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.

 

Seasons Greetings

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We’d just like to wish everyone who participates and those who support MB6EB and Repeater and Internet Linking Group of East Sussex, Seasons Greetings at this holiday time.

MB6EB is now licenced for continual use throughout 2015 and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

GB7ES (our UHF D*STar Repeater) is still in the licencing process, and we hope to have some updates to it’s progress in the New Year. The Repeater group now has an expanding group of projects under it’s wing, including Analogue, Echolink, Digital and TV repeaters. For more details of the groups activities can be found at their website www.rilges.org.uk

 

 

 

MB6EB Licence Renewal

Although it was only yesterday, when the renewal application for MB6EB was sent off to the ETCC ( A section of The Radio Society of Great Britain, RSGB) who deal with the initial stages of licencing of simplex nodes and repeaters here in the UK, It was returned fully licenced for 2015 this afternoon.

Although we (RILGES) have in the Vetting process a fully fledged digital D*Star repeater for the East Sussex area, which we are hoping to receive the licence for very soon following the number of recent clearances to the vetting list. We aim to continue running MB6EB for the foreseeable future, to provide VHF service to supplement the UHF repeater, and to aid in the education of Digital Amateur Radio in the county.

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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

East Sussex Radio Rally 2015

A newly formed group of members from a couple of radio clubs are bringing an Amateur Radio Rally, back to East Sussex after many years.

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Sussex Electronics & Radio Rally are currently in the planning stage of bringing the rally to Eastbourne. East Sussex.  The location has excellent access for visitors from all over the south via Train, Bus and private vehicle, with plenty of exhibition and dealer space for many aspects of our hobby.

The date has now been set for Saturday 6th June 2015. For more information about the fair as soon as it’s available, please like and share their social media pages, and also on their website and forum.

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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