Update March-20-2016 As noted in another post firmware 1.10j is a winner deprecates the setup instructions below. Rather use the documentation available on the Yaesu website for setup of the Wires-X node, it is under the files section under the HRI-200 product.
Have Fun, Jay
Having been a repeater user and wanting to learn more about the design and operational aspects of repeaters. I decided to sponsor a machine to service a limited area around my QTH. This would allow me the flexibility to experiment to my hearts content, and if some point the burden became to great, I could just flip the switch.
My feature shopping list was a short one.
- Able to link
The ability to be part of a community or communities is as I see it very important. Ham Radio is often times described as a hobby of hobbies. Given the number of niches which exist. The ability to find and link to those of like interests sure contributes to the fun factor.
- Digital and optionally narrow band
The use of digital affords a great many benefits and most notably the ability to pass data in addition to voice. This is a key base capability which provides much functionality in normal repeater use and in the Wires-X system. By presenting to the end user lists of rooms and nodes. No need to remember DTFM command strings.
Remember I am sponsoring this so keeping an eye on the spend.
I looked at D-Star and DMR and while both posses merits, I chose to pass on both due to low cost scores and low adoption in the Kansas City area.
The financial enticement offered by Yaesu coupled with the vision behind Wires-X sold me on the Yaesu platform.