US Trust Server Offline?

As of sometime earlier today, it would appear that the US Trust Server is currently offline as no repeaters across the world are able to report.

This unfortunately means that all gateway traffic is unavailable at this time.  Once the server is back online, then ‘normal’ service should be resumed. This doesn’t mean that the repeater is unavailable, as the gateway does not affect operation of the repeater for local traffic.

Hopefully, this won’t take long, for things to return to ‘normal’

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 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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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.

http://www.ukrepeater.net/my_repeater.php?callsign=GB7ES

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

http://www.ukrepeater.net/my_repeater.php?callsign=mb6eb

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.

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.

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.

http://www.ukrepeater.net/my_repeater.php?id=568&reloaded=yes

 

Sussex-Wide D*Star Net

Across Sussex both East and West there are now quite a lot of D*Star users with Repeaters and a number of simplex nodes across the county.

I was thinking of utilising what we have to set up a regular ‘Sussex Net’ which as well as linking up like-minded digital users, would also act as a local ‘help’ point for new users as well as a ‘live forum’ that users could exchange ideas and discuss ways of improving the ‘network’ locally or whatever comes up.

Within the DCS Reflectors there already is a reflector for the south (DCS005S) which we could use for this. My original thought of a simplex net could still take place but by using a reflector it would enable others outside of simplex range and those using DV-Dongles and DVAP to take part.

I would suggest perhaps a weekday evening for this, but all ideas are welcome. What do you think????  Drop me a line at mb6eb@yahoo.co.uk with your thoughts and ideas.

Paul M0LRE