WIRES (Wide-coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System) is an Internet communication system which expands the range of amateur radio communication. For WIRES-X, an amateur node station connecting to the Internet is used as the access point and connects the wireless communication to the Internet. Users' stations can communicate with other amateur stations all over the world using a node within the radio wave range.
WIRES-X supports the C4FM digital and the clear and crisp voice technology enables high sound quality. By repeating C4FM digital data as it is via the Internet, users can enjoy clear voice communications even if they are thousands of miles away each other.
Utilizing the digital communication, the WIRES-X operation is simple, easy and user friendly.
Varieties of the new functions as well as voice communications expands opportunities for enjoyment of ham station operation.
If you want to set up a private gateway for your own use, you do not require an NoV but you are required to use a dummy load instead of an antenna in the node radio... you cannot allow 3rd party traffic in or out of your gateway.. these types of gateway are open to Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced licence holders
The WIRES-X node consists of a PC, the WIRES-X connection kit HRI-200 and a transceiver and is a repeater station used as the WIRES-X access point to connect the Internet and the wireless signal alternatively.
The WIRES-X node can open and run a community space "room" where multiple nodes can connect at the same time. Furthermore, the news functions allows you to upload/download messages or images to/from each node or room. Picture below shows equipment required to run a node or gateway.
The Backbone to the WIRES-X system is not reliant on the REPEATER network, Its mainly the Gateways. Why you may ask ?. Well very few Repeaters are connected to the wires-x system, it can be very expensive to run and can be very hard to setup on the Wires-X system for many reasons i.e. because of DATA usage, Remote locations and internet access availability, Gateways on the other hand are very easy (Hardware wise) Usually they are located in the home where the internet is already established, usually with large bandwidth and for someone who already operates a personal wires-x node via a dummy load its easy to convert to a Gateway for others to use, by applying for and getting an NoV (Notice of variation) and replacing the the dummy load for an antenna. You provide a service for other C4FM users in you area. Here are some things that need to be considered before you try to share your node. You will require equipment that may be tied up for a year just to provide a service for other amateurs... remember you have to be at least a intermediate or full licence holder to operate a gateway....and you will be expected to know the technical answers required to fill in the NoV.
INTERNET LINKING TECHNOLOGY
The Yaesu WIRES-X HRI-200 (Wide-coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System) enables Internet to RF communications that expands the range of amateur radio using internet enabled Voice-over-IP technology. With WIRES-X, an amateur node station connected to the Internet and Interfaced to the WIRES-X HRI-200 unit can communicate using VoIP over long distances reliably with ease.
Unlike any other internet linking technology, Yaesu's HRI-200 is a simple to use plug and play internet linking solution. Included with the unit are pre-made cables that allow the end user to simply plug-in to any number of Yaesu radios and go; No soldering, cable building, or Router configuration required!*
Pc Or Laptop
Internet Connection Required
OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 8.1 / 10
Clock frequency: 2.0 GHz or more
HDD: 1 GB of empty space or more
RAM: 2 GB or more
USB port: 2.0 (Full-speed)
Display resolution: 1366 x 768 or more
16-bit high color or more (32-bit true color is recommended)
LAN port: 100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T
A wired connection is recommended.
Digital And Analouge Supported
For a C4FM digital node:
C4FM digital transceiver with a 10-pin Mini-DIN data jack. FTM-400DR: C4FM FDMA / FM 144/430 Dual Band Transceiver FTM-100DR: C4FM FDMA / FM 144/430 MHz Dual Band Transceiver
For an FM analog node:
C4FM digital transceiver with a 10-pin Mini-DIN data jack or
FM analog transceiver with a 6-pin Mini-DIN data jack
FTM-400DR, FTM-100DR FT-991A ALL-BAND Multimode Portable Transceiver. The following Yaesu radios connect and control the wires-x system via the node radio. FTM-400DR, FTM-100DR, FT-991Aand the FT2D
Live Audio Feed
MB6ER is usually in the CQ-UK room. This is one of the most popular. There can be up to 45 Nodes, Repeaters and Gateways from anywhere in the world at anytime. A room that you can have a chat and get information on digital radios, repeaters etc. A live feed has been setup to listen to some great conversations.