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McPherson 2 – 443.850

The “McPherson 2” repeater on 443.850 is digital only using an MMDVM with DMR, Yaesu System Fusion (YSF), and D-Star digital modes enabled.

  • The DMR module is networked to the K0USY KS-DMR Network.
  • The YSF module can be linked to any YSF Reflector.

    This repeater offers excellent coverage in the entire city of McPherson.
  • The D-Star module can be linked to any XRF Reflector.

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.
  • 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 cross-link.
  • US-KansasLink is not the same thing as K-Link and the two networks are not linked together.

DMR Setup:

  • Your radio will have to be programmed with your unique DMR ID (obtained from the RadioID.net website)
  • Your radio will need one channel programmed for every talkgroup you intend to use.
  • 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
2 (K0USY Group repeaters)1
9 (Linked Group Traffic)1
3120 (Kansas Statewide)2
Available Linked Groups:
31201 (BYRG)
31203 (KansasLink)
31207 (Kansas QRM)
1
  • To access any of the available linked groups:
    • Select the channel programmed with TS1:TG9.
    • Go into your contact list and key PTT with the desired linked group selected. This activates the link.
    • Let the repeater drop, then talk as normal on TS1:TG9.
      • The linked group ID’s are to be used for in-band signalling to trigger link activation, not to talk on. All voice traffic for linked groups happens on TG9.
  • Please don’t do this to “lurk” on a group or groups.
  • Linked groups remain active for 30 minutes after the last local transmission, and only one linked group is available at a time.
  • Please do not transmit on any groups not listed above.
  • Brief private calls on slot 1 only.
  • Talkgroup 31203 is bridged to YSFReflector US-KansasLink.
  • Talkgroup 3120 is bridged to YSFReflector US-Kansas3120.

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