The K4MFD 444.200 repeater on Viking Mt, Greene County, TN has joined the FusioNET Linked Repeater System project.
Located at 4900 feet above sea level on the North Carolina and Tennessee state line, 444.200 serves as the wide area coverage anchor for the FusioNET system. Along with four other 440 MHz repeaters, the system will provide wide area linked coverage for the North East TN region in both analog and C4FM digital voice when completed.
The equipment is being purchased for integration into the linked system and the analog side in operation in a few weeks.
The Kingsport Amateur Radio Club is now affiliated with the North East TN Digital Association.
Work is in progress to link the W4TRC 443.325 club repeater to the FusioNET System sponsored by NETDA.
More information is available at: http://www,netda.us
Several updates to the sites pages this morning. Take a look and stay current on what is happening!
Most important are the updates to the System Fusion NET Project, 443.100 Repeater and NETDA pages.
K4ETN East , 443.100 was upgraded to System Fusion on 6/21/2016
The repeater is operational in AMS (Automatic Mode Select).
Analog users need to use 118.8 tone for analog FM.
You will need a Yaesu Fusion radio to utilize the C4FM Digital Voice mode.
Try it and let me know.
The Yaesu DR1-X repeater for upgrading the 443.100 repeater has been ordered.
I also ordered a FTM400XDR mobile, a FTM100DR mobile and the FT2DR HT to use on the system. I will have those in hand by 6/4 to start programming and getting them setup.
More to come on the upgrade soon.
After long and hard consideration, the 443.100 K4ETN/East repeater will migrate to Yeasu System Fusion digital voice over the next few months.
This upgrade will operate in AMS (Automatic Selection Mode) which will still allow the use of analog conventional signals to be repeated, and switch to C4FM digital voice and FDMA data transfer when a digital signal is heard.
System Fusion is also compatible with Wires X VoIP technology allowing for internet linking, or can be linked via Allstar protocol.
For those who wish to invest in this technology, the new FTM100-DR Yeasu is in the same price tier as the conventional FT-7900 series radio. Making the transition very affordable. Users will still have conventional analog voice and able to use their favorite analog repeaters.
More information forthcoming as the project progresses.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact me.
Looks like a busy year in the K4ETN shop and sites. First off, I have been accumulating a lot of equipment for the 444.750 repeater. An antenna upgrade is going to be scheduled in a few weeks.
We are replacing the DB-404 with a DB-420 which came from Oklahoma back in March. Then it’s on to actual field testing to see how much coverage improves.
Hopefully this year will see 2 dedicated receiver sites on line for the 444.750. One in the Kingsport/Bristol TN area and another on the north side of I-81 in the Morristown area. If I can possibly get to it, adding a receiver to cover the I-26 corridor through Johnson City down to Unicoi County will help through there also.
Work has started on reconditioning a General Electric voter rack with six channels. This unit was decommissioned back in 1988 and was donated by W2GBO in upstate NY. Along with a ton of spare cards! My thanks to Dave, big thumbs up!
Visit the webpage for further updates as things progress. This years motto is :
“We live on UHF”