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Yaesu DR2 Wires-X update

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by M1MRB, Jul 20, 2017.

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  1. M1MRB

    M1MRB Ham Member QRZ Page

    The following is a correction from Yaesu Japan on the DR2 Wires-X connectivity.

    “An important point to note however is that the DR2 does not support Wires-X via the IMRS but does over the air, so is not a replacement or upgrade for the DR1 repeater. The DR1 will continue to be produced for those wishing to grow the Wires-X network.”

  2. WA3NHK

    WA3NHK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Soohhhh, of what benefit is Wires-X "over the air (only)" if one can't talk into the Wires-X network? Why exclude it from the latest and greatest system fusion repeater? I'm confused. Is Wires-X losing support?
  3. W2JKT

    W2JKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    This seems illogical to me...
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  4. N8SA

    N8SA Ham Member QRZ Page

    WOW, so that means we wasted our time securing an Internet connection at our site for our new DR2? That SUCKS if true. So we have to have the WIRES X node separate on another radio.....and another site? Seems Illogical to me also. I hope that can be a software change.
  5. AD0MI

    AD0MI Ham Member QRZ Page

    the repeaters can be RF linked using a node radio. Nobody knows yet if the HRI-200 can plug into the back of a DR2X.
  6. KC2QQR

    KC2QQR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Interesting. I was considering a purchase of one these repeaters for personal or limited public use. However, the price (non-club/org price ~$1,600) is just too high. Not to mention I'd need either two antennas with separation or a set of cans turned to a particular freq, plus the antenna. So at the end of the day, if I went ahead and got one, and got the cans and a good antenna, I'd be walking out the door with ~$2,000 if not more.

    I'd rather build my own repeater and use a raspberry pi to control it. Seems like I can build one heck of a repeater with more options than I can with this thing, especially if I wanted to go a full $1,600 on just the transceiver bit.

    Nothing against Yaesu, since I'm a Yaesu guy, but their products have gone on the way side, and still expensive.

    One of the clubs I belong to has the DR-1 and they've had nothing but issues with it... from interference where it's placed, to desense issues, along with the fact that the squelch control is not variable enough... they do it all through the display as little bars. They should've done it with a knob or some other way.

    And you have to take the case apart if you want to update the firmware. Why not a USB slot in the front for a software image.

    Speaking of the case... it looks like someone's home brew basement experiment. It looks like there was supposed to me more knobs/buttons. Not to mention the hilarious ring around the display called "Display". Gee... couldn't figure that one out.

    Not all that impressed and as I like to say it "There's other fish in the sea."
  7. N0FPE

    N0FPE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Guess i will not be buying one of these any time soon...DMR here I come
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  8. W2JKT

    W2JKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Come on now, there's no need to be rash...
  9. WA5VHU

    WA5VHU Ham Member QRZ Page

    "1.) The DR-2x has internal support for linking with IMRS and will allow for connectivity with Wires-X via the base station configuration (over the air/RF). We are testing the ability to do a direct connection at this time."

    Is Yaesu stealing this equipment through a portal from another parallel universe? That might explain how they could wind up with a repeater product and not know what was designed into it?
    N0FPE likes this.
  10. WQ0A

    WQ0A Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some people have their mind made up before the product can even be evaluated or reviewed. And we're supposed to believe they're being objective about it.
    Go have fun with DMR, as your profile shows you are already doing. We will continue to enjoy Yaesu Fusion.
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