FCS connector

You can use this connector to connect to a network which supports the FCS protocol like the FCS network.

The easiest way is to use the Quick setup to connect to these networks.

You can change rooms with your C4FM radio by entering the Special command/cross mode private call DTMF code DTMF code (by default it's *) or the Cross mode group call DTMF code] (by default it's #) followed by the special ID described below.

You can also use the Wires-X® button menu of your C4FM radio to select/search for servers.

Cross mode usage

The FCS connector is a C4FM connector, but it supports DMR, D-STAR®, NXDN® and P25 cross modes.

Server and room change using a DMR, NXDN® or P25 radio

You can change servers and rooms using your DMR, NXDN® or P25 radio with a private call to a special ID described below.

Server and room change using a D-STAR® radio

  • DTMF method

Enter DTMF code * followed by the special ID described below.

  • URCALL/your call method

Set the URCALL to the FCS server and room number. Example: starting a call to destination callsign (URCALL) FCS00199 switches to FCS001 room 99.

The URCALL/your call method lets you change to the following server types:

  • REF/XRX/Gateway: set the URCALL to for example REF001 C. Switching to REF/XRF servers or gateways this way changes the openSPOT3's active connector to the REF/XRF connector.
  • DCS/XLX: set the URCALL to for example DCS001 A. Switching to DCS/XLX servers this way changes the openSPOT3's active connector to the DCS/XLX connector.
  • BrandMeister: set the URCALL to BM followed by the BrandMeister server ID. Example: starting a call to destination callsign (URCALL) BM2162 switches to BrandMeister server 2162 (Hungary). Switching to BrandMeister servers this way changes the openSPOT3's active connector to the Homebrew/MMDVM connector.
  • FCS: set the URCALL to the FCS server and room number. Example: starting a call to destination callsign (URCALL) FCS00199 switches to FCS001 room 99. Switching to FCS servers this way changes the openSPOT3's active connector to the FCS connector.
  • YSFReflector: set the URCALL to YS followed by the YSFReflector server ID. Example: starting a call to destination callsign (URCALL) YS89804 switches to YSFReflector 89804 (AmericaLink). Switching to YSFReflector servers this way changes the openSPOT3's active connector to the YSFReflector connector.
  • NXDNReflector: set the URCALL to NX followed by the NXDNReflector server ID. Example: starting a call to destination callsign (URCALL) NX28299 switches to NXDNReflector 28299 (America-Ragchew). Switching to NXDNReflector servers this way changes the openSPOT3's active connector to the NXDNReflector connector.

Special IDs for server and room change

The format of the ID to call with your DMR, NXDN® or P25 radio, or the ID to enter using DTMF codes on your D-STAR® radio can be the following:

  • room number or
  • server number + room number

Some examples:

  • ID 5 will connect to the current server's room 5
  • ID 99 will connect to the current server's room 99
  • ID 205 will connect to FCS002 room 5
  • ID 314 will connect to FCS003 room 14

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