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East Yorkshire Repeater Group, a radio amateur group dedicated to providing repeater services including training to the East Yorkshire Region.

Mar
01
D-Star is now fully working on GB3HS, making it a triple mode 2metre repeater along with FM and Yaesu System Fusion.

The NoV was issued on the 28th February and is valid for three years.

Please note that it is now essential to use CTCSS tone and squelch set to 88.5Hz

73
Clive G3GJA
Feb
25
Whilst at Yaesu having the transmitter repaired, the DR-1Xe repeater had its firmware upgraded. That has enabled us to use the North West Digital Radio's Universal Digital Radio Controller, that was purchased a couple of years ago, to bring D-Star to GB3HS making it a triple mode repeater.

The controller is a HAT that sits on a Raspberry Pi 2B running a version of Debian Linux called Compass. The software has a web interface and its status page can be seen at http://187.78.87.141:8080 Note that the address may change in the near future.

The D-Star repeater and ircDDB Gateway software used is the Linux version of the G4KLX programs used on GB7HU, so the full range of features on GB7HU are now available on GB3HS including reflectors.

To promote the use of the UK reflectors both GB7HU and GB3HS will default link to DCS005B.

73
Clive, G3GJA

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Jul
18
Currently you will be getting a much weaker signal from GB3HS. As of yesterday evening we a using a temporary antenna which is just a X-300 colinear at 10m AGL. This is part of a number of diagnostic tests we have been doing to find the cause of a mixing problem that interferes with the receiver of GB3HS. Prior to that we were using a Band III dipole cut for 195MHz at the top of the mast some 100 feet AGL that didn’t show the problem but again didn’t produce a good coverage.

The antenna we should be using is a pair of stacked dipoles that are good for 140 to 175MHz. We swapped that onto a PMR system that was using the Band III dipole. However when connected a weak signal appears 3.5kHz away from the input frequency only when the transmitter is keyed; this doesn’t happen when the antenna is replaced with a good 50R load so the problem is in the antenna system somewhere.

The difficulty we have is the that the tubular mast is mounted on the ridge of a large barn that’s about 40 feet up and its 100 feet wide so access to the aerials is very difficult. The site owner is a national PMR company and it doesn’t generate enough revenue from the site to warrant the investment in a new mast and aerials on their own so the repeater group is trying to raise some of the cost of getting a crane on-site for a day which looks to be in the region of £2000. I should say at this point that the PMR company has been very generous in allowing us full access, free of rent and electricity charges. They have even supplied 4 of the 6 cavities we use on the duplexer.

The mixing problem may be related to the broadcast tower that’s about 400m away. Back in the late 90’s the repeater was on the opposite side of the same farm and there was a consistent problem caused by a mix where the third harmonic of Viking Radio on 96.9MHz running 30kW when mixed with our output frequency produced the input frequency. Written as an equation it looks like this: (96.9 x 3)-145.65=145.05MHz. We don’t...
Apr
24
Due to a major problem with the software the repeater cannot connect to the Internet. Consequently there is no access to any of the reflectors.

Several attempts have been made to fix it remotely including a complete power off restart to no avail. I might have one more go at fixing it remotely but it's beginning to look as though a wipe of the SSD and a rebuild will be needed. If so, HU will be down for a few days until time permits a visit to collect the server from the site.
Clive
Apr
14
Hi Clive just to let you know gb3hs is down went on last night and nothing just wounded if the group was doing any work on it at the moment.
Dec
09
DMR+ is no more over here. There are no UK repeaters connected to it anymore at all, they have all switched to Brandmeister. If you're still connected to DMR+ on 4400 you will find it very quiet apparently.

Anyone that connects to 4400, 4401, 4402, and 4403 should use the new Brandmeister DV4mini software, and choose the appropriate BM master server. The software is available in the files section above or at https://goo.gl/9tG1W4

The new BM dashboard is at http://www.bm-dmr.uk/dashboard/

Please share this post and tell other DV4mini users of the change, to prevent disappointed user wondering where everyone has gone.
May
30
This thread describes how to setup your PC to decode both D-Star and DMR Digital Voice using a low cost RTL SDR dongle and some software which I have attached. This method also works with the more expensive Funcube Dongle (FCD) which I have, or with the I/Q IF output available from the USB of an Icom IC-7100 transceiver which I don't have!

SDR Sharp
The process starts with downloading SDR Sharp and setting it up with the RTL Dongle. These are available from eBay for approximately £10 from China, and as they usually have an oddball MCX Connector, an adapter may be useful if you want to connect this to your outdoor antenna.

To install SDR Sharp, copy the files from the ZIP into a folder i.e. C:\Amateur Radio\ and then click install.exe and it will create a folder called sdrsharp for you and download all the files it needs.

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Select the appropriate source on the left hand menu and then click the play button - you should then be able to use your RTL SDR dongle to listen to FM broadcasts, air band and of course amateur radio transmissions by typing in the frequency.

If you tune to a D-Star (or DMR) Signal then all you will hear is the same digital noise that you would hear if you used a conventional FM receiver, as this is yet to be decoded.

Virtual Audio Cable
The next stage is to get the received digital signal into a decoding software. This is done by means of a shareware program that allows the audio output of the receiver to be...
May
10
A few weeks ago I posted a message about the D-STAR to DMR gateway that lives on DCS005V (D522 from DTMF) translating between D-STAR and GB7RR in Derby. I don't have any experience of DMR so it's quite interesting to hear people describing the system with its various talkgroups.

There is some more interesting news with NW Digital Radio describing a simple modification using a Raspberry Pi attached to the Accessory Socket of the Yaesu DR-1x Fusion Repeater that lets it work as an FM / C4FM and D-Star repeater!

See http://nwdigitalradio.com/introducing-the-udrc

73 de Andy
Mar
08
Following the installation of GB7RRthe FIRST UK Hytera Repeater on the DMRplus Hytera network last week, saw another FIRST on 25th Feb in the UK with the addition of a DMR / D-Star Bridge between the GB7RR Repeater and the UK DCS005 Reflector Module V now DMR & D-Star users can communicate with each other the Bridge in both directions i.e. DMR To D-Star & D-Star To DMR, Number translation takes place within the Bridge, for further information on the Hytera DMRplus network including how you could link your Motorola Repeater to this developing network you can contact the Repeater Team at gb7rr@gb7rr.co.uk
Feb
05
The Yaesu System Fusion DR-1XE repeater kindly sponsored by LAMCO of Barnsley was installed on Sunday 1st February by Clive G3GJA and Lyndon M0LDR. Until the change of NoV is received allowing digital output the repeater will only transmit analogue FM.

The repeater's firmware does not provide a Tx hang with a 'K' after access so you must leave a gap between overs to allow other stations to call in. Apparently the ETCC has asked Yaesu for a firmware change to suit UK conditions.

The repeater now has CTCSS on transmit, so tone squelch can be enabled on your receivers. The frequency is the same as that needed to access, 88.5Hz.

The higher power of the Yaesu equipment allows us to utilize the full 12.5dBw ERP allowed by the NoV for the first time. Losses in the duplexer, combiner, isolator and feeder losses have previously restricted the power to less than half of that allowed. The receiver also appears to be more sensitive, needing only 0.5mW into my colinear at home to open the repeater.

The picture below shows the combiner and isolators at the top, 4 duplexer cavities below and further down the Yaesu box. Below that is the switched mode power supply and the UPS.

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The Yaesu repeater is powered from 13.8v so a low noise switched mode power supply was installed. A 750VA battery powered uninterruptable mains supply was also installed to provide some resilience for the rather flaky rural mains supply. The battery should run the repeater in Rx mode for 55mins and 18mins continuous Tx.

73 Clive