DISCLAIMER

YOU CAN TURN YOUR REPEATER INTO AN EXPENSIVE PAPERWEIGHT WHEN MODIFING THE PROGRAMMING. EVERY ATTEMPT HAS BEEN MADE TO INSURE THE ACCURACY OF THESE PROCEDURES, BUT NO WARRANTY IS GIVEN OR IMPLIED. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A RELIABLE POWER SOURCE BEFORE PROCEEDING. LOSING POWER DURNIG THE PROGRAMMING CAN MAKE FOR AN UGLY DAY.

You will need to purchase a copy of the Repeater Programing software from Icom America or your local Icom dealer.

 

This programming was done on an VHF ICOM FR-5000 repeater. Programming software CS-FR5000, Revision 1.9. The repeater O/S was MAIN = 2.9, DSP = 2.7, Front Panel = 1.2 (2015FEB25)

 

Before you start, decide whether you want this repeater to be digital only or both analogue and digital.

 

Digital only: The repeater ignores any analogue signals. Only Digital TX & RX.(6.25KHz bandwith)

Mixed mode: The repeater repeats both analogue and digital signals. Analogue in = Analogue out (25KHz). Digital in = Digital out (6.25KHz).

 

 

Let's Get started.

Power up the repeater.

Plug the programing cable from your computer into the microphone jack.

Start the repeater programing software on your computer.

Click on “COM Port” and make sure that the correct com port is selected for your programing cable.

 

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Next click on “Clone >Information

 

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Write down the information that you get. If you can not read the radio, check your com port settings.

 

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Now we will read the radio. Save the file you read as a back-up either on your computer or a USB stick.

You read the computer either by clicking on the picture of the arrow pointing to the computer or by selecting “Clone”, then “Read ← TR”. We then save the file by clicking on the Floppy Icon, or by selecting “File > Save As”. You now have a restoration code plug.

 

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Now let's make a new code plug. If you wish, you can download a generic VHF ham codeplug from www.nxdnradio.com, and make the following changes.

 

Select “LMR > Memory CH > Memory CH”. A window should open that looks like this:

 

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Atr” we will leave at the default “AB”.

Operation Mode” will be “Repeat”.

Under the RX column, we will substitute the 144.200 with your repeaters receive frequency.

Under the TX column, we will substitute the 144.800 with your repeaters transmit frequency.

TX Inh” is blank. We don't want to turn of the transmitter on this frequency.

 

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In the “Text” box, you can put what ever you want to be displayed while the repeater is operational and idle. In this example, the transmit frequency is displayed.

We can leave the “TOT > Local Mic” blank. This is used to assign a Time Out Timer to the local microphone. Since this is primarily a repeater, we will ignore it.

Repeat/EPTT” is turned on. This activated the Time Out Timer, we will set the parameters later.

RF PWR” we will set for “H” (High ~45watts)

Lock-out” will be blank (OFF)

 

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Since this is a repeater, we will leave the defaults under “Scan List”.

 

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Under “CH Type”, select one of the following:

Analog: The repeater does only analog. The local microphone will transmit analog.

Mixed-Ana: The repeater does both analog & digital. The local microphone will transmit analog.

Mixed-Digi: The repeater does both analog & digital. The local microphone will transmit digital.

Digital: The repeater does only digital. The local microphone will transmit digital.

 

Auto Reset” is for scan. We will ignore it.

CW ID > ON/OFF” turns on the built in CW ID'er. If you want to use an external CW id'er, turn it off. If you want to use the built in one, turn it on.

Offset”: leave off. Only used for 12.5KHz digital channel spacing.

Multi Table No.”: Enter 1 here. We will populate the table later.

 

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Leave blank.

 

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Leave Blank.

 

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Digital > TX RAN”: = 1

Digital > Unit ID”: = 1

Digital > Individual ID List No.”: = 1

Digital > Talkgroup ID List No.”: = 1

Digital > Squelch Type”: = RAN

 

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Leave Blank.

 

 

Next we will go to: “LMR > Common > Key & Display

 

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I set P0 to turn on the front display back-light momentarily.

When the repeater boots up, The opening text is displayed. In this case, I momentarily display the last 3 octets of my network IP address. Helps me rember the IP address I assigned to the repeater.

Everything else is default.

 

 

Next we will do “LMR > Common > Set Mode

 

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I set the “Backlight” for Auto.

 

 

Next is “LMR > Common > Common

 

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Set the repeater Time Out Timer to 2 minutes. The Penalty Timer to 5 seconds.

 

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What is important here is make sure that “Digital Function” is Enable.

 

 

Next we will go to “LMR > Digital > Option”.

 

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You can set the local screen on the repeater to display the Talkgroup and ID of an incoming signal and hold the information on the display for 10 seconds. This is purely optional.

 

 

Next we will go to “LMR > Multiple Table > Multiple Table

 

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Remember in the channel programing, we selected “Multi Table No. 1”? Here we populate that table.

Under Type, we select Digital or Analog. We then select the RAN or CTCSS. In the above example, the repeater transmit and receive both RAN 1 and 10 when it receives a digital signal or will transmit and receive CTCSS 100.0 if it hears an analog signal. It will ignore all other CTCSS's and RAN's.

NETWORKING NOTE: In the digital mode, this also controls what RAN you will send out to other repeaters if you are on a network and what RAN you will listen for coming off the network. If a RAN 5 transmission is received from the network but you do not have RAN 5 in this table, your repeater will not transmit that signal. If you receive a RAN 10 signal over the air from a mobile, but the other repeater on the network does not have RAN 10 in their Multiple Table, they will not transmit your signal.

 

Next is “LMR > CW > CW Setting

 

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If you selected to use the internal CW ID'er, you set it up here.

Code” = Your repeater call sign.

Interval(Min)” = How ofter does the repeater ID

The rest of the options you don't need to change.

 

When you have double checked everything, click on “File > Save as” and make a copy of your new codeplug.

 

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Now click on the icon of an arrow pointing to a radio or select “Clone > Write → TR” to write the codeplug into your radio.

 

Enjoy!