Clear Across Kansas

McPherson 2 – 443.850

The “McPherson 2” repeater on 443.850 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 networked to the YSF Reflector network.

    This repeater offers excellent coverage in the entire city of McPherson.
  • The DMR module is networked to Brandmeister.
  • The P25 module is networked on-demand to the P25 Reflector network.

Specifications:

  • Antenna: DB-408 at 120 feet, Belden 9913 transmission line.
  • Output: 20 watts
  • RF deck: Yaesu DR-1X repeater
  • Battery Backup

YSF Setup:

  1. Tune your radio to 443.850 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 any TSQ or DCS tone/code. 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 not linked to any reflectors.
    • You can link to other reflectors by entering WiRES-X mode on your radio and selecting your choice of reflector.
    • Please un-link the node when you are finished using it.
    • Don’t link to a reflector just to listen or “lurk”. If you link, talk on it.
  • 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, except for US-KANSASLINK which is bridged via Brandmeister.
  • If the repeater is busy with DMR traffic, do not transmit until the repeater is available.
  • Please use only the DN voice mode. The VW mode does not work through the DMR and WiRES-X cross-link.
  • 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: 443.850
    2. TX Freq: 448.850
    3. Color Code: 2
    4. The time slot and group ID of the group you want to use from the list below:
TGIDTimeslot
9 (Local)1
31203 (KansasLink) **PTT-Activated**1
Dynamic Groups use2
  • You may dynamically access any Brandmeister talkgroup on timeslot 2 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.
  • Talkgroups 1 through 8 are reserved for premium subscribers only. 

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: 443.850
    2. TX Freq: 448.850
    3. NAC: 293
    4. 12.5 KHz channel bandwidth
    5. “Astro Audio” or however you set digital audio mode
    6. Talk group 10200 to access the North America reflector
  • Program another channel with the same info as above, with talk group 9999 to close the reflector connection when you are finished.