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
What is C4FM. The introduction of C4FM / FDMA technology is the beginning of a new digital communication system in Amateur Radio world. The most attractive advantage of digital communication is the ability to transfer large amounts of data.
System Fusion is Yaesu’s implementation of Digital Amateur Radio, utilizing C4FM 4-level FSK Technology to transmit digital voice and data over the Amateur radio bands. In the early 2000’s GMSK emerged in the Amateur radio market as the dominant digital mode, however in 2013 Yaesu introduced “System Fusion” which quickly became the dominating digital format in Amateur radio because of quality, reliability and enhanced performance in a wide range of environments.http://systemfusion.yaesu.com/what-is-system-fusion/
Ok, it would be fair to say that you are going to (or most likely) need to get a Yaesu radio that is compatible with WIRES-X, you can see which ones on the Radios page
If you want to know more about the radios, then either go to YouTube and search for that radio or visit Yaesu’s website. If you want to start small to see if it is something that you could be interested in then I would think that FTM-100 would be a good starting place, they’re not too expensive and you can get a bargain secondhand ones. That said the FTM-400 is far easier to use.
The WIRES-X system works on rooms, once connected to a node, you can then join a room. There are plenty of empty rooms and you’re able to join any. If you want to hear others using WIRES-X then it’s worth picking a room with lots of hams in.
Free ways to try
So maybe you don’t need a new radio or want to payout for one that you might not use. There are some free ways to try WIRES-X without spending out on a new radio.
Go to ‘WIRES-X > Ways to connect’ then hover the cursor over the menu items, some will say free!
Check out the ways to connect pages from the top menu.
So it is worth finding out if any of your local repeaters support WIRES-X, if so this can be an easy way to access WIRES-X and use the repeater as your link to the nodes. There are some problems with this, the biggest one being that anyone can do this, and might not know you’re using it and change the room you’re in.
Radio (repeater or simplex) connected to the Internet via a PC, which repeats communications of a conventional amateur radio as an access point.
This is a Node within the radio communication range of a conventional amateur radio station.
A node that is a transceiver or repeater using a FM format and can only repeat DTMF codes and analogue audio transmission/receptions.
This is a Node which is a transceiver of repeater, compatible with digital communications in C4FM (Continuous 4 Level FM) format. With this type of node you can not only relay voice communications, but also text and image data transmissions. One can also repeat DMTF codes and audio transmissions/ receptions.
This is a WIRES-X Network community space to which multiple Nodes can connect simultaneously. This is a place where all amateur station can link to each other via local node and communicate with each other. In addition to voice communication, one can chat with text messages on the PC used for the local node.
YAESU provide identification name with the WIRES-X node. Each node is assigned a DTMP ID (5-digit number, e.g. 12345) and user ID (alphanumeric e.g. WH2WEB) up to 10 digits in length provided. Knowing the ID of the node to connect to, you can transmit the DTMF ID code from the transceiver, specifying the node to connect to by searching by characters.