I know this thread is a little old but I just wanted to say that I just purchased on of these repeaters.
(some of you have been following my repeater build with my two kenwood radios, I am still going to build that as a learning experience and then decide what to do with everything later, i just could not pass up what I believed to be a great deal for this repeater, at home, low usage, low RF area (my roof) and possiblly portable for camping trips which I've always wanted to be able to do.)
The guy I am buying from is programming and tuning the duplexer it for me, his brother is a M tech, so that's pretty good news. It comes with the standard controler with roger beep and hang time and CWID. Okay, so what I'm trying to find out is does anyone know more about the basic controler, if the roger beeps are programmable to something custom, it would be annoying to hear "beep!" every time (I prefer the soft sounding "boop" at the end and a few seconds of hang time).
So I was thinking, as a next step, I would look into 3rd party controlers for this unit. That's what I'm trying to find out more about. (the manual is no where to be found online) So i'm trying to find out, what are the features of the basic controler, such as what options for beep, hang time, ID intervel, can i set the ID to only ID during active use and then shut up and be quiet while the repeater is not being used, etc. Then what controlers will work with it? Any? Can i just use my exsisting elektra 2000 controler if i just make a custom cable and tell the software that its using an external controler? To be specific in my question, is it limited to ONLY a speical kind of controler(s) or can it be any controler. If i can some day intergrate (with a custom cable) my elektra 2000, I can then have the Voice ID and custom tones and beeps that I like.
The main points I have understood from this thread and other threads is to run it low power (I dont think i need more than 10w) and watch out for cold soder joints on the Power Amp. Also the power supply might go bad some day. ...and this is great for low duty. ....and if i ever want to put it up somewhere with other radio gear, i'll have to get a better notch filter / duplexer and maybe run it low into a seperate PA. I dont see that happening anytime soon but its what I understand.
Over the summer, I might want to look at running it off 12v battery as DIY. I know there is a kit from M that will allow the unit to kick over to DC when the AC is gone, but I'm not looking for that. I will run it AC at home, or DC in the field on batteries and solar, by passing the AC power supply. However that's like 3 or 4 steps ahead of where i'm at if you know what i mean. i'm just shareing my thouhgts for the future use.
At this point, I just want to get it set up and start testing the coverage area around my home.