FLARC Repeater update info as of 2017 July 06

As of Thursday evening, July 6th, the input control for the repeater has been changed back to PL / CTCSS tone control, using the same tone that was previously used …  167.9 Hz.   Although this causes another setting change for everyone, it might eliminate problems for some who had trouble using the digital DCS coding.

For Baofeng users, if you followed our published instruction steps for making the change to DCS, reverting back is fairly simple.

Make note of what channel you are now using for the FLARC repeater.  ( channel 47 for example ).

In FREQUENCY mode, use the keyboard to enter the input frequency:   1 4 4 8 7 0

Then press MENU, then on keyboard press 1 2 and press MENU again; you should hear  D C S …  set that to OFF and press MENU again.  You should hear “confirmed” …

Now press MENU again (!) and press 1 3 and press MENU again; you should hear  C T C S S  …  set that to 167.9  and press MENU again. You should hear “confirmed” …

And press MENU again, then press 2 7 and press MENU again; you should hear “memory channel” …  press the three digit number of the channel you are using for the FLARC repeater — for example,  0 4 7  — then press MENU again.  You should hear “transmitting memory”…   [if it does not say “transmitting memory” then something has gone wrong and you will have to follow the full procedure for deleting the channel and then setting both the receive and transmit frequencies].

Now press EXIT (at upper right) to exit the setup process.

(is your MENU button worn out yet? !!)

 

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As of Saturday afternoon on 6/17 the FLARC 145.470 MHz FM repeater OUTPUT is not using any squelch control code — this is a further attempt to narrow down the source of the buzzing interference we’ve been getting.

The setup instructions posted here for the BAOFENG are still valid.

However, some rigs automatically use the DCS code on the receive when it is used on transmit — in this case, you are going to hear nothing on the repeater until that is changed.

It’s been found that for the Icom IC-7000 it is necessary to program a channel so that it works in SPLIT mode, with only the VFO B using the DCTS code.  See page 66 of the IC-7000 User Manual, “Storing a non standard repeater” — but set the DCTS code only on VFO B.  (If you need help with IC-7000 contact W2JC).

Other rigs might have a similar setup procedure.

A simple programming guide for the Yaesu FT-60R HT is at
http://noji.com/hamradio/pdf-ppt/Yaesu-FT-60R-Programming-Guide.pdf

From that guide, it looks like the ‘normal’ programming puts the squelch control code on both the transmit and receive — which is NOT what we want for now.  A work-around for such rigs might be to program one channel to transmit with the code, and an adjacent channel to receive without the code; monitor on the receive channel and to transmit just flip to the other channel, talk, and flip back.  Awkward, yes.  But this repeater configuration is only for testing and trying to find the source of the interference; after the test it will go back to the ‘normal’ setup.

If you feel really curious and geeky, and want to learn more about how the DCS codes actually work, here’s a link to a very technical paper that will cure your insomia !

http://www.onfreq.com/syntorx/dcs.html

 

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