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

The GB7HU D-Star Repeater is now running new gateway software - the G4KLX ircDDBGateway.

The new icrDDBGateway software offers a much improved "callsign routing" system which is updated in near real-time via Internet Relay Chat (irc) and connectons to the existing REF reflectors, as before, and the new and much improved DCS reflectors - which have an updated network protocol designed to prevent transmissions being lost in the "D-Star black hole".

Each transmission on a repeater or gateway capable of ircDDB routing can be seen on the ircDDB Live web page (http://www.ircddb.net/live.htm), which can be used to see which users and reflectors are active before linking.

If you would like your callsign to appear on this listing and be seen on this web page, you need to turn your visibility on - when you first go on this page you will see a blue bar which links to a web page describing how to do this by editing the URCALL on your radio. You only need transmit once with this setting as this is remembered by the system.

From the user's standpoint the system works in exactly the same way as before, although we don't have all the features working at the moment so please bear with us. The repeater is set to connect to the DCS005B reflector by default and after 15 minutes of inactivity so you should always find someone to talk to and I am monitoring this reflector from home by my own gateway if you have any questions.

Attached to this message are the manuals for the Gateway and for the Repeater package which allows non-Icom systems to be connected - including FM and EchoLink. I will be going around the local radio clubs giving lectures on the new system when I work out how to use it myself!

73 de Andy...
On Saturday 18th August, a working party of five Committee members managed to fit a day in at the repeater site between contests, holidays and bad weekend weather.

The priority was the replacement of the Diamond X50 antennas previously used on GB3HS with a pair of commercial grade Amphenol J-Beam folded dipoles. The spec. can be found here: http://www.amphenolantennasolutions.co.uk/7050135-omni-center-fed-dipole-vh-pol-135-160-mhz-39-p.asp The X50s are not ideal for a repeater on a hill as reference to their radiation plots show that the main lobe is around 5 deg above horizontal. This is not helpful as most of the areas we need to cover are at sea level or not much above and therefore are below horizontal. The folded dipoles have the classic doughnut radiation pattern so they squirt RF in virtually all directions.

The main problem with the X50s is that they are made from mechanically jointed dissimilar metals. This causes noise to be generated in the TX antenna, when it has RF applied, which is then picked up on the RX when the antennas are flexed in the wind. We know that there will still be crackles caused by the tower in windy conditions but we hope that overall there will be an improvement.

We also took the opporutnity to align the new TX and RX antennas to maximise the isolation bewteen them and that has resulted in abolutely no desensitisation of the RX when the TX is on.

We also cleared out a lot of redundant hardware and equipment from the hut to make way for some new shelving. The shelving will hold new filters for GB7HU and a 2.2kVA UPS. The site was sprayed with SBK to kill off the weeds that seem to have attempted a takeover.

Thank you to all that gave up their Saturday.

Clive G3GJA
Chairman EYRG
Hi anyone know whats up with GB7 HU its not linking to any reflectors, seems to have been like it for a while any ideas anyone
Check out this video on YouTube

Members of the East Yorkshire Repeater Group attending our Annual General Meeting on Thursday the 15th March 2012 agreed to the formation of an Emergency Communications Group. However to proceed with our registration with the Radio Society of Great Britian we must obtain all members details as soon as possible.

Could everyone interested in joining this group please download, print and complete the attached Membership Application form.

Please note - in order to join the Emergency Communications Group you are required to be a paid-up member of the East Yorkshire Repeater Group and this subscription will cover membership to both groups (Obviously the Repeater Group needs to recoup the ongoing costs of it's infrastructure!).

Please forward the completed form (and payment) to:

East Yorkshire Repeater Group.
3 The Green
HU11 4XF

Also I would be grateful if you have the ability to scan the completed form, can you please send the files to
"my name and callsign as shown below"@gmail.com

Many thanks and 73

Andy G0VRM (hint - no spaces)
Hi everyone, for those who run aprs and can remember when i was located down in hull i ran the MB7UHU irate and digi peatier, well i have applied for the NOV to be altered and re issued at my new address in Nafferton nr Driffield so very shortly ( hopefully) it will be back.

After reports that users were unable to connect to reflectors, I have stopped and then restarted the D-Plus service on the repeater. I have once again been able to connect using a DVDongle and put out a call. I didn't get a reply so was unable to determine if this has fixed the problem.

73 de Andy
Dear All,

We would like to cordially invite you to the East Yorkshire Repeater Group’s Annual General Meeting to be held at the Hull and District Amateur Radio Society on Thursday 15th March at 19:45. The meeting is open to everyone.

Please note that all of the committee positions are up for election and we would welcome nominations on the night.

In addition, we hereby notify you of the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which is to be held immediately after the Annual General Meeting to formally launch the East Yorkshire Emergency Communications Group which will provide a formal framework for the activities currently carried out by the repeater group.

73 de Andy G0VRM
Memory files will be made available for the IC-E92D, IC-E2820 and ID-E880 radios, for users within the Yorkshire Region providing the facility to D-Plus link into reflector REF005A, "Midstar" on REF036A and the proposed "Yorkstar" on REF013B, and D-Star connections between all Yorkshire D-Star Repeaters: GB7RW-C, GB7HU-B, GB7YD-B and GB7HX-B.

In addition all UK FM and D-Star Repeaters, arranged in separate banks for each UK region, with the means of linking to a whole host of English Speaking Reflectors. Users will need the Icom programming cable and software and will need change the following settings:

· My Callsign – currently blank and add /IC92, /2828 or /name
· TX Message - currently set to “www.eyrg.net
· GPS Message from “D-PRS Calculator” (see below)
· GPS-A Symbol – currently set to “Car” for IC-E2820 and “Jogger” for IC-E92D
· GPS-A Comment – currently set to “see www.eyrg.net
· GPS or GPS-A mode – preferred is GPS-A

An instruction sheet for the IC-2820 mobile rig will be available at Hornsea Rally (and downloadable from here) showing the memory channels, how to make the relevant...
The RSGB has released a preview of the November RadCom editorial that details some of the changes needed to see the RSGB survive in the current economic climate.

As repeater users, love them or not, we need a strong RSGB to plead our case before the regulatory bodies that control our hobby. The RSGB also provides an affordable insurance cover for repeaters that could not be financed by most repeater groups on their own.

Please read the attached PDF and consider joining the RSGB if you are not already a member.