The day has finally arrived that brings GB7ES, East Sussex’s first D*Star repeater, to full operation.
After a couple of days of reconfiguring the gateway computer, which provides the facility to route call signs and to be able to connect the repeater to others around the world. We were finally accepted onto the USTrust network, this morning (6/11/15).
The repeater has been operating as a ‘standalone’ DV repeater since the beginning of September without the gateway available, which has been really useful in actually finding out what the real life coverage of the repeater is. Only this morning did I receive a call from Chris M0NAY/m located at Toy Hill near Sevenoaks, Kent. Although well outside the normal coverage area of the repeater the location is listed on the SOTA website as 245mASL height really can make the difference.
Approximated coverage map supplied by UKRepeaters.net
So come and make yourself known. If you’re local and have an older radio make sure you have your R1 and R2 setting set correctly and if you’re using DR mode that your set your To box for CQCQCQ (use reflector) if you’re further afield, link to us via G2 with GB7ES BL in your YR command. If you need an update for your radio just goto the ICOMUK page listed in an earlier post for the latest repeater list available.
If you’re new to DStar you may need to have your callsign registered on the system too. There is a page dedicated to this, CLICK HERE and fill out the form and our Admin will contact you once your registration is complete. If you’ve had you callsign registered through another repeater you won’t need to have it done again to use GB7ES.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Just a few words of thanks to those who have helped make it possible,
RILGES our repeater group for its continued support as well as the local amateur radio community across the county for joining the D*Star community.
ICOMUK for their ongoing support for this project in bringing D*Star to East Sussex.
Don Turner G4TKR for his help and assistance getting the repeater together, and
Paul Middlehurst G1DVA for his continued knowledge and help with the configuration of the Gateway
Darren, Jim,and Brian of the USTrust admin team for their help in getting us registered.