES-X Room ID 43860

The WIRES-X system is running in “analog” mode, which means anyone with a conventional/analogue FM transceiver (with DTMF pad) can enjoy the system.

When the repeater is idle it is connected to the “CQ CANADA” room (hosted by VE1AO in Nova Scotia). This room has several repeaters from across Canada connected to it (VE7’s, VE9’s, VE1’s, VE3’s, VE6’s, and VE2’s).

All WIRES-X Rooms & Nodes have a 5 digit ID number. The system uses the “#” key as a “command” to link/un-link the nodes & rooms.

As mentioned above, when the repeater is idle it remains connected to the “CQ Canada” room. If you want to drop it off that room and connect elsewhere, you need to know the (5 digit) DTMF code for the destination. You can find a list of active nodes & rooms at:

https://www.yaesu.com/jp/en/wires-x/id/id_usa.php

There are two ways to disconnect the VE6WXX repeater from a link. One is to send the WIRES-X off code which is: #99999, or simply send a long * (hold down * for 1+ second). The repeater will respond with a “H” in CW (four dits - “H” for “Hangup”). You then have about 15 seconds to enter the DTMF connect code you desire. If you do NOT enter a new code within 15 seconds, the repeater will re-link to the “CQ Canada” room.

Example #1 - Connect to the Aberdeen (Scotland) node:

  • DTMF a long * or #99999 (disconnect the repeater)
  • Listen to receive the “H” (four beeps) that indicates the repeater has dropped the current link.
  • DTMF #41619 to connect to the Aberdeen node.
  • Listen for a female voice confirming the connection has been established.
  • You will remain connected to Aberdeen for 15 minutes - at which time the repeater will drop the connection.
  • Once the connection is dropped, the repeater will site idle for 15 seconds, then will reconnect to the “CQ Canada” room.

Example #2 - Connect to the VE6YMM repeater (Ft. McMurray):

  • DTMF a long * or #99999 (disconnect the repeater)
  • Listen to receive the “H” (four beeps) that indicates the repeater has dropped the current link.
  • DTMF #30585 to connect to the VE6YMM repeater.
  • Listen for a female voice confirming the connection has been established.
  • You will remain connected to Ft. McMurray for 15 minutes - at which time the repeater will drop the connection.
  • Once the connection is dropped, the repeater will site idle for 15 seconds, then will reconnect to the “CQ Canada” room.

Example #3 - You’re out of town and want to connect back to VE6WXX:

  • Find an analogue WIRES-X repeater or node near your location.
  • DTMF a long * or #99999 (disconnect the repeater)
  • Listen to receive the “H” (four beeps) that indicates the repeater has dropped the current link.
  • DTMF #33860 to connect to the VE6WXX repeater.
  • You will remain connected to VE6WXX for whatever time the WIRES-X node administrator has assigned - at which time the repeater will drop the connection.

Usage Notes

  • You can check the status of the repeater by transmitting DTMF #66666. A female voice will announce the WIRES-X status.
  • Limit your PTT time to under 3 minutes. The WIRES-X system has a built in 3 minute PTT timeout.
  • Leave long gaps between transmissions. Since the communications flow takes place over the Internet (where there may be lag/delay), it’s important to “leave room” for other stations that may want to join the conversation.
  • After you press your PTT, take a breath and then start speaking. A slight delay after PTT is required to overcome Internet lag/delay times. If you PTT and speak without a slight delay, the first portion of your speech will NOT be heard at the destination.

At this time the WIRES-X operation is functional with conventional (analogue) FM radios ONLY. Those of you with Yaesu Fusion (C4FM digital) radios will NOT be able to use the “X” button on your radio to access WIRES-X. (However, you can use the VE6WXX repeater for C4FM local chit-chat.) If the demand for switching WIRES-X to digital increases, we may do so!

If you own an older Yaesu transcever with a WIRES function, neither WIRES or WIRES-II will work with a WIRES-X station. Simply use your DTMF pad! Once you have a list of desired connections, consider programming the DTMF memories in your rig to do all the dialing for you.

Finally, the VE6WXX machine is a “work in progress”. If you have any questions, comments, hints, requests, or smart remarks, please email ve6rhs@narc.net

Enjoy the system!

Ray VE6RHS