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This is the yes we were awaiting.
There will be a full detailed report on where we go from here in the next day or two.
Andy G4MYS Repeater(s)
The Southampton Amateur Radio Club will be meeting on Wednesday 20th December. Anyone interested to come along and talk about the repeaters
members of The South Hampshire Repeater Group will be on hand.
New and old members always welcome. Last month great to see the return of two members from the 80's
Evening: 20th December 2017 at the Peartree Inn, Woolston, SO19 7GZ
Drink policy: we purchase our own they sell soft drinks / Coffee, water and booze! however they dont do meals.
South Hampshire Repeater Group would like to thank The Breeze Southampton
& Community Kickstart for a grant to assist in the purchase
of £350 towards the purchase of a new digital repeater to cover Southampton & the surounding area.
If you would like more information on how the kickstart could help your group and charity
organisation then click on the images
SHRG has been given almost new back up batteries to keep the repeaters on
air during power cuts, with a total of 152 Amp-Hours, this is an enormous
help,as we wish in particular provide emergency communications capability
should the need arise, this should give in excess of 10 hours continuous
transmit time from one of our repeaters. The group is grateful to Geoff
G4ICD, one of our members for his kind donation. Editors note: We plan to
run the 4 repeaters from 3 different power supply units to ensure off times
due to power supply problems are reduced.
We are pleased to announce that an Anonymous Benefactor has provided us with the linking equipment to connect GB7MT to the Internet, this kind donation has saved
us several hundreds of pounds and will help to bring this project to an excellent start, as the repeater will be fully linked from day One.
We hope to have full
permission to use the site by mid January, and will advise progress here
on our web site.
South Hampshire Repeater Group is pleased to announce that GB7MT our mono
mode C4FM, Yaesu Fusion Fusion Repeater on UHF is now licenced.
The on air date,
however is next year 2018, this is due to several points of negotiation,
which are yet to conclude.
In the mean time the
group need still needs to obtain the repeater, Repeater filters, and UHF
/ VHF duplexer so it can share its aerial with GB3SH.
South Hampshire Repeater Group would like to thank The Breeze Southampton
& Community Kickstart for nomination for a grant to assist in the purchase
in a new
repeater to cover Southampton & the surounding area.
If you would like more information on how the kickstart could help your group and charity organisation then click on the images
from GB7IV in timelapse video 18 10/17 CLICK
HERE Video From David Barrett Filmed 20ft below the aerial
Levels in the 430 / 431Mhz Band
( listen between 439 & 440MHz )
Attention has been drawn by Ofcom to Stations working UHF Digital dedicated Repeaters, those using the "DVU" channels, with the 9MHz split, and those of us transmitting in the 430MHz to 431MHz, ( listening between 439 & 440MHz,) section of the 70cM band of which the New GB7MT, also repeaters not run by us in our area are: GB7SD, GB7DR, GB7SU, GB7JB, GB7SC, GB7KT, GB7FH, GB7MJ, GB7SX are located. Note similar restrictions apply in the 431 / 432 MHz band, but that is beyond the scope of the article. No restrictions apply on 433.910 MHz.
We all have power restrictions in this sub band, and the RA is getting miffed at too much power being run by us, so according to our licence class we need to restrict out output to:
For Foundation Licences:
10 watts ( 10DBW) ERP thats Effective radiated power ( from the aerial
The RA giveth, and
the RA could take away, Yep take away your rig! They have done this as
a few times as we can testify - even locals !
The Southampton Amateur Radio Club will be meeting on Wednesday 15th November. Anyone interested to come along and talk about the repeaters
members of The South Hampshire Repeater Group will be on hand.
New and old members always welcome
Evening: 15th November 2017 at the Peartree Inn, Woolston, SO19 7GZ
policy: we purchase our own they sell soft drinks / Coffee, water and
booze! however they dont do meals.
Advise you that GB7 IV may be subject to going off air due to power outages
week starting 30 October for likely one week.
This is due to electrical work at SMC, its current QTH, the most likely time is next Saturday 4th November when AC to that part of the building will be off for many hours, and it will have to be unplugged from the AC supply,...We have a 64AHour battery back up, but this battery is "time served" ( one we scrounged off the emergency lighting company: thanks to G4ICD on this one ) and is due for replacement when we move to Thornhill. Hopefully this will hold the repeater on the air, as its done several times over the last month during power cuts caused by the SEB in the street outside, as they installed transformers for the new "Alpha" industrial estate opposite SMC.
News: GB7IV likewise GB3SH And GB3SU are licenced for operation, the repeater
group is awaiting permission to also a weather station. So hopefully we
will have these 3, and possibly a new 4th repeater: GB7MT on air in the
We have our standing order and bank details available for donations. Please click on our donations page
Just a quick line or two on progress we are moving along very close with our landlord at the site. As always things are not as fast as we like but we have to respect all
of the areas that have to be covered ie. Health & Safety, Insurance etc. We will keep you up to date with all progress as soon as we move forward. We like to keep you in the picture
of equipment, site and also the big question to be answered is the on air date.
As always thank you for your patience and understanding. Questions can always be answered via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for our bank details and donations DONATION FORM
have applied for a new bank account with HSBC, which gives us many improvements
on the old one, including the facility of Direct Debits for regular inpayments,
Cheque payments which have to be double signed, for improved security. Once we have the account up and running in the next week or so we will advise you of the full details,
we are aware many are asking about inpayment options, we will be able to accept Cash, cheque, Bank transfers, and direct Debits.
We are looking at Paypal accounts, the problem here is Paypal takes a cut, HSBC does not, and were sure you'd want your full donation
to come to fund our hobby! We will give more details on this later when we know more
Regards Andy G4MYS
We as amateurs are happy to bring you these repeater projects but we are always in need to funding these projects. We alsways
need your help. Plese contact us via email if you can donate. Very soon we will have a Paypal link set up to make donations to
the project easier
Frequency:: reports requested
Im pleased to say the frequency for GB7MT our "proposed" Yaesu Fusion repeater is 439.575MHz on a 9MHz split,
its called: DVU 46
So thats 439.575MHz Listen, and we tx on 430,575Mhz.
nearest other repeater is GB7HA in Essex, so please be careful not to jam it !! -( not on air ) we know the feeling!!
the other two are: GB7HX in Huddesfield, Yorkshire
and GB7EB in Beccles in Suffolk, these three are all DMR repeaters,
while you may not have DMR capability, it would be interesting to know if there is anything to be heard on "our" frequency
reports to well me
Best regards Andy G4MYS
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are pleased to say GB7IV is back on air as from 1515 local Friday 28th July.
This work has been to get the repeater Internet connected, although at this stage, IV is not yet Internet connected .... were a long way towards that goal,
we thank you for your patience, and in case your not aware we have an application in to move IV to Thornhill with a vastly improved coverage area,.... better then the old SH.
Id like to say thank you to the lads involved for their long term diligence with the digital side of this project....
We are waiting on software, then " port finding" at the current site
we are waiting on Licensing & our potential landlord for progress at the new site
regards Andy the keeper
|22/07/2017||New Maps from Thornhill site||
have applied to the RSGB to move the repeaters GB3SH & GB3SU to the
Thornhill area of Southampton, computer mapping suggests an East west coverage
Arundel to Bournemouth, and Niton to Newbury.
As a result we are in negotiation with the site owners, and looking into other matters such as fund raising, and a Paypal account.
to us needing commercial aerial contractors, and the need to meet other
requirements, we do know this is a very good site, we can see not only
requested is to Move GB 7 IV D-Star repeater which is currently in Chandlers
Ford, the move will greatly improve that coverage in addition we have
The SHRG also held a EGM last Wednesday 19 th July to discuss:
1 adopting our Constitution, and some subtle changes to it, like AGM in May, as Renewals would be due in April as this follows the financial year
2 adoption of the RSGB's Child And Vulnerable Adult policy
Adopting the constitution we had apologies from Mr Bridges G6DLJ, Mr Lorek
G4HCL, with permission from both to vote to the Chairman.
In attendance was G0WFQ G7POC G8RNT G4MYS as members, with members of Southampton amateur radio club as observers.
the adopting was proposed by Mr Troy and seconded by Mr Phillips with a majority vote for adoption
The RSGB Child And Vulnerable Adult policy Proposed by Mr Philips and seconded by Mr Troy with a majority vote for adoption.
members are asked to read the CAVAP please and act in accordance.
is hoped that we will have a demonstration from Yaesu UK in August about
their Fusion repeater system and its advantages to us,..
We need to vote on amending the existing, and adopting the Constitution as part of our application for "Funding".
All current members and others are invited to attend next
WEDNESDAY Evening: 19th July 2017 at the Peartree Inn, Woolston, 1900 for 1930 : large car park, no worries parking!
drink policy: we purchase our own they sell soft drinks, water and booze! however they dont do meals.
Best regards OBO the committee and myself Andy G4MYS
The Group is pleased to Announce that we have had communication from our potential Landlord, they are laying certain requirements upon us, including:
Covering Landlords Costs
Insurance for £10M
Aerial install costs
Solicitors ! yes we need a solicitor!
Clarification is needed on certain points of the above list, however
For this we get possibly one of the best sites for repeaters in Southampton giving excellent coverage of South Hampshire, better then the old GB3PC and better then the old GB3SH, its so good we can see Portsmouth city.
In addition to start up costs, from the landlord, some equipment is needed, including repeater filters and a 64Bit Computer for 100% time operation, running off 12Volts DC ( this 12Volts bit is Important!!) ... for repeater linking.
GB7IV and GB3SU are racked up together....
GB3SU needs some modification to its DC circuits to remove the on board Maxon Power unit, to allow it to run from the Offboard 20Amp Yaesu Power supply which will give 3SU & 7IV battery back up.
GB7IV is on air ( from SMC at Chandlers Ford,) but is not yet linked, this is due to a change of software to run the D star linking, and other web based issues, Please bear in mind 7IV is not funded by the SHRG we simply attempt to keep it on air!
GB3SH will be fitted to its rack next week .
SMC are donating heavy duty DC cables for the battery back up for SH, SU and IV, and thick braided conductor for ( cross ) earth Bonding of the racks and equipment, they have all ready donated one of the 19" repeater racks, these will be fitted next week, we are basically pending the Yes from every organisation involved in. ..... the siting and licensing, to move the equipment to site.
All of this has and still is involving a lot of work from group members and others who are helping to get this project on air again. However to do this we need funds while the SHRG has around £1,300 in the bank, in all we need more then 3 times this amount to get on air from this excellent location, while it is a very high amount for us to find, from donations we are looking toward "funding" from varies sources, which have the potential to really help, but we are looking to our former and new members to help, and with the on going cost's, as well after start up which include rent, power, battery replacement and Internet access,
we are looking for help here in both donations and practical suggestions of fund raising.
Were looking for a solicitor too! can you help do you know someone who would help?! you can contact us at
GB3SHSU@gmail.com on anything related to the repeaters!
as to when we hope to be on air? this relies upon: a mix of the following:
1 the licence applications which is 1 to 20 months IWL.
2 agreement with the Potential landlord
without one or more of the above its no go! the committee is doing its bit ! over to you!
PROGRESS GB7 IV & GB3 SU
Pictures (Below) of 7IV & 3SU "Racked up" together at SMC,.. 7 IV is on air of course, still not Internet linked, were expecting new software soon and to connect soon after that I hope.
SU is "On" in the picky, and in a dummy load!, for the purpose of logging power drawn. Its almost complete for photographic reasons.
Not connected is: the power, both AC & DC isolation panel.
to be done is:
DC monitoring Unit:
Gap for Ventilation
GB 7 IV
Blank Plate to aid for cooling of SU transmitter
GB 3 SU ( with AC power unit which wont be used )
SU RSSI meter -- the space behind the meter helps the UPS unit cool
UPS unit for the computer
Blank plate: in front of top of VHF duplexers
1U gap: awaiting blank panel
AC Power Distribution Unit: for - PDU PSU Monitor test equipment as needed.
1U blank: a spacer.
Hairy letterbox: for AC cables to ingress the rack.
Space: awaiting 4U blank plate
Repeater Isolation Panel AC & Battery Isolation
4U Blank: battery behind
1U gap for ventilation battery behind
We will be testing antenna's for GB3SH 16/4/17 Sunday morning aprox 10:00am on 2m. Call sign G3SOU from Toothill near Romsey. We will also be operating on 4m
Also Wednesday 19th April is the next meeting of The Southampton Amateur Radio Club. There will be a repeater update from Andy. 7:30pm At The Peartree Inn. Address: 8A Peartree Ave, Southampton SO19 7JP
Plus if your a Radio Caroline anorak we are on MW 1368khz this Easter weekend from The Ross Revenge via Manx Radio. Till 12:00 noon Monday. you can also listen on line to Radio Caroline North via www.radiocaroline.co.uk
ANTENNA GB 3 SH
you can see the spec for GB 3 SH antenna
GB7 IV FEBRUARY 2017 UPDATE
In preparation of Moving GB7 IV, work is progressing on its rack, the monitoring equipment, together with progressing its connection to the world wide D Star network.
The Cat 5 Cable has been pulled through, and connected to the computer which has been programmed up with the Centros operating system, we now await work at SMC to allow traffic, then it will be down to the D star lads to make the final connection to the D star network.
back up 32AH battery has been fitted to get GB 7 IV over browns out and
short black outs which are fairly common in
The D Star Icom Repeater surprisingly lacks any Meters or LEDS to tell us what its doing, so a 19" 3U rack unit has been built with the purpose of monitoring PSU / Battery Volts and Current drawn, thus showing its is receiving / idle or transmitting!
of battery charge current and voltage, the photos show the Voltage Monitoring
Fitted, however we await the Battery monitoring meter, which is on its
way from China, as its 1/3 of the price of UK supplied models!
IV group is pleased to announce that it has now obtained its own set of
6 Caverty filter's paid for by IV Group funds, which will allow the Caverties
which are on loan from the off air GB 3 SH to be returned to GB3 SH repeater
for use when the new site to the East of the city becomes available early
The Caverties are British Made by "Aerial Facilities", and are second hand, as redundant equipment from a repeater group in Northern Britain.
We will have photos and data soonest for your consideration and interest.