When making your initial settings in your WiRES-X PC software, you will notice a “FREQUENCY” setting, an “OFFSET” setting and a box labeled “REVERSE”. Understanding these entries will help you get your repeater or transceiver set up properly.

Let’s begin with the FREQUENCY entry: Does that mean transmit frequency or what? I’d say it means something more like ‘starting’ frequency or ‘reference’ frequency. Whatever entries you make in the OFFSET and REVERSE boxes will be referenced to the “FREQUENCY” entry.

The results of your entries will be displayed below as UPLINK and DOWNLINK. These refer to the receive (or uplink) frequency and transmit (or downlink) frequency of the device that software will be controlling. It does not refer to any other radio not physically connected to the computer running the WiRES-X PC software.

To give you a ‘heads-up’ beforehand, there are seven different entries you can make that result in five different outcomes. Thus, there are four entries that result in only two outcomes. In other words, there are a couple of ways to achieve the same results.

Concerning the “REVERSE” box: If checked, whatever you enter in the OFFSET box will affect the UPLINK. If NOT checked, whatever you entered in the OFFSET box will affect the DOWNLINK. While all of this may sound confusing, your goal is to end up with the correct UPLINK and DOWNLINK frequencies.

Here’s an example: Say you have a mobile transceiver and are using it as a WiRES-X node. You want it to access a repeater. Obviously it will need to use the same frequencies as the repeater, but in reverse. That is, the output frequency of the repeater will be the input frequency of your node radio, and vice versa. Use the “FILE” tab on the WiRES-X PC software to click on, then click on “Transceiver”. There you will see a dialogue box that appears with the abovementioned settings boxes. In our example, you will enter the settings necessary to access the same frequencies as the repeater uses, but in the opposite order. Repeater downlink becomes node uplink and so forth. Of course, if your node is to be used in simplex mode, the uplink and downlink will be identical. Be careful so as not to confuse ‘simplex mode’ with the fact that your mobile transceiver used as a WiRES-X node functions as a ‘simplex repeater’.

Be aware that you can enter the OFFSET with or without a plus or minus sign. The bottom line is still this: What does the software show as the resulting UPLINK and DOWNLINK frequencies?