Following our survey on GB3VT, a few things became clear. DSTAR users were mostly happy to keep VT as a DSTAR repeater, as they now had a good repeater to use in the area. Moving VT to FM again would open up a hole in DSTAR repeater coverage.
On the other hand, many respondents clearly desired an FM repeater on 2m again, and some also suggested Fusion would be desirable. Coupled with the loss of GB3IP in Stafford, which previously covered a large part of the Cheshire and Staffordshire area, including the M6, 2m FM demand is higher now more than ever.
For this reason, a new application has been submitted to the ETCC for a 2m FM+Fusion repeater that will be co-sited with GB3VT, GB3ST, GB7ST and GB3SE. It’s callsign will be GB3SV.
This will mean that amateurs in the area that previously used GB3VT on FM will now be able to enjoy the same coverage they were used to on 2m, as well as being able to use Fusion on the same repeater.
From the same site, you will also have a choice of 70cm and 23cm FM repeaters as well as DMR on 70cms. So no matter what popular digital mode you want to use in the Stoke-On-Trent area, you will have a repeater available to serve you, with analogue FM on 2m, 70cm and 23cm also available for those wishing to do so.
The advantages of a completely new repeater are that we only need to submit one application (versus also having to apply to modify GB3VT’s application if we were to make VT analogue FM again and move DSTAR to the new application), and that amateurs using GB3VT will be unaffected and won’t need to reprogram their radios.
As it stands at this time, GB3SV does not have a frequency allocated to it yet. You can keep up to date with the application here on the UKRepeater site.
73 for now!