Essex Repeater Group - News in Brief

2018 ERG AGM - Thu Oct-18

The 2018 Essex Repeater Group AGM will be held at Danbury Village Hall, near Chelmsford on Thursday evening Oct-19, 7:30 for 8pm. Features include Refreshments, a Prize Raffle and Surplus items for sale. Most subscriptions will also be due - and will be most welcome!

Note: This year we have Andy G1GKN and Ann M6INE stepping down from Chair and Treasurer, so we are very keen on some new volunteers!

Do come along and hear the latest updates! ERG is incurring considerable expenditure in upgrades so your support would be most welcome

GB3ER Maintenance

GB3ER is currently off air for major maintenance - this will result in an outage which may last for a number of weeks

GB7ZP - 70cm D-Star

D-Star is evolving. ERG has started its gateway upgrade project along with the new Icom G3 software. This includes support for the new Terminal and Access Point modes (as featured by the Icom ID-51 Plus2 and ID-4100E).

Our new 64 bit platform has been configured with SSD and the latest Centos-7 Linux OS with checks for updates/reliability ongoing. Current work includes antenna, network and UPS upgrades. We will try to schedule changes to avoid a major outage to our increasingly popular D-Star system.

MB6CE - DV Simplex

MB6CE has been upgraded by Joel G0URK to be full multimode. This will enable 2m DMR to be used in Chelmsford for the first time. At present its operating on D-Star, with DMR and Fusion being tested.

GB3ER - 70cm Repeater

A new generation radio unit, GB3ER-3, was installed on Sunday 21st June 2015. The GB3ER logic has also been reprogrammed to be CTCSS-only access (ie no toneburst access) - like GB3DA/DB.

It was recently given some TLC on Monday 5-Feb-2018 - feel free to give it a try!

GB3ER-3 in Service (and its G8CUL Logic Controller below)

GB3DB - 6m Repeater

Following major repairs to its cavity duplexer, GB3DB is back on air. ERG is grateful to Procom-UK for repairing lightning damage to three of its six cavities.

Recent work has included new earthing and ropes for the antenna mast.

MB7IDA - 2m Echolink

MB7IDA, formerly at Clive G1EUCs qth in Danbury, has been upgraded and is back on air from its new Chelmsford location.

Frequency and access is the same as before - 145.3375 MHz NBFM, 110.9 Hz CTCSS, Node 265297

GB3CMS - 10GHz Beacon

GB3CMS has moved and been relicensed for the same Chelmsford site as MB7IDA and GB7ZP. Its antenna/radome is being re-engineered and is expected back on air in 2017. Longer term upgrades will be considered in due course.

ERG Subs/Donations - via Paypal

ERG now accepts PayPal for online subs and donations (as well as old fashioned cash):-

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