SALOP repeater news
& BLOG ROLl
GB7CC on Cleeve Common near Cheltenham has just been licensed and will be on air ASAP; funds, equipment and weather permitting.
Output frequency: 430.2750MHz, Input frequency: 439.2750MHz (DVU-R22), colour code 2.
To ensure compatibility with GB3UK on the same site, the ETCC have taken the unprecedented step of allocating a new reverse 9MHz split channel (DVU-R22) which ensures there respective inputs and outputs are as far apart as possible to eliminate any possibility of interference.
The ETCC have created five new 'reverse' channels DVU-R20 to DVU-R24, this will allow greater opportunity for co-sited analogue and digital repeaters on 70cm; relieving the pressure for channels in the 7.6MHz split which still supports a mixture of wide and narrow deviation FM repeaters.
The cluster has been up and running for a little over 2 years and the network continues to grow. This year GB7GT and GB7BX were joined by GB7WD and GB7BJ to create a cluster that covers from the Shropshire / Cheshire borders down to Dursley and Stroud in Gloucestershire.
Many thanks to the following people for their financial support during 2017:
Hopefully in 2018 we will see GB7OZ back on air from Oswestry and GB7CC will join the cluster to improve coverage in Cheltenham / Gloucester and the Cotswolds.
December 23rd marked our 2nd birthday!
The 23/12/2015 was the day when GB7BX joined GB7GT and the cluster was born.
It is important to note that the Salop & Borders Network is an independent collection of repeaters and beacons that are NOT centrally controlled or funded. There is no club or group to join, no annual membership fee and no politics. The individual keepers have invested their own time and money, and rely totally on your goodwill and generosity to help keep them running.
Happy New Year to everyone that uses the network and we look forward to GB7CC joining the cluster in 2018.
GB7CC is a new application for a UHF DMR repeater on Cleeve Common near Cheltenham.
This repeater will be joining the Salop & Borders Network and will improve coverage for DMR users in Cheltenham, Gloucester, along the M50 corridor towards Monmouth and into South Wales.
A new 'Dummies Guide to DMR in the UK' has been produced - read all about it on the Southgate web site and download your copy!
GB7BJ was switched on yesterday (Tuesday 5th December) by its keeper Bob, G3PWJ
It is connected to the cluster and reports are welcome.
We are pleased to announce that GB7BJ has been (re)licensed and is moving from Bromyard to Malvern.
This should provide excellent coverage for the Salop Cluster along the M5 corridor from Bromsgrove & Droitwich to Cheltenham & Gloucester.
GB7WD was switched on today, Saturday October 7th, at 11:40 am.
Reception reports welcome!
A number of people have asked me if there is a beginners guide to DMR. I remembered that when I started out in DMR many years ago I found this eBook from John S. Burningham (a name, not an instruction!), W2XAB, that was very useful.
It's called "Amateur Radio Guide to Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)" and you can find it here.
It's US based and covers 'generic' information suitable for the DMR-MARC / Phoenix / BrandMeister networks, but it is useful and free. It has been updated a few times and serves as a great introduction.