GB3SX – R50-8
50.79 MHz, FM Analogue Repeater
Location: Stoke on Trent
|LOCATION||STOKE ON TRENT|
|LAT/LONG||53.036446 / -1.913464|
GB3SX is a 6 metre Repeater
(co-sited with GB3SM)
At QRA locator IO93BA, 351 metres, 1142 feet above sea level
at Ipstones Edge, Staffordshire Moorlands near Stoke-on-Trent.
The GB3SX repeater became operational in 1997, it Transmits on 50.79 MHz and Receives on 51.29 MHz, UK channel number R50-08. Both the repeater Receiver and Transmitter use full Continuous Tone Carrier Squelch System (CTCSS) at a frequency of 103.5 Hz.
It should be noted that the repeater will not respond to a 1750 Hz tone burst or allow any talk through function without the use of the correct CTCSS frequency and this is common with all currently licensed UK six metre repeaters.
At 50 MHz electrical interference can be a real problem and the original repeater site suffered from electrical interference that progressively worsened, due to this and during 2006 the repeater was re-sited to its present location, however and whilst not as severe or constant, even from the location of the repeaters new site electrical interference can still occasionally be somewhat problematic.
A local reading of GB2RS the RSGB news service can be heard on most Sunday evenings at 1830 Hrs local time, at the end of the news reading the reader always welcomes on-air reception reports.