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Sadly, due to the increase in site rent and the lack of support for the repeater, GB7BX will closedown on or shortly before Friday 18th May.
A new location has been proposed by the repeater keeper but this will require site clearance by the RSGB and Ofcom before it can return.
GB7CC is now up and running on the Salop Cluster ...
GB7CC, Cleeve Common, is currently testing; its not connected to the cluster yet but usable in and around the Cheltenham area on both Slot 1 / TG9 and Slot 2 / TG950 ...
GB7BJ not connected to Phoenix network. Internet has failed, so reconnected into Salop Cluster again till further notice.
Until recently, the cluster has been in the enviable position of having very low running costs with most sites either directly under our control or provided at zero rent by friendly landlords.
Wind and solar power is used at very remote locations, however we have installed mains electricity at key sites and invested in the network infrastructure that links them together.
Last year we incurred electricity charges of just £150 HOWEVER this year we have been hit, at very short notice, with site rent and electricity charges at another site. We now have running costs of £450 per year which are not being met by the amateur community.
Donations are currently running at £100 per year which does not cover the current running costs; therefore we urge you to make a donation to the Salop Cluster or face repeaters being closed down. This is not an idle threat, the first closure could be as soon as the end of April 2018 unless we raise more funds.
If every amateur using the Salop Cluster donated just £10 per year we could keep the network running and invest in new facilities.
It's in your hands.
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!