Yaesu DR-1X System Fusion Repeater
- Written by Asa Jay Laughton Asa Jay Laughton
- Category: DR-1X DR-1X
- Published: 03 January 2016 03 January 2016
- Created: 03 January 2016 03 January 2016
- Last Updated: 28 April 2018 28 April 2018
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In December of 2015, I applied for and was approved for a new Yaesu System Fusion Repeater. This was something exciting for me as I'd never played with a repeater before, except for the Motorola we had in the U.A.E. when I was deployed there in 2002. This repeater is primarily made for and targeted to the Amateur radio enthusiast. At the time, Yaesu was running a special deal on the repeaters for $500. The promotion had been in place for some time and it happens I got approved in the program when a second generation or iteration of the product was then being produced. This new generation had a few fixes and later firmware that overcame some earlier limitations.
Before I could apply for the repeater, I had to obtain a frequency pair from the local frequency manager. I had been told all 2-meter (VHF) frequency pairs were taken and that I would most likely end up with a 70-cm (UHF) pair. This fact didn't affect my decision to buy into the program as I was mostly interested in learning, and this would be a good way to learn.
I made my application to the frequency manager and was approved within about two weeks. The next step was to send my frequency allocation approval along with my application for a repeater to Yaesu. With all the proper items in place, my approval came through very quickly and by the end of December 2015 I had a new repeater at my doorstep.
The equipment was very well packed in extra-strength cardboard. One box inside the other.
Inside the product box, the repeater itself was well packed with closed-cell foam and cardboard.
Along with the user guide/manual, the following items were also included:
- AC Power cord
- DC Power cord
- SCU-20 computer commmunications cable
- Plastic feet (for the bottom of the repeater)
- Spare fuses
The front of the repeater is fairly sparse; however, the operation is rather simple so not many switches or knobs are required.
The rear of the repeater is just as simple.
It would be another month or two before I was able to get the repeater all set up and on the air.
... more to come.