GB3MA – RB01
433.0250 MHz, FM Analogue Repeater
|LAT/LONG||53.61598 / -2.253903|
GB3MA & GB7MA UPDATE
Saturday (29th Nov) was a very long/busy 10 hour day with a complete rework of the repeater antenna systems, with assistance from a professional rigger, at advantageous “mates rates”. A new vertical colinear and 2 x new band specific 3 element beams have been installed, along with bandpass filters on 2 m and 70 cm. The DMR breakthrough on GB3MA is greatly improved but it is only a problem during weekdays, so it’s something to keep an eye on.
On Saturday night there were encouraging reports for GB3MA (70 cm FM) from 2E0VVQ (North Manchester), Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Stockport, South Manchester and Bury.
Today (1st December) GB7MA (2 m DSTAR) was installed. The inaugural contact was with G3SMU (Bolton) and subsequent tests were with G6GYI (Macclesfield) and G0AMU (Manchester).
A number of return visits are planned to optimise the performance of the cavities and later to implement an Internet connection for the gateway to the global D-STAR network. The feeders need to be replaced and some mast related work also needs to be scheduled but first I need to save up a few pennies to cover the cost of the works.
Any reports/observations would be very useful over the next couple of weeks.
73 Darren, G7LWT