It’s actually simpler than you may think. Much of the following will be more clear once you start using the system.
At the repeater site, a Yaesu HRI-200 connects to a personal computer which has internet access and is running Wires-X software. The HRI-200 also connects the repeater controller. The controller views the HRI-200 as a radio port. YOU, the user with a radio able to send DTMF (touch) tones, and now direct the Wires-X software and execute commands with the touch tone keypad. Click on “How Can I Use It” above for commands you can input (transmit) to tell the system what to do!
The Wires-X HRI-200 Box is also called a “NODE”. This NODE is accessible over the internet using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Basically, the audio YOU transmit, is sent to the Wires-X HRI-200, and then via the internet it is sent to the room the repeater is connected to. The destination NODE might be a simplex node somewhere, or even a repeater. So a node, although singular, might actually be a repeater somewhere, with an audience of many hundred. This node that you connected to might already be linked to other systems as well.
Our room is virtually limitless, and can host as few as 1 other node, or even hundreds! The SSRA has a ROOM number as well. Ours is #21979.
A user coming INTO our Node on Wires-X will be on the SSRA repeater, and in room #21979. The repeaters call sign (WF7S) will be displayed in the software and on the screen of OUTSIDE users connecting to the SSRA. YOUR OWN PERSONAL CALL SIGN WILL NOT BE DISPLAYED ON THE CONNECTING STATIONS SCREEN. If you have a Yaesu digital radio, digital repeaters in our area will give you more advanced features. However this is one of the more advanced features of a digital system that only Digital repeater users will have access to.
When you are in a room, and key your radio, the SSRA call sign WF7S is displayed on other stations radios. Not to worry, simply identify your station as you normally would. If a station asks, feel free to advise them that the SSRA repeater is ANALOG, and that your connecting thru the WF7S Analog Repeater.