Yaesu FTM400XDR - Did you know?

Did you know the Yaesu FTM400XDR has the function of a crossband repeater. I didn't see it in any of the books, but found it by accident. However I found that others were aware of this feature and have already made videos around it.  

R2D2 , C3PO, batteries and chargers oh my

After seeing the battery life on the FT3D not make it a day on the first day I ordered these from Amazon. I have the CD-41 from HRO at home, but figured I'd get one for my desk at work. I got these a week ago and have been bouncing back and forth between the both of them. I can't find any faults with them. The battery doesn't have the springy clip like the factory one does, but it only make it a slight bit more difficult to remove from my molle rigs. The charger comes with the wall wart and is 12v 1a so you don't want to use this wall wart with the radio directly. A cost savings of 61$. 
Charger with wall wart 24$ original 38$
Battery 2200mah 33$ original 80$

Wires-X: The 10 Drivetime Room

I created THE10DT for us commutors and radio enthusiasts that frequent the 444.10 repeater in Fort Worth during morning and afternoon rush hour, but not limited to. Anyone is welcome to come in. I didn't assemble it for privacy but so that we didn't step on any toes of the regulars on Texas Nexus that may have had a routine like we do on the 10. So with that said I sunk the cash to build this setup and here's what it consists of.

  1. An HRI-200 that without this we wouldn't have a room. Purchased from HRO in Plano, TX $$
  2. An FTM100DR and  SMB-201 that has to be sacrificed to the Yaesu gods before this whole contraption will work. Purchased from HRO in Plano, TX $$$
  3. An old HP Xeon E5 that know next to nothing about, but works mostly. Special thanks to Gary W5GGH.
  4. 80A DPDT Contactor to switch to battery if the grid fails. Purchased from Amazon. $
  5. APC 1000VA UPS. Pulled from a production enviroment as it was eating batteries. 
  6. Massive AGM out of an electric bus. Special thanks to Ben and Dago for allowing me to swap out my old bad batteries for the skechy maybe good maybe bad batteries before recycler pickup at not cost. That really helps projects like this.
  7. 35A Power supply from M&M Merchandisers. This was pulled from production as well for catching fire. It sit on a shelf at work for 5 years then sit on my home work bench for another 5 years before I cracked it open and found it was just a cratered rectifier and that I had some in my toolbox for a Club Car PD2 charger.
  8. MMDVM & RPI running Pi-Star as a YSF reflector.  It will go down if power fails. I might fix that later. $
  9. A Tram 1480 antenna perched at 16', but am looking for small tower pieces to set it at 27'8" to stay within the limits of city ordinance. (not shown)

Infrustuture is handled here about 15 feet to the left of my ham shack. From left to right and top to bottom.

Cisco clustered AP  /down Fortigate FGT60C Firewall appliance / Spectrum modem / Dell R710 /down Patch panel / Netgear GS748T 48 port managed switch / Security DVR DS-7308HFI-ST (Special thanks to Ben King for offering this when the company did an upgrade) /down A whole lot of power strips and wall warts. / APC 750XL Smart-UPS /down 4 East Penn Deka Group 31 AGM batteries. Two series packs parralleled for a solid 24V that lasts days of grid.

New Addition to the Ham Shack

I ordered this little jewel from Amazon Sunday and it came in today. "Jewel" would have been hyperlinked to Amazon where there was an 80A DPDT Contactor with a 110V coil, but apparently I bought the last one and they doen't want to sell anymore.  I currently have the commons hooked to my radio power distribution and NC to the battery and NO to my power supply. So when the grid goes down it will switch to the monster AGM I have on the floor. No idea how long it will last as it came out of one of TCU's electric buses and was deemed bad by service. Voltage is low on it but not far off from normal float voltage, but it is solid and on an invertor will power my 65" flat screen for hours. There's also a 1000VA power backup on the right of that computer. If you haven't seen the Server Wall you'll understand why I won't loose phones or LAN infrustructure. I also won't loose internet until Spectrums UPS fails and it usually always fails before mine. I'd gladly sell them some real he-man batteries too. So now the HRI-200, FTM100D will both have power and internet until Spectrum fails. Then they'll still be on with no Wires-X connection.

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My defaults for FT8 on my Yaesu FT-891

I have found various pages and videos on the settings for FT8 on the FT-891, but none that really scratch the surface of what needs to be turned on or off. So here's what I have figured out on my own. WSJT-X and the cat programs that are utilized by WSJT-X DO NOT send these commands for you. It's up to you the operator to set these parameters in the radio ahead of time. You can send these commands from the CMDline. With a little adjustment you can also create a batch file to do your bidding. Make sure you're not accessing the COM port before issuing these commands or you'll get an access denied error.

The EX CAT commands are menu functions.  There might be menu functions for the rest, but not easily identified in the CAT manual. The 4 numbers after the EX is the menu location.

Description CAT Command Notes
Auto Notch (OFF) BC00;  
Clarifier (OFF) CF000;  
AGC Function (OFF) GT01;  
IF-Shift (OFF) IS00;  
Keypad Lock (OFF) LK0;  
Operating Mode (DATA-USB) MD0C;  
Monitor Level (OFF) ML000;  
Meter Display (SWR) MS3; This is just preference, I like to see the SWR in case my Ariel gets tangled up in something and I don't see it right away. I will see it on the display.
Narrow (OFF) NA00;  
Noise Blanker (OFF) NB00;  
Noise Reduction (OFF) NR00;  
Preamp (IPO) PA00; Intercept Point Optimization just works better for me. PA01; (Pre-Amp) could work better for you
Power Control (5 Watts) PC005; Set low for QRP, but can be anything up to 100.
RF Attenuator (OFF) RA00;  
RF Gain (Max 30) RG0030;  
Band Width (3000) SH0117;  
Squelch Level (0) SQ0000;  
Data Mode (OTHERS) EX08011;  
Data Lower Cutoff Frequency (OFF) EX080500;  
Data High Cutoff Frequency (OFF) EX080700;  
Data PTT Select (DAKY) EX08100;  
RTTY Lower Cutoff Frequency (OFF) EX100100;  
RTTY High Cutoff Frequency (OFF) EX100300;  
Data Gain (50) EX1614050; This is the default level
RTTY Output Level (50) EX1008050; This is the default level
DATA Output Level (50) EX0811050; This is the default level. On the Signalink your receive dial will be at 9 O'clock provided your input(MIC SIDE) is set to 100%
DATA In Select (BACK) EX08091; This might might not be necessary as Operating Mode DATA-USB(MD0C;) does the same thing.

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