Programming the ICOM Networking Card

UC-FR5000

This is a quick start guide to programing the ICOM UC-FR-5000 for use in the HAM world. The repeaters network card is capable of more that what will be covered. This is just a starting point. This only networks digital traffic, not analogue. Back-up your repeater before starting!

­DISCLAIMER

YOU CAN TURN YOUR RADIO INTO AN UNIQUE, BUT 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.

First install and access your network card. The procedure can be found at the following link: http://www.icom.co.jp/world/support/download/manual/pdf/UC-FR5000_dPMR_0.pdf

Tip: If you forget the IP address that you assigned to your repeater, you may be able to find it by using your CS-FR5000 programing software. Read the radio, then click on “Clone > Information”. Under Option, you may find the IP address. .Early versions of the FR-5000 can not do this.

 

NOTE: Every time you “WRITE” to your repeater network card, it takes the card 90 seconds to re-initialize and be available to use.

 

When you first log in, your top header will show this:

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The current software on this repeater is 4.60. (15FEB2015)

 

 

Next we will select “General Settings > Operation Mode

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Select “Conventional”, then click on the “WRITE” button.

 

 

 

Next select “General Settings > Network > Network Settings”.

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This step is important. First read, then understand, then do.

You will need a static IP address for your repeater. This is an address on your (local/LAN) side of your router. Make sure that nothing else on your local network will use this IP. Check your routers settings and make sure that the address you use is outside of the range of IP range that your router dynamically assigns. In your router, open port 41300 (UDP). This port is for the voice traffic. Point this port to your repeaters static IP address.

(If your IP provider is giving you a dynamic IP to your router, no problem; Skip down a few lines to "If your IP provider is providing you with a dynamic.....)

 

DHCP Client Mode” = OFF

“IP address” = Your local static IP address you are assigning. (write it down!)

Subnet mask” = 255.255.255.0

Broadcast” = Like the example, but change the 3rd Octet if yours is not a 0.

Default Gateway” = The IP address of your router.

Now select “WRITE”.

You will now need to log back into the repeater using your new IP you just gave it. You did write it down, right?

 

 

If your IP provider is providing you with a dynamic IP, do the following:

Get a Host.domain name from DYNDNS.com. (Select “Remote Access”, ~$30.00 a year, the price of one decent bottle of Scotch). When you get one, now proceed.

 

General Settings > Network > Network Settings”.

In the “DNS Server” field, put 216.146.35.35 or 216.146.36.36.

In the “Domain for connection check with DNS” put the domain name you purchased from Dyndns. Example: Tony.from-FL.com.

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Now select “WRITE”.

Now when someone tries to connect to port 41300 at Tony.from-FL.com, the name-servers at DYNDNS will point that traffic to your repeater, via the port you opened on your router. DYNDNS will keep track of your current IP address that your IP provider has given you. If your IP provider changes your dynamic IP address, it may take 30 seconds for the connection to re-establish. IP providers can change your address from every 30 days to once every 2 years.

 

 

WARNING:

Change your routers default factory Login/password! Anyone can now login to your router if they know your domain!!!!

(example: http://Tony.from-FL.com)

 

 

Now lets set up your repeater to talk to other repeaters.

Multi-site Settings > Conventional > Multi-site Operation

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Here we will “EnableMulti-site Operation.

 

Now to tell the network card the other repeaters that we can connect with.

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You can populate up to 15 repeaters, or a NXREF server, here. As you can see, you can enter either their static IP address, or if they have a dynamically assigned IP address, you can enter their, NOT your, DYNDNS Host name. I would avoid “Domain name” only entries.

Now select “WRITE”.

 

 

You can check your current connections:”Multi-site Settings > Conventional > Network Information”. The table will show the other IP addresses your repeater currently sees, once it is connected to the network.

Operation Settings > Conventional

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These views are only used if you are using the FR500 as a Remote Base or if you are using it as a Remote Dispatch repeater with software such as ICOM RC-FS10.

 

This should be enough to get you up and connected to other ICOM repeaters. If you are connecting to another manufactures repeater, they may have to map port 41300 in their router to the port that they use for voice.

Cheers