The Weston Repeater Group have been providing uninterrupted service for over 20 years!
We are stronger today than we have ever been, and will be here for ever more!
5 repeaters on a single site, none of them dual-mode!
What ever radio you have, what ever mode you want, we provide it!
Electricity usage: 300 units per week!
today’s electricity units: 26/02/16 : 20041
electricity units: 19/02/16 : 19741
26/02/16 Friday: GB7WB D-Star back in service now that our new UHF circulator has arrived.
21/02/16 Sunday: GB7FI finally joined us on the Phoenix DMR network.
It was worth this most anticipated but delayed move.
Its great to have a little old DR-3000 UHF backup service for our main phoenix state of the art SLR-5500 repeaters
Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery!
We do think its great that others want to follow in what we have led the way.
GB3WE & GB7IT were the very first DMR phoenix repeaters in the South West and will always be the best.
GB3WE was put back into service last night and is working very well on the phoenix network.
The new repeater is fantastic and we are very pleased that we upgraded to the new Motorola SLR-5500.
Some more adjustments need to be made on the duplexer today, so there will be interruptions to service.
18/02/16 Thursday: Today our group is even bigger and better than it was yesterday! We can’t wait for tomorrow!
Weston repeater group …. doing what repeater groups do, only better!
17/02/16 Wednesday: Our brand new weather station has arrived and it is already installed and tested. Get in touch if you would like to monitor all the weather conditions at the repeater site. Weather history graphs are updated every minute.
Install the app for your iPhone or iPad. You can use a PC as well to login and view the current weather and graphs.
17/02/16 Wednesday: Our brand new VHF Motorola SLR-5500 DMR repeater for GB3WE is in transit and should be delivered today. The minute that it arrives it will be installed and connected to our reconfigured VHF antennas and re-tuned duplexer.
17/02/16 Wednesday: Our UHF D-Star repeater GB7WB is now connected to REF001C permanently once again. This follows a week of test which allowed us to monitor how busy this repeater is and which local stations are using it.
Please feel free to use your DTMF to connect GB7WB to anywhere you like!
Keep up to date and fully informed by joining our Yahoo Group: email@example.com
The only place to find out what is going on with our repeaters is at our Yahoo Group: ‘IT-IS-WB-WE’ so do join today and don’t miss all of the latest news!
UHF Circulator Needed ASAP!
Do you have a UHF circulator which you can sell to us?
We have moved our 4 UHF repeaters to a combined antenna system and are now short of one UHF circulator.
Please get in touch if you can help.
If you can help towards the cost of us buying a brand new UHF circulator, then please use our PayPal donate button on this site.
If you would prefer not to use PayPal then you can pay directly in our treasures bank account.
Steve G4TBD is the treasurer for the repeater group.
Anyone is welcome to send money into his bank account using direct bank transfer or by paying cash into any Barclays bank.
Don’t forget to put your callsign as a reference.
Steve’s Barclays bank details are:
MR S J PAIN
Our brand new UHF fusion repeater is on the air already!
We applied for our fusion repeater licence just over a month ago and we already have it in our hands!
The repeater was fully operational within 5 hours of the NoV arriving.
It took us just one day to raise the entire funding required to purchase a brand new Yaesu DR-1X fusion repeater, which is incredible.
Another massive thank you to everyone who supports us!
Our UHF fusion repeater is on 439.5375 MHz
You need to listen on 439.5375 MHz
You need to transmit on 430.5375 MHz
That is a -9 MHz split
This fusion repeater will be connected to the Internet before the end of the weekend.
Our fusion repeater GB7IS is now connected to the Internet using
a HRI-200 Wires-X box connected directly to the repeater.
We are connected directly in digital mode only.
This is only possible because we have the very latest version D firmware.
“Dear sir can you please turn down the audio output of gb3we its too loud and is blocking out the repeaters here in wellington down to exeter, a lot of stations are moaning about bleed over to other channells and its 50khz wide here a friend of mine in weston says its 200khz says he cant work 2m with it.
Thank you g0doi david”
As GB3WE is a commercial £2000 Motorola DMR repeater set up at the Motorola factory and checked with our two test sets, I can assure you that its output is perfect and due to the digital nature of the repeater, it does not have an audio output to turn down!
Please stick to WR, as I believe that still has an audio output for you to listen to!??
Are these people really what amateur radio has come down to!?
As I have mentioned already, we now have the licence in our hands to put GB7IT UHF DMR on the air.
We have been given a brilliant one-off opportunity by the people who run the UK DMR Phoenix system to buy a brand new state of the art UHF Motorola DMR repeater for a fraction of the usual price.
The usual cost of a new Motorola SLR 5500 UHF DMR repeater is £2000
If we can get our funds together really soon then we can join the bulk order from Germany and have to pay just a fraction of that, which is a lot of money to save!
We have already received £300 in donations this week and we have a nearly new very nice electric start silenced electric generator for sale which someone is very interested in.
Someone has also offered us a bridging loan to help us reach our funding target so that we don’t miss out on this bulk order opportunity, but we really do need to raise a bit more money ourselves yet!
So if you know any one who can help us buy this new repeater for GB7IT do ask them to have a look at the gb3wb.com web site where donations can be made.
If you are going to the radio club AGM then you can hand cash directly to Paul G3SDH maybe
Anyone who already has a UHF DMR radio will benefit immensely from our new UHF DMR Dmarc repeater so they may very well want to send a donation, no matter how small or large.
If we miss out on ordering this repeater this week, then we will have to find an extra £750 to order it ourselves. so that really will set us back.
If only everyone donated £10 and had a friend with £10 too, then we could order our repeater today!
Very soon we will be the only repeater group with UHF analogue, UHF AND VHF DMR, UHF D-Star and Fusion with X-Wires connectivity too!
All run from a superb site with a 100MB Internet connection!
Not to mention all our antennas are the best you can get at 5.2m long with 13dBd gain!
There really is something for everyone and NONE are dual-mode, so everyone is happy, aren’t they?
To be the best of the best takes some investment from time to time, so please help when we really need it.
We have been made to feel that we really belong to the phoenix network.
I have just been told that yet another repeater has given up on the South-West cluster and will be joining us very soon, giving even more semi-local coverage.
As I have said before, we have had to act fast to obtain these new repeater licences because if we didn’t get the correct frequencies then we would never be able to co-site the repeaters ever, so there would never be any opportunity to expand in the future.
Sorry that there is always so much going on with our repeaters, but I think that we will always be just a little bit over-keen and fanatical about repeaters!
We were able to buy this UHF SLR-5500 Motorola DMR repeater within a couple of days thanks to the many and massive donations which we received!
It is on the air and working well.
A massive thank you to our mass of very generous supporters
GB7IT 70cm DMR NoV arrived today, 11-01-16.
With this NoV we will be able to put a new UHF DMR repeater on the air from Bleadon Hill Weston-super-Mare.
This means that anyone who has already bought a UHF DMR radio to use on the South West Cluster will be able to have the choice of operating though our new 70cm DMR repeater as well.
We usually expect to have to wait many months or years to receive the go ahead for a new repeater, but we got this in just over a month.
Most importantly we got the frequency which we requested as well which was very important as this will allow us to co-site this new repeater with GB7WB.
GB7IT will be on 439.5125MHz, 50KHz up from GB7WB
It can be a lot of work negotiating and filling all of the paperwork for a new repeater, but that has now been done, so it is worth celebrating.
GB7IT will never replace our GB3WE DMR as GB3WE being VHF will always have far superior coverage and always be the first choice for DMR.
GB7IT will be a massive benefit to our area as it will attract a lot of people to DMR who already have the equipment and of course it will mean that potentially four people can operate four different TalkGroups simultaneously!
The next part of the challenge is to raise some cash in order to buy a new UHF Motorola repeater.
If there were a couple of serious donations and the rest of our users and potential users all put something like £20 we could have this new repeater on the air this week!
So any donations, no matter how big or how small would be very much appreciated.
If any of you know people that could be interested in, or would benefit from a 70cm DMR Dmarc repeater, then please let them know about GB7IT and that if we could get enough donations then we could have this new service in operation within days, not weeks or months!
We are ready to go! Can you help?
Latest supporters: February 22 2016
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