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.

 

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.

 

Movement in the Licencing process

Here in the UK, amateurs are secondary users of the 70cms band (430-440Mhz) with the Ministry of Defence being the primary user. Because of this ALL licencing of repeaters here has the extra stage in the process of the Primary Users clearance of potential frequencies available.

Over the last couple of days a number of 70cms amateur repeaters have been cleared and sequentially licenced for operation around the UK including a number of digital repeaters, both on D*Star and DMR systems. This has in turn moved our D*Star repeater (GB7ES) closer to the top of the pile, and we hope to have some good news in the near future.

Information on UK Repeaters licenced and those in the vetting process can be found on the UKRepeaters website.Click the link for more information.

MB6EB @ SERF 2015

SERF 2015 (Sussex Electronic & Radio Fair) is the newest Amateur Radio Rally to the Radio Calendar for 2015, Based in Eastbourne and running on Saturday 6th June 2015. The Rally has excellent access for everyone whether you arrive by Private Car, Bus, or even Train, with hundreds of free parking spaces available and fully accessible rally hall.

MB6EB will be represented on the RILGES (Repeater and Internet Linking Group of East Sussex) stand alongside the other Repeaters maintained by the group. We hope to have GB7ES operational by the time of the rally, depending on licencing.

Full details of SERF 2015 can be found on their Website (www.serf.org.uk) including booking and pricing information. Serf can also be found on Twitter and Facebook

We look forward to seeing you in June

GB7ES DStar for East Sussex.

On the 22nd August a New Repeater proposal was submitted to cover Eastbourne and the surrounding county of East Sussex.

MB6EB has been providing D*Star connectivity to Eastbourne and the surrounding area for almost a couple of years now, and has seen it’s user base grow over that time.

MB6EB Dashboard can be found here

Working with the Repeater and Internet Linking group of East Sussex over the last year, we are now able to look at providing full D*Star repeater capabilities to the repeater site of GB3EB with the help of of IcomUK.

The predicted coverage map of GB7ES, as produced by ETCC is below.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest information on GB7ES on this site as well as on RILGES site also.

You can keep an eye on the progress of the licencing of GB7ES here.

Link Maintenance

It’s been well over a year now since MB6EB came alive, and the various components of the link have been running continuously since it’s first switch on.  All the parts that make up the link have proved to be very reliable, with no issues, or breakdowns to report.

The actual radio used for MB6EB a Yaesu FT7800 was tested and it’s alignment checked before being pushed into service over a year ago.  Over the last couple of days a temporary radio has been used in place of the ft-7800 while the normal radio was away having a checkup.

I’m glad to announce that it’s now back in service after receiving a clean bill of health, still operating to specification like the day the link came online.

Apologies for any disruption this might have caused, over the last few days, but it’s nice to know that it’s running as it should be.

GB3HE Repeater

As part of Repeater and Internet Linking Group of East Sussex, We are happy to announce that as from early afternoon on Saturday 21st March, GB3HE, a UHF repeater located in Hastings, East Sussex came back online after nearly a year out of action.

The Repeater which cam under the RILGES umbrella earlier this year, has been returned to service, from a new location, not far from an earlier location on the ridge.  The repeater is currently a temporary repeater, currently running low power (about 8 watts erp) Apart from the low power, reports have already been received by users as far away as London and N Kent, as well as from along the south coast.

Once the permanent repeater has been activated, GB3HE will have Echolink capability returned to it later this year.

If you can hear Gb3HE on 433.350 please let us know at www.rilges.org.uk or please use the webpage to support your repeaters.