Yesterday, myself, Emery KE7YX, and Bill KI7PRU got our Yaesu Fusion radios out and experimented a bit on the 443 repeater. This specific little session of ours was to see exactly how the auto mode of our radios behaved. While we discovered some glitches, they performed mostly just how we would have had them perform if consulted when they were designed. Emery and I have FT-991As and Bill was using an FT2DR. If you have a channel programmed for digital (C4FM) and put it in auto, it will pick up either analog or digital, and when you key up to talk back it will talk back on whichever was last received. That’s a pretty nice function. Bill’s FT2DR worked flawlessly. The FT-991As both had a Computer Control cable connected and were dropping out and having some issues. Once Emery discovered that this was the problem and we removed the cable they performed very well also.
I have been contacted by a few people with Fusion radios who want to get together and experiment and learn this stuff together. Maybe we can eventually set up a weekly digital net. We are tentatively going to plan on having a lunch on March 24th so those of us with the radios and anyone else interested in getting together just for fun and to learn about these radios together can do so. We are going to leave the location up in the air to see what the weather does. Perhaps if the weather gets much better by then we could have a barbecue, if not we will use a restaurant.
All are invited. You don’t have to have a digital radio.