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vocoder
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Re: Available rooms

Post by vocoder » Thu May 02, 2019 2:36 pm

Maybe this will help. Think of there being three separate networks that support Yaesu System Fusion radios. You will see different rooms depending on which network you – or the repeater – are connect to.
  1. Wires-XThis is the official network provided by Yaesu. This is a closed network. To connect to the official Wires-X network you need a Windows computer running the Wires-X software connected to either a Yaesu HRI-200, or a supported Yeasu System Fusion radio that supports HRI mode. Cross linking rooms from the official Wires-X network to another network is not condoned by Yaesu, but it’s happening. A complete list of available rooms can be seen here.
  2. FCS – Nonoo covered this, “FCS rooms have assigned IDs in the scheme of FCS225 -> FCS server 002, room 25”. You can connect to the FCS network using an OpenSPOT or a MMDVM based hotspot. Repeaters can also be connected to the FCS network using a MMDVM based repeater board. A complete list of the available rooms can be seen here.
  3. YSFReflector – Nonoo covered this too, “... one YSFReflector server handles only 1 room”. You can connect to a YSFReflector using an OpenSPOT or a MMDVM based hotspot. Repeaters can also be connected to a YSFReflector using a MMDVM based repeater board. A complete list of the YSFReflectors can be seen here.
Again, you will see different rooms depending on which network you – or the repeater – are connect to. Repeater operators usually have a website for the repeater or club that explains which network they're connected to and what rules they expect operators to follow.

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Re: Available rooms

Post by N4BKR » Sun May 05, 2019 4:35 am

Think of the Openspot 2 as another way to connect Fusion radios together. The real issue is that while WiresX is a fantastic system, it requires a lot of equipment in order to support it. So, normally, you would need to access it through a repeater, or through a PDN or HRI node in your home. While operating a node is an outstanding option, you now require at least 2 Yeasu radios, the node software, a windows computer, cabling to connect the node radio, and you have to register with Yaesu in order to set the node up, which can take a few days.

The openspot 2 is more of a device that can provide access with only a cellphone, with the wireless hotspot enabled. You only need one radio, your cellphone, and possibly a battery in order to go completely portable with your fusion radio. In addition, it can cross mode to DMR, P25, and NXDN servers, which will allow for communications to other systems while using only your fusion HT or mobile radio in conjunction with an openspot.

For people who have no access to repeaters in their area, the openspot 2 will allow you to connect to a veritable plethora of rooms that, while not connected to the wiresX network, are busy and can keep you talking until your battery dies without a break. There are probably more people on average connected to ysf and fcs reflectors than are connected to the wiresX network. Plus, the bigger rooms on wiresX, are also connected via fcs and/or ysf connections. Two off the top of my head are America Link and America Rc, which are both pretty much used 24/7 by a bunch of knowlegable and friendly people.

The best option? I would say, do both. Get a node radio, connect it, and use an ht to access the HRI side of the wiresX system. You can control it from the face of the radio, or from a computer. But, additionally, you can also connect an openspot on a different frequency and switch between the two as you would repeaters in your local area, which in essense, they are. From the same radio, you can chat on wiresX, and with a change of frequency, be on dmr on Tac 310. WIth either system you will not run out of people to talk to. With both, you have all kinds of options.

An openspot 2 doesn't replace the wiresX system, but it augments it with capabilities that your fusion radio doesn't come with out of the box. You can do so much more with fusion, and have fun while doing it.

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