Wildrose Network News Archives from 2015
Yaesu has launched a new System Fusion customer
portal, accessible at: http://systemfusion.yaesu.com.
This new portal allows customers to interact
directly with Yaesu customer service, other customers and
also offers the following features:
Customer Support & Self Help System
Up to Date product information
Feature Request Submissions
Calendar of Events / Presentations
registration is now working once again on VE6WRN.
I'm in the process of rebuilding the older database so if
you are registered on VE6WRN before today please login
again with your callsign and password as a new
user. Once approved your old
data/terminals will show up the next time you log
in. I need to purge the older database so that all
calls registered on VE6WRN will show and allow you to gain
access to your data. If you do not register then
your callsign will probably be removed from the trust
server and your DStar gateway access will no longer
work. I do not plan to do the purge until the new
year so you will have some time to register your call
again. If your new not to worry, just register and
please send me an email so I can go in and approve your
call. Dale firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec.01.15 When using VE6RPT please note
that there is a 3 minute timer on the repeater
transmitter, meaning the repeater must drop to reset that
timer or the repeater will stop transmitting. On our
next visit we will probably extend that to 6 minutes.
Due to the fact that no one had let me know that
the VHF repeater was down at VE6RPT (since I do not use it
that much) it was of great expense to Mike VE6AMC and
myself (Dale VE6CPK) to get something up sooner rather
than later. Because this site is one of the best in
the Calgary/Cochrane area we did not want to put in just
any package. Site access is limited so we tried to
get something good. We ended up spending more than
we would have liked but we ended up getting a very
reliable Motorola Quantar Rpt with analog/digital
capability. With time running out AltaLink gave us
access to the site last Thursday as they were getting into
shut down mode until after Christmas and access would have
had to wait until the new year. We were able to pull
the Fusion (since it was not working) and replace it with
the Quantar. Now up and running at twice the power
as before it appears coverage has improved. PL
is the same as before however digital mode has changed.
If you hear a buzzing sound on the repeater that is
digital. Obvious you may not want to listen to that
in FM so just make sure your radio is decoding PL and you
will not hear the noise. This is the same scenario
as with the Fusion repeater. With the added power we
are running into an antenna issue something that was there
before but not as bad. The antenna is getting very
old (210c8) and should be replaced. But another
added expense, for now it will have to wait. The
breakup on FM is more noticeable than digital. There
is some fine tuning to do but that will have to wait until
the new year perhaps until spring. In the meantime
VE6RPT is back and if it ever goes down again someone
please let me know. However with the new digital
package I may be on it a little more than before. More
about the digital mode/repeater can be found in the coming
days in the P25 section.
This repeater used to be an independent repeater once ran
and maintain by Aarne Luoma VE6CKV who passed away in
2008. Since then this repeater has been given to the
Wildrose and is now operating under the Wildrose
Group. This has been a major expense for us and one
I hope is worth while since this is an exceptional site.
Currently running a 210C8 at 300 feet above ground this
antenna is showing its age. Funds are needed if we
ever plan to replace it. If you can, please support
or become a member of the Wildrose.
You can contact me (Dale -
ve6cpk) or if you like click on the PayPal button
above to help us out.
DVAP and X-Band frequencies updated. See Local
Links. Thanks goes to Dennis VE6BGZ for
keeping this updated.
We recently have been having issues with our
A-Module on Dstar at VE6WRN so a check-up of the site was in
order. Last week we were at the site to discover that
the 1200 antenna was not working at all. Mike VE6AMC
replaced it with one of his own. Its now working very
well. Some tweaking was done to C and B modules, both
are working a little better especially the B-module.
Some cost to Mike to replace the 1200 antenna is required so
any help with funding is always appreciated. If you
want to make a donation you can click on the PayPal button
above or get in contact with Dale VE6CPK.
The DStar repeater C-module in Banff is working however
the gateway computer is not. Callsign routing appears
to work OK but any dplus requirements are not. I have
not been able to write any data to the hardrive so I suspect
the hardrive is on its last legs. Rebooting takes a
long time for the system to come back up and is usually full
of errors. The computer is an origianl one we had back
in the beginning of DStar, it uses and IDE drive which is
hard to find these days. A computer replacement may be
required. Unfortunately with other expenses this project
will have to wait for now.
As we head into winter the mountain parks repeaters are
all working well. We (Mike VE6AMC and Dale VE6CPK) have been
at most of the sites to check them out and all are looking
good. Solar power is all good. We have added
a feature at one of the sites so stay tune as I'll
We have not been able to make it to Hailstone Butte
this year due to time and cost however the 220 repeater
continues to operate well but occassionally the repeater
transmitter will hang for long periods of time. But it
does function during this time and does not bring up the
parks system so it hasn't been a crtical issue. We
plan to either replace the controller or try and re-program
it on our next visit. The DStar repeater at the site
worked very well during the summer but as we head into
winter with load demands at the site it will probably be
turned off. If you remember, and I'm sure you do, the
roads were washed out in the area making it difficult to get
to the site. Roads in the area have been repaired but
the actual road to the repeater site has not. Its been
a hike since. Thanks goes to Mike VE6AMC for making a couple
of hiking trips to the site to help keep the repeaters and
Don't forget the Alberta INFO net held every Monday at
8pm on the local DStar repeater VE6WRN C-module hosted by
John VA6DS in Edmonton. The VE6KM and VE6WRN repeaters
are linked together at this time. Please make sure
your radio is set for gateway use.
Also its that time of year again for renewing our
insurance policies with the various sites we have, so again
any help is appreciated. And if your a member of RAC
please let us know as this helps reduce the cost.
73 for now... Dale VE6CPK
Here is the first review I have seen on the new
Yaesu Portable FT2DR by VA3XPR. Click
here for the article.
I found the latest HF band plan for 2015 on the RAC
web site. You can click here to view this PDF
The P25 and System Fusion page has had some recent
updates. Check it out by clicking on the above links.
Interested in the Icom 7100 HF and DSTAR
radio? Here is an article on the radio posted in QST.
Here is also a more detail
look at the 7100. Icom has a good price on this
radio until Sep 30/15. Here is there Brochure.
LDG has a great tuner for this radio, you can check that
I just added my comments about cross banding
on Yaesu System Fusion. It seems complicated at
first but is rather simple and you can use all modes
including FM. Check out my article under Local
Links then click on DStar / C4FM Crossband or simply click
The Banff repeater VE6BNF is now running split
PL. Same PL as before to key up repeater 131.8 and
if you wish to decode PL on your radio use
151.4 Mike and I also did a PM while at the
site and all looks great.
There are some new updates in the 900 Meg
There is a new version of WinDV 1.58.p3 now
available. You can get that version off of the
Wildrose Support Page.
I recently did the firmware upgrades on my 5100
with no issues at all. Just be sure to read the
info before proceeding as there are some items to
note. I have uploaded all the required files and
documentation in the Wildrose Support section.
Here is a recent review of the Icom
5100 taken from February QST. Here is Icom's
product page on the 5100.
You can also get the latest firmware from that same
Check out the new DV3K
Dongle that was introduced at Dayton. There is
also a clickable image on the right side of this
page. Below is a comment from Robin AA4RC.
announced the new DV3K Dongle at the D-STAR forum at
Dayton on Friday. The software wasn't quite
ready to go yet but several folks wanted to take the
new hardware back with them oversees so we let HRO
start selling on Saturday. We are still working
out the remaining issues with the new DVTool 2.1 which
should be released in the next day or two. In
the mean time, you can download the latest version of
WinDV and select "Thumb DV" as the device since the
new DV3K Dongle is similar in architecture.
New from Yaesu, FTM-100dr.
You can also check it out on RigPix.
Supposedly coming in June. Um.....
RadioWorld now has this radio on there Toronto web site.
Here is the link.
VE6WRT DStar repeater (C-Module) on Hailstone
has been turned back on and functioning.
Mike VE6AMC and Dale VE6CPK were at the
VE6RPT repeater site last Thursday to do some PM
work. There had been a on-going problem with
some break-up on signals from time to time and it was
thought to possibly be in the duplexer. After
Mike rebuilt the duplexer we managed to gain more
power out and also a much improved knotch.
Further test showed an improvement in repeater
performance. Pierre VE6PTE was hiking west of
Elbow Falls at the time and was able to work the
repeater using his portable. We have not heard
any break-up of signals since but will monitor it for
awhile to confirm. Also some programming of UHF
repeater was done. There was an internal timer
that would get us from time to time. This timer
has been set a little longer. UHF is working
very well on both Analog and P25. Note that the
VHF repeater is a Yaesu Fusion System and can be
worked either Analog or Digital. Any questions
or comments please send them to Dale VE6CPK.
Email addresses can be accessed under CONTACTS.
If your like some of us contemplating on what
size of balls we need, here is a chart that may help
you out. I know it did for me. Click
here. You can also check on what shapes you
might need. Click here. To be clear I am
talking about Ram Mounts.
If your wondering about Google Maps and FI
check out this link:
The Parks repeater system is now linked to
Ottawa. Thanks to Andrew VE6EN for providing the
ROIP connection. Any repeater on the Parks
system can access the ROIP link. If you have any
questions or endorsements please contact Andrew VE6EN.
The DSTAR repeater C Module and gateway
have returned to Banff and is now operational.
Thanks goes to Mike VE6AMC for negotiating to have
it returned to the area. It is located at the
same site as before so coverage will be the
same. Note that the C module has
changed frequency to 147.315+, this was
done to prevent interference from the VE6AMP
repeater that was located in the same area in the
summer of 2013. The UHF module that was
running in Calgary with the callsign VE6WRO is
currently down but will return with a new callsign
VE6WRE in the near future. Watch here for
details. Repeater frequency will remain the
from John VA6DS about the Alberta Wide Technical Net held
every Monday at 8PM Local.
Where: VE6KM B and VE6WRN C - 8:00 pm local every
Monday evening, we
check in and then discuss various Technical topics.
D-Star, Fm, APRS, Cameras, Computers, HF, GPS, Radio
programming, and other Technical issues. But most
important is help for D-Star and events taking place on
All you need is a D-Star device to check in. You
do not have to be a member of any club or
organization. Oh and a little Edmonton Calgary
ribbing. We also have lunches and coffee
get togethers from time to time. The Calgary group
have there's every Wednesday evening.
System Yaesu Fusion page above has some updates including a
link to a new Yaesu portable called the FT2DR. Looks
like a winner!!! You can also check it out here on RigPix.