Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

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Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby scotts » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:46 am

When at other sites where we don't use DCS, I noticed the radios work much much better. For example, on our last trip to VG, my radio had no problem picking up someone for a 10 mile retrieve. However, at Lookout, I sometimes have trouble hearing someone between launch and the LZ. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that the DCS adds a layer of complexity that we dont really need or benefit from. And if it does cause decreased range or reliability, then why the heck are we using it? I understand that once upon a time, 158.400 had some other traffic on it and that is why we went to DCS. But can't we find another channel which doesn't have much traffic that will allow us to turn DCS to OFF?? proposal for discussion...
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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby flytm » Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:45 pm

Scott, I think one of the reasons we went to DCS is that radio traffic is so much more dense in the metro area. Construction, road crews, anyone poaching the frequency was clogging up the band with stuff that wasn't interesting to us (and potentially interfering with our own communications). Thoughts anyone?

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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby Benzie » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:14 pm

I say if you find a station that has no other traffic other then us pilots then maybe we will change. Oh but wait you have to do this while above 8000' and the higher you are the harder it will get. Good luck. DCS does work, just get a better antenna.
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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby Sam Crater » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:16 pm

At the time we switched to DCS nobody noticed poorer reception (as far as I can remember anyway.)

I suspect something else is causing the problems you noticed.

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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby whstites » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:54 pm

I looked into this and found some information online that said DCS doesn't effect range or clarity. Since getting a longer antenna I can regularly hear those flying LO while in the air in Boulder. Antenna is important and cheap.
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Postby Andy Aakhus-Witt » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:55 pm

Subaltern radio operators (scotts) are the very reason we use a digital code squelch: we choose to filter (scotts') electromagnetic pollution from the frequency we use.

There are resources even here on the club website to help us properly and legally operate our radios, or understand electromagnetism and communications protocol.

From the USHPA Handbook:

"Pilot and Rogallo Members of the USHPA may be authorized to use or designate use of type accepted radio equipment on the frequencies of 151.625 MHz, 151.955 MHz, 151.505 MHz, 158.4 MHz or 151.925 MHz, (or call WPRY420) for the purpose of conducting USHPA business, cross-country meets, events and retrievals.

Authorization will be granted by an official USHPA Observer or Instructor after demonstration of adequate knowledge of the rules under which the license was granted and one-time payment of a $15.00 registration fee for a portable authorization (PA) and/or a $15.00 registration fee for a vehicular authorization (VA)."

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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby scotts » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:58 am

its true, I'm no expert on HAM stuff, nor do I have the desire to be. I suspect there are a few others in the same group.

I ordered a speaker/mic for my Baofeng. Testing it out this weekend, it works fine on non DCS channels, but wont transmit (will reieve and key) on DCS channels. Any clues from the experts?
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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby jj » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:39 pm

On the Baofeng you need to set DCS for Tx and Rx.

Or, bring your radio in for the next meeting I will be at and I'll program it up like many of the other radios and it will work.

Other thing to consider is to set squelch to 0 or 1 at most. Believe the default is 3 or 4 which is way too high.

As Other have said (me too in previous radio posts) getting a relatively inexpensive antenna can make a huge difference in radio efficiency. I've tested several on an SWR meter and the difference can be several DB at our frequencies.

However, all programmable settings aside, the 158 frequency is a bad match for 2 meter antennas, even the better ones. It is far from the optimal antenna tuning even incomparison to all of the other USHPA frequencies. Most antennas are tuned for 146mhz, and most USHPA frequencies are in the 151mhz band, but 158mhz is way out. Not sure why anyone would choose to use that one when better alternatives are available.

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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby Ed Williams » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:58 am

Not having DCS is terrible. Very distracting to hear non-flying conversations like "I done told ya not to park the 40 footer round back Cletus."

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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby Cutch » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:28 am

Thread bump for DCS questions...

On the newer Yaesu radios, such as the FT2DR, I'm fairly certain that it is impossible to turn DCS off. You can select from 104 different DCS channels, but the off feature doesn't seem to exist. Has anyone else figured out how to turn off the DCS on the Yaesu FT2DR?

I would rather not spend the money to downgrade to an older radio just to have the off feature. However, when everyone at Boulder is setting DCS to off, I end up not picking up any of the pilot communications (the DCS effectively filters them out, like its supposed to).

Does RMHPA have an agreed upon DCS that we should be using for Boulder (and other sites), or is the DCS off the current standard?
For those of you out there that are using DCS, is 23 the agreed upon setting?

Thank you in advance for ideas!
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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby garyvail » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:13 am

i know on my yauseu radio the settings are R-DCS ON, and T-DCS ON , they are different from the field where you actually select the DCS code

but yes everyone has agreed to DCS on at 23

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Re: Why DCS?? propose DCS OFF for Lookout

Postby davidhach » Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:13 pm

Kyle,

Page 109 of the operating manual should get you sorted out.

https://www.yaesu.com/downloadFile.cfm? ... tion%2Fpdf

My personal preference is to turn off my DCS squelch for receiving but still transmitting with DCS on. I do receive a bit of extra non-paragliding chatter, but it ensures that I hear everyone regardless if they have set up DCS properly on their radio. I still transmit with the DCS on because everyone monitoring the frequency with DCS 23/DCS-off receives that transmission even if they haven't set up DCS squelch on their radio.


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