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    Posted: 17/February/2017 at 08:37
Does any RAYNET group use Yaesu Fusion digital mode?  It is of great assistance to those RAYNET members who have far too much money and need help in parting with it.

Of course, analogue FM will remain the standard, but Fusion digital mode offers advantages which may be useful on some events:  Good quality voice, automatic callsign display of received signals (also the distance and direction),  the transfer of low resolution photographs, text messages and linking over huge distances via the internet.

Yaesu Fusion mobile rigs are dual mode, both FM and digital, so a separate rig for each mode isn't required.  Automatic mode switching is available, so the rig will receive both FM and digital, whatever is in range.  Cross-band talk-through is built in for 2m and 70cm, but only for FM.  It won't work with Fusion digital mode.  It is possible to make a talk-through cable to connect a 2m rig and a 70cm rig via their data ports so that one band is digital and the other analogue FM.  Digital mode can then talk to FM mode.

A magic USB dongle (DV4mini) can be obtained.  When plugged into a PC, one side of the dongle connects through the internet to the international Fusion system of repeaters and gateways.  The other side of the USB dongle is a flea power 70cm Fusion gateway with the range of a leaky dummy load.  A 70cm Fusion mobile or hand portable rig out of range of any Fusion repeater or gateway can then access the international Fusion network.  When using the magic USB dongle, the internet connection could be a wired connection to a router or a cell phone could be used instead, with it configured as a local Wi-Fi hotspot.  In some circumstances, such a system could rapidly set up long distance links to give time for alternative talk-through links to be established.

Got too much money?  Fusion is the solution!


Cleveland RAYNET Group.
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