New M5 +2letter Callsigns

Ofcom issue M5 + two letter callsign

The UK communications regulator Ofcom has issued what is believed to be the very first M5 + 2 letter callsign – M5ET

John Gascoigne recently passed his Advanced exam and he now has the distinctive callsign M5ET.

Congratulations John

(Text copied from Southgate Amateur Radio News)

We would also like to congratulate John for his successful passing of his Advanced Examination.  John is also Manager of the National Amateur Radio Scout Active Support Unit based at Gilwell Park (Uk Scout HQ) John’s call is also now registered for use on Dplus (Dstar) so keep an ear out for him on the air soon.

Server Restored

Following what appeared to be a fairly complex internet outage across parts of the US yesterday which caused an interruption in access for all the UStrust repeaters worldwide to the US Trust Servers, Yesterday evening (UK Time) Server access was restored.

GB7ES is now reporting successfully with the USTrust Server, so ‘normal operation’ has now been restored.  Have fun and enjoy the repeater 🙂

GB7ES Back online

On the 20th February a new ISP is now running at the repeater site.

Regular users of GB7ES will be aware of recent issues with the network connection on site, and more recently with there being little or no connection at all. Whereas this has been out of our direct control, a new ISP has now taken over on site, with some advice from ourselves, so we are now looking forward to a more stable service.

Thanks again at St Luke’s Parish Centre for their help in this matter and their continued support of RILGES and GB7ES

D*Star G2 Registration

dstar If your new to D*Star or maybe someone who’s been listening for a while, you’ll need to get your callsign registered on the server to enable you to connect, route and speak to stations coming through the gateway on GB7ES or any other DStar gateway or repeater.

It’s a simple process, you only need to send us your Call Sign, Full Name, Location and valid email address, and one of our team will arrange to get you registered.  The process is nice and simple, just fill out the form on the register me link below and fill out the form and send if off to us for processing.  A valid email address is important so that we can notify you when registration is complete, so come in and get registered now. If you’ve already had your call registered through another repeater or link your ready to go straight away through GB7ES.

(Please note we are volunteers, but will aim to process your registration as soon as possible)


These things sometimes happen, you publish a page and it works one day to find it stops working the next.

The Registration page is now working properly, Sorry

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

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.



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

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.


To Register for CCS7 is a simple process, First you need to goto 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.

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.

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

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.