MB6IOK – New WiRES-X Gateway in Ormskirk

MB6IOK WiRES-X Gateway, Ormskirk

If you have a new Yaesu transceiver that can operate on the VHF and UHF bands, chances are that it includes the new internet-linked digital voice system WiRES-X, part of their System Fusion technologies.

If you have the Quantum Amateur Radio & Technology Society has established a new simplex gateway for you to use on 431.1625MHz, no CTCSS or DCS codes are required for access. Allocated the callsign MB6IOK (OK for Ormskirk), the gateway is located at the home of SADARC member Derek (G7LFC) and licensed for attended operation so should be available to access most evenings and weekends.

What is System Fusion?

System Fusion is Yaesu’s equivalent technology to D-Star and the DMR system and uses digitizes voice communication before it is transmitted. This new digital communication system also allows data to be transmitted alongside the voice channel so that data files and GPS location data can be transmitted at the same time a voice contact is being made.

One of the main advantages of Yaesu’s digital system is that there’s no need to download complicated code-plugs to the transceiver or register for a unique ID to program in to the set before it can be used. Transceivers can communicate one-to-one using System Fusion straight out of the box.

What is WiRES-X?

WiRES-X is Yaesu’s method of communicating digitally around the world using Internet linked servers, repeaters and gateways. Dialling to the correct frequency and pressing the ‘X’ button on your handheld, or ‘DX’ button on your mobile, will activate the WiRES-X mode on your transceiver and then you’ll be able to search for any gateway or room (chatroom) around the worl to make a connection with. Active gateways and rooms can be downloaded to your transceiver from the gateway – no code plugs required here.

Why is it a digital gateway?

Amateur Radio is recognised as a hobby for self-training in technical subjects. Most operators are well versed in analogue operating modes (FM, SSB, etc.) but this node gives operators the opportunity to use one of the latest modes of communication available.