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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.

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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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.


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.


GB3JT – Hastings new digital Amateur Radio Television repeater

logo_rilgesDave (G8PUO) sends more good news our way. GB3JT is the call-sign of the newly proposed digital Amateur Radio Television repeater which is destined to share the same site as GB3HE in the not too distant future.

GB3JT will be a 23cm ATV repeater working full-duplex digital TV with audio and talkback audio with further plans to extend its functionality with both digital and analogue input, and  digital output.  Internet streaming onto the BATC website and linking feed from other ATV repeaters to GB3JT are also to be included.

Implementation of the repeater will start with the build of the ATV repeater in the first instance and then lead on to the receivers and transmitters which will be more than a sufficient excuse for many to further expand their shack with new ATV hardware.

With many local amateurs in and around Hastings not having had the opportunity to sample digital amateur radio television before, they need not miss out any more, as Dave and the team at RILGES (The Repeater and Internet Linking Group of East Sussex), are hard at work turning this magnificent project into a reality for everyone to enjoy.

We will be following the progress of  GB3JT closely and with great interest and should mention that Dave (G8PUO) is looking for any assistance from local amateurs that they are capable of mustering. If you can assist in the project, please get in touch with him via the RILGES website and find out how you can help shape the future of amateur radio television in the area.

When the repeater hits the air, you can find out the status of GB3JT here.

Change of callsign for MB7VS Digipeater and Echolink upgrade

Some good news and a change for MB7VS, the APRS Digipeater run by RILGES over in Eastbourne.

Dave Williams has said that there will be a call-sign change for the Digipeater from MB7VS to MB7UVS in due course. When this will happen most likely depends on how quickly Ofcom can turn it around more than anything else so this may happen soon as the call-sign change was mentioned about a month ago following the NoV submission for the upgrade below.

The good news that will please Echolink users is that Dave (G8PUO) has made a submission for full Internet access to the NoV licence of MB7VS and further extends the availability of Echolink to amateurs and builds on the success and breadth of the seemingly ever-growing and most welcome list of RILGES repeaters in the South East.

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.

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air

Prepared by the clubs RSGB trainer, G3MGQ, you will find the latest DX contests including the ones to shoot for as well as ones to give a wide berth. Why not download the latest edition of Month on the Air and enjoy your DX just that little bit more.

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Used Ham Radio Equipment

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UK Amateur Radio Repeaters

UK repeaters

Click button above for full list, or a local repeater callsign below for info.

GB3EB 2m in Uckfield- Active
MB6EB 2m DStar Node in Eastbourne - Active
MB6RY Wires-X DigiGate in Broad Oak - Active
GB3HE 70cm in Hastings - Active
GB7HE 70cm DStar in Hastings - Coming soon
GB3ZX 70cm in Eastbourne - Low Power
GB3JT 23cm ATV in Hastings - NoV cleared
GB7RY 70cm X-Wires Repeater Rye - Active
GB7ES Eastbourne - DSTAR Rpt. - Active
GB3ES 2m in Hastings - Active

For a complete list of repeaters, head over to
the UK Amateur Radio repeaters list.

Popular pages

Get your amateur radio licence - Find out more about amateur radio licence training.
Month on the Air - G3MGQ's popular monthly DX contest/expedition list.
Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup - The clubs annual operating event in the memory of Wilf Gaye M0GYE.
St. Richard's College Buildathon/STEM/ARISS - HERC attends St. Richard's Catholic College for their various events surrounding the Tim Peake ARISS contact.
G3BDQ - John Hey's Rare QSL Cards.
Sussex Electronics Radio Fair - SERF Sussex Electronics Radio Fair 2016.
Vital Spark - A selection of articles re-published from the Vital Spark.
RSGB News - Find out how to get RSGB news on your mobile or PC.
Experimenters Corner - A selection of Proteus projects by Bob Gornal (G7DME)
BBADL - Bath Based Distance Learning Course.
Conquest Hospital Radio - Presented by HERC member Antony (G4CUS).
Radio Rallies 2016 - An up to date list of radio rallies scheduled for 2016.
Club QSL Cards - A selection of QSL cards the club has received over the years.
Other Newsletters - Excellent newsletters and magazines from other clubs.
TX Factor episodes - Take a look at the TX Factors YouTube videos.
John Taplin - A bio of the late John Taplin.

Amateur Radio Resources

Other Radio Clubs & RAYNET

BSARS - Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society

RAYNET - The Hastings and Rother RAYNET Group.

HERC members sites

Sigord - Gordon Sweet
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