DCS Reflector Server update

For users of any of the DCS/Xrf Reflectors, you might have noticed that following a recent upgrade to the servers,  that things are not quite as they were previously. i.e. no one can hear you.

A few years ago CCS4 was introduced to the DCS network as an alternative to the G2 call sign routing that enabled users to each have a dtmf code ‘attached’ to their call sign, this started in Germany where the DCS reflector network was developed and grew very quickly. As this system developed over the years the large uptake of CCS4 soon started to outstrip supply, so an updated system was needed with greater capacity.

CCS7 was developed to provide a 7 digit DTMF for each user, similar to that used for DMR digital voice network.  This provides a much increased dtmf availability for new users to DStar system.  This also meant the end of DCS4 with users needing to register for a CCS7 code. For more information on CCS7 click here http://ham-digital.net/html/ccs7-ENG.html

If you don’t have a CCS7 then you will no longer be able to speak through the DCS reflectors.  The Image below shows some users who currently don’t have a CCS7 so although their call signs are showing on the dashboard NO VOICE NO CCS7!! in their message, and their are not being heard across the gateway.

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To Register for CCS7 is a simple process, First you need to goto http://ham-digital.net/ click on Register a individual call sign followed by entering your call sign in the space below and then clicking OK.

On the next page you will need to enter a bit more information about yourself, (Name, Address, Email, etc) and after you’ve click ok again, you will need to attached a copy of the front page of your licence for verification purposes. Your licence document is 20+ pages but you only need to send the first page. Windows PC’s will allow you to ‘print’ to a document which will allow you to generate a single page document of the first page of your licence, which you then attach to this page of the registration process.

Click on OK again and your application is processed, and you should see on the screen that your application has been processed showing your CCS7 number and later an email to confirm this.

That’s it, when your done your should be able to use the DCS reflectors again as you did before. Once you’ve completed this, Yes you’ll be able to use any of the repeaters/nodes connected to DCS with your call sign.

MB6EB Blog gets a makeover :)

You will have noticed by now that not only has MB6EB had a bit of a makeover with a reformatted design, but also our name has changed too.

With the introduction on GB7ES B into the area, we are now called GB7ES Repeater / MB6EB Gateway.

With GB7ES B now running on-site over the last 8 weeks, and hopefully with the imminent connection of the repeater to the USTrust network, the repeater with it’s improved coverage across East Sussex, is an important addition to the D*Star network.

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GB7ES located on-site in Stone Cross, just north of Eastbourne

GB7ES Ready to go, (Almost)

With the actual repeater being in place now for about 7 weeks, we’ve had some time to do some proper ‘real life’ testing.  Operating coverage of the repeater is a little better than expected, even taking into account the relatively low ERP level allowed.

Over the last week or two we’ve installed the gateway computer for the repeater, which will permit linking and routing capabilities through the DStar network to other repeaters and reflectors (conferences) around the world.

With the help and assistance of Paul (G1DVA) who has helped with the configuration of the Linux system, Thanks again Paul.

We are now just waiting to confirm the installation with the G2 USTrust network and GB7ES will be fully operational, hopefully in a few days time.

http://www.ukrepeater.net/my_repeater.php?callsign=GB7ES

MB6EB (2m Node) continues to operate on 144.825 Simplex

http://www.ukrepeater.net/my_repeater.php?callsign=mb6eb

GB7ES Finally goes back to Site.

Following the small (ish) fire in the building and home of GB7ES and GB3EB back in December 2014 the building works and repairs are finally finished.

2014-12-23 12.47.38GB7ES UHF D*Star repeater  was returned to site today (27/7/2015) and switched on currently in stand alone (repeater) mode, there still is the little job of returning an internet connection to the room which will enable full gateway operation.

I’d like to thank members and supporters of Repeater & Internet Linking Group of East Sussex for their continued support in this project as well as St Lukes Parish Centre.  I’d also like to thank Icom UK for their assistance in making this project a reality.

GB7ES Repeater, Active

At approx 15:00hrs 23/1/15 GB7ES was activated, in low power, stand alone mode.

This means that at the moment to allow a period of testing GB7ES has no Gateway connected, so will not be able for linking or routing at this time.  The gateway is being configured and will be available soon, once the building works are finished on site.

The repeater will work as any other repeater is it’s current state, so have a go and let us know what the signal reports are at your location.

New Dstar Gateway in Sussex

With some advice coming from MB6EB, Jamie 2e0jbr has now had licenced MB6ZE, a new 2m node in the town of Hastings.

Operating on a frequency of 144.8375Mhz, and operating like MB6EB, MB6ZE now provides DStar connectivity within Hastings town centre, and the surrounding area, filling a gap and extending the digital network to yet more users in East Sussex.

Well Done Jamie, and we look forward to contacting you soon.

Happy New Year 2015

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It’s here, 2015, the beginning of a brand new year with lots of things going on over the next few months, let alone the next 12.

Come and meet us as part of SERF 2015, which is now just 6 months away. We’ll be part of the Repeater & Internet Linking Group of East Sussex, where you will be able to ask us any questions, or just say ‘Hello’  It’s on the 6th June in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

In addition to MB6EB over the next couple of weeks, we plan to also have operational GB7ES a brand new UHF D*Star repeater for East Sussex.

2014-12-23 12.47.38The Repeater has been collected and tested, Thanks to Don G4TKR and Dave G8PUO for their assistance. The Gateway PC is currently being built and it is hoped to have GB7ES on the air with a couple of weeks, if not sooner.