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As earlier reported GB3OK has been replaced by GB7LO.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 Repeater  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.







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 repeater 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 group 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.



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.

Bear Island

Bear Island

ISS SSTV Reception

iss sstv

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.

434 MHz balloon launch at Stargazing event !

Radio amateur David Akerman M0RPI will be launching a 434 MHz balloon from the BBC Stargazing Live solar eclipse event in Leicester on March 20.

The flight is to primarily to take photographs during the partial solar eclipse.

Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV), RTTY and LoRa telemetry beacons will be transmitting from the balloon in 434 MHz, so plenty of stuff to tune in to.

Full Details on the Amsat uk website

World Amateur Radio Day 2015

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters.  Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio.

Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.  From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions.

IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia.

Region 2 covers the Americas.

Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.

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