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WIRES-X

ToddDubya

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Anyone use WIRES-X? I have the itch to buy a new radio because my other unused radios are unsatisfactory. I had been looking at the FT3DR but thought maybe I should set my sights a little lower. The FT-70DR seems like another good choice, and I thought the "chat rooms" could be fun to even just listen to. I don't really quite understand how it all works, so I'm doing some reading. My local repeater shows up as WIRES capable, so that's cool.
 

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Hmm, is that an older feature? I'm real new to this so I'm just learning, but it sounds like it uses C4FM digital to connect, vs DTMF.
 

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Hmm, is that an older feature? I'm real new to this so I'm just learning, but it sounds like it uses C4FM digital to connect, vs DTMF.
I'll betcha you've spotted a crucial distinction: WIRES-II and WIRES-X.
I know nothing about the former,
whereas I know nothing about the latter.

But it is a PITA to bump a knob during a public service event and you're beeping...
(Albeit a minor PITA).
 

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Boy, WIRES-X doesn't work exactly like I thought. I guess I was hosing up the local repeater by shifting nodes or whatever the terminology is. So I picked up a Pi hat and have a hotspot running through a Pi 3. That seems to be working very well after some futzing to get it setup in the first place. I just made my first QSO via America Link with a guy on the west coast. Not bad for an HT.
 
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