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Minneapolis 3 – 444.750

The “Minneapolis 3” repeater on 444.750 is multi-mode digital only and is equipped with an MMDVM with Yaesu System Fusion (YSF), DMR, and P25 digital modes enabled.

  • The YSF module is connected with the YSF Reflector network.
  • The DMR module is connected to Brandmeister.
  • The P25 module can be linked on-demand to any P25 reflector.

Specifications:

  • Antenna: DB-408 at 285 feet, Andrew LDF7-50A transmission line.
  • Output: 110 watts
  • RF deck: Yaesu DR-1X repeater
  • Battery Backup

YSF Setup:

  1. Tune your radio to 444.750 with + offset
  2. Use DG-ID TX:00 and RX:00 (radios with old firmware should have Digital Squelch Code set to OFF)
  3. In AMS mode, set TSQ to any tone. This prevents you from hearing the DMR bitstream which cannot be decoded by a Fusion radio and allows you to scan this channel within a list of analog and Fusion repeaters.

That is the extent of the setup required to access the YSF mode. Additionally, here are some important points of interest:

  • This repeater is normally networked to the “US-KansasLink” YSF Reflector.
    • You can link to other reflectors by entering WiRES-X mode on your radio and selecting another reflector.
    • Please move the repeater back to US-KansasLink when you are finished with your contact.
    • You don’t need to use WiRES-X mode if you plan to stay on KansasLink.
  • YSFReflectors are an open-source alternative to the official Yaesu WiRES-X network. You cannot access official WiRES-X nodes or rooms via this repeater.
  • If the repeater is busy with DMR traffic, you may be able to use “Minneapolis 2” to make a YSF contact.
  • When Minneapolis 2 and 3 are linked to US-KansasLink (they usually are), both repeaters are linked together (in YSF mode).
    • Your YSF transmissions may not be heard on Minneapolis 2 if that repeater is busy with analog traffic.
  • Our YSF Reflector is bridged to Brandmeister DMR talkgroup 31203. You must use DN mode to communicate with DMR users across the bridge. VW mode will not work. If you want your callsign to show up on DMR radios you will need to register your callsign with DMR-Marc.
  • US-KansasLink is not the same thing as K-Link and the two networks are not linked together.

DMR Setup:

  • Your codeplug will need one “channel” programmed for every talkgroup you intend to use. Your radio will have to be programmed with your unique DMR ID (obtained from the DMR-MARC website)
  • Each channel will have to be configured with:
    1. RX Freq: 444.750
    2. TX Freq: 449.750
    3. Color Code: 1
    4. The time slot you want to use (see below)
    5. The group ID you’d like to use (see below)
  • There are no static Brandmeister talkgroups assigned to timeslot 1.
  • Static Brandmeister talkgroups assigned to timeslot 2 include:
    1. 31203: KansasLink (Bridged to the YSF Reflector with the same name)
    2. 3120: Kansas statewide
    3. 3108: Colorado statewide
    4. 3169: USA Midwest region
    5. 3177: USA Mountain region
  • You may dynamically access any Brandmeister talkgroup on either timeslot by keying PTT with the group selected.
    • Please don’t do this to “lurk” on a group or groups.
    • Dynamic groups remain active for 15 minutes after the last local transmission.
  • Using talkgroup 31203 will bridge you to YSF mode (US-KansasLink) on Minneapolis 2 if it’s not busy with analog traffic, but if the answering party takes longer than 10 seconds to reply then this repeater will revert to YSF mode after the DMR mode becomes idle and their transmission switches the MMDVM to YSF.

P25 Setup:

  • Your codeplug will need to be programmed with your unique DMR ID number (obtained from the DMR-MARC registration site).
  • Program a channel with the following information:
    1. RX Freq: 444.750
    2. TX Freq: 449.750
    3. NAC: 293
    4. 12.5 KHz channel bandwidth
    5. “Astro Audio” or however you set digital audio mode
  • The repeater is full-time connected to the North America 10200 P25 reflector.

 

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