GB3HE update from RILGES

Dave (G8PUO) sends through some news regarding the local repeaters.

The RILGES working party took advantage of the school holidays, and importantly good weather, to spend time up on the tower block roof in order to work on GB3HE, GB7HE and GB3JT.

GB3HE new repeater was taken to site but a low level audio noise was noted from the Echolink PC hard-drive mixing in the radioreference bus, so this was removed, tweaked and now working nicely on the bench, read to go back to site next week.

The RILGES working party plan to install the internet connection hopefully in the next week.

GB3ES returns to service

GB3ES has finally returned to service on Wednesday 17th Feb 2016, albeit at a new site location which was in part responsible for a long and drawn out process which resulted in a year and a half delay. This sadly left local amateurs without their favourite 2m repeater, and was sorely missed by those that used it.

Local amateurs and now those much further afield will be able to use GB3ES using new RF hardware and sporting 10w ERP in accordance with the keeper, G6ZZX’s NoV.

Since Wednesday, reports have come in from as far as Margate, revealing that the current site with its greater elevation (~150ft above the old site), means that GB3ES is getting out very well indeed. The repeater has been very busy over the last few days and good signal reports continue to come in.

Long live GB3ES and congratulations to GB3ES’s keeper, Steve Woodgate (G6ZZX) for his  perseverance with the whole process who was assisted by Chris M1MBR.

The status of local repeaters, including GB3ES can be found on the right hand column of this site, about halfway down. You might also like to view GB3ES’s record.

RILGES Update – Hastings repeaters GB7HE GB3HE GB3JT MB7UE

Dave G8PUO from RILGES/EREC sends through this exciting update about the enhancements and future of the Hastings repeaters.

RILGES Update – Hastings repeaters GB7HE GB3HE GB3JT MB7UE

Thanks to a super RILGES working party, a lot of work and humping up the tower was completed on site today.  A summary is listed below.

The new DSTAR GB7HE repeater, controller and antenna/mast was installed, together with a temporary GB3HE repeater back on the narrow frequency split (existing GB3HE taken away for reprogramming and alignment).  New cavities/filters were also fitted to allow co-located 70cm repeaters on the site. Both repeaters appear to be operating well.  Reports welcomed please.

MB7UE new APRS system was installed. 

GB3JT new DATV repeater heliax cable and angled slot antenna taken to site but due to high winds we will have to install on another visit,

A new larger rack cabinet was installed to mount the various FM, DSTAR, APRS and DATV equipment.

Wireless link to be installed hopefully over next week, so we have internet access on site.  

Many thanks to Jamie M0JBR, James G7VAE, Malcolm G3TCG, Dan M0HOW, Paul M0LRE, Louis M0LPW and Paul M6PWD (catering) for assisting on site today. Good work chaps.  Thanks also to Don G4TKR, John G7UBF, Vince M1AKL and Martin M0ROK,

Thank you to Ark Helenswood Academy for their generosity in providing us excellent facilities for our community Amateur Radio repeaters.

We would like to wish all repeater group members and users a great Christmas and happy New Year.  

All membership renewals and donations much appreciated as we need  to pay for this equipment.

Below: Antennas, Repeater cabinet (work in progress). Filters in repeater, bottom and side panels.
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Stolen Welsh repeater equipment

Sometime between 18:50 on Sunday 15th November 2015 and 07:00 on Monday 16th of November 2015, the home of GB7HM and GB3CR in North Wales was broken into. Amongst the stolen items were the main repeater and back ups.

1 x Motorola SLR UHF Repeater: Serial Number 478IRJ0199 (Possible that ‘N’ socket has been damaged on rear )

3 x Motorola DR3000 UHF Repeaters: Serial Numbers 484TPJ2905, 484TMQ4302, 484TMG3115

A duplexer was also stolen.

If you have any information leading to the return of these units, please contact the North Wales Police or

GB7ES repeater moves into active service

Paul Waldock M0LRE of EREC/RILGES sent through this update regarding the recent activation of GB7ES. Further info can be found via Paul’s site at

The day has finally arrived that brings GB7ES, East Sussex’s first D*Star repeater, to full operation.

After a couple of days of reconfiguring the gateway computer, which provides the facility to route call signs and to be able to connect the repeater to others around the world. We were finally accepted onto the USTrust network, this morning (6/11/15).

The repeater has been operating as a ‘standalone’ DV repeater since the beginning of September without the gateway available, which has been really useful in actually finding out what the real life coverage of the repeater is. Only this morning did I receive a call from Chris M0NAY/m located at Toy Hill near Sevenoaks, Kent. Although well outside the normal coverage area of the repeater the location is listed on the SOTA website as 245mASL height really can make the difference.

Approximated coverage map supplied by



GB3EB repeater back on air and relocated to Uckfield

logo_rilgesDave G8PUO of RILGES/EREC sends an update regarding the popular GB3EB repeater.

GB3EB is now back on air and relocated to its new site in Easons Green, Uckfield.  This is good news and really nice to have the repeater running again following the church fire in December.

Due to the really poor weather conditions today, whilst the repeater has been installed and Echolink fully enabled, we were unfortunately not able to complete the antenna installation, so the repeater is currently operating on a temporary old antenna blowing in the wind and much reduced TX power.

Please do not take the current signal strength as final, as it the repeater is running low power.

The antenna will eventually be situated on a 40′ tower and based on the predicted coverage map, we should then have improved communications around the south downs from Brighton, Hove, Billingshurst, Horsham, Haywards Heath, Heathfield, Crowborough down towards Eastbourne, Battle, Bexhill and Hastings. As with any installation, it is always a learning curve, with lots of hidden time and tweaks to be made.

Many thanks to James G7VAE and Michael G7VAD, for allowing the repeater to be sited on their land.

We will continue work over the next week or so in order to make improvements, subject to the weather.

Map of eventual predicted coverage shown below.


New 70cm Hastings D-Star repeater GB7HE

Further exciting news for D-Star users, Dave Williams G8PUO of RILGES/EREC sent through this notice of the forthcoming GB7HE 70cm D-Star repeater which is currently in the vetting stage and likely to be installed on the existing GB3HE site in the near future.

This addition to the site further enhances the growing list of AR resources available to amateurs on the South East coast as D-Star interest continues to grow in the area. More information to follow soon.

From Dave G8PUO as below..

With the increasing interest in DSTAR locally and coverage issues from our GB7ES repeater towards Hastings (due to hill and woods), a new DSTAR repeater has been in discussion within the Hastings Area.

We have already a tried and tested site for GB3HE, so this makes for an obvious site to co-locate the additional new repeater.  Internet access has been a stumbling block but we now have a solution.

Due to total lack of available repeater frequency allocations on 2M in this area, the repeater needs to be on 70cm.

With GB3HE on the same site also on 70cm (within around 100-300 kHz from potential transmitter/receiver frequencies), we could have either looked at some expensive RF filters/engineering or more sensibly move GB3HE back to narrow split.  The latter increasing the spacing between GB3HE and GB7HE transmitters and receivers, so allowing filters to work better and improve overall RX performance.

As such, we are really pleased to let you know that two applications have been submitted today.

GB3HE Frequency Change from wide spacing back to narrow 1.6MHz spacing

GB7HE New Repeater DSTAR application on 70cm, wide 9MHz spacing

Repeater Keeper
We have a good RILGES HE working party in Hastings.  One of the team, Jamie M0JBR, has worked hard to get his DSTAR node operational (thanks also to Shane M1BFH), plus recently studying even harder to successfully gain his full licence.  It is fitting that in recognition of his commitment to the locals and the hobby, Jamie is now repeater keeper of the new GB7HE DSTAR Repeater.  Well done!

Repeater Hardware
Unfortunately hardware does not grow on trees and equally the RILGES repeater group does not have a pot to purchase a new repeater, so I have negotiated with Matt, M1CMN, to borrow a spare 70cm DSTAR repeater from the Folkestone Repeater Group.  Many thanks Matt!

This is great news in that we can get the repeater operational very quickly. We will then look at raising funds to buy a/the repeater, so will be motivating membership renewals and any kind donations towards this.  We will also need to replace the GB3HE filters for reliable narrow split operation and a plan is hopefully in place for this.

With the main mast already supporting the GB3HE four stack and the new GB3JT DATV antenna going on top, we have to look at available options.

Adding another stack is possible, as is installing a 2nd mast (not preferred).  In the interim, we may use a folded dipole(s) on a stand-off(s) to reduce the effects of the mast.  Whatever we put up needs to be rugged due to the weather and elements up on the tower.  Will see what we can beg.

All membership renewals and kind donations are welcomed.


Dave, Jamie and the the RILGES Repeater Group team.

Further information can be found in the forum thread here.



GB7ES Eastbourne D-Star repeater returns to service

Following a fire, the RILGES operated UHF D-Star repeater GB7ES has now returned to active service.

The repeater was returned to site on the 27th July 2015 and is currently operating in stand alone (repeater) mode. According to M0LRE, the repeater is awaiting an internet connection feed to the repeater room so that full gateway operation can be activated.  This should be undertaken soon and no doubt the many D-Star users who are popping up all over the place in recent times will enjoy the stable functionality that GB7ES offers.

View the current status of GB7ES.


GB7RY – 70cm X-Wires digital voice repeater

yaesu-logoGood news for Yaesu Fusioneers, if that is the correct expression, as Dan M0HOW from BSARS recently made operational a new digital voice repeater which is situated in Rye.

The new repeater went live in March without issue and is one of the first of its kind in the South East of England. Dan recommends that users programme their rigs with a CTCSS of 103.5hz Tone Squelch as this will mask the digital transmissions.

GB7RY is TX on 430.950Mhz and RX on 438.550Mhz.

You can view the full details for GB7RY here.


GB3HE Hastings – Frequency change and upgrades

logo_rilgesDave Williams G8PUO has been busy with the working party and put the frequency change in place on GB3HE along with the installation of a per-amplifier and an increase from low to full operational power.

Remember to re-program your handhelds and base rigs with the new frequencies which are ..

GB3HE new frequencies

Repeater TX: 430.925 MHz  RX: 438.525 MHz  CTCSS 103.5 Hz
(Set your radio receiver to 430.925 with a +7.6 MHz split).

Check the latest status and details for GB3HE Hastings 70cm repeater.

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