UC-FR5000 CONTROLLER CARD USED IN

CONJUNCTION WITH RADIO--BASED VOTING.

 

Prerequisites:

FR5/6000 Firmware 2.3/2.6/1.2 or higher.

UC-FR5/6000 firmware must be MCU 3.4/ SCU 3.4 or higher.

All repeaters must be programmed IDAS (Digital) Multi-Site Conventional.

Users radios should have "Lock-out" set to "ID" to operate with beacons.

There can be only one RAN code between the beacon and a radio zone. The RAN of the beacon must match that RAN. Multiple RAN codes will not function properly. The RAN table must have the beacons RAN in it.

 

If you are using Ran 1 for your repeater input,  and ran 63 for the beacon, you can not have any more Rans in that repeater. 

Beaconing allows the FR5000 repeater to send out regular, syncronized "beacons" at pre-determined intervals. This allows the users radios to compare repeater signals and stay on stronger sites. This describes the basic settings that allow the FR5000/UCFR5000 to send regular beacons for use with Radio-based Voting.

Beacons are sent out at 6 second intervals by default, and with properly programmed radios, will not interfere with radio traffic. In the ham world, you may wish to bump this up to once every 25 seconds.

Beaconing can only be enabled in FR5000 repeaters with UC FR5000 cards.

 

 

Unsynchronized Beacon: This is recommended for Ham use.

Unsynchronized Beacon is used when synchronized beacons are not desired

on a MultiSite application. In a system such as this, the beacons are not

emitted at the same time for all repeaters.

Go to " Multi-site Settings > Conventional > Multi site Operation"

Check the following:

Multi-site Operation = Enable

Call Transfer = Off

Beacon Operation = Enable

Beacon Interval (Sec) =  6.0  (25.0 for ham)

Beacon RAN = 63 (Or another RAN of your choice) Using a different RAN code from the repeater access RAN will allow for "silent" beaconing.

 

Users Programming Note  - Users radios (Mobiles & Portables) should have Lock-out set to ID to allow radio to operate seamlessly in the presence of the beacon.

Go to "LMR > Memory CH "

 Go into the zone you set for voting

Under the column "Lock-out" enter "ID" in each channel.

Synchronized Beacons:

One repeater /controller will be assigned as the "Transferer" (Master), or the unit that tells the other repeater/controllers when to send out the syncronized beacons. All other repeater/controllers are assigned as "Transferees" (Slaves), and will send out beacons when the Transferer tells them.

 

 

 

Programming Synchronized Beacons:

On the "MASTER" repeater:

Go to " Multi-site Settings > Conventional > Multi site Operation"

Check the following:

Multi-site Operation = Enable

Call Transfer = Transferor (This is our Master site)

Beacon Operation = Enable

Beacon Interval (Sec) =  6.0  (25.0 for ham)

Beacon RAN = 9 (Or another RAN of your choice, default is 63) Using a different RAN code from the repeater access RAN will allow for "silent" beaconing.

 

MultiSite Operation  - Set to Enable for standard MultiSite operation.

  • Call Transfer  - Assign one repeater/controller (usually the site most radios will be on most of the time) as the "Transferer". Assign all other repeater/controllers as the "Transferee". The Transferer will sends its beacon to the Transferee repeaters for retransmission. Note: If Call Transfer is set to off, all repeaters will send out beacons randomly.
  • Beacon Operation  - Set to Enable to initiate beacon functionality.
  • Beacon Interval  - Set to System Administrators desired beacon interval. Six seconds is a logical 1st testing point.
  • Beacon RAN  – Set this RAN to match the single RAN code selected for the voting system. Special Note: This system matching RAN code must also be in the Multi Table of the repeater. For Beaconing to be operational, the RAN code for Radio, Repeater, and Controller must match. (Note : While the beacon feature is used, only 1 TX RAN can be used for subscriber access on the repeater.)

Other repeaters in the system are set as:

  • Call Transfer = Off
  • Beacon Operation = Disable