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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.

GB3HE Hastings 70cm repeater frequencies changed

logo_rilgesGB3HE Hastings 70cm repeater frequencies changed

Dave Williams (G8PUO) of RILGES sends a quick update to reflect the recent frequency change of GB3HE, the Hastings based 70cm repeater.

Please note that GB3HE changed frequency during December and unsure if some are aware of this.

Please ensure you have the new GB3HE frequencies programmed back to the narrow split (as before).

Band:                                                  70CM  ( RB14)
Repeater TX frequency:                 433.3500 MHz
Repeater RX Frequency:               434.9500 MHz
Split                                                     + 1.6 MHz
CTCSS:                                                103.5 Hz

Click here to view the full record of GB3HE, or for status updates you can find out more from RILGES, the Repeater Internet Linking Group East Sussex.

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.

GB3HE 70cm Hastings Repeater – Change of frequency

logo_rilgesPaul, M0LRE has been in touch to let us know that GB3HE, the local 70cm repeater in Hastings which is managed by RILGES, will be changing frequencies soon.

Dave G8PUO informs us that following the recent issue of GB3HE wide spacing NoV, moves the project forwards and is now in the process of  procuring the new parts which include the repeater itself, a power supply, filters, logic, Echolink PC (although this will not be enabled from day one), Preamp and GSM control.

In the very near future, Dave and the RILGES working party will be putting these items into place resulting in what will surely be a superbly featured repeater which as many already know, has become a bit of a favourite amongst local users.

Arguably the most important bit of news it that there will be a frequency change, so don’t forget to jot the details down and get the memory programmed in your handy or base rig ready for the switchover. See you on HE!

GB3HE New Frequencies

Channel RU74 (spacing 7.6 MHz)
Output 430.9250 MHz
Input: 438.5250 MHz
CTCSS 103.5 Hz (same as current)

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

GB3HE – Back online with upgrade

Thanks go to Leon (G1HSM) and Paul Waldock (M0LRE) for bringing this to our attention that GB3HE’s working party has successfully repaired the issues with the repeater, the worst offender being the Jaybeam antenna which had developed a fault.

Improved performance from the repeater is expected now that a 4-stack dipole array has been installed in place of the Jaybeam with local amateurs already jumping on GB3HE to try it out and have a QSO.

While on-site, Paul re-situated the MB7UVS APRS digipeater antenna and reports that it is also expected to perform somewhat better than before. For those who do not know, the digipeater changed call-signs recently from MB7VS to MB7UVS.

Great news for the local community and hats off to RILGES for bringing HE back into operation despite the repairs required at very short notice.

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

GB3HE working party ready to go

Dave G8PUO has just sent good news regarding the repair to GB3HE which developed a fault with the original Jaybeam antenna which until recently had been working very well despite being run on low power.

The GB3HE working party is now organised and set to visit the repeaters site in Hastings on Thursday 30th October where the old antenna will be removed and a generously donated 4-stack omnidirectional dipole antenna will be installed complete with phasing harness.

The donation of the antenna was made by Malcolm (G3TCG) of Hastings and the repeaters new ‘ears’ will no doubt be appreciated by the community who use it regularly while giving a very good coverage of surrounding areas.

A further update will be published following the site visit later this week.

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

GB3HE Back On Air – Antenna Fault

Dave (G8PUO) has kindly just sent word that GB3HE is back on air in a low power state after testing, here is his update regarding the repair as follows.

“Having checked the repeater in the workshop, based on issues last week, the intermittent fault on the TX antenna connector was resolved and also a tad of EMC copper tape as a gasket on the case base seemed to have resolved the occasional low level audio microphonics.

The repeater was taken back to site today and whilst now all stable, the SWR on the antenna is a concern and the poor signal level confirms a secondary fault. As such we will be looking to purchase a replacement collinear and install this next week during half-term.

For the time being the repeater will be left on – even with the poor coverage its better than nothing, although we need to monitor signal levels. Should they deteriorate further, then I will shut the repeater down until the antenna is replaced. I will though also visit the site over the next week too.”

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

GB3HE Temporarily Off Air

Dave Williams (G8PUO) of RILGES and EREC has just announced that the Hastings 70cm repeater is temporarily off air and after a site visit, an issue was found with the repeater.

Dave and his team have removed it for testing off site and has plans for re-instatement next week sometime though this is not set in stone.

With luck we will hear GB3HE back up and running soon, it is certainly being missed already. Thanks go to Dave for doing a great job with the repeater and working to resolve any problems that arise in short order and the club sincerely appreciates RILGES efforts.

For further information please visit the RILGES forum discussion about this issue.

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

GB3ES Still Offline as of 24th September 2014

Hastings local repeaters have been working well of late with GB3HE 70cm being used by local amateurs and those further afield. Sadly it seems the local 2m repeater is still offline as states with no word from the keeper as yet regarding bringing it back online. 2m users can thank Dave Williams (G8PUO) at RILGES for continuing to put repeaters in place which have superb coverage even in GB3HE’s initial working state, but are also popular locally and we shouldn’t forget that the RILGES 2m repeater is available as always.

While GB3ES has been offline since July 3rd due to it locking up on TX we remain hopeful that at some point in the future that the repeater returns to an active state as it was indicated last year that the keeper of the repeater had a new technical team planned ready to put in place along with the possibility of a new site for GB3ES.

Fingers crossed that we hear something positive soon.

Please note that this information is correct at the time of writing as shown at the top of the post. For the current status please visit the GB3ES repeater page.

GB3HE – 70cm repeater up and running well

Following the recent NoV acquisition for GB3HE, Dave Williams and the team at RILGES have done nothing short of a sterling job in relocating the repeater to an excellent site at the top of Hastings which is now operating on 10w ERP using temporary hardware which has been kindly donated by the Kent Repeater group as well as other individual locations.

Several members of RILGES have donated equipment including sealed batteries, high-end coaxial cable, a Jaybeam antenna, a duplexer, logic board and other hardware to assist in the quick implementation of GB3HE at its new site at the school near the Ridge cemetary.

Over the last few weeks, signal reports have been coming in thick and fast from distant locations and has recieved much praise from amateurs who are now getting to grips with it and enjoying longer distance QSO’s with amateurs much further afield. There have been many favourable signal reports being given out as far as Rye, Kent and further east towards Plymouth as well as Enfield in North London and Norfolk which is not bad at all considering the repeater is running 10w with no pre-amplifier.

The new activity on GB3HE is a very encouraging start for rekindling local amateur radio activity over a much greater distance and the future of the repeater now looks very bright  indeed.

Dave Williams the chairman of RILGES has made a note recently that the temporary hardware which is being used now requires additional funding to improve and finalise the equipment at the new site for GB3HE, all of which will contribute towards enhanced performance and more features, one of which is the new Echolink node.

Dave has also mentioned that donations and memberships to RILGES play a very important part in the operation of the repeater and for those of us who listen and use the repeater could do much worse than contribute a few pounds or join the group which will assist in the improvement of GB3HE which has already become one of the best local repeaters Hastings and Rother has seen in recent years.

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

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GB3HE 70cm in Hastings - Active
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GB7RY 70cm X-Wires Repeater Rye - Active
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