Connecting to FCS vs YSF

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Re: Connecting to FCS vs YSF

Post by K5MRE » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:21 am

N3QW wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 1:00 pm
Thanks N6WY. Works great. The step before your instructions is press the F key then hold the AMS key till wires mode is achieved. How did you arrive at 140 for America Link. Trial and error or is there a formula we could use for all rooms?

73 Doug N3QW
I found it by watching the logs and connecting from a the FTM-100 which supports search by name. When it connected, you could get the actual room # from the logs. On the FT-70D I haven't found a good way.

Example:

tail -f YSFGateway-2018-06-22.log
...
M: 2018-06-22 10:06:50.669 Connect to 00185 - "FCS00390 " has been requested by K5MRE/MIKE
M: 2018-06-22 10:06:50.748 Linked to FCS003-90

My fear though is that this # will change over time if it's just a simple index value as it loads the FCS rooms since they don't seem to have defined IDs in the file like YSF rooms do.

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Re: Connecting to FCS vs YSF

Post by K5MRE » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:53 am

KC0QA wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:52 pm
Does any one know of a way to connect to a Wires-X room (#28952 Kansas City Ks link ) that doesn't have a hotspot connected to it, other than buying more equipment? Like the Wires-X HRD-2 and a FTM-100 ...
If they aren't bridging to a YSF or FCS room, then you can't connect to it without an actual node to the Wires-X Network - which means either more hardware or a local repeater that supports it.
KC0QA wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:52 pm
I have a ZumSpot on a Raspberry Pi-Zero, and have just found this post and I am new to Wires-X as well. still learning.
I have a FTM-70D and Learning this new thing called Wires, and YCF Vs FCS
What is the difference? I guess I missed that post.
Thanks KC0QA
Richard
There are basically three different networks. YSF, FCS, and the Wires-X Network. The Wires-X network is Yaesu's own network and you need their hardware to access it (or a local repeater that's connected to it). YSF and FCS are open.

They all serve essentially the same service - provide reflector services to various rooms. But they are still different services. So you won't find the same rooms on all of them unless someone has setup a bridge between them. For example, America Link is a Wires-X Network room, but it's also bridged to FCS003-90 (and I think FCS002-90 if I recall correctly). So you can indirectly access that Wires-X Network room by using the FCS reflector.

Wires-X can also be used to refer to the communication protocol between the radio and the gateway. This protocol is what allows you to do things like search which rooms are available, change rooms, etc. However, when you talk, you're back to using C4FM voice. When using the pi-star, connecting with the Wires-X protocol is optional as long as you want to use whatever the default room is that it connected to and do your room changes via the web interface.

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Re: Connecting to FCS vs YSF

Post by KI4LLA » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:12 pm

Is there a tutorial or a little more documentation on using a Yaesu FT-70D with a DVMega/Pi-Star hot spot? I'm in a region with absolutely no Fusion repeaters and thus a hot spot is my only option for getting any use of the digital side of this radio. From jamming a few buttons (apparently at random) after reading this thread, I did hear two operators talking - but could not repeat that if I actually tried! :lol:
Darrell

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Re: Connecting to FCS vs YSF

Post by KD9JTV » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:41 am

YSF Reflector "room numbers" can be found here:

https://register.ysfreflector.de/

FCS Reflector "room numbers" via DTMF can be found here:

https://www.pistar.uk/fcs_reflectors.php

... or here:

http://fcs001.xreflector.net/
http://fcs002.xreflector.net/

By entering the Wires-X mode on the FT-70DR by hitting F then AMS, you can then rotate the dial counter clockwise unti you get to the screen that shows, "*-------". There you enter the five digit "room" number then hit the AMS button again to change rooms.

Hope that helps,

-Jeff, K9JTV

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Re: Connecting to FCS vs YSF

Post by KI4LLA » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:37 am

Thanks, that does help. I was over-thinking it. Once I let it sink in a bit, I can pretty reliably get things connected now.

One question for the thread - does this work best if I just leave the Pi-Star hot spot in YSF mode alone, or can it be multi-tasked with DMR and YSF reasonably well (with a low activity static TG on DMR)? Just curious how others are using this mode. :?:
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Re: Connecting to FCS vs YSF

Post by KD9JTV » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:41 am

KI4LLA wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:37 am
Thanks, that does help. I was over-thinking it. Once I let it sink in a bit, I can pretty reliably get things connected now.
Glad I could help a bit.
KI4LLA wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:37 am
One question for the thread - does this work best if I just leave the Pi-Star hot spot in YSF mode alone, or can it be multi-tasked with DMR and YSF reasonably well (with a low activity static TG on DMR)? Just curious how others are using this mode. :?:
Sorry, I can't help much with that question. I'm running three Jumbo Spots, two for YSF/FCS and one for DMR.

-Jeff

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