A good club turnout heard Paul explain the technicalities of Yaesu’s new VHF/UHF DR-1XE digital repeater system. The equipment is not meant to be a total solution, but a building block in which radio amateurs can easily configure or ‘add to’ in order to build a ‘personal system’. Paul explained that full system information is supplied as well as many ports and connectors to enable user system modifications. Of course, the repeater could be used just ‘as is’, if necessary, often as a direct swop.
A quick demonstration showed the unit could handle inputs in both analogue and C4FM digital with outputs in either format as required, the selections being automatic and not necessarily selected by the users who can communicate freely between C4FM digital and analogue FM.
In use with the Yaesu FT1DE handheld or the FTM-400DE mobile, real-time navigation function transmitted together with the voice signal enables location checking at any time. The distance and direction to other stations on the system can be displayed in real-time while communicating with them.
Members got a taste of what the equipment was capable of, but in the short time available, it was obvious the equipment was capable of much more.