[W5SFA] System Fusion, Wires-X and the PDN Function

jack bates k5frt33 at gmail.com
Sun May 31 16:02:23 CDT 2020


Thanks Roger.  That site for beginners has a lot to digest but even I
understood a lot of it.

On Sun, May 31, 2020 at 3:06 PM Gary Baldwin <kf5zrt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Roger.  Great information.
>
> Gary
> On 5/31/2020 1:51 PM, Roger Klein wrote:
>
> Members,
>
>
>
> First, a disclaimer.  This note will mostly be of interest to those who
> have the following Yaesu radios:  For mobile radios, the FTM-100DR,
> FTM-400DR and the soon-to-be-released FTM-300DR.  For handheld
> transceivers, the FT2DR and the FT3DR.  If you don’t have one of these
> radios, you are welcome to continue reading, but I won’t be offended if you
> hit the delete key!
>
>
>
> As you probably know, we recently linked Wires-X with the Bellville
> repeater.  This means that the repeater is linked to the internet, so users
> who are not in RF range can connect to our Wires-X room and communicate
> with local users on RF as well as other remote users.  Many of you have
> been experimenting with Wires-X and getting familiar with its capabilities
> such as PDN functionality.  Problem is, Yaesu has a lot of confusing
> terminology, and sometimes uses two words for the same thing – or the same
> word to mean different things!  I found a web site that does a pretty good
> job clearing up the confusion with terminology and acronyms.  Here’s the
> web site:
> https://yrdg.org/the-beginners-corner-for-wires-x-and-system-fusion/
>
>
>
> Make sure to read the section about Portable Digital Nodes.  It starts
> about 2/3 of the way down the purple section.  Yaesu’s use of the term
> “PDN” is a masterpiece of confusion, since there is an overall PDN function
> on the radios listed above.  However, there are two modes within it, one is
> also named PDN mode and the other is HRI mode.  There are different
> keypress sequences for these two modes when you power on your radio.   But
> here’s an important point:  to access the club’s room (named W5SFA-ROOM, ID
> 63655), your radio *must* be powered up in HRI mode, as follows:
>
>
>
> FTM-100/FTM-400:  While holding down the GM and DX keys press the power
> button.
>
> FT2D/FT3D:  While holding down the X and BACK keys, press the power button.
>
>
>
> A good question at this point might be, “Why are we using HRI mode instead
> of PDN mode?”.  The reason is that HRI mode supports both both Analog and
> Digital rooms, whereas PDN mode only supports Digital.  The more popular
> rooms such as America Link and Texas Nexus support both Analog and Digital.
> So if you are in PDN mode, you won’t be able to connect to these rooms, nor
> the W5SFA-ROOM.
>
>
>
> Hope the above helps clarify how Wires-X works.  Let me know if any
> questions!
>
>
>
> 73
>
>
>
> Roger N5RWK
>
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