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HISTORICAL NEWS ITEMS LIST FROM AUG.2007

GB3XN
GB3XN is being disrupted by heavy abuse from the Doncaster area and may be off the air at random times. The authorities are investigating.
(5-Aug-2014 to 26-Aug-2014)

GB3HD & GB7HX
The radio tower used by the West Yorkshire Repeater Group is being replaced. Both repeaters will be off air from Sun evening (3rd Aug) for approx.1 week whilst the work on site takes place.
(30-Jul-2014 to 11-Aug-2014)

2M CHANNELS FOR GAMES
Following negotiations with the RSGB to minimise the impact on radio amateurs, Ofcom has announced that it will temporarily authorise up to four 25kHz channels, between 144.000MHz and 144.100MHz, for the period 22 July to 4 August 2014, to support the operation of the Commonwealth Games. The frequencies to be used specifically exclude 144.0500MHz (CW Calling Frequency). Usage of this spectrum by Commonwealth Games users will be in the vicinity of Glasgow games venues and will be limited to handheld equipment operating on a maximum of 5W ERP. Ofcom emphasises that use of Primary Amateur spectrum is only for the specified time period and does not constitute a change of usage. Ofcom are aware of the very short notice and will authorise this usage on a "non-interference, non-protection basis". Amateurs in the Glasgow area are requested to avoid these frequencies until 4th August.
(22-Jul-2014 to 5-Aug-2014)

BULLETIN BOARD
Earlier this year we asked for your views on whether a Bulletin Board facility would be appreciated. The overwhelming view returned was that it would - so it has now been enabled here and we intend to give the facility an extended trial to judge whether it should be retained, or dropped.
It's a case of "use it or lose it!"

(17-Jun-2014 to 1-Aug-2014)

UKREPEATERS
Apologies the ukrepeaters web site was down this morning for 70 minutes between 07:40 and 08:50 due to connectivity issues which is under investigation.
(9-Jun-2014 to 9-Jun-2014)

GB7CT
GB7CT was brought in to service at 16:30 UK local time on 24th May 2014. The first (non-test) QSO took place shortly afterwards and was between G0RDI/M (hand portable) and G0OLX/M (M40, Stokenchurch) The group would like to thank everyone who made the UK's first VHF amateur DMR repeater possible.
(24-May-2014 to 10-Jun-2014)

GB3HF
Barnsley 6M repeater GB3HF is back in service after a complete overhall, comprising of a brand new set of 6m cavities and both new transmitter and receiver; reports are welcome. It is planned at a later date to install IRLP.
Reported by Ernie G4LUE

(9-May-2014 to 29-May-2014)

GB7ML
Due to certain operational difficulties, the keeper has decided to permanently close down GB7ML and return the equipment which has been on loan to the owner. In the spirit of moving forwards, a new DMR repeater - GB7CT - will replace GB7ML and the changeover is planned to take place on 24th May 2014; final testing and configuration are well under way. The 77Hz group continues its strong commitment to DStar worldwide with the provision of GB7AU, REF001, REF005 and REF015 services.
(7-May-2014 to 24-May-2014)

GATEWAY NOV'S
If you have recently applied for an Internet Gateway NoV or a renewal of your Gateway NoV and it is now shown as 'Licensed' on this site. Can you please check that you have received your NoV, and that the details on the NoV agree with what is shown on this page.
If you still haven't received your NoV more than 5 working days after the date shown, or the details are different on what you have received, please contact Steve G8SFR

(3-May-2014 to 15-May-2014)

Minor Ofcom delays
We are aware that some recent proposals and renewals are outstanding with Ofcom. Spectrum Licensing has promised to deal with as many of these as possible over the next two days. A slight backlog has built up because of the Bank Holiday but it is hoped to clear this very soon.
(24-Apr-2014 to 30-Apr-2014)

9CM AND 13CM
Following a consultation last year, Ofcom has decided to remove from the Amateur Radio Licence all frequencies in these bands which overlap with those planned for award (2350 to 2390 and 3410 to 3475 MHz) , giving amateurs at least twelve months’ notice of this intention.
Amateur users of the 2310 to 2350 MHz band are requested to register their use and provide contact details to Ofcom. [more]

(7-Apr-2014 to 6-May-2014)

NEW STYLE NOV
By now repeater Keepers who applied to renew their licence variations should have received their replacement document. It can be pointed out that there are some differences, the main one being that connection to non amateur networks is now permitted meaning that repeaters can be connected on site to the Internet and the old OFW283 form is no longer required. Linking by RF still requires a separate NoV.
There are quite a few other changes including para 3(d) which is of interest in respect of long-term non operational repeaters, so-called "bed, or channel-blocking" and para 7(b) about keeping closedown info current.

(3-Apr-2014 to 30-Apr-2014)

GB3TW
GB3TW is now working properly again with repeater completely updated and an aerial in place to replace the one blown down recently. Negotiations are taking place with the site owners to put a second aerial in the Church tower to have a separation of aerials for tx and rx.
(3-Apr-2014 to 15-Apr-2014)

GB3JC
GB3JC is now connected to the EchoLink network. Node number: 974222 More information at www.gb3jc.co.uk
(2-Apr-2014 to 3-Apr-2014)

NOV RENEWALS DOCUMENTS
We have had many enquiries about why the renewal NoVs have not yet arrived. All completed documents have been forwarded to Ofcom. If you have requested a renewal and updated your closedown information then there is no need to take any further action unless you do not receive your documents by Thursday.
(1-Apr-2014 to 3-Apr-2014)

RSGB REPEATER INSURANCE
The RSGB Repeater & Beacon Insurance is due on 30th April 2014. The premium for 2014/15 has not been finalised yet but if you wish to renew and would like to be contacted when details are available, please e-mail repeater.insurance@rsgb.org.uk.
(31-Mar-2014 to 30-Apr-2014)

NoV DEADLINE APPROACHES
Ofcom have clarified the position on the issue of renewed Notices of Variation for repeaters as follows: "We will be issuing all renewed NoVs via email to licence holders on the 31 March 2014. The new document will replace the existing NoV which is due to expire at 23:59 hrs."
(30-Mar-2014 to 1-Apr-2014)

NOV PROCESSING
Many people are concerned that they have not as yet received their new NoVs. We can assure you that if your repeater's callsign appears on the Recent ETCC Clearances list then it has been forwarded to Ofcom for checking and onward transmission to you. This may take a little time as there are over 400 NoVs to be dealt with. We will check with Ofcom tomorrow on progress and post an update here when available. If you think you have renewed and your repeater does not appear on the list please contact us as soon as possible using the "Contact Us" tab at the top of this page.
(26-Mar-2014 to 1-Apr-2014)

BEACON AND REPEATER RENEWALS
We would like to remind everyone of the need to renew your Repeater and Beacon NoVs here by the end of March. Would those who have already applied to renew please also check and update your closedown operators details via the renewals gateway. Ofcom require that this information be updated in order to issue your replacement NoVs.
(25-Mar-2014 to 31-Mar-2014)

GB3HE REPEATER BACK ON AIR -
The RILGES Repeater Group working party gathered on the Helenswood Academy Site, on The Ridge in Hastings are pleased to announce that GB3HE is now operational once again, following a small period of outage during keeper/management changes. The repeater is currently running on a temporary transceiver and on reduced power (10W ERP). The receiver is at commercial spec and currently has no pre-amp installed during coverage initial testing and trials. Signal reports received so far are looking very encouraging and a credit to the team who enabled the repeater to get back on air. Further details and updates are on the RILGES Repeater Group website.
(24-Mar-2014 to 3-Apr-2014)

LEICESTER REPEATERS
Due to the falling membership, the Leicestershire Repeater Group has taken the decision to limit the hours of operation of the repeaters GB3CF, GB3GV, GB3LE and GB3UM to conserve funds. As a result, the repeaters are now switched off overnight between 10pm and 5am. The beacons GB3LEX and GB3LES continue to operate 24 hours a day. [source GB2RS]
(21-Mar-2014 to 3-Apr-2014)

BEACONS
This site is now delighted to list UK amateur radiobeacons for the duration of the current renewals exercise. Beacon Keepers wishing to apply to renew their NoV until 2017 should enter the beacon callsign in the renewal gateway form.
(17-Mar-2014 to 5-Apr-2014)

OFCOM NOTICE ON RENEWALS
Ofcom has published a web notice on renewals which you can read here. If you are a Keeper your attention is drawn particularly to the paragraph on ensuring that your licence is valid and also to the note that your list of closedown operators must be updated. Please note that ALL NoVs should be renewed including those recently issued with an expiry date of March 2015. Ofcom has asked that this be done to ensure a uniform expiry date of March 2017.
(10-Mar-2014 to 24-Mar-2014)

BEACONS
Although Beacon NoV's will be included in the current renewals exercise, the ETCC is awaiting an update of beacon data to incorporate into our renewal gateway system. Until this data is provided we cannot open the system to beacon renewals.
(10-Mar-2014 to 17-Mar-2014)

CLOSEDOWN OPS
All Keepers requesting to renew their repeater NoV's will be aware that closedown operator lists have to be refreshed also. In some cases it is many years since these details were submitted and the opportunity now exists to update this important data.
For multiple repeater sites tell us and we can copy over data.

(9-Mar-2014 to 1-Apr-2014)

GB7NS
DMR Repeater GB7NS now on air and connected to The DMARC system allowing Local or International calls at the same time. Antenna system is same as GB3NS but both RF outputs will be 4DB down due to the use of a Hybrid combiner.
(7-Mar-2014 to 21-Mar-2014)

KEEPER CHANGES
Please be aware that we will be unable to act on Change of Keeper requests until the current renewals process is completed.
Any requests will however be recorded and dealt with in due course.

(6-Mar-2014 to 31-Mar-2014)

REPEATER NOV RENEWALS
Repeater & Beacon Keepers will shortly be receiving a letter from Ofcom inviting them to renew their NoVs. Please note that whilst applications to renew Repeaters are being accepted, we are not yet ready to accept Beacon renewal requests.
(3-Mar-2014 to 10-Mar-2014)

GB7AA
The South Glos. Repeater group are pleased to announce that GB7AA the DMR repeater in South Glos. is now operational running TDMA.
Initial checks and tests look good and additional testing will be done to check the full extent of the coverage area.
GB7AA is on 439.675MHz with a -9MHz split and colour code 1

(3-Mar-2014 to 21-Mar-2014)

GB7DD
GB7DD DMR TDMA repeater at Dundee is now operational and connected to the DMR-Dmarc NET. Colour Code 1 Reports please to the keeper, Martin, MM0DUN
(2-Mar-2014 to 10-Mar-2014)

GB7LP
GB7LP DMR TDMA repeater in Liverpool is now operational and connected to the DMR-Dmarc NET. Colour Code 1 Reports please to the keeper, Steve, M1SWB
(27-Feb-2014 to 7-Mar-2014)

PHILIPS PR1060
Dave, G7UZN has a spare Philips PR1060 repeater that can be configured to your requirements.
If anyone needs a replacement or spare uhf repeater, please contact Dave using the Contact Us form.

(11-Feb-2014 to 1-Mar-2014)

GB3WU IS OPERATIONAL
After a long wait for approval Mike G8TIC reports that he has installed GB3WU at its new location on Sunday 9th February and placed it into service. Test transmissions were made from 12.06 UTC to 12.20 UTC. GB3WU became operational at 12.15 UTC.
(9-Feb-2014 to 16-Feb-2014)

REPEATER NOV RENEWALS
We are very aware that many NoVs become due for renewal at the end of March 2014 and we have been receiving enquiries from Keepers about this.
A renewals gateway input form can be used for both repeater renewals and the ongoing renewal process for simplex gateways and newer packet/AX25 units.

(1-Feb-2014 to 7-Mar-2014)

GB3FE
Wullie, GM0MZB reports a success story in tracking down a recent QRM problem that had the repeater closed down for a time. Ofcom sprang into action and tracked down the source of the offending noise to a piece of cable that had blown onto an overhead cable shorting on to the pole. The power company was contacted and the offending piece of cable removed and this has cured the noise problems that were effecting both GB3FE and the HF/VHF Stations at GM6NX.
(1-Feb-2014 to 11-Feb-2014)

BULLETIN BOARD
Some amateurs have expressed the desire for a Forum in the form of a Bulletin Board for use by repeater Keepers, builders and anyone involved in repeaters, including users. Let us know if you would like such a facility to be set up or if you think they already exist elsewhere for example. [comment]
(27-Jan-2014 to 28-Feb-2014)

QRM SOLVED!
Its always good news when interference can be tracked down and eliminated. In the case of one Welsh repeater whose frequency was being blocked turned out to be a survey company's differential GPS transmitter default frequency. When brought to their attention the frequency was changed and the problem solved!
(27-Jan-2014 to 31-Jan-2014)

GB3JC SWITCHED ON
A very big thanks to the ETCC, Ofcom, MOD, and Dave G7UZN. GB3JC in Norfolk (70CM)has been switched on. Users have expressed excitement and happiness with the new system. (James, M0ZAH)
(27-Jan-2014 to 3-Feb-2014)

GB3EB
Dave, G8PUO is pleased to confirm that the new site issue has now been resolved, fully cleared and with no frequency change required.
As such GB3EB is now fully operational at the permanent St Luke's Church Site (Eastbourne), on RV63 and now just awaiting the final clearance for the Internet Gateway NoV update to move from MB7IEB to GB3EB.
This is excellent news for the local radio amateurs and repeater group.

(26-Jan-2014 to 1-Feb-2014)

CLEARANCES
Over 20 repeaters on the 70cm band were cleared for operation in January, some of them having waited several months for their all-important NoV to arrive.
Whilst most have been eagerly waiting this moment and will switch on within days, nevertheless 3 months is permitted after which it would be necessary to re-apply.
Further information on renewals of NoV hopefully to follow.

(23-Jan-2014 to 28-Jan-2014)

DMR REPEATERS
Ofcom have approved a number of 70cm repeaters which are to operate using the DMR standard for digital voice.
They are GB7BS for Bristol,
GB7JB in Wiltshire,
GB7SD in South Dorset, and
GB7TP for Keighley in W.Yorkshire.
Ofcom have advised us that they are currently working through outstanding requests for frequency clearance and have now made further clearances (see this page)

(21-Jan-2014 to 11-Feb-2014)

4M SIMPLEX REPEATER
NoV has been received for MB7PB, a 70 MHz simplex repeater, AKA "Parrot box" in South Shropshire and switched on. Quick turnaround from submission from ETCC to Ofcom issue, well done guys. 70.3875MHz is the freq for "Polly" 73 Adam G1MAW
(2-Jan-2014 to 24-Jan-2014)

SEASON'S GREETINGS!
The Chairman and Members of the ETCC would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We do look forward to working with you all in 2014 but please note that we will be taking a break from processing proposals until 6th January.
(21-Dec-2013 to 5-Jan-2014)

NOV MANAGEMENT
No gateway NoV's will be processed from mid-day Friday 20th December for a period of two weeks due to Christmas and New Year holidays. This includes renewals, new applications or applications currently being vetted.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and I will process any applications on my return on 6 January 2014.
73, Steve G8SFR (Data Manager)

(19-Dec-2013 to 5-Jan-2014)

DMR-MARC
The DMR-MARC Worldwide Network is an all-digital network group of over 200 MOTOTRBO DMR amateur repeaters in 17 countries with over 3,000 users.
All repeaters on the network are connected all the time. TRBO radios have great voice quality, great coverage, and extended battery life all in LESS THAN 1/3 the channel bandwidth of a traditional analogue FM repeater with TWICE as many voice channels!  [more]

(27-Nov-2013 to 11-Dec-2013)

GB3EB
Following the successful application, the new Eastbourne 2M Repeater GB3EB is now complete and on-air.
The repeater is planned to be on Echolink and eventually replace MB7IEB, once GB3EB is fully tested and live.
Further information can be found at RILGES Repeater Group

(24-Nov-2013 to 17-Dec-2013)

GB3TA
On Friday 22nd Nov, GB3TA Tamworth 2M repeater was put back on the air, so far with excellent results, once the organisers are happy and the users are happy, it will be taken down for service, which will include a new Tait 800 unit and new aerial.
(24-Nov-2013 to 17-Dec-2013)

6 Metres
There are two Tait T300 Band I (47/52MHz) repeaters left that are easily modded for 50 MHz repeaters, the proceeds are going to a local charity (safety of life) serious offers please for this rare kit!
Contact ADAM WILLIS, G1MAW (adam@gb3gt.co.uk) if interested.

(29-Oct-2013 to 14-Nov-2013)

GB7NS
An application for frequency clearance has just been submitted to Ofcom for what would become the second amateur digital voice repeater in the UK using the DMR standard.
With coverage similar to co-sited GB3NS is is proposed that GB7NS would provide a stand alone DMR base station with internet connection to the DMARC system allowing connections on slot 1 for World-wide whilst allowing local communications using slot 2.

(13-Oct-2013 to 13-Nov-2013)

CONVENTION 2013
ETCC Member, Noel Matthews, G8GTZ will be making a presentation on the role of the ETCC at 1400 on Sunday 13th at the RSGB Centenary Convention (Raleigh Room)
(12-Oct-2013 to 13-Oct-2013)

SERVICE INTERRUPTION
The data centre used to host ukrepeaters is having some routing issues this evening. Service liable to interruption.
(11-Oct-2013 to 12-Oct-2013)

DMR
Up until fairly recently D-Star was the only show in town for digital voice - that is until the entrance of DMR. For on Monday 24 June this year the UK's first DMR repeater was switched on by Keeper, Michael Lockwood, G1XCC at Flockton in West Yorkshire in the shadow of the iconic Emley Moor tower.
DMR uses Motorola's "MotoTRBO" technology allowing 2 virtual channels on a single repeater frequency - effectively two simultaneous QSO's become possible.
Following on from GB7TD interest is being shown in a further DMR repeater in Surrey (see above).
Further info see www.gb3yw.co.uk

(7-Oct-2013 to 13-Nov-2013)

NEW DUAL-MODE REPEATER
Yaesu announces a Mixed Mode Repeater (FM/DV)
See www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXj5fmZKPps
Thanks to G7LWT for that heads-up!

(21-Sep-2013 to 10-Oct-2013)

GB3JX
Norwich 6M repeater GB3JX is now connected to EchoLink.
Node: 848059
More info at www.gb3jx.com

(18-Sep-2013 to 4-Oct-2013)

Latest Clearances
Amongst recently cleared repeaters are a 10GHz TV repeater GB3FY at Fleetwood in Lancashire, also two 3GHz TV output frequencies to existing repeaters GB3KM near Durham and GB3BH at Watford.
(13-Sep-2013 to 21-Sep-2013)

D-STAR REPEATER
John, G0PRF has an 18 month old Icom DStar repeater for sale. It's the UHF voice repeater comprising ID-RP4000V & ID-RP2C. He is looking for 1000GBP
Contact John here to discuss/offers.

(10-Sep-2013 to 8-Oct-2013)

MB6EP
Martin, G0OXZ reports that he has activated the D-Star Gateway MB6EP-C in Epsom and Ewell area in North Surrey on 144.825MHz and would appreciate reports.
The technical details are 0.5W ERP, Raspberry Pi running G4KLX Gateway software and TAIT 2010 ex-PMR rig with DUTCH*Star node module.

(8-Sep-2013 to 26-Sep-2013)

GB3LD
As of 4 September 2013 GB3LD the 2m repeater at Lancaster on RV54 is running a one month trial on CTCSS only operation to try to resolve how many users are still using 1750Hz toneburst only. Please contact the Keeper Bob, G3VVT (details on QRZ.com or ukrepeaters) if you are affected. During this period without the use of CTCSS tone of 110.9Hz on your TX, the repeater will not be accessible.
(4-Sep-2013 to 4-Oct-2013)

UKFMGW
The next AGM for the UKFM Group (Western) is to be held on 9 September 2013 at 8pm.
Location is Warrington ARC HQ, Grappenhall, Warrington.
Further information from UKFMGW

(27-Aug-2013 to 10-Sep-2013)

PACKET RADIO
As part of the continuing improvements to committee vetting procedures, new and recently renewed/approved Packet Nodes/Mailboxes are now shown in listings and in the vetting summary lists on the ukrepeaters web site.
Integration of this data will mean that new and renewal applications will have to be submitted using the e2-online form and all subsequent NoV's will have a 1 year term (renewable on request)
This will assist in making an assessment of future spectrum requirements for Packet radio systems.

(24-Aug-2013 to 8-Sep-2013)

GB7YD
After some delay, a Digital Data (DD) frequency has been cleared for GB7YD-A in South Yorkshire and entered service on 8th August. Frequency is 1241.075 MHz.
Keeper is Ernie, G4LUE

(7-Aug-2013 to 2-Sep-2013)

GB3LS GOES CTCSS ONLY ACCESS
Bob G7AVU the Keeper of GB3LS reports that after a successful trial period GB3LS is now CTCSS only access using 71.9Hz. The repeater had been suffering local interference from SRDs on the input frequency.
(6-Aug-2013 to 13-Aug-2013)

GB3YC
Clearance from Ofcom has been received for a new 2 Metre repeater serving Yorkshire Coastal areas from Hull north to Scarborough. GB3YC is being revived after a period of non service in the area and will be on RV60 (channel made available following the demise of the Mansfield repeater previously on that channel)
(22-Jul-2013 to 23-Aug-2013)

GB3HS
Just catching the 3 month limit after issue of NoV the Humberside 2 Metre repeater GB3HS has returned to service on RV52 from a site north of Hull. Keeper is Andy, G0VRM
(16-Jul-2013 to 12-Aug-2013)

GB3AP
A new 2 Metre repeater GB3AP commenced operation from Haverfordwest, W.Wales on RV49.
UPDATE : Broke within first week of operation!

(14-Jul-2013 to 5-Aug-2013)

GB3DA
Essex 2 Metre Repeater GB3DA now is accessed by CTCSS (H) 110.9Hz only (no toneburst) following recent refurbishment.
(13-Jul-2013 to 30-Jul-2013)

HAPPY CENTENARY!
Friday 5th marks the Centenary of the RSGB. In the first minute of Friday, V series Notices of Variation – that’s GV, MV and 2V – become valid. To use this prefix you must first get a Notice of Variation, which is available free at www.rsgb.org/centenarynov. Later on Friday, the official Centenary celebration takes place at Bletchley Park. Based around the RSGB National Radio Centre, the day will include a re-creation of the late Dud Charman’s famous ‘Aerial Circus’, talks, an ARDF event and a Buildathon. The RSGB hopes to feature photographs and write-ups in RadCom and on its website, and invites submissions to newsdesk@rsgb.org.uk
(5-Jul-2013 to 8-Jul-2013)

GB3ZW
A new 6 Metre repeater GB3ZW has entered service from Newtown, Powys on 50.81 MHz. Should be worked mobile and portable from Newtown, Llanidloes, Welshpool and favourable locations around Shrewsbury and Montgomery. Keeper is Dave, GW4NQJ
(3-Jul-2013 to 25-Jul-2013)

GB3NS
Dual-Mode 70cm repeater GB3NS has commenced operation from a site near Caterham in Surrey with TX 439.675 MHz and RX 430.675 MHz.
The keeper, Denis (G0OLX) would welcome reports to denis@GB3NS.com

(28-Jun-2013 to 20-Jul-2013)

GB7TD
Michael, G1XCC is proud to announce that on Monday 24 June at 11.20 GB7TD the UK's first DMR TDMA repeater was switched on. More details at the GB3YW web site and dmr-marc.net
Thanks to Karl G1YPQ for his help with equipment for the tests, Mick M0LEV for his help in getting the site ready and support and all who helped with the tests.

(25-Jun-2013 to 11-Jul-2013)

GB3IM
Isle of Man 70cm repeater GB3IM has returned to service on RB5 with a temporary antenna.
[info]

(22-Jun-2013 to 5-Jul-2013)

MERSEYSIDE HOTSPOT
MB6ILP DV Hotspot on 430.0500 will be on line each evening between 20.00 and 22.00
Steve, M1SWB invites amateurs to give it a go saying it should cover most of Merseyside.

(19-Jun-2013 to 5-Jul-2013)

CLEARANCES
The primary user of 70cm cleared some outstanding frequency requests to permit NoV's to be issued for:
  1. GB3BB Site change central Wales
  2. GB3NS Dual-Mode site and freq change - Surrey
  3. GB3UI Site change Birmingham
  4. GB7BP Digital node at Bletchley Park
  5. GB7TD Digital node, Huddersfield.

(11-Jun-2013 to 25-Jun-2013)

GB3OY
Ofcom have granted a NoV to allow GB3OY in east London to commence operation on RU76 in 70cm.
Commenced operation Saturday 8 June.

(6-Jun-2013 to 19-Jun-2013)

KENT REPEATER GROUP
The AGM of the Kent Repeater Group will take place at Canterbury Jennison Building, UKC on Friday 14th June 2013 at 2000hrs
Further information from KRG

(1-Jun-2013 to 15-Jun-2013)

GB7DD REBUILT AND TESTING
GB7DD Gateway has been rebuilt & currently in test mode on REF001C on dummy load and awaiting NOV Clearance. Thanks to Darren G7LWT for assistance.
Status updates via www.gb7dd.co.uk

(21-May-2013 to 5-Jun-2013)

CHANGES IN SHF
Ofcom have announced that as part of their spectrum release plans there will be changes to 2.3 & 3.4GHz amateur allocations that have a particular impact on 13cm & 9cm ATV repeaters.
See Ofcom announcement, also RSGB announcement.
Click here for those repeaters affected.

(19-May-2013 to 20-Jun-2013)

GB7PB DURHAM
GB7PB Co.Durham is now back on the air though with reduced coverage. Jim, G7TFX reports it on a test antenna and once satisfied all is well will go back to its original and restore normal coverage.
DADARS is looking into a gateway connection via a wireless link to see if it is a viable connection.

(17-May-2013 to 23-May-2013)

SCOTTISH BORDERS RG
Jim, GM7LUN reports that at the 2013 AGM,the accounts for 2012-13 show the group has lost over 300GBP during the year due to a drop in the number of paid up members and rises in site fees for GB3BT and GB3SB/HK. He says the situation cannot continue indefinitely as their funds would be depleted just paying out for normal running costs never mind repairs or new projects.
(10-May-2013 to 12-May-2013)

50 MHZ TAIT REPEATER
Adam Willis, G1MAW reports that there are a couple of 50MHz Tait repeaters left for sale or swap for those interested in setting up a 6 metre repeater or existing groups that may require a spare.
Contact Adam at G1MAW

(8-May-2013 to 28-May-2013)

PORTUGUESE REPEATERS
João Costa, CT1FBF has kindly provided an updated list of Portuguese Repeaters. click here to view
(6-May-2013 to 16-May-2013)

GB7DD
GB7DD has been powered down and off as the local mains power at the current location is not reliable as there have been a number of power failures. Now the UPS Backup Power Supply Unit is showing signs of a fault. Also, the D-Star software on the Gateway Server is corrupted due to the continual loss of power. it is intended to relocate this to the same locus as MB6DD with a new NOV submitted.
(3-May-2013 to 19-May-2013)

LOWESTOFT & GT YARMOUTH
The Lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth Repeater Management Group`s AGM will take place on Thursday 9th May at the Lowestoft Railway Bowls and Social Club,Carlton Rd,NR33 0LZ to commence at 8:00pm.
The group manage GB3YL and GB3LO.
More info can be found here

(30-Apr-2013 to 10-May-2013)

SERVICE INTERRUPTION
The ukrepeater.net web site and associated services (forms, email etc) will be subject to interruption on Tuesday 30th April between 12:01am and 6am.
This is to allow for hardware and performance upgrades which should enhance the operation of the site.
Any email sent during the outage should be queued on the sending server until the server has come back online.

(29-Apr-2013 to 30-Apr-2013)

East Yorks Repeaters
The GB3HS and GB7HU repeaters in East Yorkshire will be liable to interruption this Sunday (28th April) from 1100 to 1400 local time.
The repeaters both cover East Yorkshire, the Humber and the Vale of York. Engineering work is being carried out by the East Yorkshire Repeater Group on the cavity filters, and an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) in being installed to ensure the repeaters are more resilient in an emergency.

(27-Apr-2013 to 29-Apr-2013)

SCOTTISH BORDERS RG
The 2013 AGM of the Scottish Borders Repeater Group will be held at the Focus Centre, Livingston Place,Galashiels on Sunday 5th May at 2pm.
Subs for 2013/14 will be due at the meeting.

(22-Apr-2013 to 6-May-2013)

NEW REPEATERS
Amongst two repeaters cleared for operation are GB3AP a 2 Metre repeater near Haverfordwest in West Wales.
Also GB3JX a 6 Metre repeater for Norfolk.
GB3JX commenced operation on Sunday 14 April.

(15-Apr-2013 to 4-May-2013)

South Anglia RG
The South Anglia Repeater Group AGM will be held at the St John Ambulance HQ in Bramford, on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 7:30pm
Further Information from SARG

(14-Apr-2013 to 24-Apr-2013)

NORBRECK RALLY
G3VVT will be at the Blackpool/Norbreck rally on Sunday, 7th of April on the SLRG stand 44 in the main hall if any keeper needs to contact him regarding repeaters in the North of England.
(5-Apr-2013 to 8-Apr-2013)

GB3FK
The Folkestone Repeater group have put together a handbook for GB3FK, how the repeater works and Echolink. Full details on the groups website www.gb3fk.com
(1-Apr-2013 to 22-Apr-2013)

GB3NG
North-East of Scotland 2 Metre repeater GB3NG was closed down at 15:50 on 31 March as the Keeper has resigned his post and allowed his NoV to expire.
(1-Apr-2013 to 4-Apr-2013)

ETCC members
A couple of committee membership changes have been decided as Graham, G3VZV steps down from his long-standing role as TV Manager to be replaced by Noel, G8GTZ. Also, Darren, G7LWT takes on the role as "Digital Systems & Networking Manager".
(26-Mar-2013 to 14-Apr-2013)

GB7WP
The GB7WP D-Star node on Merseyside has been relicensed and has become operational from a site at Birkenhead on 439.9125 MHz.
Gateway installed, so routing and linking to/from the global D-STAR network is once again available across The Wirral and Merseyside.
Keeper is G4BKF

(24-Mar-2013 to 8-Apr-2013)

GB3ZW
A new Six Metre Repeater has been licensed for operation at Newtown, Powys on 50.81 MHz.
GB3ZW has been cleared for operation and Keeper is GW4NQJ.

(24-Mar-2013 to 15-Apr-2013)

GB7MC
Digital node GB7MC has been licensed for Cornwall on a new frequency of 439.5375MHz.
Temporarily had been operating on RB15 but this channel can now revert to GB3HB in analogue voice mode.
Keeper is G3IGV.

(24-Mar-2013 to 17-Apr-2013)

GB3DT
Dorset 70cm repeater GB3DT will be out of operation until 23 March for essential site and equipment maintenance.
(18-Mar-2013 to 24-Mar-2013)

GB7IQ
Stafford digital node GB7IQ has been reported operational.
Transmit on 439.6125 MHz with receive 430.6125 MHz.

(8-Mar-2013 to 20-Mar-2013)

MANSFIELD REPEATERS
We have been advised that Mansfield area repeaters GB3MD on 70cm and GB3MX on 2 metres will be non operational until a replacement site found and subsequent NoV can be issued.
(3-Mar-2013 to 26-Mar-2013)

GB3JB
Dave, G3ZXX the Keeper of GB3JB reports that it is off again .......
Upon inspection it was found that the batteries were effectively flat, below 10 volts each, and the dc/dc converter had switched off. Despite the windy conditions, the turbine was not charging and appeared to be having trouble spinning in the breeze.
It would appear that the main Turbine bearing has gone, yet AGAIN!!!

(27-Feb-2013 to 2-Mar-2013)

RENEW YOUR NOV
Existing Notices of Variation (NoVs) for Repeaters and Beacons are due to expire on 31 March 2013. If you are the keeper for one of these stations and hold a variation then you may apply for a temporary extension to the NoV that you already hold against your Full Licence. The RSGB, in conjunction with Ofcom, has set up a system to extend these NoVs online. For full details and to renew your NoV please visit the main RSGB site here.
(20-Feb-2013 to 31-Mar-2013)

UKREPEATERS
A web site refresh is in prospect for this site as work progresses on a lighter, brighter look to the pages, and hopefully bringing it closer in looks to the parent RSGB web site which relaunches also.
The new look front page will have more useful information yet hopefully seem less cluttered with more use of drop-down menus.
However the ethos of the site developed over 10 years ago remains - NO advertising or sponsorship and NO requirement to register or login.

(10-Feb-2013 to 23-Feb-2013)

GB3LV
The GB3LV IRLP/Echolink node, located in Enfield, north London, is now powered by a tiny Raspberry Pi computer running a reduced version of Debian Linux and a version 3 IRLP interface. This reduces the energy and physical footprint of the node dramatically. This development, over the past 3 months, has only been possible because of a great deal of work done by Dave Cameron, VE7LTD
Info GB2RS

(9-Feb-2013 to 21-Feb-2013)

REPEATER NOV RENEWALS UPDATE
As previously mentioned most repeater NoVs are due for renewal on 31st March 2013. Ofcom is considering the renewal process and may decide to extend NoVs for a further period. No further action is required at this time if your repeater is on air and providing service. Those Keepers whose repeaters are listed on the Status page of this website as being off-air or not fully operational should contact their local ETCC manager to clarify when they intend putting them into service.
(29-Jan-2013 to 22-Feb-2013)

GB3CC
Chichester 70cm repeater GB3CC commenced service on 19 January.
Receiver reduced sensitivity due to cavity problem.
** Restored to normal 31 Jan **

(21-Jan-2013 to 1-Feb-2013)

GB3AC
GB3AC, the 70cm repeater at Berkeley in South Glos. became operational on Thursday 17th of January.
Initial tests show good correlation with predicted coverage.
Keeper, Tony (G4CJZ) wishes to thank Steve (G4ITD) for his assistance with the testing carried out shortly after switch-on.

(17-Jan-2013 to 4-Feb-2013)

Repeater NoV renewals
Repeater Keepers may be aware that Ofcom indicated in 2010 that all NoVs would require to be renewed in 2013. Please do not attempt to do so via our online system until the process is clarified with Ofcom. We will keep you informed on this news page.
(16-Jan-2013 to 31-Jan-2013)

GB7RB SOUTH WALES
GB7RB returned to service at it's new location in Llantrisant over the weekend 12-13 January and is operating on it's intended antenna but it is in a temporary position in the attic space due to adverse weather on day of installation. Plans are in place to restore it to it's intended location over the next few weeks.
Signal reports are welcome and more details at www.gb7cd.co.uk

(14-Jan-2013 to 31-Jan-2013)

GB3SK
Canterbury 70cm Repeater GB3SK is out of service as the complete repeater and antenna system is being refurbished.
(14-Jan-2013 to 21-Jan-2013)

GB7DC
Derby digital node repeater GB7DC has commenced operation, Keeper, Dominic G7NPW reports within an hour of receiving the NoV.
(27-Dec-2012 to 7-Jan-2013)

LATEST CLEARANCES
Ofcom have issued clearances for the following long standing applications:
GB3CC - changes to 70cm repeater at Chichester, Sussex.
GB3SI, a site change to 2 metre West Cornwall repeater.
Also new 70cm digital nodes:
GB7DCGB7ENGB7TVGB7CH and GB7NU
All have just 3 months to get operational, though GB7DC is up and running already and GB7NU testing!

(27-Dec-2012 to 14-Jan-2013)

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS!
The ETCC Chairman and Committee would like to wish Repeater Keepers and Users everywhere a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. As you know we have been experiencing very long delays in repeater approvals but we have just had an early Christmas present in the form of frequency clearance for many outstanding 70cms proposals. We are working with Ofcom to get NoVs issued for these repeaters and thanks go to them for their efforts in gaining approval from the Primary Users. Work continues to gain clearance for other outstanding applications for ATV and 23cms repeaters. As always I would also thank my Committee Members for their hard work and time willingly given in managing the network and dealing with the many difficult situations encountered.
(14-Dec-2012 to 2-Jan-2013)

MSF Outage planned
The MSF 60kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on Thursday 13 December from 1000 to 1400UTC.
The interruption to the transmission is required to allow maintenance work to be carried out in safety.
The time signal is used by radio controlled clocks to set the time, so during this maintenance period such clocks may not function correctly.

(8-Dec-2012 to 14-Dec-2012)

SECOND NOV REQUESTS
There are regrettable occasions when Keepers are no longer able to keep their licenced repeaters or gateways on air, and no alternative person or site is available.
On these occasions it is necessary to apply for a Second NoV which reverses the special terms of the first which permitted the operation of the repeater, mailbox or gateway.
A form is now available on this site to help apply for a second NoV, which when accompanied by a copy of your Licence (for validation purposes) will be presented to Ofcom on your behalf.
This will free the callsign and frequency possibly to be used by others who may be able to make better use of the resource.

(25-Nov-2012 to 17-Dec-2012)

VETTING PAGE CHANGES
We have had some queries about changes to the vetting page on this site and the following should be noted. A new web based NoV processing facility has been developed by the ETCC Proposals Manager GM8LBC and is now in beta test mode. Following receipt of an on-line application and vetting being completed by the relevant ETCC manager a 'request for NoV' is displayed on the vetting page to indicate that the proposal has gone or is about to go to Ofcom. Where the proposals are in Primary User bands alternative frequencies are normally included in order to give the PU a choice rather than have to go back and forward with new frequencies each time one is rejected. Outstanding proposals were recently re-submitted en bloc to Ofcom at their request and do not all appear in the 'request for NoV column having been sent to us before the new processing system became available. We are waiting for Primary User response on these proposals and when received we will be initiating individual NoV requests which will then appear on the vetting page. In the case of long standing applications we may be requesting Keepers to resubmit their applications to ensure that we are sending the most up to date information to Ofcom and the Primary User when it is requested. Your local ETCC manager will be in contact with you to have your information updated as required.
(7-Nov-2012 to 14-Nov-2012)

GB3FG
New West Wales 2 Metre repeater GB3FG has commenced service on RV57.
(3-Nov-2012 to 30-Nov-2012)

GB3GC
New 6 Metre repeater for Devon and Cornwall, GB3GC is now on air.
(28-Oct-2012 to 12-Nov-2012)

LOGIC FOR SALE
To help boost the funds of the Lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth Repeater Group. We have a G8CUL Repeater controller for sale (built).
The controller has been mounted in a 19inch rack case and includes the brown out/watch dog chip which has not been connected. The unit weighs just under 5kg.
I cannot find the programmable S/WARE but I am sure it can be obtained.
If you are interested and would like to make an offer please contact me at M1tesjames[at-symbol]aol.com

(27-Oct-2012 to 7-Nov-2012)

FUNCUBE-2
On 19 October, after some final checks, ETCC member Graham Shirville, G3VZV on behalf of AMSAT-UK handed over to Clyde Space Ltd of Glasgow the set of 3 PCBs that form the FUNcube-2 subsystem on the UKube-1 spacecraft.
FUNcube-2 on UKube-1 will provide a 435 to 145MHz linear transponder for amateur SSB and CW communications and telemetry for school students around the world.
The UKube-1 spacecraft is expected to be launched on a Soyuz-2 launcher from Baikonur in Kazakhstan in March 2013.

(26-Oct-2012 to 8-Nov-2012)

Clocks
Just a reminder that clock GO BACK by 1 hour this weekend.
(26-Oct-2012 to 29-Oct-2012)

INSURANCE REMINDER
As a result of an insurance review the RSGB has placed the insurance cover for Clubs, Repeaters, Beacons & Packet Nodes with NIG.
This came into effect on 30 April 2012 and runs to 29 April 2013.
A new certificate and "To whom it concerns" letter for Clubs can be obtained from here.
Repeater, Beacon & Packet Node operators should contact Carlos Eavis, carlos.eavis[at]rsgb.org.uk or call him on 01234 832715 to obtain a price and insurance documentation if not already done.

(20-Oct-2012 to 26-Oct-2012)

RSGB EGM
Since its appointment in 2011, the Interim Board of the RSGB has stabilised the finances of the Society and has consulted on a future strategy for the Society and consulted on new governance arrangements to help avoid the issues of the past.
Members are encouraged to vote on a set of proposals prior to an EGM to be held on 17 November. [more]

(20-Oct-2012 to 18-Nov-2012)

REPEATER APPLICATIONS
In an effort to improve the quality of data submitted in repeater and gateway applications, applicants are being given the means to make changes to their submission up until the vetting stage is completed.
Working with their ETCC regional or specialist managers this facility should allow corrections and other required changes to be made so that both applicant and ETCC managers are happy with what is being requested as a NoV.
Method is by selecting a unique access code (not callsigns!) that you use to gain access after the initial submission.

(19-Oct-2012 to 31-Oct-2012)

ESSEX GROUP AGM
The 2012 Essex Repeater Group AGM will be held at Danbury Village Hall, near Chelmsford on Thursday evening October 18th (7:30 for 8pm)
Further information from ERG web site

(4-Oct-2012 to 19-Oct-2012)

GB3NC
The GB3NC two metre repeater in Mid Cornwall will be off the air from Monday 1 October.
There is a problem with the transmit filter which has to be removed for repair and realignment. It is hoped to resume the repeater service within a few days, but the timescale is dependent on the damage found. Further information from the group web site

(28-Sep-2012 to 7-Oct-2012)

RSGB WEB SITE
Due to DNS problems with the main RSGB web site the data communications (DCC) site http://www.dcc.rsgb.org/ is currently unavailable.
RSGB HQ are aware of the problem and hope to restore the links to the DCC site within the next few days.
ukrepeaters is unaffected by this.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Update: service restored 27 Sept.

(26-Sep-2012 to 28-Sep-2012)

End of Olympic period
23 September sees the conclusion of the period of special radio restrictions imposed in the south-east of England. Special repeater GB3OY has ceased operation and GB3NS will cease using the temporary channel allocation. GB3EK will be able to restore normal power output.
(23-Sep-2012 to 25-Sep-2012)

50MHz equipment
Adam, G1MAW has a small quantity of Tait 50MHz ex broadcast repeaters becoming available from site clearances. This model is the type that is easily modified for amateur use. If anyone requires one as a spare or a new 50MHz project please email him at g1maw[at-symbol]gb3gt.co.uk
(23-Sep-2012 to 7-Oct-2012)

D-STAR QSO PARTY CONTEST
This weekend a chance to win one of seven radios (new Icom D-STAR ID-51 dual band HT)
Click here for further information.

(20-Sep-2012 to 24-Sep-2012)

MB7IEX
We have been advised of the tragic death of Geoff Ingram M0AGI, Sysop of the MB7IEX Internet Gateway who died in a tragic accident at sea on his Exmouth-based trawler "Sarah Jane" on Tuesday 11th September 2012.
MB7IEX was switched off and remains off. See here for further details

(19-Sep-2012 to 23-Sep-2012)

GB7DE
GB7DE in Fife, Scotland has been without an Internet Connection since December 2010 with the result that the D-Star Repeater could not connect to any D-Star Reflectors or any other D-Star Systems. To this end Martin MM0DUN has teamed up with Andrew MM0DXE, John GM7HHB, and Danny GM6CMQ to form a new Admin Team so that GB7DE no longer has to rely on one individual to keep it up and running.
All equipment has been donated, and contributions via their web site would be appreciated.

(14-Sep-2012 to 10-Oct-2012)

GB3FG
Mark GW8KCY, Keeper of GB3FG, would like to thank all of those who took part in last Saturday's successful first on-air tests of GB3FG the new VHF repeater in SW Wales.
Many useful reports were obtained.
He would also like to thank all of those who turned up at the repeater site to participate in the mast hole digging party!
As a result, the permanent mast for GB3FG should soon be in place.

(19-Aug-2012 to 2-Sep-2012)

OLYMPIC GAMES 2012
A page of information regarding repeater coverage, changes required and general information concerning repeaters and the London 2012 Games has been created and will be posted on this site until September.
Also available under the Guidance tab it can be viewed by clicking here.

(10-Jul-2012 to 24-Sep-2012)

Simplex Gateway Frequency
AMSAT UK have recently made ETCC aware of the possibility of interference being caused to the International Space Station by Simplex Internet Gateways operating on 145.2125 MHz.
Although this channel has been in use for some considerable time, ETCC have agreed to not authorise any new applications on this frequency. Stations on this channel already will be moved at the time of the renewal of their NoV subject to frequency assignments being available in their area.
ETCC will facilitate the ability to change frequency of gateways on this frequency ahead of their renewal date if they so wish to do so.

(8-Jul-2012 to 5-Aug-2012)

Kent Group AGM
The Kent Repeater Group was formed in 1974 to co-ordinate the provision and maintenance of VHF and UHF repeaters in Kent.
The 2012 AGM will take place at The Electronics Lab, UKC on Friday 6 July 2012 at 2000hrs.
Further information from group web site

(24-Jun-2012 to 7-Jul-2012)

Changes to 2M data bandplan
Steve G8SFR our datacomms manager is seeing increased applications for digital gateways and as a consequence is proposing some changes to the 2M datacomms section 144.800MHz to 145.000MHz. Before any changes are implemented a 'Litmus Test' has been set up on the RSGB website here and comments are invited after registration.
(15-Jun-2012 to 6-Jul-2012)

Insurance reminder
The RSGB for some time has been able to provide annual Public Liability insurance for repeaters at 12.25GBP per repeater, but this year the renewals went out late due to having to re-negotiate a policy with a new company.
As of 12th June some 89 have not renewed!
This therefore is a reminder to those who may have forgotten as we don't want to see any group left high and dry in case they have a claim against them and they find they are not covered!

(12-Jun-2012 to 8-Jul-2012)

GB3JB
Dave, G3ZXX reports that GB3JB (2M Wiltshire) came back into operation on Sunday 27th May after being off air for nearly 5 months, as a result of a damaged antenna and mast, resulting from the Gales in January.
There was also damage to the turbine dumpload, which destroyed the batteries.
The antenna installation, is temporary, while final arrangements are made to get the 15m tower to the site, and get the thing installed. However, this may well take a couple of months to complete.

(27-May-2012 to 10-Jun-2012)

GB7ML
GB7ML is back on air, in the RF proving phase; coverage reports welcome.
Once the RF sub-system testing is complete, re-integration with the D-STAR network will be finalised.
Many thanks to EARS for the generous network hardware contribution to the project.
See also mast picture.
Info kindly provided by Darren, G7LWT

(25-May-2012 to 11-Jun-2012)

Scottish Borders RG
The AGM of the Scottish Borders Repeater Group will be held in the Focus Centre, Livingstone Place,Galashiels on Sunday 27th May at 2pm
(6-May-2012 to 28-May-2012)

GB7AD Gateway Operational
Tony G4CJZ the Keeper of G7AD is pleased to report that the Gateway is now fully operational. Following an appeal for help on this website, Martin MM0DUN quickly responded and gave freely of his time and expertise to resolve the problems and get the gateway back on line, many thanks Martin!
(20-Apr-2012 to 27-Apr-2012)

Ofcom Olympics restrictions
Ofcom have announced temporary operating restrictions in the 70cm, 2.3 and 3.4GHz bands for all UK amateurs as well as amateurs visiting the UK. The restrictions, which apply between 28th June and 23rd September 2012, are being put in place to release radio spectrum to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games. For full information visit the RSGB website here which provide links to the Ofcom statement. Repeater users should especially note the changes to be found in Annex C to the Ofcom statement.
(20-Apr-2012 to 8-May-2012)

GB3GC
Clearance has been given for a new 6 Metre repeater in Cornwall.
GB3GC with TX 50.73 and RX 51.23 MHz is cleared to go and should provide a useful 6 Metre repeater facility to Devon and Cornwall.

(19-Apr-2012 to 1-May-2012)

GB3FG
A new 2 Metre repeater has been cleared for operation in West Wales.
GB3FG in Carmarthenshire is to commence operation on RV57 as soon as possible.
Keeper is GW8KCY

(19-Apr-2012 to 1-May-2012)

RSGB insurance update
Renewal of Beacon & Repeater Public/Products Liability Insurance - Update from the RSGB.
Cover for this policy has been extended to 30th April. The insurers have been undertaking a review of our policies to ensure that adequate cover is being supplied which is why there has been a delay. However, please note that they have advised that at the end of the current extension of cover on 14 April 2012, the following clause will apply to the policy:-
Electromagnetic Force Exclusion Clause:
The indemnity will not apply to legal liability for Injury or loss of or damage to material property or nuisance of any kind directly or indirectly arising from caused by contributed to by or in connection with electromagnetic radiation. For the avoidance of doubt the Company will not pay or be responsible for any costs or expenses associated with the mitigation removal or reduction in electromagnetic radiation.

The RSGB apologise for the inconvenience caused but will get the relevant documentation out to you as soon as possible.

(16-Apr-2012 to 23-Apr-2012)

AGM Notice
The Lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth Repeater Group AGM is to be held at the Lowestoft Railway Bowls and Social Club on Wednesday 9th May. Meeting will commence at 20:00hrs
The venues location is:
123a Carlton Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0LZ
More info about our Group can be found at www.gb3yl.co.uk

(14-Apr-2012 to 10-May-2012)

IT assistance required
Tony G4CJZ the Keeper of GB7AD is having considerable difficulties in getting a Virgin Superhub router to work with the GB7AD gateway.
It is thought the problem may be connected with port forwarding which seems to be a known issue with this router.
If anyone has expertise in this area Tony would like to hear from you and he can be contacted via email at Tony(dot)g4cjz@blueyonder.co.uk

(12-Apr-2012 to 19-Apr-2012)

GB3BX
West Midlands 2 Metre repeater GB3BX is reported operational again with new Keeper, G0NIS
(11-Apr-2012 to 18-Apr-2012)

GB3KI GB7IC
Kent Coast repeaters GB3KI on 2 metres and digital node GB7IC will be out of service until the afternoon of Tuesday 10th April for work on the tower to take place.
Info from Don, G4TKR

(4-Apr-2012 to 11-Apr-2012)

S.Yorkshire repeaters
Ernie, G4LUE reports that the Barnsley area repeaters GB3NA and GB3SY will be out of use from 27th March to 24th April for essential work on the tower.
(26-Mar-2012 to 25-Apr-2012)

NoV update from RSGB
The ETCC is very well aware that Repeater Keepers continue to be frustrated by the lack of progress on the issuing of some NoVs.
A background brief on the current position has now been published on the main RSGB website and can be found here.
You will note that continuing delays seem inevitable at this time.

(14-Mar-2012 to 26-Mar-2012)

Another site lost!
GB3UD the 23cm TV repeater near Stoke on Trent has been forced to close down.
Albert, G4DHO reports that electrical power has been disconnected as the last user has abandoned the site, the site owners wishing to avoid paying rates on the site.
Update 12/3 Agreement with new site owner in progress. Subject to approval the repeater will be back on air by end of March.

(9-Mar-2012 to 6-Apr-2012)

GB7ZI
Brian, G8VPR reports that the D-Star node GB7ZI located at Cannock in Staffordshire has been closed down due to the loss of the site.
An alternative is being sought.

(8-Mar-2012 to 31-Mar-2012)

S Yorks D-Star
GB7YD ports B and C will be temp off air on Wed 29th February due to antenna work on the site.
This will start about 12.30 and should be completed within a few hours.
Info from Ernie, G4LUE

(28-Feb-2012 to 1-Mar-2012)

GB3BE and GB3DU
Jim, GM7LUN reports that the site owner has requested an increase of 500GBP in the annual site fees,as a consequence it is likely these repeaters will have to move or close unless other funding options currently being investigated prove unsuccessful.
(27-Feb-2012 to 17-Mar-2012)

Request for help
Mark GW8KCY, the GB3CM keeper, is looking for a repeater controller for a new 2m repeater project.
Any device considered especially if it has native support for CTCSS decode/encode and in-band DTMF remote control.
If anyone has such a unit available please contact Mark at keeper(at)gb3cm.info

(23-Feb-2012 to 4-Mar-2012)

server information
The ukrepeaters web site will be subject to some down time tonight to allow upgrades that should increase the performance on the hosting servers and allow them to recover faster in case of failure.
(17-Feb-2012 to 18-Feb-2012)

Loss of D-Star
G4DAX reports that the relatively new D-Star repeater GB7RW in North Yorkshire is no longer operational from the site at Octon.
This is mainly due to a lack of finance to support the internet conection. Negotiations in progress for a new site which although not so good, should interface with neighbouring D-Star repeaters.
GB7RW replaced the under-used analogue repeater GB3YC. [more]

(14-Feb-2012 to 5-Mar-2012)

GB3MB
It is reported that Manchester area 2 Metre repeater GB3MB is NOT OPERATIONAL from 9th February 2012.
Darren, G7LWT reports that the repeater is off air due to equipment failure.
Tests for replacement hardware (TX/RX and duplexer) to commence shortly from keeper's QTH (IO83UN) also a change of mode to DV has been submitted.

(9-Feb-2012 to 29-Feb-2012)

GB3KM
Terry,G1LPS reports that GB3KM in the North England region was NOT OPERATIONAL
Kirk Merrington County Durham ATV Repeater. The 13cm tx and rx are off air for repairs due to a power supply failure following a power surge at the repeater site.
The quad video switching unit is also displaying problems and will be exchanged over the weekend when interuptions to 23cm input and 10ghz output will be experienced.
Terry reports service was resumed on Saturday 4th Feb.

(3-Feb-2012 to 8-Feb-2012)

RSGB-Ofcom Forum
Notes from the last RSGB-Ofcom Forum meeting including discussions on outstanding NoVs have been published here.
(27-Jan-2012 to 31-Jan-2012)

GB3CJ off for maintenance
DAVID G4SCJ, (Keeper) reports that GB3CJ in the Midlands and Lincs region is off air for approximately 2 weeks for maintenance.
(27-Jan-2012 to 5-Feb-2012)

GB3LP liable to interruption
Due to building and electrical work on site M1SWB reports that the GB3LP 6mtr repeater will be liable to periods of being off air.
(23-Jan-2012 to 30-Jan-2012)

Ofcom issue NoVs
Following representations to Ofcom, a significant number of repeater site changes and changes of keeper have been issued in the past few days. The site changes are generally for repeaters in 2M, response is still awaited to our proposals for shared bands.
(19-Jan-2012 to 30-Jan-2012)

Website & Scotland Region
Would anyone needing assistance from the Scotland region during the absence of GM8LBC please contact the ETCC Chairman whose details can be found here. Please also note that production of coverage prediction maps is suspended until further notice.
(18-Jan-2012 to 31-Jan-2012)

Outstanding datacomms NoVs
People that have applied in the last year for an NoV to run a Packet Node, Packet Internet Gateway or Repeater Internet Link, who as yet haven't received their NoV are requested to contact etcc.online@etcc.rsgb.org as soon as possible, please note that this address was given incorrectly in an earlier item so if your message bounced please try again with the corrected address.
(14-Jan-2012 to 28-Jan-2012)

GB3HM has been licensed
GB3HM a new 6 metre repeater at Holbrook Moor near Belper has just been licensed by Ofcom and is now running in beacon mode at reduced power and with a temporary antenna. Full operation will comence when cavities are completed and a permanent aerial erected. For the latest information please go to www.gb3hm.co.uk.
(12-Jan-2012 to 28-Jan-2012)

GB3PP back on air
GB3PP the Preston 70cm repeater on 433.375MHz is back on the air although suffering from some local interference from co located services and operating at a reduced power level until this is resolved. The Keeper, Peter M0NED would be very interested if anyone has a set of UHF cavities that they are looking to sell, he can be contacted via admin(at)gb3pp.com
(12-Jan-2012 to 19-Jan-2012)

Scottish & website enquiries
Would anyone needing assistance from the Scotland region during the absence of GM8LBC please contact the ETCC Chairman whose details can be found here. Please also note that production of coverage prediction maps is suspended until further notice.
(11-Jan-2012 to 18-Jan-2012)

GB7BD
New D-Star node now in service at Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset but with reduced service until site problems can be resolved.
GB7BD is on 439.45 MHz and Keeper is Matt, G4RKY

(3-Jan-2012 to 22-Jan-2012)

GB3GD antenna fault
David, GD4HOZ reports that Isle of Man 2 Metre repeater GB3GD has suffered severe antenna damage due to 105 knot winds.
Repairs scheduled for next reasonable weather window but not likely to be before the new year.

(23-Dec-2011 to 8-Jan-2012)

Seasons Greetings to all!
The ETCC Chairman and Committee would like to wish Repeater Keepers and Users everywhere a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. The job of a Repeater Keeper is invisible to the users and often quite thankless, so as Chairman of the ETCC I would wish to put on record my thanks to all who carry out this work on behalf of their fellow Amateurs. I would also thank my Committee Members for their hard work and time willingly given in managing the network and dealing with the many difficult situations encountered.
(17-Dec-2011 to 1-Jan-2011)

Power Amps available
Dave, G7UZN has a few spare 70cm 40 Watt power amplifiers..200mW in 40W out anailable.
These are for tx only and not a tx/rx device i.e. go in the tx path of the repeater. 12v dc working.
Contact Dave if interested.

(6-Dec-2011 to 20-Dec-2011)

South Yorkshire RG
The South Yorkshire Repeater Group annual general meeting will be held at the Three Horseshoes in Brierley on Thursday 8th December 2011 at 8pm.
More details from SYRG web site

(4-Dec-2011 to 9-Dec-2011)

D-Star in Cornwall
The Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group has obtained an NoV from Ofcom to operate an experimental D-Star repeater on the existing GB3HB repeater frequencies on RB15. It has the callsign GB7MC and is built around two Tait T2020 commercial radios connected together by a Dutch Star GMSK modem.
The existing GB3HB voice repeater has been removed for refurbishment and updating. The experimental D-Star repeater will continue to operate during 2012 until the new GB3HB voice repeater is ready.
For more information, or to send a report, go to the group's website at www.mcbarg.co.uk

(1-Dec-2011 to 8-Jan-2012)

GB3DS Operational
70cm repeater GB3DS located near Worksop in Nottinghamshire on RB13 is now operational following a site change.
(27-Nov-2011 to 11-Dec-2011)

GB3HM Coming Soon
GB3HM is a new 6m repeater located just north of Derby serving Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire it will fill the gap between SX, UM and XD.
Listen out for test transmissions in beacon mode on 50.82
Mark, G8IQP is looking for some cavities for the repeater so if anyone knows of any surplus to requirements please contact him with details on QRZ or web site live-on-air.co.uk

(21-Nov-2011 to 11-Dec-2011)

GB3NN
GB3NN 70cm repeater on the North Norfolk coast is operating on very much reduced power due to an antenna related problem.
Expected resolution in mid December.

(15-Nov-2011 to 16-Dec-2011)

GB3PE back on
The Cambridgeshire Repeater Group have returned GB3PE back to service from it's site at Thorney Toll near Peterborough.
Coverage is so far exceeding expectations, and reports are welcome to technical[at-symbol]cambridgerepeaters.net
The CRG AGM is on Wednesday 23rd November at The Sun PH, Waterbeach, Cambs. 7-30pm for 8pm start. Members and non-members welcome.
More details on the CRG website - www.cambridgerepeaters.net

(12-Nov-2011 to 24-Nov-2011)

win a D-Star UHF handheld
Icom Inc. is organising a weekend long D-STAR QSO Party for 2011 to be held between 0:00 on the 11th of November to 24:00 on the 13th of November (UTC)
Instead of competing for numbers of contacted call signs, the goal this year is to encourage D-STAR operators to communicate through as many D-STAR repeaters and with other D-STAR operators across the globe.
More information see ICOM article

(11-Nov-2011 to 14-Nov-2011)

GB7RB Operational
Dave Thomas,2W0RUH reports that GB7RB digital node in South Wales has finally commenced operation.
There are outstanding issues in relation to the internet provision and a connection point is imminent.
To get the repeater on air it is currently on a temporary antenna with further works to be scheduled over the next few weeks to complete the installation.
Thanks must go to the ETCC and Darren Storer of UK IT who has helped to maintain the server to date and has made the server set up and software install a breeze.
Dave GB7CD and GB7RB (Admin)

(2-Nov-2011 to 28-Nov-2011)

GB3LP Help required
Steve, M1SWB reports that the under-performing Liverpool 6 metre repeater GB3LP is suffering from a major desense problem.
He is requesting help in the form of a bandpass cavity to add to the rx.
If anyone can help please email him direct. Also requested are some tests from users around Merseyside and surrounding areas.

(28-Oct-2011 to 15-Nov-2011)

Belfast Repeaters update
GB3NI remains off air until antenna problems are resolved. It is hoped to have service restored within a few days weather permitting.
(27-Oct-2011 to 5-Nov-2011)

2 Metre channel consultation
Today is the last day to make your comments known to ETCC Chairman, GI4BWM on whether two proposed new repeater channels should be utilised in Britain, and if so how.
Thank you to those who have responded already, and please use the contact link available from this page if you wish to make your feelings known.

(21-Oct-2011 to 22-Oct-2011)

GB7DD
GB7DD the 70cms D-Star Repeater in Dundee has been shut-down by the keeper MM0DUN as an NOV Application has been submitted to relocate this system to Monikie.
MB6CM and MB6IMF are still on-air and providing a certain level of access to the D-Star Network.
Full details at www.gb7dd.co.uk

(10-Oct-2011 to 30-Oct-2011)

Essex RG
The Essex Repeater Group Annual General Meeting is to be held on Thursday 13th October at Danbury Village Hall.
(2-Oct-2011 to 14-Oct-2011)

National Hamfest
Although the RSGB ETCC will not have an official presence at the National HamFest at Newark, some of the committee members will be in attendance. Please ask at the RSGB stand if you wish to make contact with anyone from the ETCC.
(30-Sep-2011 to 2-Oct-2011)

UKFMG(W) AGM
The AGM of UK FM Group (Western) originally planned for 5 September is postponed until Monday 10 October, starting at 8pm, at Grappenhall Community Centre, Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall, Warrington.
For further information see:
UKFMGW web site

(29-Sep-2011 to 11-Oct-2011)

GM8LMA
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Charles (Chas) MacKinnon, GM8LMA last week in Aberdeen. A great loss to the radio community both amateur and professional. Chas was a well known figure in North Scotland and beyond and provided much practical help and support to many repeaters and local groups. He also had extensive knowledge of the hilltop radio sites in the area and had climbed most of them. Our thoughts go out to his family and all those who knew him.
(26-Sep-2011 to 1-Oct-2011)

New Repeater Channels
As detailed in a previous news item, two new 2 Metre repeater channels have been added to the Region 1 band plan. It is intended to have a full discussion on this subject at the next Spectrum Forum meeting on 5th November. To assist in our decision making the ETCC would welcome comments from all on how, or indeed if, these frequencies could be allocated to ensure efficient and effective use of the spectrum.
Submissions may be made to the ETCC Chairman by 21st October using the contacts tab on this page.
If it is decided to adopt these frequencies for repeater use in the UK they will be included in the new bandplan due for issue in early 2012.

(23-Sep-2011 to 22-Oct-2011)

GB3CM needs your help
Mark GW8KCY the Repeater Keeper for GB3CM in Carmarthen has received notification of impending site loss from the site owners. Nothing is finalised yet and currently there is no timescale however the search for a new site has already started. Anyone in the area who may know of a suitable site is asked to contact Mark as soon as possible at keeper(at)gb3cm.info
(6-Sep-2011 to 13-Sep-2011)

New VHF Repeater Allocations
Following the recent IARU conference in Sun City two new 2 Metre repeater channels have been added to the Region 1 band plan, the decision as recorded in the plenary minutes is as follows:
2 new repeater frequencies as follows (analogue and digital):
144.9750 MHz and 144.9875 MHz as inputs
145.5750 MHz and 145.5875 MHz as outputs
Proposed by SARL, seconded by HRS. Approved with twenty seven in favour, fourteen against and seven abstentions.
Once it is agreed that these frequencies will be included in the UK band plan the ETCC will be considering their most efficient and effective allocation in order to enhance and improve the UK repeater network. A further statement on the way ahead will be issued in due course and it should be noted that in the meantime proposals requesting the new channels will not be considered.
Repeater Keepers should also note that the Conference decided that the use of continuous CTCSS by all analogue voice repeaters has also been made a requirement from the end of 2014 together with the addition of 67Hz to the list of available tones.

(6-Sep-2011 to 30-Sep-2011)

POI file creation
ukrepeaters is looking for a new partner to provide useful and free SatNav POI files sourced from the data on this site.
Files should be compatible with the popular TomTom and Garmin products and should be updated regularly.
Please contact Colin, GM8LBC if you can provide this free facility or to discuss further.

(1-Sep-2011 to 11-Sep-2011)

Repeater controller for sale
Peter G3YXZ the Repeater Keeper for GB3HR has a Pacific Research PACRES RI-300 controller 19 inch rack adaptor programming software leads and User Manual for disposal.
SOLD

(28-Aug-2011 to 3-Sep-2011)

GB3MH is on the air
Malcolm G3NZP the Keeper of GB3MH the newly licensed repeater at Turners Hill near Crawley reports that following receipt of the NoV on 25th August the repeater became fully operational at 17:30 on the 26th.
Congratulations to all concerned in getting on the air so quickly.

(26-Aug-2011 to 2-Sep-2011)

Ofcom issue NoVs
We are pleased to report that following continuing dialogue with Ofcom there is some movement at last on the processing of outstanding NoVs. Today approval was given for GB3AA and GB3AK in South Gloucester to go to dual mode working. Site changes were approved for GB3AH in East Dereham and GB3SW in Sidmouth. GB3MH a new 2M repeater at Turners Hill near Crawley was also given the go ahead. We are of course aware as stated in earlier news items that there are still many outstanding issues and we will continue to press Ofcom to get the backlog dealt with as soon as possible.
(25-Aug-2011 to 31-Aug-2011)

GB3AK fully operational
Tony G4CJZ reports that as of 2000 hrs on 25/08/2011 GB3AK the 23cms repeater in South Gloucester is back on air fully operational in analogue mode. Signal reports would be most welcome and may be sent to the Keeper tony(dot)g4cjz@blueyonder.co.uk
(25-Aug-2011 to 31-Aug-2011)

Ofcom NoV backlog
The RSGB is acutely aware of the prolonged delays being encountered by all and are pressing for action to be taken to clear the current backlog as soon as possible. Assistance and advice have been offered to the Spectrum Licensing Centre in an effort to get things moving.
(22-Aug-2011 to 29-Aug-2011)

GB3GS proposal refused
Due to lack of suitably clear spectrum a proposal for GB3GS a 2 Metre repeater in Shropshire has had to be turned down.
(22-Aug-2011 to 27-Aug-2011)

GB3UO site move approved
Following a long delay Ofcom has now given approval for the 70cms repeater GB3UO to move to a new site at Chirk.
(15-Aug-2011 to 22-Aug-2011)

GB3WB operational again
Andy G4SZM the Keeper reports that GB3WB is on the air following the replacement of faulty batteries. This repeater is powered by batteries which are charged by a wind turbine and solar panels.
(9-Aug-2011 to 14-Aug-2011)

GB3PL back on air
GB3PL repeater which has been off the air for approx 1 year has now been checked over and re-instated. The Keeper Angus G3TXL is handing keeper duties over to Dereck M0YDW and this will take place when all the paperwork is completed and approved by the authorities.
(7-Aug-2011 to 14-Aug-2011)

GB3AZ fully operational
GB3AZ the 70cms repeater on RB0 in South Glos. is now fully operational and does not cause de-sense to GB7AD repeater. Many thanks to Adam Willis G1MAW for his prompt assistance in sourcing additional cavities to complete the duplexer that replaced the one recently stolen from the GB3AZ site. Adam's help in locating the additional filters means that both GB3AZ and GB7AD can once more happily co-exist on the same mast without mutual interference. Many thanks Adam from Tony G4CJZ.
(6-Aug-2011 to 11-Aug-2011)

GB3AY is operational again
Gordom MM0YET reports that GB3AY which has been faulty for the past few days is fully operational again but without CTCSS.
(5-Aug-2011 to 10-Aug-2011)

GB7MM site change requested
A site change has been requested for GB7MM the GMSK repeater in the Poole area. It is hoped this move will provide significantly better coverage in the area.
(4-Aug-2011 to 11-Aug-2011)

GB3JB fully operational
Dave G3ZXX confirms that he put the repeater back on again at approximately 5:30 pm on Saturday evening 30th July. All the batteries had been taken back to home and after being recharged and cycled all appeared to be holding a charge. Since returning the repeater to operation on Saturday afternoon Dave visited the site both yesterday and this morning to check battery and system voltages and all appears to be OK. The system is operating at its nominal levels.
(1-Aug-2011 to 7-Aug-2011)

GW8ERA becomes SK
It is with regret that we have learnt of the passing of Mike Voss GW8ERA who until very recently was the Keeper and NoV holder for a number of repeaters in the South Wales area including GB3BC. We offer our sympathy to his family and friends at this sad time. His funeral will be held on Monday 1st August at 11.00 at Gwent Crematorium Cwmbran.
(25-Jul-2011 to 2-Aug-2011)

GB7HU Joins D-Star Network
Andy G0VRM reports that after working into the small hours Darren Storer (G7LWT) from the ETCC has installed the Icom Gateway Software onto the GB7HU Gateway PC - the system was approved by the Trust Server Team almost mmediately! Thanks go to Darren for configuring the system in record time and to Clive G3GJA for putting the wireless infrastructure in place to allow GB7HU to use his Internet connection from Anlaby at no additional cost to the group - something which is becoming an issue to the many D-Star repeaters around the UK.
(19-Jul-2011 to 26-Jul-2011)

Ofcom RSGB meeting
In its regular Forum meeting with Ofcom on licensing matters held on 6th July 2011 a number of issues concerning amateur radio in the UK were discussed. The meeting was attended by five from the RSGB and five from Ofcom. Some of the key points discussed included the way in which amateur radio NoVs are currently processed and Ofcom confirmed that they are seeking alternative ways of handling the administrative processes involved. The RSGB is considering its future role in this and will shortly respond to Ofcom. For a fuller report on the meeting please see the article on the main RSGB website
(15-Jul-2011 to 22-Jul-2011)

GB7RB licensed for operation
An NoV has just been issued for GB7RB a GMSK repeater in the Bridgend area. The repeater is not yet operational.
(7-Jul-2011 to 14-Jul-2011)

GB3HG fully operational
Brian G0RHI the Keeper reports that GB3HG near Thirsk is fully operational again following antenna replacement.
(4-Jul-2011 to 11-Jul-2011)

GB3JB off-air for repairs
GB3JB is back on the air following a short break to replace mast guys. Following a site visit the repeater keeper Dave G3ZXX had discovered that two of the three upper guys had snapped off from the top of the mast. These have now been replaced and the opportunity was taken to check power and VSWR which was all OK.
(2-Jul-2011 to 5-Jul-2011)

Duplexer still needed!
Tony G4CJZ the keeper of GB3AZ is still in urgent need of a cavity duplexer suitable for 1.6MHz split.
If anyone can help then please contact Tony via tony.g4cjz[at-symbol]blueyonder.co.uk.

(15-Jun-2011 to 22-Jun-2011)

GB3HD becomes GB7HX
The West Yorkshire Repeater Group is going digital with their new repeater GB7HX going on air on 19 June. The group were hoping to run GB3HD in parallel but because of delays in new frequency allocations for GB7HX they have opted to put the new digital repeater on the old HD frequencies for now with a 1.6MHz split. This means that GB3HD will be temporarily off air but the group aims to re-instate it once a new frequency pair has been allocated for GB7HX.
(15-Jun-2011 to 26-Jun-2011)

GB3DS off air
Fred G3XXN the Keeper of GB3DS reports that the repeater is off air pending replacement equipment and duplexer realignment.
(15-Jun-2011 to 22-Jun-2011)

Northampton Repeater Group
After more than a year offline Keith G4YKE reports that the Northampton Repeater Group website is back with a new domain name www.northamptonrepeatergroup.org
The Group is responsible for GB3CJ GB3MV GB3NH AND GB3NP.

(8-Jun-2011 to 15-Jun-2011)

GB3SW back on air
Dave G6XUV the new Keeper of GB3SW reports that the repeater is now back up and running following a site change and reports are welcomed via a temporary website www.gb3sw.media.officelive.com
(7-Jun-2011 to 14-Jun-2011)

GB3AE back in service
Evan GW4AKZ the Keeper of GB3AE the Tenby 6 Metre repeater reports that following repairs to some corroded joints the repeater is back in full service.
(6-Jun-2011 to 11-Jun-2011)

GB3WS fully operational
Mick G4EFO the Keeper of GB3WS reports that following some repairs the repeater is now back in operation on full power and with good receive sensitivity.
(3-Jun-2011 to 9-Jun-2011)

Ofcom NoV backlog
Some NoV applications for repeaters and gateways in the 2 Metre band appear to have been cleared by Ofcom and so ETCC is now working to progress others held back pending resolution of the Ofcom issues. Resources in Amateur licensing are limited so some delays are still to be expected. Please be aware that Primary User difficulties are still preventing progress on all shared bands and the RSGB continue to work with Ofcom at high level to resolve this problem.
(30-May-2011 to 9-Jul-2011)

GB3AE
Evan, GW4AKZ the Keeper of GB3AE reports that this 6 Metre repeater in West Wales is currently not operational due to a suspect receiver fault.
(28-May-2011 to 4-Jun-2011)

GB3AZ duplexer request
Due to a break in and theft of the radio and duplexer for GB3AZ, The keeper, Tony G4CJZ is in urgent need of a cavity duplexer suitable for 1.6MHz split.
GB3AZ is back on air with the aid of some BPF`s and 2 antenna working at present, but a "Proper" duplexer is urgently required.
If anyone has a defunct repeater and wish to dispose of the duplexer, then please contact Tony, G4CJZ via tony.g4cjz[at-symbol]blueyonder.co.uk if you can help.

(26-May-2011 to 12-Jun-2011)

GB3KA mast collapses
The recent prolonged and ongoing bad weather in Scotland has taken its toll, when Len, GM0ONX reports that the mast at GB3KA near Kilmarnock in Scotland has collapsed during recent gale force winds.
(26-May-2011 to 3-Jun-2011)

Norfolk AGM
The Norfolk Repeater Group AGM will be held at the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club on the 25th May 2011 starting at 20:00
An agenda can be found at www.gb3nb.org.uk, minutes from the 2010 meeting can also be found on the website.
Info courtesy Mark, G0LGJ

(5-May-2011 to 26-May-2011)

Leicestershire AGM
The 37th Annual General Meeting of the Leicestershire Repeater Group will be held on Thursday 5th May 2011 at 8.00pm prompt.
Location is The Brant Inn, Overdale Avenue, Groby, Leicestershire, LE6 0DU
Further information here

(2-May-2011 to 6-May-2011)

GB3KT Closed Down
Chris, G8GHH, the Keeper of GB3KT a 23cm TV repeater in Kent reports that the repeater is to be permanently closed down.
He reports membership has rapidly declined over the last few years, leaving the few remaining with no alternative but to close down the repeater and vacate the site. The Kent Repeater Group will continue as a group and the repeater is in store.
Local activity could increase on other bands with a possible future 13cm and/or 10GHz repeater.

(26-Apr-2011 to 11-May-2011)

Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft
The Annual General Meeting of the Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft Repeater Group, who manage GB3YL and GB3LO will take place on Thursday 12th May at the Lowestoft Railway bowls and Social Club 123A Carlton Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0LZ
Meeting will commence at 20:00 so please arrive early say 19:30
More info can be found here

(24-Apr-2011 to 13-May-2011)

D-Star Open Day
D-Star Northants and UK-IT are organising a D-Star Meet and Greet Day on Sunday 29th May. This will be held in Northampton at Tetra Communications, Bunting Road, Northampton, NN2 6EE.
The event will include help and advice from D-Star Northants and UK-IT.
Info from Stuart (G7HIF D-Star-Northants) and Gavin (M1BXF UK-IT)

(21-Apr-2011 to 30-May-2011)

Scottish Borders AGM
The Scottish Borders Repeater Group AGM will be held at the Focus Centre,Livingstone Place,Galashiels on Sunday 1st May at 1500.
Subs will be due for 2011-12 at the AGM.
Members can send items for the agenda to info[at-symbol]sbrg.co.uk.
Further info from www.sbrg.co.uk

(16-Apr-2011 to 2-May-2011)

South Anglia AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the South Anglia Repeater Group will take place on Thursday 28th April, commencing at 19:30
The venue for the AGM is:
St John Ambulance (Suffolk) Headquarters, Priory House, Duckamere,Bramford,Ipswich IP8 4AJ
Directions and a map can be found at:
www.sargroup.co.uk

(11-Apr-2011 to 29-Apr-2011)

NoV Updates
Ofcom are catching up with the back log of NoV's that have been sent to them in the past week. Thank you for your patience.
Please note that if you do not renew your NoV within 12 weeks of the expiry date, it will be deleted from the system and renewal will not be possible. A new application will be required.
Operation of your gateway/DV Hotspot whilst your NoV has expired is against the terms and conditions of your licence.
Please put a reminder on your calendar or in your Filofax etc at least 4 weeks before the expiry date on your NoV.
The expiry date is printed clearly in the schedule to your NoV, which will surely be taking pride of place in your shack??!!

(6-Apr-2011 to 27-Apr-2011)

GB3DH off air
G7MKS the Keeper of GB3DH reports that the repeater is no longer operational due to site problems. A new site is being considered further information when available.
(5-Apr-2011 to 12-Apr-2011)

GB3HG back on air
GB3HG is back on air on reserve equipment while work continues on the main unit which suffered a blown PA and other damage. Power is slightly down and it is thought there may also be an aerial fault.
(2-Apr-2011 to 9-Apr-2011)

GB3NA and GB3SY
Ernie G4LUE reports that GB3NA and GB3SY are operating on a temporary antenna although it is hoped to have repairs completed by this weekend.
(30-Mar-2011 to 3-Apr-2011)

RSGB date changes
Due to unforeseen circumstances it has proved necessary to defer the RSGB AGM which had been planned for Saturday 16 April 2011. The AGM will now take place on Saturday 14 May 2011 in Derby. Also the RSGB announce a posting delay for the members magazine RadCom again due to circumstances beyond control, the posting of the April RadCom will go into the post on 21 March, for delivery around 25 March.
(21-Mar-2011 to 26-Mar-2011)

Central Scotland AGM
The Central Scotland FM Group AGM for 2011 will be held on Sunday April 3rd at the Bathgate Guide Hall, Mid Street, Bathgate, EH48 1QF.
Doors Open at 1300
AGM Starts 1415

(21-Mar-2011 to 4-Apr-2011)

Ofcom Licensing backlog
Ofcom have made the RSGB aware that they have a significant backlog of NoV licensing work and until it is cleared the ETCC suggests that no further proposals should be submitted. Further information will be posted when available.
(19-Mar-2011 to 10-Apr-2011)

GB2RS on GB3OK
Steve 2E0SPW has been appointed to read the GB2RS news via the GB3OK 70cms repeater on Sundays at 20.00 and also on 145.525 FM at 19.00. Steve G0TDJ has been appointed as the reserve newsreader.
(16-Mar-2011 to 28-Mar-2011)

GB3GT is on the air
Adam G1MAW the Keeper reports that GB3GT the 50mhz repeater on Clee Hill South Shropshire is now on the air.
(12-Mar-2011 to 19-Mar-2011)

GB7ZP in service
Murray G6JYB the Keeper of GB7ZP reports that the repeater has been back on the air for some time following internal Duplexer coax cable changes although it still remains in standalone mode
(11-Mar-2011 to 18-Mar-2011)

GB3UD back in service
Following rodent damge to some cables GB3UD has been restored to service. Report comes from the Keeper, Albert G4DHO.
(7-Mar-2011 to 14-Mar-2011)

GB7AD back on air
Tony G4CJZ the Keeper of GB7AD reports that the Alveston 70cms digital repeater is back on air but is in standalone mode and not currently connected to the network.
(7-Mar-2011 to 14-Mar-2011)

GB3FC fully operational
Stephen G6AOS the Keeper of GB3FC reports that the repeater is fully operational following repairs to an intermittent receiver.
(7-Mar-2011 to 14-Mar-2011)

Mode Change in Hull
Agreement has been reached for the East Yorkshire 70cm repeater GB3HU to change to digital mode of operation under callsign GB7HU and operate on the existing channel RB3 until agreement can be obtained to use a 9MHz split appropriate to other GMSK mode repeaters on the 70cm band.
Keeper, Andy G0VRM contacted the ETCC to try and get this special agreement when new applications on the 70cm band were not being progressed and to secure a funding source that was time limited.

(15-Feb-2011 to 7-Mar-2011)

Shropshire Repeaters
Adam, G1MAW reports that new Shropshire 6 and 10 Metre repeaters GB3GT and GB3GX are on the bench and will be on air shortly after a power upgrade on the tx site. Donations in the form of antennas, cabling, physical labour including a web page design have all been received with help from local amateurs. Special thanks to G0MJY, G4AIJ, G4OYX, 2E0XTL, G7RHF & M0DCM for their input so far.
(7-Feb-2011 to 28-Feb-2011)

London repeaters return.
Repeaters GB3NL and GB3LV, both located in north London, have been returned to service after a brief outage. The two repeaters, which are co-sited at Enfield Civic Centre, had been off air following a power outage in Enfield. IRLP node 5600 and Echolink node 155403, which both operate via GB3LV on 70cm, are also working again. Info from RSGB.
(2-Feb-2011 to 12-Feb-2011)

Which Form?
As there has been some confusion over which application form to use when applying for repeaters, nodes, gateways, attended and unattended, a useful guide has been created that simply tells applicants which form to use depending on the application callsign type. See which form?
(30-Jan-2011 to 27-Feb-2011)

DV Hotspot renewals.
NoV's for DV Hotspots do have an expiry date on them. Please ensure you have contacted etcc.online@etcc.rsgb.org before the expiry date.
If you do not renew your NoV then within 3 months of the expiry date it will be deemed to no longer be required any more and removed from the database, making that frequency available for reassignment in your area. (Info from G8SFR)

(22-Jan-2011 to 1-Mar-2011)

GB7ML update
Following the receipt of donations to support the Internet gateway costs, Darren,G7LWT reports that GB7ML will be back in operation as soon as site access can be arranged.
(20-Jan-2011 to 31-Jan-2011)

SYRG AGM
One of the first of the new season Repeater Group Annual General Meetings will be the South Yorkshire RG (SYRG) to be held on Thursday 3rd February in Rotherham. See their web site for full details. Please tell us if you want your group's meeting to be advertised.
(20-Jan-2011 to 4-Feb-2011)

GB3CD
The Durham 2 Metre repeater GB3CD will be liable to some down time due to refurbishment at the repeater site. Info from Matt M0LYI
(19-Jan-2011 to 25-Jan-2011)

2010 Clearances
The year 2010 saw the smallest number of repeater and digital voice node NoV's being issued in the last 10 years, with only 6 clearances on record.
Of these 6, sadly only 1 has actually become operational being the last minute clearance of South Yorkshire repeater GB3NA.
See Clearances 2010 for detail.

(19-Jan-2011 to 8-Feb-2011)

GB3EX to be closed.
Exeter 70cm Repeater GB3EX is to be closed down as the mast is to be dismantled. The Keeper is seeking a replacement site in the locality. Info from G8UWE
(11-Jan-2011 to 30-Jan-2011)

solar panel theft
We have been informed by Dave, G3ZXX of the theft of the 24 Volt solar panels that were used on the GB3JB Wiltshire 2 Metre repeater.
Whilst reported to the police, Dave asks to hear about anyone trying to sell what is a very expensive and physically large solar panel cheaply.
Dave G3ZXX
Repeater returned to service 6th Jan

(4-Jan-2011 to 18-Jan-2011)

GB3IP update
Jon, G7PFT reports that the Stafford 2 Metres repeater GB3IP is up to full power with a rebuild of the repeater (site) including new antenna, LDF4-50 feeder (thanks to Zycom!) plus base station re-alignment and tweaks. The antenna is now at final 30m AGL height.
(3-Jan-2011 to 23-Jan-2011)

News Items
Please use the on-line NEWS ITEMS form if you want your repeater or group news items to be posted here.
(2-Jan-2010 to 5-Mar-2011)

Status Reporting
Since STATUS reporting was introduced on this site last year, a timely reminder that outages should be reported using the on-line E-ZERO form and don't forget to report restoration times also!
(2-Jan-2010 to 22-Jan-2011)

A new look!
Happy New Year and welcome to the new look ukrepeaters web site.
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(1-Jan-2010 to 16-Jan-2011)

GB3NA back on
In a last minute clearance of 2010 OFCOM issued the NoV to allow GB3NA to be resited at Barnsley on RV49
The D-Star repeater GB7YD remains at a site near Barnsley for the time being with the VHF node on RV54
Keeper is Ernie, G4LUE and more information from SYRG

(31-Dec-2010 to 22-Jan-2011)

GB3PF Ceases
The Keeper of the 70cm repeater near Blackburn in Lancashire GB3PF reports the repeater has been removed from service due to an increase in site fees to an unaffordable level.
(23-Dec-2010 to 7-Jan-2011)

GB3NH Temporary outage.
Keith, G4YKE reports that the GB3NH equipment has been removed for its annual overhaul.
Due to be returned to service around New Year or sooner if possible.

(20-Dec-2010 to 31-Dec-2010)

Thanks for the Status!
Since the STATUS reporting was introduced on this site, a big thank you to all Keepers and group committee members for reporting repeater outages so keeping this facility as accurate as possible and, of course, meeting your licence obligations!
(19-Dec-2010 to 1-Jan-2010)

Chairman's Seasonal Message
The ETCC Chairman and Committee would like to wish Repeater Keepers and Users everywhere a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
We would also like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we go through yet another period of delays to clearances. We do hope that this will be resolved soon.
At the end of another year the Chairman would also like to publicly express his thanks to the ETCC Committee Members and for all their hard work willingly given in managing the network and dealing with the many difficult situations encountered.
This year our special thanks must go to Rod G3TXA in Ofcom who will be retiring in the very near future. We wish him good health and a long and happy retirement.
Rod you will be greatly missed by the entire Amateur community who owe you a great debt of gratitude for your help so willingly given.

(17-Dec-2010 to 2-Jan-2010)

GB3PF to Close
GB3PF the 70cm voice repeater near Blackburn in Lancashire on channel RB0 will shortly be closing down.
It is with sadness that the North Western Repeater Group has had to make this decision. However, as the site owners, after many years of charging a nominal site fee for radio amateurs, suddenly decided to increase the site fee to more than 6000GBP per annum.
Funding continued operation from the same site is beyond the means of the small group of amateurs.
If a suitable alternative site can be found within a few kilometres of the existing site at NGR SD707313, a site move may be possible.
So, if you live on top of hill within a few kilometres of the Sunny Bower area of Blackburn and would not mind hosting a 70cm repeater, please contact Mark Walmsley, G0VOF (Info from RSGB)

(25-Nov-2010 to 20-Dec-2010)

Peterborough update
Rob, M0ZPU reports that the Cambridgeshire Repeater Group has lodged an application to re-instate GB3PE It had previously been reported that this repeater (and GB3PB) were to be permanently closed down.
(24-Nov-2010 to 13-Dec-2010)

Logic For Sale
The South Yorkshire Repeater Group have 2 used G8CUL repeater control logics for sale
These are in used condition and surplus to the groups requirements.
The group want 110GBP each plus 8GBP next day delivery.
If interested please contact Ernie, G4LUE

(17-Nov-2010 to 12-Dec-2010)

Interest in 6 Metres
With the near impossibility of getting licensing on 23 and 70cm currently, interest has continued on other bands, and a new proposal has been received for a 6 Metre voice repeater for Lincolnshire.
GB3XD has been proposed by Brian, G7AJP for a site near Louth on the Lincolnshire Wolds, and coverage should extend north to Hull, south to Peterborough, and west to Doncaster.
The application will request use of 50.730 MHz and CTCSS tone of 71.9 Hz.
It is hoped that it can be licenced presently.

(15-Nov-2010 to 9-Dec-2010)

South Yorkshire 2 Metres
A proposal has been submitted to re-instate GB3NA to be co-sited with GB3SY near Barnsley and replacing the previous GB3YR repeater located near Rotherham.
Keeper is Ernie, G4LUE

(9-Nov-2010 to 24-Nov-2010)

GB3NU
Barry, G8SAU, the Keeper of GB3NU is pleased to announce that the repeater is now Fully Operational with recently upgraded Internet linking using both Allstar and Echolink.
This gives greater connectivity to other repeaters worldwide.
It was included as a part of an extended maintenance and upgrade of the repeater completed during October 2010.
Allstar Node number = 2536
Echolink Node Number = 388653

(6-Nov-2010 to 25-Nov-2010)

Web Site Refresh
ukrepeater.net will be getting a makeover with a refresh launch on 1st January 2011 including RSS and Twitter plus new database displays and new page layouts. Vetting information will be reformatted, and a new database search facility added. [more]
(15-Oct-2010 to 31-Dec-2010)

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(30-Nov--1 to 30-Nov--1)

GB7DB  (15 Oct 2010)
Don, G3YQO reports that GB7DB is off the the air for about 2 weeks to try to establish the cause of constant dropping out.
They wish to record that they are grateful for the assistance of the Cambridgeshire Repeater Group in trying to resolve this problem.


GB7ML  (13 Oct 2010)
GB7ML is expected to return to service presently.
The ongoing cost of the ADSL/Internet line has been a problem, although site rental and repeater hardware costs have been covered for the foreseeable future.
Martin Lynch are hosting a PayPal "*Donate*" button on the:
tinyurl.com/gb7ml-adsl website
- hopefully some of the local users will be able to help contribute to the Internet costs, so GB7ML can continue to provide gateway services to the West of London and many of the Home Counties.


GB7DE  (3 Oct 2010)
Martin, MM0DUN reports that following a site visit to GB7DE there will be No Gateway connection.
This means that GB7DE Ports B and C will only work as RF Repeaters and not linkable either in or out via the Internet. DV Dongle users will Not be unable to connect.
As stated there is currently no indication as to when this facility will be re-instated.


New Keeper needed(30 Sept 2010)
Andy, GW6JSO has decided to step down as Keeper of GB3CM after six years. In that time he has arranged funding and sourced a new repeater.
Echolink was set up in 2004 and has run every day since.
Andy has asked the Carmarthen Amateur Radio Club to take over the repeater but so far nobody has stepped forward.
If a local amateur does not take over by 17 December, Andy will have to close the repeater down.
If you are interested, please contact Andy by email to GW6JSO
source RSGB acknowledged.


GB7MM (8 Sept 2010)
The Dorset D-Star repeater GB7MM is back on air from its location near Wimborne.
Currently it has limited receive range, as the duplexer cavities have not yet been retuned after their move.
The new repeater is a fully PC based solution using Jonathan G4KLX software.
Gateway support will be added when internet issues at the site have been resolved.


new 6 Metre repeaters (25 August 2010)
Not one but TWO applications for Six Metre analog repeaters have been received. GB3HF (formerly resident at Hastings) is to move to Barnsley where Ernie, G4LUE hopes to add it to the portfolio of the South Yorkshire Repeater Group.
GB3GT has been proposed for a rural site in Shropshire and Adam, G1MAW proposes to cover places such as Ludlow, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Droitwich, Worcester and Leominster.
The proposals have been submitted to the UK's radio licensing authority OFCOM.


GB3PA Returns (18 August 2010)
Scotland's eco repeater GB3PA has returned to service following the replacement of the wind generator and associated cabling.
Sited on the South Bank of the River Clyde on an escarpment above the village of Langbank, its primary service area is the lower reaches of the River Clyde, Loch Lomond and the GareLoch. It also serves Central, North and West Glasgow. Southwards it overlaps with the Northern coverage of GB3AY. It has an output of 5 Watts into a colinear.
It is fitted with a wind generator and two solar panels. Info from CSFMG


Stirling Repeater (4 August 2010)
Wullie, GM0MZB reports that the antenna system at GB3FE near Stirling has been replaced and the repeater should be working to full potential now.
GB3FE Coverage report direct to Wullie would be appreciated.


update (15 July 2010)
Ofcom appreciates the situation regarding the high number of outstanding applications and can confirm that currently there are discussions in place to seek a resolution to the prolonged administration delays.
These discussions involve both the Primary Users of the bands concerned and the RSGB.


Another request for help (15 July 2010)
Stuart McMillan GM4WMM reports that GB3OC is currently off air due to continuing problems with its ageing duplexer (modified commercial unit of unknown origin, at least 30 years old !) No one locally has suitable test gear to realign it, so he is looking for any help or suggestions. It may be a new duplexer or a good second hand one is required in which case any recommendations or help would be welcome.

6 Metre repeater closes for good
(12 July 2010)
Tony, G4KLF, the Keeper of the Hastings 6 Metre repeater has advised that he is applying to Ofcom for a second NoV to permanently close GB3HF due to re-siting problems and lack of use.

Clearances at last! (9 June 2010)
Ofcom has cleared three repeater applications, the first for several months, though sadly there is still no movement on shared bands such as 23cm and 70cm.
GB3WY (Wakefield) on the 6 Metre band will replace GB3HX (Huddersfield) and a GMSK repeater GB7ML on the 2 Metre band covering a large footprint from Tring in Hertfordshire has been licenced, though we understand operation may be slightly delayed to allow a key group member to recover from illness.
A clearance for a site changed Tyne and Wear
2 Metre repeater GB3TW was also agreed.


Help Wanted urgently!
(8 June 2010)
Due to an antenna/interference problem, GB3SC has dropped back to single antenna working.
Laurence M0AUY asks if anyone can help by lending a 2m Circulator so as to make the 'temporary' installation more permanent?
Contact Laurence directly for offers of assistance.


London Repeaters closed down
(29 April 2010)
At the request of the Keeper, Geoff Peterson, G8SUG, Ofcom have issued a 2nd NoV recognising the permanent closure of both GB3HL and GB3WL.

Applications for all Repeaters and Nodes on Shared Bands
(17 April 2010)
The long delays presently being experienced by NoV applicants for all types of repeaters (new and changes) designed to operate in bands on which we have only secondary status were again discussed at the most recent meeting of the RSGB Emerging Technology Coordination Committee (ETCC).


New Committee positions (17 Apr 2010)
Following the election of Iain Philipps G0RDI to the Board of the RSGB, the position of Vice Chair of the ETCC became vacant.
At the meeting held on 17th April long standing ETCC member Andrew Barrett, G8DOR was nominated for the post.
Andrew will additionally continue to represent the South-West of England region.
Also, Steve Morton, G8SFR takes on the role of Data Comms Manager taking over the duties previously undertaken by Iain, G0RDI.


GB3CO fully operational
(15 April 2010)
Paul, G1DIW reports that GB3CO at Corby, Northamptonshire is now fully operational as final installation has taken place with antennae at correct height as per NOV.
Paul says please use it and enjoy its coverage.


Jersey Repeater, Channel Islands
(24 March 2010)
The Jersey repeater GB3GJ in the Channel Islands could be on the air by the end of May.
The original site at Westmount fell through late in 2009 but a new site on the Jersey Electricity Companies building has been found. The repeater group is now putting together the ancillary items needed.
Anyone who can lend their time and assistance will be gratefully received. If you think you can help please e-mail mj0rzdrobluscombe.com
Info from GB2RS


Announcing the D-Star ScriptShop
(18 February 2010)
Brian, NJ6N and Darren, G7LWT have produced a number of enhanced scripting functions to make life easier for mobile D-Star users.
Examples include a command to quickly link to the last busy reflector and another to establish if/where a repeater is linked through to.
The first few scripts aim to help mobile users that don't have web access to check network activity via dstarusers.org etc.
Further details from http://dstar.info/


TV Repeater changes
On 4 February the Arfon Repeater Group's amateur TV repeater GB3TM located on the north coast of Anglesey in North Wales had modifications made to its transmission mode.
A digital transmitter was installed and is now operational on 1316MHz. It is planned that GB3TM will transmit on both analogue and digital modes, but not both at the same time.
The analogue mode will be the normal mode, with the digital system being called up by DTMF tones by the user.
Further information can be seen on the Arfon Repeater Group's website at www.arfon.info


GB7RW Operational (25 January 2010)
Dave, G4DAX confirms that GB7RW at Octon in East Yorkshire went on air on Saturday 24th January.
It replaces GB3YC which was shut down beforehand.
GB7RW is currently operating in a stand alone mode as the broadband connection refused to work when the router was connected and is under investigation.


GB3IN Dual-Mode (20 January 2010)
Jon, G4TSN reports that GB3IN is now full dual mode FM/d-star running the latest pcrepeatercontoller software by Jonathan G4KLX.
The repeater can now be accessed in either mode from cold, once in that mode it will stay there until a period of inactivity network or radio (preset) when the repeater returns to a state where it is accessible again by either mode ...full G2 routing and also connection using dplus to reflectors and other gateways is possible for digital users and analogue users have access to the echolink system.
Thanks to G4KLX dedication the project was brought to fruition in less than 9 months.
The software is open source and can be downloaded here


GB3YL Lowestoft (15 January 2010)
The GB3YL repeater at Lowestoft has finally gone to CTCSS (94.8) access as reported by James M1TES
The new repeater equipment consists of Motorola compact and custom logic built by Jake G1YFF.


23cm UK first
(14 January 2010)
In a first for D-Star in the UK, Ofcom has issued a repeater Notice of Variation (NoV) to allow the Glasgow GB7DG D-Star node to engage the -A (DD) port on the 23cm band.
The frequency agreed by the primary user is 1240.150 MHz


D-Star in Worthing
(14 January 2010)
(extract from Visit Worthing web site)
Worthing Borough Council is the first Local Authority to host, in conjunction with Worthing and District Amateur Radio Club, a D-Star repeater which allows communication through amateur radio and the internet anywhere in the world.
Worthing & District Amateur Radio Club already hold radio session for the public in the Councils Museum at weekends throughout the summer.
Now, with the installation of their D-Star repeater on Council property in the Town Centre, amateur radio enthusiasts using a simple handportable in the area can talk, free of charge, to other users anywhere in the world.


Taking stock (3 January 2010)
It is likely that strict criteria will be applied in the new year for new repeater applications.
Against the backdrop of low activity levels, and poorly performing repeaters, the need to justify new applications is likely to be enforced to a far greater extent.
Long term non operational repeaters, repeaters licenced but failing to commence service and repeaters nominally operational but widely reported as being either deaf or inaccessible for other reasons has become all too prevalent.
The recent interest in digital modes, in particular GMSK, has been a welcome boost to the repeater sector of the hobby, but challenges to amateur use of bands above 2 Metres is likely to require even greater proof that we "need" and value these bands to support our society in seeing off commercial interest in 70cm and above.
The focus on radio spectrum is going to intensify in the coming decade, radio amateurs have to be seen to have our house in order and make good use of the valuable bands at our disposal in the so called "sweet-spot" of the radio bands.


Christmas break (15 December 2009)
Please note that Ofcom will not be processing any repeater or node applications until 4 January 2010, also ETCC members are not expecting to receive new applications in this same period.
This presents a good opportunity to get existing repeaters repaired, performance checked and outstanding work carried out at this normally quieter period of the year.
All non operational repeaters should be brought back into service before 4 January 2010.


Christmas Message from ETCC Chairman

The ETCC Chairman and Committee would like to wish Repeater Keepers and Users everywhere a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

At the end of another year the Chairman would also like to publicly express his thanks to the ETCC Committee Members and Ofcom for all their hard work willingly given in managing the network and dealing with the many difficult situations encountered.



GB7PB
Jim G7TFX reports that the 2 Meter DStar Digital repeater GB7PB is currently powered up and working on its allotted frequency of 145.6625 from 27 November 2009 from Finchale Training College Durham.
The unit has been soaked test to a dummy load, then from a temporary mast to make sure all was working fine. Testing will carry on for a week or so until the equipment can be installed in its final operating position before Christmas.


GB3ZB operational (23 November 2009)
Matt, G4RKY reports that 70 cm analog voice repeater GB3ZB became fully operational at 18:30 local on Sunday 22nd November.
He reports some electrical downtilt on the antenna which is limiting distant coverage but this is not altogether a bad thing on such a prominent site as is Dundry outside Bristol.
Reports indicate coverage in the immediate surrounding area is excellent but tails off rapidly as you move out of the area.


SIMPLEX VOICE GATEWAYS (23 November 2009)
ETCC is no longer accepting applications for analogue Simplex Voice Gateways on 2M frequencies in the 144 MHz band segment.
The intent is to re-align the 144.80-144.99 MHz segment with the IARU Region 1 Band Plan, and to allow possibilites for DIGITAL Simplex Voice Gateways in this part of the band.
No changes to existing analogue Simplex Voice Gateways on the affected frequencies will be permitted.


MB6AM 2M D-Star Simplex Node (20 November 2009)
After several weeks in testing, MB6AM went live on 20th November sharing the same mast as the 70cm GB3TU repeater.
MB6AM is located in Tring, North West of London and is well appointed to provide Digital Voice (DV) coverage across many of the Home Counties and parts of Oxfordshire.
It is the reincarnation of the old GB7AM packet node, using the same antenna and 2m frequency.
Chris, G0WTZ kindly donated his own Yaseu FT-7800R for the project and David, G4ULF provided custom software to link into the global D-Star network. G4ULF's software was developed with the full cooperation of the Trust Server team and has been fully tested for G2 compatibility, with support for G2 direct routing and dplus linking across to other D-Star repeaters, via the Internet.
MB6AM will be routinely connected to reflector REF013B which has been dubbed TechNet, a meeting place for repeater keepers, software developers and D-Star hardware hackers. User control of dplus linking and unlinking is enabled, so mobile users on the busy M1 and M40 motorways, can re-task the simplex node as required. When the dplus connection is left unlinked, a script will automatically reestablish contact with TechNet.
To access MB6AM, users should configure their radios in simplex mode on 144.8625 MHz, with no RPT settings required. If RPT settings are used, then the following settings must be programmed:
  1. YOUR: CQCQCQ
  2. RPT1: MB6AM^^C (^ = space)
  3. RPT2: MB6AM^^G
  4. Duplex Offset: +/- 0 MHz
D-Star users can make use of all the usual dplus and G2 routing commands, so they can link to other nodes or call directly around the D-Star network.
Iain, G0RDI the NoV holder for MB6AM, extends his personal gratitude to Rod Wilkinson (Ofcom), Chris (G0WTZ), David (G4ULF) and Darren (G7LWT) for their assistance with the implementation of this project.
MB6AM is the first simplex G2 gateway in the UK; radio amateurs wishing to apply for a Notice of Variation (NoV) to operate a simplex DV node, should complete the recently updated form type e1 from this site: click here for forms
Further information on the work of the Amersham Wireless Repeater Group can be found here: www.77hz.com


Cross-band Repeater approved (3 November 2009)
Ofcom has approved for immediate operation a 6-to-10 Metre repeater to be located in South Wiltshire.
It will be co-sited with the 2m voice repeater GB3JB, at Willoughby Hedge, IO81VC
The system, when not being used as a repeater, will transmit a Beacon signal enabling those interested in propagation to directly compare signals, between 6M and 10M.
Both the 6 and 10 Metre systems will transmit with the same ERP, from the same dual-band omni-directional antenna system, thus enabling direct comparisons to be made.
The proposal for GB3WX, which received widespread support, will be the first of its kind in the UK and replaces a standalone 6 metre repeater in the same area and with the same callsign.
The group have 3 months in which to get it up and running.


GB7OK Gateway opens (28 October 2009)
The long a awaited D-Star gateway for GB7OK is now live.
Repeater Keeper Tony, G1HIG thanks all who have assisted with the project, Darren, G7LWT from the UK D-Star Interconnect Team for installing G2 Software also the technical support of Justin, G0KSC for installing and configuring Centos operating system on the server.
Further information from GB7OK web site.


GB3BI returns to service (22 October 2009)
After an off-air period of almost two years, the Black Isle VHF Repeater GB3BI was returned to service on Sunday 18 October.
The repeater is now located on a private site at 417m asl, approximately ten miles South of Nairn on the Moray Coast.
The Chairman and Committee of the Black Isle Repeater Group wish to convey their sincere thanks to Cawdor Estate and, in particular, to both Lord Cawdor and Angus McNicol, the Estate Factor, for all their help and accommodation towards the relocation of this repeater.


Help Required (21 October 2009)
Laurence,M0AUY reports that work is in hand to refurbish the GB3SZ repeater at Bournemouth in Dorset.
Unfortunately he has been unable to source suitable cavitity filters economically and is now asking the wider repeater community if any offers can be made to help them get this repeater back in service.
Please reply directly to Laurence.


Committee change (7 October 2009)
As D-Star and digital voice communications continues to grow and develop it has become apparent that there is ever increasing reliance on the Trust Servers which comprise the network infrastructure.
2UKIT The administration of this network within the UK is carried out by the UKIT team who came together voluntarily to take on this vital role.
The RSGB now wishes to build upon the excellent work done by the team giving it a more permanent structure and following discussions at the National Hamfest it has been agreed that they will become part of the ETCC.
Darren G7LWT will represent the UKIT on the ETCC while the other members will work on a corresponding basis.


72 hours (24 September 2009)
All Keepers are reminded of their obligations to report any changes to the operational status of their repeater no later than 72 hours after the event, then again immediately upon resumption of service.
In past times a postcard may have been sent in, or a phonecall made, but we make it easy now by use the new E-ZERO form from this web site. The form will notify all ETCC members and Ofcom's Licencing Centre of a change of status.
The new STATUS reporting facility on this site will refect the changes made for the benefit of everybody.
Keepers are also reminded that they only get 3 months upon receipt of their NoV to commence operation. There are now only a few outstanding long-term licenced but non-operational repeaters. The ETCC is to ask Ofcom to issue second NoV's which will allow valuable spectrum resources to be freed and allow other applicants to take up both callsign and channel of failed repeaters.


GB3IN D-Star tests (18 September 2009)
G4TSN reports the first tests using the G4KLX d-star repeater software have been carried out on GB3IN being the first live successful on air tests.
Once the GMSK deviation on the FX5000 was set, 4 stations G4TSN,G7NPW,G0LCG and M3SNY had a 4 way qso through the repeater for over an hour without problems.
This is a complete open source software solution discriminator audio is fed to the pc sound card line in and the line out provides the GMSK modulating signal with no CML modems or "Satoshi" interfaces required.
Currently there is a analogue controller which is virtually complete and the latest release a now a "proven" basic working d-star repeater in software.
G4KLX's plan is to also have a combined analogue digital to produce a proper integrated dual mode solution as well as analogue only or digital controllers and hopefully integrate the d-star networking capability in due course.
Further information at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pcrepeatercontroller/


GB7MH Operational (10 September 2009)
The World's first non-Icom D-Star repeater GB7MH fully linked to the K5TIT G2 network and D-Plus, went live on the afternoon of 10 September.
Whilst waiting for the DSL line to be installed, the repeater is connected to the Internet via a 3G dongle from network operator "Three"
The system is built around Satoshi Yasuda's GMSK Node Adapter, a Mini-ITX system running CentOS 4, a Tait T800 repeater and G2 code written by G4ULF.
All the usual G2 features such as callsign routing, D-Plus linkage and DPRS via D-Star Monitor are supported.
Mews item received from David, G4ULF and further information from web site www.ashdownforestrg.org


GB7NE (8 September 2009)
Colin, G7RWC reports that digital node GB7NE became operational on Tuesday 8 September in stand alone mode, awaiting software and internet connection.
The site is at Lynemouth on the Northumberland coast and coverage includes Morpeth, Blyth, Bedlington, Ashington, Ponteland and north to Amble and Alnmouth.
Higher parts around Newcastle and Gateshead will also be within the coverage footprint. The -B node operates on the 70cm band.


GB7GL Operational (31 August 2009)
Simon, G4SGI reports thatdigital node GB7GL went live on Friday 28 August with partial connectivity, but as from Monday 31 August with full Internet connectivity.
The repeater is part of the MIDSTAR cluster, but users may connect to any national or international reflector at will in the normal way.
The RF performance over the next few weeks will be monitored and any decisions will decide if/when/how to improve TX/RX isolation.
A dedicated website is available for users at http://home.btconnect.com/gb7gl/
Users may contact the repeater keeper, G4SGI, using this gb7gl@btconnect.com e-mail address.


frequency check stage (22 August 2009)
All new applications on bands where we have to seek clearance from the primary user (most notably 23 and 70cm) will now include a pre-submission check with the Keeper so any problems can be identified BEFORE the application is made.
As a choice of frequencies must be given to the primary user, and there is no guarantee which may be agreed, ETCC feels it is important to run the choices past the Keeper who may be able identify possibly unforseen problems with one or other of the choices, at least to be aware of what is being requested in his/her name.
The pre-PU check will be made by the Proposals Manager by email to the prospective Keeper, and a reply, including a nil response, will be required before the primary user frequency submission is made via Ofcom.
It was felt that this additional stage should enhance the user experience of the applicant and aim to avoid frequency choices which cannot later be changed.


The Rig Register fights theft (22 August 2009)
Hugh Golding, G7UOD has created a national database for stolen amateur radio equipment.
The Rig Register is a simple site that allows users to store their details and serial numbers of various equipment types.
These can then be marked as lost or stolen and checked by the participating shops and second-hand purchasers, as well as amateur radio clubs, etc.
Current shops and repairers checking the database include Martin Lynch & Sons.
Visit http://rigregister.onlineham.net for further details.
Rig Register


What about non-operational repeaters? (7 August 2009)
What (if anything) should be done about repeaters that are licenced but long-term non-operational?
The subject will be discussed at a forthcoming ETCC meeting and we would like comments from the user community.


Tait UHF 850 (3 August 2009)
This message is from G4OYX to "pass the word" re the supply of EPROMS for the Tait UHF 850 series in versions 1 and 2 that has been sold recently by Radioswap on Ebay etc.
The freq eproms were removed as part of the sale and John reports that The Hope Bagot Repeater Group [GB3VN] have located a programmer and supplier in the name of John, G4HKT
They have offered to send him a little extra but he has sent the message enclosed. He offers an "at cost" service of EPROM supply and programming.
If other groups have Tait gear etc then this is well worth knowing.
Message by Dave G4OYX


Northampton repeater to go dual-mode (1 August 2009)
An application for dual-mode working has been received for the GB3TO repeater near Northampton on RV49 in the 2 Metre band. The site will be shared with the GB7JF D-Star node already licensed.
This is the best way that a 2 Metre digital node can be added in this congested area without closing the analog repeater facility.


Sheffield D-Star operational (24 July 2009)
Port B of the GB7SN digital node was switched into operation on Thursday 23 July as a basic digital regenerative node using full power.
No Gateway access at present - Internet connection to follow at a later date.
Thanks to John, M0ADS for the update.

Fermanagh 2 Metre Repeater now operational (4 July 2009)
The latest 2 Metre repeater to enter service is GB3CP located at Carnmore, South Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.


25th June - 70MHz store and forward unit has been installed at GB3NS (Banstead, Surrey) on 70.3875 MHz simplex, carrier access.
14th June - GB3CW Mid Wales 70cm repeater has QSY'd from RB6 to RB4


Birmingham D-Star now operational (25 June 2009)
GB7BM is co-sited with GB3CB and should provide much needed Dstar coverage for the Birmingham area.
The repeater is a Tait T850 series2 base station with a Satoshi DV node controller. It is currently in a standalone mode, but will be connected to the network when the software becomes available.
Coverage reports etc to gb7bm@gb3cb.com. More info at www.gb3cb.com and thanks to John G8VIQ for the update.


D-Star nodes open for use (23 June 2009)
Two 70cm D-Star nodes (port B) in Scotland have now been made available for use.
GB7DD at Dundee and GB7DK at Stranraer.
Further information from D-Star Scotland


10th June - We are delighted to report that ETCC member, Dave M0OBW has been nominated by the RSGB as President-elect.
9th June - GB7DD currently only operating on Gateway as Duplexer is to be tuned in the next few days.
5th June - Ofcom have asked for no further repeater or node proposals to be submitted to them meantime due to pressure of work.


9 NoV's issued by Ofcom (5 June 2009)
On Friday 5 June (2009) Ofcom issued the following Keeper NoV's to allow immediate operation of the following repeaters/nodes
GB3NP 70cm analogue repeater for Towcester, Northants.
GB7BM 70cm digital voice node for Birmingham.
GB7DD 70cm digital voice node for Dundee.
GB7DK additional node for Stranraer D-Star node site.
GB7DW additional node for Fenwick, Ayrshire D-Star node site.
GB7GL new 70cm digital node for Gloucestershire.
GB7MH 70cm digital voice node for West Sussex.
GB7NB 70cm digital voice node for Norwich, Norfolk.
GB7NE new 70cm digital voice node for Lynemouth, Northumberland.
Thu 11 June the following was cleared:
GB3CW frequency change Mid Wales 70cm repeater.


The Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group (3 June 2009)
The Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group have just installed a new 2m antenna and Heliax cable on their new mast at Hensbarrow Downs
near St. Austell.
They will be testing the new antenna during the next couple of weeks on simplex channels to establish that there are no problems with any of the commercial transmissions from other masts on Hensbarrow Downs.
On Sunday 14 June, following the RSGB news between 10am and 4pm local time, they will be operating full coverage tests on 145.550MHz (or the nearest unoccupied channel) using the callsign G3MCD/A.
They would like people to report the difference between the current signal strength of the GB3NC transmission from the old mast and the simplex transmission from the new mast.
Both transmitters will be running the same power.
Info from RSGB NEWS


Wessex Cross-Band Proposal (12 May 2009)
WesseX Repeater Group is proposing that a 6m to 10m cross-band FM voice repeater be established in South Wiltshire, on the site currently occupied by GB3WX
GB3WX has a significant coverage area, on 6m, which stretches from the IOW to South Wales, with similar distances to the NE and SW. It is anticipated that the 10m coverage will be similar.
Of course the potential for Sporadic E's and MUF DX propagation should greatly improve with the increase in solar activity, as we move towards the solar maximum.
As this would be a significant and ground breaking project, since cross-band repeaters, 6m/10m, have not previously be allowed, the group would like to assess the level of support from the general Amateur community, prior to making the formal application.


70cm GMSK node frequencies approved (21 May 2009)
The Ayrshire and Stranraer D-Star node sites GB7DW and GB7DK respectively have had frequency approval to add nodes in the 70cm band.
Once the formal licensing process has been completed they can be switched on and thereby improve facilities to amateurs using the digital network.
Further information from this link.


GB7LF (18 May 2009)
Bob, G3VVT reports that GB7LF at Lancaster has now entered service in an initial stand alone repeater mode using a Satoshi GMSK node adapter with a modified UHF Tait T800 PMR repeater.
With initial testing the coverage area so far seems to agree with the coverage prediction map.
When Internet linking facilities can be provided at the hilltop site and means to identify the RF entry point using currently available software is possible, linking to other D-Star systems will be made available.
Not the first of the non Icom solutions to D-Star to be placed into service having been preceded by Andy, G4SZM with the Weston-Super-Mare group repeaters and work in Staffordshire by Jon, G7PFT.


Wessex Cross-Band Proposal (12 May 2009)
WesseX Repeater Group is proposing that a 6m to 10m cross-band FM voice repeater be established in South Wiltshire, on the site currently occupied by GB3WX
GB3WX has a significant coverage area, on 6m, which stretches from the IOW to South Wales, with similar distances to the NE and SW. It is anticipated that the 10m coverage will be similar.
Of course the potential for Sporadic E's and MUF DX propagation should greatly improve with the increase in solar activity, as we move towards the solar maximum.
As this would be a significant and ground breaking project, since cross-band repeaters, 6m/10m, have not previously be allowed, the group would like to assess the level of support from the general Amateur community, prior to making the formal application.
It would be much appreciated if Amateurs could share their thoughts with us, by completing the groups on-line survey, available via a link at the groups web site: click here


4th May - Londonderry 70cm repeater GB3DX has become operational.
1st May - Scotland's first 6 Metre repeater GB3SL switched on from near Kilsyth.
23th April - GB3LA Operational linking southern Scotland with Cumbria (see featured repeater below)


Guide to Repeater and Internet Gateway Licensing (1 May 2009)
After a considerable amount of preparation the RSGB is pleased to announce the publication of this 3 part Guide covering Repeaters, Gateways and Packet Radio.
The 60 page document is only available in electronic format and is available on this web site, and from Ofcom.
It gives details of the licencing process including specifications for the various bands, and provides examples of the various documentation that will be issued to licensees. Click here to view.


Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft Meeting (22 April 2009)
The Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft Repeater Group Annual General Meeting will be held on the 14 May at the Lowestoft Railway Bowls and Social Club located at 123a Carlton Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0LZ
The meeting will start at 8:00pm. Further details from James, M1TES


Grampian Repeater Group Annual Meeting (5 May 2009)
The Grampian Repeater Group AGM will take place on the 19th of May.
Venue is The 22 Club, 55b Rose Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1UB and doors open at 1900 BST


Norfolk Repeater Group (GB3NB) (22 April 2009)
The Annual General Meeting of the Norfolk Repeater Group will take place on Wed 20th May 2009 at 20:00 to be held at :-


4 April - Port C of Stranraer D-Star node GB7DK became operational on 4th April. (see featured repeater below)
24th March - A proposal has been approved for a new 70cm repeater at Londonderry in Northern Ireland GB3DX


South Anglia Repeater Group GB3PO, IH, EA, EF, EZ (6 April 2009)
The Annual General Meeting of the South Anglia Repeater Group will take place on Tuesday 21st April commencing at 19:30
This year will see a change of venue for the AGM to:
St John Ambulance (Suffolk) Headquarters, Priory House, Duckamere, Bramford, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 4AJ
Directions and a map can be found at: click here
The committee look forward to seeing everyone on the evening of the 21st.


24th March - A proposal has been approved for a new 70cm repeater at Londonderry in Northern Ireland GB3DX (see featured repeater)
28th February - GB3WA The Keeper, David G3ZXX has decided to apply for a second NoV to permanently close down this 70cm repeater.


3 Cleared for operation (26 March 2009)
The following were cleared by Ofcom for immediate operation:
GB3MH 70 cm analog for Handcross, West Sussex
GB7ML 70cm digital for Central London
GB7LF 70cm digital for Lancaster area


70cm repeater for Sussex (16 March 2009)
A proposal has been submitted for a new 70cm repeater to be situated near Crawley in West Sussex.
GB3MH will provide useful. mobile and portable coverage to Burgess Hill, Horsham, Crawley, Haywards Heath and surrounding areas.
Keeper is G4ULF


D-Star for London (16 March 2009)
The GB7ML D-Star node previously situated at Chertsey in Surrey is to be moved to central London. Frequency clearance has been agreed for the 70cm band and the new location near London Bridge will provide coverage right out to the M25.
The node will appear on 439.4625 MHz and receiving 9 MHz below this. Keeper is ETCC Vice Chairman, Iain, G0RDI
(see featured repeater below)


2 repeaters return (19 February 2009)
Two former 2 Metre repeaters will be re-licensed in the near future after periods of being QRT.
Situated at St Saviour on Jersey GB3GJ will return after a long absence this time on RV51. Keeper is Peter GJ8PVL
Hundreds of miles north the Inverness repeater GB3BI is making a welcome return after a short absence due to site problems.
Keeper is Stephen, GM1VAD



GB3MD closes down (10 February 2009)
Mick, G0UYQ reports the loss of use of QTH for 70cm repeater GB3MD
at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
Equipment will be recovered on 11 Feb. and antenna shortly after.
Repeater group will consider re-locating or abandoning in due course.
Possible co-locating with GB3MX?


GB7JH commences operation (6 February 2009)
GB7JH 70cm D-Star repeater based in Worthing, West Sussex is now operating.
The repeater is operated by the:
Worthing and District Amateur Radio Club.


28th January - GB3CP new 2 Metre repeater for Co.Fermanagh, Northern Ireland cleared for operation.
24th January - GB7ML Chertsey D-Star node taken out of service until it can be relocated in central London.
16th January - GB7JF D-Star node near Northampton now in service.


GB3BD closes GB7DB opens (4 February 2009)
GB7DB went live at 12:30 on 4th February it is expected to have a Gateway connection within about two weeks.
GB3BD was decommissioned officially at 09:45 on the same day.
see featured repeater below


GB3SV closed down (27 January 2009)
Mike, G1ZRN has asked Ofcom to issue a second NoV for 70cm repeater GB3SV due to high running costs, lack of activity and dwindling local support, despite interest originally.
The repeater was closed down for good on 27th January 2009.


GB3BY signs off for good (26 January 2009)
Nigel, G8OXG reports that his 6 Metre repeater near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, GB3BY was closed down permanently on Sunday 25th January 2009 due to what he describes as "ongoing unsolveable interference problems at site "


Manx 70cm repeater improvements cleared (20 January 2009)
A scheme to link two new on-channel repeaters and an existing repeater to improve 70cm repeater coverage on The Isle of Man has been approved by Ofcom.
The existing GB3IM site on Snaefell has not proved capable of covering the entire island, so the extention would see two new repeaters operating as a single entity to provide fill-in coverage.
The two new sites are at the Carnane radio site to the south of Douglas, and the second site is in the northern part of the island north of Ramsey.
The two new repeaters plus the previous unit on Snaefell would be linked together and improve amateur radio communications to this Crown Dependency which is not part of the United Kingdom.


GB3OM (12 January 2009)
Urgent help required in obtaining suitable hardware for our local UHF repeater GB3OM
Any repeater or ex-repeater group who may have a set of good quality UHF cavity filters to suit 1.6MHz frequency split please contact Eric GI4SXV


GB3LK/GB3OK (7 January 2009)
Ofcom announced that some changes have been agreed affecting the 70cm repeater previously known as GB3LK south of London.
It has now been licenced as GB3OK and with the different CTCSS tone of (D) 82.5Hz
Keeper is Tony G1HIG.
Note that the 2 Metre analog repeater GB3OK has now been replaced on the same channel with GB7OK operating as a D-Star node.


GB3LK/GB3OK (7 January 2009)
Ofcom announced that some changes have been agreed affecting the 70cm repeater previously known as GB3LK south of London.
It has now been licenced as GB3OK and with the different CTCSS tone of (D) 82.5Hz
Keeper is Tony G1HIG.
Note that the 2 Metre analog repeater GB3OK has now been replaced on the same channels with GB7OK operating as a D-Star node.


GB7OK (3 January 2009)
Please note that the GB3OK 2 metre repeater has been replaced with GB7OK (D-Star) from 22 December 2008 operating on the same frequencies (see feature below)
Jeanette, G1UPT reports that they are to start a weekly net on GB7OK on a Wednesday evening starting on Wednesday 7th January at 8.00pm and every Wednesday after that.
The Wednesday Net is being established for all D-Star users to get to know each other and to promote the use of the D-Star and the many features it has to offer, also for all of us to gain further knowledge using this new mode. All D Star radios users are invited to participate.
If your own Amateur Radio Club meets on Wednesday your Club is more than welcome to join in.


Central Scotland (1 January 2009)
The latest publication of the Central Scotland FM Group "FM NEWS" reports that the groups two outstanding repeater projects GB3LA and GB3SL are imminently due to commence service.
GB3SL (6 Metres) in particular has been licensed for a long time but the group have been unable to complete the project until now. The GB3LA repeater (2 Metres) is expected to offer (analogue) mobile communications between the central/southern Scotland and Cumbria.


GB7OK (22 December 2008)
Please note that the GB3OK 2 metre repeater has been replaced with GB7OK (D-Star) from 22 december 2008 operating on the same frequencies.


GB7ZI (18 December 2008)
The d-star repeater GB7ZI located sj91 Cannock Chase Staffordshire went live on Wednesday 17 Dec and is connected to the gateway.
Thanks to all at ETCC for there help and to Ian G0RDI for his encouragement.
Repeater group web site is at www.staffordrepeatergroup.org.uk
many thanks from Brian G8VPR


International Space Station (from GB2RS December 2008)
The International Space Station 70cm to 2 metre FM repeater is now operational.
The Space Station repeater has its input on 437.800MHz and its output on 145.800MHz.
Unlike terrestrial repeaters there is no need to use CTCSS or any toneburst to activate it.


web site down (8 December 2008)
Due to a fault with the hosting server this web site was faulty on Tuesday 8th December.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


GB7HD-B, Huddersfield's D-Star Node TX: 439.450 MHz RX: 430.450 MHz (7 December 2008)
GB7HD-B is now in testing with a live gateway to the worldwide D-Star network. Inital RF tests were successful with good quality audio from G3SMU (IO83SO), more than 30 miles from GB7HD, on the far side of the Pennines. Additional tests with the UK reflector, REF005A, have been performed with good reports received from around the country.
Many thanks to Iain Philipps, G0RDI, of the RSGB/ETCC and Rod Wilkinson from Ofcom, for assisting with the NoV application.
Also thanks to the local team who have put in many hours to get GB7HD on the air:
Steve 2E0BIJ, Martin M0EHL, Sandra M3RTP, Mike G4AHJ, Ernie G4LUE, Andrew 2E0BLF, Darren G7LWT, Jeff M3VYV.
Special thanks to LAM Communications for the donation of the power supply and antenna. Sunray Fascias, Huddersfield, also saved the day by loaning scaffolding so the team could safely erect the new Antenna.
Reports are welcome via qsl@gb7hd.org.uk
73 de David, G6OCD/UK FM Group Northern/Digital


ETCC Position statement on 2 Metre band GMSK Proposals (3 December 2008)
Amateurs who use the 144MHz band will be only too well aware of the congestion being experienced in this band especially in the Midlands and South East.
To enable the ETCC to make an informed decision on best use of the band in the future, a complete frequency re-planning exercise was carried out for England and Wales, using computer simulation and taking existing repeaters as the base model.
The output of this exercise was a new plan which re-assigned frequencies with a probability of less then 5% interference but with NO spare capacity. When additional repeaters were entered into the model, the interference level increased to unacceptable levels. This suggests that maximum use of available channels has already been reached in central and southern England.
As a consequence of this, the ETCC have agreed that proposals for GMSK nodes in this band can no longer be recommended to Ofcom unless the proposal incorporates a plan to either:
a) close down an existing repeater in the area, replacing it with a digital node at a location which retains the same general coverage characteristics.
b) or convert the repeater to dual mode working.
Dual mode working in this context means analogue and digital operation on the same site using the same frequency.


status information (2 December 2008)
Whilst the repeater lists published on this web site show the static details of the site and frequencies we would like to include details of operational status and access requirements.
An easy-use form has been created for Keepers and indeed users to update this details so we can display it for everyone's benefit.
Please let us know the operating and access state of any analog repeater or repeaters you are either responsible for or have knowledge of as a user or group member.


ETCC changes (30 November 2008)
Please note some changes to the ETCC regional member boundaries and representation.
click here for map and see also the contacts page.


Repeaters back on the air (23 November 2008)
GB3SH and GB3SU repeaters are back on the air, connected to the standby aerial. Replacement work on the aerials is weather dependant, although it should be completed soon.
Reports or comments can be sent via the GB3SH or GB3SU websites.
Info from GB2RS


Manx improvements (16 November 2008)
A scheme to link two new on-channel repeaters and an existing repeater to improve 70cm repeater coverage on The Isle of Man has been submitted by GD4HOZ.
The existing GB3IM site on Snaefell has not proved capable of covering the entire island, so the extention would see two new repeaters operating as a single entity to provide fill-in coverage.
The two new sites are at the Carnane radio site to the south of Douglas, and the second site is in the northern part of the island north of Ramsey.
The two new repeaters plus the previous unit on Snaefell would be linked together and improve amateur radio communications to this Crown Dependency which is not part of the United Kingdom.


70cm cavities wanted (11 November 2008)
Steve, M1SWB has asked us for help in sourcing a suitable duplexer for 70cm repeater use.
Reply direct use this link


GB3GJ (5 November 2008)
An application has been received to revive a 2 Metre repeater on Jersey, Channel Islands.
Subject to vetting and licensing the repeater should provide useful coverage in Jersey and parts of Guernsey.
Keeper is Peter, GJ8PVL


2 metre cavities wanted (4 November 2008)
A request has come from Keeper and former RMC Member, Dave GW4NQJ for a set of 2 metre cavities to allow GB3PW to go single aerial working.  Please reply direct to Dave with your offers.

The scourge of the SRD (4 November 2008)
The 70cm band has been plagued with the presence of Short Range Devices (SRD) which operate between 433.05 and 434.79 MHz
Two repeater Keepers have recently successfully obtained alternative frequencies from the primary user as their original channels were rendered not fit for purpose because of SRD's
GB3ST at Stoke on Trent and GB3SK at Canterbury in Kent will be on the move presently to channels with a 7.6MHz split.
Keepers should note that migrating to replacement channels with the wider split should not be undertaken lightly. The availability of channels is limited and agreement for use by the primary user cannot be guaranteed.
See article by ETCC Chairman on SRD's click here


ETCC Vacancies (3 November 2008)
Please note that due to ETCC committee vacancies in the North-East of England and West Midlands areas all applications and repeater queries should be direcetd to the ETCC Chairman until the regional structure is reviewed and any vacancies filled.
We wish to thank retiring members Michael, G0NEE and Mark, G4LCH for their sterling work on committee.


G3TZZ (28 October 2008)
It is with regret that we hear that the repeater Keeper for GB3NL and LV, John Jackson, G3TZZ became a silent key last Friday.
A sad loss to the area as he had been Mayor for the London Borough of Enfield on 2 occasions and was this years Deputy Mayor.
He was also a well respected Radio Amateur and effective Repeater Keeper.


dual-mode repeaters (28 October 2008)
There are now 2 dual mode (analog and digital) units providing service on a first-mode-come, first-mode-served basis.
These are as follows:
GB3MI at Manchester.
GB3WE at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset


ETCC West Midlands (27 October 2008)
For personal reasons Mark G4LCH has stood down as the West Midlands ETCC manager.
Please contact the Chairman GI4BWM with any West Midlands matters until a replacement is found.


GB7AD (26 October 2008)
Darren G7LWT reports that on Sunday 26 October GB7AD (North East of Bristol) was connected to the global D-Star network.
The NoV holder, Tony G4CJZ, put the final touches to the system before successfully testing the link via Reflector 005A.
Coverage map and QRGs can be found here: GB7AD
Full synchronisation with the global D-Star network will be completed by early Sunday morning.
Here's a big welcome to the D-Star fun!


GB7WE (18 October 2008)
Andy, G4SZM reports that GB7WE Dual Mode Repeater became operational on Friday 17th October 2008 at 14.30
The repeater has been very busy, being used and tested equally by both FM and DV users so far.
The repeater automatically detects which mode the user is accessing in, switches and latches to that mode until the repeater returns to idle mode at the end of use. No one mode has priority over another, just first come, first serve and the repeater will not change mode during use. The repeater doesn't convert one mode to the other, analogue operators cannot hear digital users and digital users cannot hear analogue users. Simply the mode which initially accesses the repeater is the only mode which is output by the repeater until it closes down at the end of use.
If an operator tries to use the opposite mode than that which the repeater is locked in, then that signal will not pass through the repeater.
The repeater comprises solely of a single modified FX5000 and seems to preform very well, as the test equipment indicated it should.
The group would like to thank everyone concerned at Ofcom and the ETCC for this exciting opportunity to experiment with this project.
ETCC Footnote: This is a convenient way of avoiding the use of additional scarce frequencies! (see also GB7MI)


GB7WB (11 October 2008)
Andy, G4SZM reports that GB7WB DIGITAL VOICE NODE was turned on at 19.30 on Friday 10th October.
Reports of 10 stations testing the repeater already. Andy wishes to thank all for the help that the ETCC and Ofcom have given in getting this node licenced.


GB3GU (10 October 2008)
Despite only having been licenced since April last year, we hear from Keith GU6EFM that the Guernsey Repeater GB3GU is on its last legs!
He is looking for recommendations and advice on what is the best equipment route to take. If any repeater group or individual has any equipment that they wish to sell please contact Keith directly.


GB7MI (5 October 2008)
With all the software and hardware test now complete GB7MI will run echolink on digital from Sunday 12 October 2008.
Other echolink repeaters, nodes and computer users will be able to connect to GB7MI and hold a qso with digital/dstar, RF users, without any changes to their equipment.
Info from Kev, G0TOG


GB3EZ in operation (29 September 2008)
Jake, G1YFF reports that 70cm voice repeater in Suffolk GB3EZ is now on the Air. The South Anglia Repeater Group is looking for reports/comments via http://gb3ea.blogspot.com/
Many thanks to all those who made it happen.


GB7ZP in operation (26 September 2008)
Murray, G6JYB reports that following receipt of the NoV issued on Fri Sept-12 for GB7ZP, the Essex Repeater Group (ERG) have moved quickly and at 10pm on Thu Sept-25 put GB7ZP on air using the as-supplied Icom hardware (kindly supplied via W&S)
He reports that it will take a little while to establish full performance but QSOs down to Swanley in Kent amongst other places (inc one crackly report from Eastbourne) suggest the antenna and location is doing its job!


Node frequency change (21 September 2008)
Please note the following frequency changes to GMSK node.
GB7FK 439.7375TX//430.7375RX Folkestone.


GB7DE (5 September 2008)
John, GM0OPS reports that the GB7DE D-star system now has an operational internet Gateway. This forms a major part of the GM D-Star network across the Central belt of Scotland.
The central belt network is made up of GB7DW (Ayrshire), GB7DG (Glasgow and Clyde Valley), GB7DE (Fife, Lothians)
For more information visit www.dstarinfo.org


application form (29 August 2008)
Please note that the repeater application form (type e1) is updated on a regular basis and is available from this web site.
ETCC Regional Managers will only accept applications on the latest (or recent) versions of this form. Not only do recent versions have the latest fixes but they accommodate the current practices and procedures agreed for repeater licencing.
Therefore DO NOT use old versions of the form that may have been used for previous applications, as ETCC Managers have been instructed to return these to you.
Your co-operation in this is greatly appreciated.


Midlands changes (28 August 2008)
Proposals have been submitted for some changes to 2 metre coverage in the Midlands.
The Birmingham 2 Metre repeater GB3BM is to change channel to RV57 and a new low power repeater is to be built at Corby on RV53.
GB3CO will provide fill-in coverage around Corby and Kettering in Northamptonshire.


Node frequency changes (28 August 2008)
Please note the following frequency changes to GMSK nodes.
GB7AD 439.9125TX//430.9125RX South Gloucestershire
GB7ML 439.4625TX//430.4625RX Egham,Surrey
GB7NM 439.4625TX//430.4625RX Manchester
GB7PI 439.9125TX//430.9125RX Barkway
GB7WC 439.4875TX//430.4875RX Warrington
GB7WF 439.4875TX//430.4875RX Bewdley
GB7WP 439.9125TX//430.9125RX Wirral
GB7YD 439.5125TX//430.5125RX Barnsley


items for sale (9 August 2008)
Due to needing to free up some space Mike GW8ERA is disposing of the following kit on behalf of the Bristol Channel Repeater Group:
  • 2x 80+ feet lengths of 1/2in Celflex feeder (Celflex 250) complete with 2 of the proper connectors.
    Just 50GBP for both the feeders and connectors.
  • 2x Jaybeam VHF (145MHz Centre freq) Heavy Duty (and Heavy weight) 7388 Folded Dipoles 60GBP for the pair.
  • A number of Cardoid VHF dipoles will also be available in the near future for a nominal sum.
  • Various Pye T402 and T4002 A and B Band units missing their multiplier strips (100mW in gives between 5-35 W continuous output)
  • 2 Motorola Micor 420-450 MHz Mobile Repeater units, c/w the full Workshop Manual and mounting kit, 1 power/interface lead and Key.
  • 2 Pye F496 units and an assortment of LDF and Celflex connectors, some new, some used.
For further details and for your offers contact Mike by email

new repeater for Exeter (30 July 2008)
A new 2 metre commenced service on 27th July in Exeter, Devon.
GB3EW is on RV49 and will cover the city that has not had good 2 metre repeater coverage previously.
Keeper is John G8XQQ


improved coverage in Scotland (22 July 2008)
A new repeater has obtained approval to provide 2 Metre service for Stirling and the upper Forth valley in Scotland.
GB3FE will operate on RV53 from a site near Stirling, a town that has not had good 2 metre repeater coverage before.
An application has just been submitted for GB3LA to provide 2 metre coverage on roads such as the A76 and A74(M) which have previously been radio black areas and to provide a means for amateurs to make contact between west central Scotland and the Cumbria Coast and Dumfries.


Lottery funded D-Star (20 July 2008)
The Worthing and District Amateur Radio Club has been awarded over 9000GBP in lottery funding towards new radio equipment which will serve a large area of Sussex.
The club, which has more than 100 members, were successful in their application for lottery funding from "Awards For All" and have been awarded 9,019GBP for their project to install VHF and UHF DStar repeaters in Worthing.
The repeaters allow digital communication both locally and worldwide using radio and internet technology, and will be situated in the Worthing Borough Council buildings serving an extensive area along the Sussex Coast.


GB7CD (20 July 2008)
As of Sunday 20 July GB7CD became operational from its site in Cardiff Bay.
Though some teathing problems were encountered with mounting the antenna, it is operating at temporarily half height for the time being.
Reports are welcome from this the first ever Dstar node in Wales.


2 latest clearances (18 July 2008)
A new 2 metre voice repeater at Exeter in Devon has been processed and cleared in almost record time by Ofcom.
GB3EW on RV49 will improve coverage for mobiles in the Exeter area and plug a long-standing gap in 2 Metre repeater coverage in the South-West.
A further digital voice node has been cleared for operation in Aberdeen. GB7GD located in the Garthdee area of southern Aberdeen will be Britain's most northerly D-Star node to date and a useful addition to be digital network.


Leicestershire Repeaters (16 July 2008)
Two Leicestershire Repeater Group units have returned to full service. After a period at a lower power level, GB3UM on 6 Metres has returned to full power.
23cm TV repeater GB3GV has returned to full service after repair of both the receiver and transmitter aerials.
There is a problem with radar interference that has only partially been solved by moving the receive aerial around the mast to provide some shielding.
Reports on both GV and UM will be welcomed via the LRG website, www.leicestershirerepeatergroup.org.uk/


GB3UK (3 July 2008)
Please note that the CTCSS frequency for the Gloucester 70cm repeater GB3UK has changed from J to G (103.5Hz)
This requirement has been made in an attempt to reduce adjacent channel problems in part of the coverage area.


GB7WP (3 July 2008)
Chris M1EEV reports that the Wirral D-STAR repeater GB7WP will be on test from Friday July 4 2008 until Monday July 7 2008
For more info please contact Chris m1eev[at-symbol]wadarc.com


GB3NU (2 July 2008)
A new voice repeater GB3NU is now operational operating from Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast.
Frequencies are (RU71) TX 430.8875 and RX 438.4875MHz (note incorrect details shown on RSGB and repeater group web sites!)


GB3ZY (2 July 2008)
A new 6 Metre repeater GB3ZY has been cleared for operation in the Bristol area.
Frequencies are (R50-9) TX 50.80 and RX 51.30MHz


GB3UK (27 June 2008)
Cheltenham 70cm repeater GB3UK was installed on 22nd June 2008. Initial indications are that coverage to the South and North are as expected, but coverage to the west may be a little patchy which may be due to shielding of the antenna by the masts and other structures on the site.
Info from Stewart G0LGS


3 cleared for operation (25 June 2008)
Two 70cm voice repeaters and one 2 metre (D-Star) node were cleared by the issuing of a NoV to the respective Keepers.
GB3EZ Co-sited with GB3EA at Wickhambrook in Suffolk on RU78
GB3NU Located at Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast on RU71
GB7MM 2 Metre GMSK node at Wimborne in Dorset on RV56


latest applications (25 June 2008)
Two applications were made for new repeaters:
GB3FE 2 Metre voice repeater for Stirling and upper Forth valley in Scotland on RV53
GB3ZY 6 Metre voice repeater for North Somerset including Bristol.


Satellite digital repeater being tested (19 June 2008)
The amateur radio digital repeater function is now being tested on the Cute-1.7 cubesat.
Information supplied to AMSAT by the satellite's controllers say that they are currently testing an amateur digital repeater and a test message is being transmitted. FM packets are downlinked on 437.475MHz
News item from the RSGB


GB3WG (10 June 2008)
The GB3WG repeater GB3WG became operational on 14 May 2008.
It is located between Neath and Port Talbot overlooking the Bristol Channel from were the Devon coast line can be seen on a reasonable day.
Information from Gary GW2ABJ Repeater Keeper


GB3MG (10 June 2008)
The GB3MG repeater is operating on reduced power/coverage because of an aerial fault.
The aerial will be replaced ASAP.
Info from Mike, GW8ERA


latest clearances (5 June 2008)
The following were cleared for operation on Thursday 5th June:
GB3BU 70cm voice repeater at Brecon in Mid Wales
GB3ZX 70cm voice repeater at Eastbourne, East Sussex


latest clearances (30 May 2008)
The following were cleared for operation on Friday 30th May:
GB7DS 2 Metre node Herne Bay, Kent
GB3HL 70cm voice repeater, Hayes, Middx
GB7IC 70cm node, Herne Bay, Kent
GB3WB 70cm voice repeater, Weston-super-Mare


GB3KK (25 May 2008)
On Friday 23rd May 2008 the GB3KK repeater went live. RX 438.575, TX 430.975, CTCSS H (110.9Hz), 25KHz Wideband. Location - Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland.
Thanks go to John McCullagh GI4BWM for his support and assistance in commissioning this repeater.


GB7NM (25 May 2008)
After a period of integration testing the new North Manchester D-Star regenerative node. GB7NM is now fully operational on 439.7625MHz
(-9MHz input)  GB7NM provides International D-Star Gateway access to handheld users in the North of the Greater Manchester conurbation and to fixed/mobile users across the County.
Users of GB7NM can also access the *dplus* Reflector systems that facilitate D-Star amateur radio conferencing around the globe. Reflector status can be found here: http://www.ukit.org.uk/ref005.html and user documentation is located here: http://www.ukit.org.uk/documents/UKIT_dplus_Reflector_User_Guide_V1_1.pdf
Thanks must go to Rod Wilkinson of Ofcom, Iain Philipps of the ETCC and the team from Icom UK for providing advice and support during the planning, application and implementation phases of GB7NM.


GB7AD (21 May 2008)
GB7AD the digital repeater for South Gloucestershire, become fully operational at 06:00hrs on 24th May.
Initial impressions are that coverage is very much in line with predictions.
Info from Keeper Tony G4CZJ


GB3WW (21 May 2008)
GW4HAT reports that the GB3WW repeater was commissioned at it's new site near Port Talbot on Saturday 17th May at 1330hrs.

GB3WL (20 May 2008)
Ofcom have given the go-ahead for the return to service of the West London 2 Metre Repeater GB3WL from a site at Hayes on RV50.
The repeater will initially be restricted to daytime operation as part of the agreement.


GB7DW (17 May 2008)
GB7DW Port C became operational on Friday 16th May 2008
The system is connected to the International D-Star Gateway network.
It is situated in Ayrshire, Scotland and managed by John, GM0OPS


2 repeaters cleared (14 May 2008)
Thw following have been cleared for operation by Ofcom:
GB3MC 23cm voice repeater near Bolton, Lancs.
GB3VI new 6 Metre repeater at Birmingham


Frequencies assigned (7 May 2008)
Thw following new and changed frequencies have been approved for GMSK (D-Star) nodes:
GB7DE-B 439.6000TX//430.6000RX
GB7DG-B 439.7000TX//430.7000RX
GB7NM-B 439.7625TX//430.7625RX
GB7WT-B 439.600TX//430.600RX


South Yorkshire repeaters (3 May 2008)
From 3rd May 22:30 GB7YD(C) is QRV on 2 metres, sharing 145.675MHz (RV54) with the FM repeater GB3NA.
With a little help from technical friends, GB7YD and GB3NA have now been been reconfigured to share the same cavities and antenna system. The hybrid configuration provides amateurs in Yorkshire the opportunity to quickly compare DV and FM propagation modes from the same site.
By default D-Star users have priority access but thanks to G1DVA's rapid implementation of a UK Interconnect Team design, analogue/DV priorities can now be set remotely, via the Icom G2 D-Star gateway server.
In a future update of the Remote Node Controller (RNC) software, there will be the ability to command the switching priorities, over the air, securely via a D-star radio; speech and text command acknowledgements will be sent back from the G2 gateway server.
The RNC system is also designed to monitor local inputs such as intruder alert and battery-working, alarms can then be raised via e-mail and announcements can be made over the air.
Info provided by Darren G7LWT


GB3JB (3 May 2008)
GB3JB the 2m repeater located at Willoughby Hedge in South Wiltshire, has changed its ctcss access tone to (E) 88.5Hz.
Apologies for the inconvenience caused to users.
Further information is available from the repeater web site at: www.gb3jb.blogspot.com


Three repeaters cleared for operation (29 April 2008)
West Wales 70cm and 2 metres repeaters GB3WG and GB3WW respectively from a site near Port Talbot.
Also GB3UK on RU69 from Cleeve Common near Cheltenham.


GB3EA (27 April 2008)
The South Anglia Repeater Group is pleased to Announce that GB3EA was switched on at 15:30 Saturday 26th April 2008.
Info kindly submiited by Jake G1YFF


latest proposals (25 April 2008)
The following proposals have been submitted to Ofcom for licensing:
GB3BU new 70cm analog repeater at Brecon in mid Wales for operation on RU78
GB7DW new 2 Metre GMSK node for Fenwick in Ayrshire on RV49
GB3EM new 6 Metre repeater at Nottingham.


GB3DX (17 April 2008)
Ofcom have issued a second NoV to close the Birmingham 2 metre repeater GB3DX with immediate effect.
The repeater previously operated on RV57.


GB3BS (13 April 2008)
The Bristol 70cms Repeater GB3BS will be moving frequency from RB10 to RU68 on Saturday 19th April 2008.

latest proposals (10 April 2008)
Four proposals have been submitted to Ofcom for licensing:
GB3HZ new 70cm analog repeater for Tyne Valley in Northumberland.
GB3MC a re-submission of a 23cm voice repeater for Bolton in Lancashire with alternative frequencies.
GB3NA a site change for this 2 metre repeater to co-site with GB7YD near Barnsley in a sharing arrangement with the GMSK node.
GB3VI a new 6 Metre proposal located in central Birmingham and to cover the Midlands.


GB3JB (5 April 2008)
GB3JB has been upgraded and is now being powered by the addition of a further 100AH of batteries and a 160 watt solar panel. These additions support the existing 24 volt power system of 100AH of batteries and a 1Kw wind turbine.
Further info for any keepers, thinking of going GREEN, is available via www.gb3jb.blogspot.com


down time (3 April 2008)
This web site has been unavailable for a while this evening due to a fault beyond our control.
Allegedly a router problem at the hosting company datacenter.


Help required (3 April 2008)
Robin, G3LBA is looking for a service manual for a Simoco 10-50 UHF and any information on programming.
Please contact Robin if you can help.


GB3HZ (1 April 2008)
Iain, G0RDI has confirmed that agreement has been obtained to change the callsign of the Amersham 70cm voice repeater from GB3HZ to GB3AU This fits well with the GB7AU digital node co-sited.
Iain further offers use of the domain name gb3hz.org paid up until end April 2009 if anyone wishes to take over the callsign.


GB3UK (1 April 2008)
A proposal has been received for a 70cm voice repeater near Cheltenham.
GB3UK will be on RU69 and have a footprint including Stratford upon Avon, Evesham, Malvern, Tewkesbury and Gloucester.
Keeper is Mike G4ZPE


Digital Migration (Easter Fool!) (1 April 2008)
Ambitious plans have been announced today to migrate all analog repeaters to digital by 2012!
A rolling timetable of changeover on a region by region basis starting this year and ending in 2012 will see the end to the analog voice repeater networks that have been built up since the early 1970's.
First region to migrate will be South-East England by the end of 2008.
The joint agreement by the UK regulator and the RSGB will force emerging technologies on amateur radio and encourage spectrum efficiencies by using bandwidth efficient systems.
And TV is not exempt, all analog TV repeaters will have to adopt COFDM or other digital encoding systems to reduce bandwidth.
An ETCC spokesman hailed this agreement as a landmark decision to move amateur radio into the 21st Century.


GB3TC (26 March 2008)
The first 10GHz FM voice repeater in the United Kingdom came on the air on 14 March.
GB3TC is co-sited with GB3CS in Lanarkshire, is operated and funded by local radio amateurs with support from the Central Scotland FM Group and its technical team.
The repeater operates on a channel pair of 10371.1MHz in and 10471.1MHz out and requires a 103.5Hz sub audible or 1750Hz burst access tone. It transmits an FM beacon giving its call and locator every 60 seconds when not repeating.


GB3XL (19 March 2008)
The CTCSS tone for the new Bradford and Bingley 70cm voice repeater GB3XL will be changing from the previously advertised:
J (118.8Hz) to D (82.5Hz) at the request of the Keeper and agreed by Ofcom.


GMSK frequency changes (18 March 2008)
The ETCC has updated this web site with some amended, and additional frequencies for D-Star digital nodes on 70cm.
CallsignLocatorLocationTX FreqRX FreqNotes
GB7YDIO93hoBarnsley439.6000430.6000Previously 439.7000
GB7IPIO92aqCannock439.6125430.6125 
GB7AUIO91qpAmersham439.7000430.7000Previously GB7BW
GB7DXJO01kcAshford439.7000430.7000 
GB7MIIO83vmManchester439.7125430.7125 
GB7SFIO93gkSheffield439.7375430.7375 
GB7WDIO93gkWirral439.7375430.7375 


GB3LB Operational (17 March 2008)
GM7LUN is pleased to report that the new 2 metre (analog) voice repeater GB3LB on RV63 has commenced operation on Monday 17th March 2008.
The repeater provides a useful communications path between the Edinburgh area and the Borders and is currently on test to check no qrm caused to other users on the site so the repeater is liable to interruptions.
For further information about this and related repeasters click here.


GB3VN Operational (16 March 2008)
G4OYX is pleased to report that the 70cms voice repeater GB3VN at Hope Bagot Shropshire, on RU74 has commenced operation on Sunday 16th March 2008.
It is expected that up to Tuesday 25th March, operations may be subject to interruption whilst final adjustments are made. It was originally proposed that this unit be powered by a wind generator but in the event it was found that wind at the site was just too unpredictable so after considerable engineering works to the green-field site it is now powered from the mains!


New D-Star for London area (14 March 2008)
The GB3OK repeater at Bromley in Kent (RV57) has applied to become GB7OK and convert to D-Star technology.
This is the latest application for this amateur digital mode which has been gathering considerable interest since last year.


Echo-Link Move GB3OK (9 March 2008)
Echo-Link has now moved from GB3OK (VHF) to GB3LK (UHF) with a NEW node number 372852, though at the moment the GB3LK Echo-Link gateway node will NOT allow outgoing connections to any other node via the internet and it will NOT respond to DTMF tones, though it will permit incoming connections from other nodes.

GB3TF relocated (27 February 2008)
Martyn G3UKV reports that GB3TF became operational on Saturday 23 February from its new site in Little Wenlock, nr Telford.

GB7YD-C (25 February 2008)
Ernie G4LUE advises that GB7YD D-Star Digital Voice Repeater node -C (70cm) has been removed from service until an alternative frequency can be found.

new UK ATV forum (26 February 2008)
Chris G1FEF advises that he has set up on behalf of the BATC a separate forum for all UK amateur television repeaters and will be encouraging all repeater groups to make use of this free facility.
The URL is http:/www.g1fef.co.uk/forums/


GB3BM licensed (21 February 2008)
New Birmingham 2 metre repeater GB3BM has been cleared for operation by Ofcom.
The city centre location is co-sited with the GB3CB and will operate on RV53


another D-Star live in GM! (14 February 2008)
John, GM0OPS reports that GB7DE 2m D-Star repeater is now operational as of Tuesday 19th Feb 2008.
The first contact was made between GM0OPS/M and MM0HAY
Operational on RV51


GB7YD on 2 Metres (15 February 2008)
The 2 metre node of D-Star digital voice repeater GB7YD became operational on 15th February from the site near Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

D-Star live in GM! (14 February 2008)
It is with great pleasure that John, GM0OPS reports that GB7DG 2m and 70cm D-Star repeaters are now operational as of Thursday 14th Feb 2008.
The first contact on 2m was made between GM0OPS and MM1BJT (this is the first 2m D-Star operational Repeater in the UK)
The first contact on 70cm was made between GM0OPS and 2M0XXP.
Tests will be carried out over the next few days on coverage and any system tweaking.


GB3LR back on air (10 February 2008)
The GB3LR repeater at Newhaven in East Sussex re-commenced operation from a new site but temporarily on low power.
The repeater operates on the 70cm band on RB13
...and more good news the Scarborough repeater GB3NY has returned to service after several months.


more cleared to go (6 February 2008)
A further 2 repeaters were cleared for operation by Ofcom.
GB3EA near Wickhambrook in East Anglia on 2 metres (analogue) and GB7YD (D-Star digital) at Barnsley in South Yorkshire.


cleared to go (31 January 2008)
Amongst 3 repeaters cleared by Ofcom for immediate operation is a new 70cm analog voice repeater for Bradford and Bingley in West Yorkshire. GB3XL will operate on RU71 and serve a relatively small area including Shipley, parts of Bradford and Bingley.
Other 2 licenced at the same time are GB7DG (Glasgow-digital) and a channel change for GB3DU (Borders)


70cm repeater for Northern Ireland (30 January 2008)
A proposal has been lodged for a 70cm analog voice repeater at Ballycastle Forest on the North Antrim coast, Northern Ireland.
GB3KK will operate on RU78 and will cover an area surrounding Ballycastle, also extending across into Kintyre, Islay and parts of western Scotland.
Keeper is Marvi, MI0MRV


repeater abuse (27 January 2008)
The ETCC Chairman has provided new advice on tackling abuse of amateur radio repeaters which can be accessed here.

D-Star proposals for Scotland (20 January 2008)
The growing interest in digital voice repeater nodes has extended to Scotland, and the ETCC is vetting 2 Metre and 70 cm node applications for East and West central Scotland.
GB7DG has been proposed by John, GM0OPS for a location in south-west Glasgow near the M77 Motorway and should provide coverage on 2 Metres to much of the Glasgow area, and to a lesser extent on 70cm.
GB7DE for east Scotland is to be located in south Fife and should cover much of east central Scotland, including Edinburgh.


GB3WU (7 January 2008)
GB3WU (Worcester UHF) repeater commences operation at 0800Z on Thursday 10th Jan 2008 from a location in Fernhill Heath, Worcester.
Operating on RU66 (430.82500MHz Tx ) (438.42500MHz Rx) with a 7.6MHz wide split and using 118.8Hz (tone "J") CTCSS sub-tone, the repeater will provide coverage from south Bromsgrove through Droitwich, Worcester and surrounding areas.
Access is by way of 118.8Hz CTCSS (sub-tone) only - 1750Hz tone-burst is not supported.
Initially GB3WU will operate as a stand-alone repeater serving the local area, but developments are under way to provide linking to GB3TU (The Crong, Bucks) and GB3AI (Amersham, Bucks) via the Echolink system using the internet.
This is an interim measure as all three repeaters are expected to switch to using the AllStar linking system [part of the Asterisk(tm) VoIP PABX] which will see improved features, VoIP interconnect, and ultimately integration with D-Star digital operation and connection to further repeaters such as GB3PI and others...


DIGITAL BANDWAGON (3 December 2007)
The interest in Digital Voice Nodes (D-Star) has exceeded initial expectations with several applications and expressions of interest being received from as far north as Fife in Scotland to Kent on the south coast of England.
Applications for the 2 Metres band will have to be fitted in where possible with analog voice repeaters, as there is no spare spectrum in the band.
On the 70cm band the ETCC is assigning units in 439/433 using existing agreements for use of the band not currently used by voice units.


email problems (1 December 2007)
It has been brought to our attention that a number of messages sent from the ukrepeater.net web site in the last 2 weeks of November have failed. These messages were to the GI4BWM, G3VVT and G0NEE only.
The problem has been notified to the third party concerned and in the meantime a workaround has been put in place.
Normal service was resumed on 29 November. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


GB3JB OPERATIONAL(27 November 2007)
GB3JB located in South Wiltshire, at Willoughby Hedge, was switched on at 1600 on Tuesday 27th November 2007.
The system is now fully operational.
Further details from the group web site. at: www.gb3jb.blogspot.com


ANTENNA CHANGE(24 November 2007)
A single band antenna has replaced the previous antenna at the site of the GB3LK and the group would welcome reports.
Details at the group web site.


CHANNEL CHANGE GB3WO (20 November 2007)
The West Oxfordshire repeater GB3WO has finally changed channel to RB11 on Monday 19th November.

CHANNEL CHANGE GB3EK (18 November 2007)
The East Kent repeater GB3EK is expected to change channel to a wide spaced channel in the 70cm band because of interference problems.
An application has been submitted and it is expected the move would take place shortley after approval.


Browsealoud (12 November 2007)
The UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as clarified in Feb.2002 by a Code of Practice places obligations on web sites to provide accessibility for people with various disabilities.
ukrepeater.net is pleased to announce that from Monday 12th November 2007 it is enabled with the Browsealoud system which reads web pages aloud for those who find it difficult to read online because of literacy or visual impairments.
ukrepeater.net is also compliant to Priority 1 of the W3C conformance levels.


CHANNEL CHANGE (3 November 2007)
The Bristol 70cm repeater GB3BS is to change channel in order to overcome problems encountered.
Following the licensing process the repeater is to move to 430.850 (Repeater TX) and 438.450 (user TX) This is also known as RU68.


D-STAR LINKS (October 2007)
Wikipedia entry
ICOM UK products
new ICOM D-Star web site
D-Star Forums
jFindu Locator Site


GB3ZE (24 November 2007)
John, G4LRS advises that the Bradford TV repeater GB3ZE will be taken out of service for 14 days from 27th October. This will allow for logic changes to be made.

DATABASE CHANGE (22 November 2007)
Following requests from some users, a minor field change has been made in the REPEATERLIST files to separate out the CTCSS TONE and FREQUENCY fields.
This should allow easier manipulation of the files by users and reduce the complexity for incorporation into other devices and programs.
Note that a static version in Excel97 format of the pre-modified format will be available until the end of the year on the lists page.


NEW REPEATERS (6 November 2007)
New 2 Metre repeater has been cleared fo operation at Brecon in mid Wales
GB3BB will operate on RV56
Two D-Star digital voice nodes were licensed, being GB7PI at the Barkway site and GB7FK near Folkestone. It is expected they will be joined by a South yorkshire unit once administration has been completed.


NEW REPEATER (6 November 2007)
New 2 Metre repeater has been cleared fo operation at Brecon in mid Wales
GB3BB will operate on RV56
A new 70cm repeater has entered service:
GB3TU near Tring in Hertfordshire. Operating on channel RB9 coverage includes places such as Thame, Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard and Chesham.
ETCC Vice Chairman, G0RDI would welcome reports.


LATEST CLEARANCES (28 September 2007)
Cleared for operation by Ofcom is the following:
GB3PD 6 metre site change - Portsmouth


Surplus Repeater Items for Disposal(20 September 2007)
Storno 9000 base units synthesized UHF 25 Watts, one 12k5 and one 25k channel spacing with full CTCSS.
Also one single channel 10 Watts with CTCSS note 24 Volt DC operation only.
Complete with full handbooks for full details please contact Gordon G3XTH
e-mail graking@talktalk.net. Donations to GB3HY group. Items located in West Sussex.



LATEST CLEARANCES (3 September 2007)
Amongst repeaters cleared for operation by Ofcom were the following:
GB3SL new 6 metre voice repeater located at Kilsyth in Scotland.
GB3TU a new 70cm repeater near Tring in Hertfordshire.
GB3WO frequency change for 70cm repeater at Witney in Oxfordshire.


AGM Notice (4 September 2007)
Stuart, GM4WMM advises that the Annual General Meeting of the Orkney and Caithness GB3OC Repeater Group will be held on
Sunday 9 September at 2pm in the Lynnfield Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney.
Contact Stuart for further details.


Welcome to West Midlands Member (26 August 2007)
Following consideration of a number of applications for the vacant West Midlands post created by the retirement of Bill Mahoney G3TZM, the ETCC Chairman is pleased to announce that Mark Gregory G4LCH has been invited to take up this appointment.

NFAP to end (22 August 2007)
Ofcom intends to end the National Frequency Assignment Panel (NFAP) frequency coordination at the end of this month.
When applying to use radio spectrum in the UK, applicants are currently required to complete NFAP frequency co-ordination operated by Ofcom on behalf of the Cabinet Office.
These processes were originally designed to ensure effective coordination between different users of the radio spectrum and to protect certain radio services such as government spectrum users. However, following a review of these processes, Ofcom will remove the requirement for applicants to complete them to reduce the regulatory burden on spectrum users.
Ofcom will continue to facilitate some clearance processes in order to protect against interference.
This change will be effective from 31 August 2007.


LATEST CLEARANCES (17 August 2007)
3 repeaters were cleared for operation by Ofcom, as follows:
GB3BK a 23cm voice repeater located at Bromley in Kent.
GB3JB a new 2 metre repeater near mere in Wiltshire on RV63
GB3ZI new 70cm repeater at stafford on RU78
also the GB3AI repeater has ceased operation on 2 Metres (RV55) and is now operational on RU66 from Amersham.


TECHNOLOGY EMERGING (8 August 2007)
The Emerging Technology Co-Ordination Committee appears to have been formed at just the right time. Digital technology has become a hot topic with the D-Star open protocol for digital communications becoming established in the US and looking like it will make its entry into Europe in the near future.
This will provide us with plenty of challenges in both finding spectrum to accommodate this new mode and establishing policy for sharing existing frequencies.
Frequency re-use will be especially relevant in two metres where there is little if any spare spectrum.
Other interesting proposals include the addition of 3cm input frequencies to a 70cm repeater and a new proposal for a 10GHz voice repeater in central Scotland.
(GI4BWM)


GB3AI (11 August 2007)
The GB3AI repeater ceased operation on 2 Metres (RV55) and is now operational on the 70cm band (RU66) from Amersham.


CHANGES ON 70CM (8 August 2007)
The 70cm repeater band in central and southern England will be a little different if current proposed changes take place.
A proposal has been received for the Oxfordshire repeater, GB3WO to change channel from the current RB10 to RB11, taking the opportunity to fill a space vacated on the channel.
A new repeater is scheduled to make an appearance from near Tring in Hertfordshire. GB3TU has been requested for RB9.
Also the Bristol repeater GB3BS is likely to move out of RB10 to a wide spaced channel if one is available. This move has been requested because of problems with keyfobs at their hospital site.
In Stafford the GB3ZI repeater may be making a reappearance on a wide spaced 70cm channel.


LATEST REPEATER PROPOSALS (4 August 2007)
The following proposals have been received for processing:
GB3MC (revival of 23cm voice repeater near Bolton in Lancashire)
GB3SL (new 6 Metre repeater co-sited with GB3CS in central Scotland
GB3TC (new 10GHz voice repeater, central Scotland)
GB3TU (new 70cm RB9 Tring, Herts)
GB3WO (70cm channel change RB10 to RB11 Witney)
GB3ZI (revival 70cm Stafford RU78)


 

CURRENT NEWS ITEMS


DSTAR TALK
On Tuesday, September 2, Joel Alderman G0URK and Gary Stevens 2E0ULA will be giving a talk and demonstration of the digital voice mode D-STAR to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS). The meeting is open to all so come along and see D-STAR in operation and learn what it is all about. [more]
30-Aug-2014

INVALID APPLICATIONS
Applications that are received without a valid or working email address will be deleted from our system. If we have no means of contacting the applicant by email then the application will be removed.
29-Aug-2014

MB7VS APRS DIGIPEATER
Following a few days on local test, the MB7VS APRS Digipeater is now fully working on its site in Hastings (Same site as GB3HE) Although on a temporary antenna during on-site testing, all appears to be operating well. Feedback appreciated.
28-Aug-2014

STH.YORKSHIRE
Barnsley area repeaters GB7YD (D-Star nodes) and GB3HF (6M) currently affected by a power failure and will be off until this can be resolved.
26-Aug-2014


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