Essex AR DX Group supports 2mtr and 70cms Activity Day

Following the successful 2m Activity day initiated by the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club earlier this year in March (Essex Ham Report), they have announced a follow up event on the 28th November 2015.

Essex Amateur Radio DX Group (MX0XYD) will be supporting the event again, as we do hope many other amateurs and clubs will. We are planning to operate portable, with not just a 2m station but also on the 70m band.

We will be running both bands simultaneously with periods on FM and SSB dependent on activity.

Exact operating Times will be published closer to the Date

We look forward to working you

 

For more details please visit the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Site or their Facebook page.

 

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GB7LO now Live

As earlier reported GB3OK has been replaced by GB7LO. The new repeater extends the DMR coverage in the local area. The Bromley Repeater team have asked for signal reports on their facebook group. Please help the team out if you can provide a report. The DMR repeater is connected to the UK MARC network and will carry the same talk groups currently carried by the South east repeaters. This means Talk Group 8 roaming should benefit.

For those of you who need the details here they are;

Transmit Freq 439.5125 MHz
Receive Freq 430.5125 MHz
Channel DVU41
Colour Code 3
Direct TG TBC

 

MODE CHANGE FOR GB3OK and New Repeater

An application is about to made for the 70cms Repeater GB3OK to move from Analogue voice to Digital voice DMR. The Repeater Keeper G1HIG is making the application.

If successful it will Give very good overlapping DMR Coverage in the south Essex and North Kent area.

Also a New Application has been made for a New DMR RepeaterĀ  GB7AK in Barking, Essex. If all goes ahead it will add to the coverage from Existing DMR Repeaters, and give Good DMR coverage to the Barking & Dagenham, Havering and East London Area.

 

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9H1DMR now part of UK DMR Network.

This is a quick update to let users of GB7SE know that a new repeater based in Malta is now part of the UK DMR network. The repeaterĀ 9H1DMR is part of the south east roaming talk group 8, and will also be part of the UK wide talk group 235. Those who use the direct UA talk groups can access the repeater directly using Direct dial talk groupĀ 927, this can be used via Slot 1 on GB7SE.

There is a large ex pat community in Malta and a lot of holiday makers who can now take advantage of this link back into the UK.

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MX0XYD/P active from Rainham Marshes

EARDX MX0XYD/P was active on Monday 25th from Rainham Marshes in Essex

we used mainly HF bands on 40/20/17/15/10m.
Conditions were not ideal but several contacts were made mainly on 20m and some on 40m
There were several nice stations heard on the higher hf bands including China, Japan and the Philippines as well as several strong US station’s from the Southern states.
We also had 2m FM running contacting several local stations in the area.

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JW9JKA on Bear Island

This Morning I worked JW9JKA from Bear Island on 17m band. Bear Island is EU-027 (IOTA), and the operator Svein Rabbevag goes on the air in his spare time.

Bear Island is the southernmost island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago. The island is located in the western part of the Barents Sea, approximately halfway between Spitsbergen and the North Cape. Bear Island is uninhabited except for personnel working at the island’s meteorological station. The station has been active since December 2014 and will be only operating until 30th may 2015.

In 2002 a nature reserve was established that covers all of the island, except 1.2 square kilometers (0.46 sq mi) around the meteorological station; the reserve also includes the adjacent waters to four nautical miles (7.4 kilometers (4.6 mi)) from the coast. In 2008 the decision was made to expand the reserve to 12 nautical miles (22 km) from the coast covering 177 square kilometers (68 sq mi) on land and 2,805 square kilometers (1,083 sq mi) of sea area.
Today, the island’s only inhabitants are the staff of the Norwegian meteorological and radio station at Herwighamna.

The station conducts meteorological observations and provides logistic and telecommunication services, including radio watch at HF 2182/2168 khz and VHF channels 16/12. Weather forecasts are transmitted from the station twice daily, announced on HF 2182 and VHF ch 16.
It also maintains landing platforms for use by helicopters of the Norwegian Coast Guard, the Norwegian 330 Squadron, and the Governor of Svalbard.

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Bear Island

Updates to GB7SE

GB7SE has been running now for over a week and so far has been working well. We wanted to bring you a few updates which have happened over the last week. A number of user activated talk groups have been added to ensure everyone can still take part in the weekly monday night net and speak to people attending the Dayton Hamfest. More details below on what User Activated is.

User Activated Group

The core DMR-MARC team has introduced a number of UA (user activated) talk groups. The purpose of these groups is to better manage the traffic across the worldwide repeater network. As you may be aware it is a requirement for all DMR-MARC linked repeaters worldwide to carry Talk Group 1. Talk group 1 is a worldwide talk group and when a user uses this talk group it will transmit across all the repeaters. For this reason it is best practice to limit the QSO on this talk group and had been practice to then QSY to talk group 13. Again this talk group is added to many English speaking repeaters and due to increases in traffic another solution was looked for. This is where user activated groups come in.

Repeaters carrying these talk groups do not transmit them in the same way as TG 1 or TG14. The “User activated” part means that the user has to initiate a call to the talk group and at this point the repeater they are accessing via will link to the talk group. Therefore only those repeaters which have been linked by a user locally will carry the traffic. There is a 5 minute time out, at which point it reverts back to normal passing traffic from the usual Slot 1 talk groups.

The suggested best practice now would be to initiate a CQ call on TG 1, and then QSY to TG 113 or TG 123.

In addition to TG113 and TG123, GB7SE will also be carrying TG119 and TG129. These new talk groups are again worldwide but are specifically for any language. These were commissioned for the forthcoming Dayton Hamfest. So to ensure everyone has access to these we have added them to Slot 1.

Any queries around how to program these new talk groups into your radio feel free to contact us, or if anyone has any questions please feel free to get in touch using the “Contact US” form.feat

ISS SSTV Reception

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SSTV image

Managed to receive this image from the ISS on the 21:32 pass which was almost directly overhead.
The previous pass did not bear any SSTV Transmissions and a quick check on the APRS freq of 145.825 confirmed that the iss was transmitting APRS.
This was quite a good pass with just a bit of noise towards then end of the pass and i was able to get all of the transmission a few seconds before the footprint was out of range.

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