How do you want to operate when portable?
- I want the least amount of equipment necessary: Direct Operation
- I want to be able to wander (short) distances from my portable node: Access Point
- I have only one Fusion-capable hand-held radio: Direct Operation
- I have multiple hand-held fusion-capable radios: Access Point
- I want to allow other stations to use my portable node: Access Point
- I want to be the only one using my portable node: Direct Operation
Direct Operation: Requires only a Windows computing device with internet access, WiresX software, and a Yaesu Fusion registered radio, and optionally an external microphone. Allows connection to Wires-X rooms or nodes, such as the JARA Room (46775).
Access Point: Requires same as above but a second radio is needed to talk via the portable node. Only the radio connected to the laptop running WiresX software needs to be registered with Yaesu WiresX. Any Fusion-capable radio within the RF range of the portable Access Point that is set with the same frequency may use the portable node.
Frequency Choice for Portable Nodes: To avoid unintended interference with other services or operations, JARA recommends using a single simplex frequency in the UHF band (433.000 – 435.000 Auxiliary/repeater Links per ARRL Band Plan). 438.x00 MHz or 438.x50 MHz are popular frequencies to use. Since portable nodes are half-duplex, a single simplex frequency is fine. Use the lowest power possible and you should be harmonious with the rest of the UHF world.