GB7ES Users :)

Welcome to the new users I have recently seen using GB7ES repeater. I have recently been asked to register a number of ‘new’ DStar users to the system.

One of these ‘new users’ is Owen M0KVI who is based in Hailsham some 4.5 miles ish from the repeater site who is enjoying learning about DStar with his new ‘toy’ an Icom ID51+2.  He recently enjoyed a qso via a Reflector with Kevin 2M0KVM, who videoed the Qso and can be found on YouTube at the following link

 

Keep enjoying DStar, Owen, and to anyone thinking about taking the ‘plunge’ into Dstar, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me through the website.

Happy New Year 2016

Now that Christmas is over and the New Year is here, the team at RILGES and I would like to extend our New Year Wishes to all of our friends, followers and likers, as well as those who will be added to that list in the coming year.

Many Thanks for all your support over the last few years. I happy that so many are finding the blog useful  🙂

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GB7ES has arrived

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.gb7es

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.

 

 

D*Star Downloads

Have you been looking for the latest official Icom repeater downloads for your new radio, well IcomUK have the perfect place.

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Don Turner (G4TKR) with data from ukrepeaters.net has put together a central webpage with all the latest repeater lists for your radio. With full UK lists with over 700 repeaters and nodes from all over the UK it’s the first place to look whether you’re looking for an updated list for your ID-51 or your new 7100 the lists are here.

It’s not just D*Star lists there are also lists for analouge repeaters and simplex gateways for 2m, 70cms, 4m, 6m and even 10m bands

The lists are in simple to use csv format to just import into the software and in turn into the radio, and they work if your using the software on a PC or updating your radio via an sd card. There’s even a pdf file with instructions if your not sure.

There are even sample ICF files to use with the software on your PC to adapt and make your own custom repeater lists too.

Have you tried Icom Android app yet?  Click here to go straight to the play store and download it now.  The app will not only control your 5100 but it will also be able to connect to Icoms other D*Star radios using the relevant data lead and your android phone or tablet to send pictures and text messages to your friends via D*Star.  The website also has the latest csv file for the app too, with a fully updated repeater list.

Don Turner doesn’t stop there, if your wanted a video to show you through a specific function of the App or your 5100 then there’s a link you their YouTube channel as well as the link to download that Icom manual you can’t find.

‘OK, OK, So where is this webpage then’ I hear you shout.  Well it’s right here at http://downloads.d-staruk.co.uk/

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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

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.

 

GB7ES Licenced Today

BREAKING NEWS:

dstarAfter just short of 4 Months, I can today reveal that the Christmas indeed has come early with the arrival of the Licence to install our UHF D*Star Repeater. The repeater will be located at the RILGES GB3EB site at Stone Cross on the outskirts of Eastbourne, East Sussex.

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The operating frequencies for the repeater will be:

Repeater TX:          439.4375Mhz

Repeater RX:          430.4375 Mhz (-9Mhz Split)

GB7ES will be gateway enabled, so make sure your radios have the correct RPT1 and RPT2 settings correct to take advantage of this feature.

It is expected to have GB7ES ‘on air’ in the New Year and full details of it’s commissioning process will be updated here.

 

Firmware update for IC 5100 and CS-5100

5100Icom has today announce that there is a firmware update to it’s popular IC-5100 radio and the software for it the CS-5100.

The Release named E2 will solve a couple of issues with using DR mode with analogue repeaters as well as allowing the 5100 to also make use of the Fast Data setting currently found on the 50th Anniversary edition of the ID51 Handy.

Full details of the update can be found here, CLICK HERE