CALLING THE GB3ZY REPEATER NET

Net Members

Chris - G0JPS
David - G0LCX
Robin - G3TKF

Colin - GW3WSU
Martin - G4EIA
John - G4EPH
Dave - G4FJH

Roger - GW4HZA
Steve - G4MCQ
Matt - G4RKY
Ian - G4TAH
Martin - G5FM
Paul - G6OSR
Adrian - G7IQJ
Pete - G7VHJ
Kevin - G8BDZ
Chris G8HJD
Steve - G8JUT
Dave - GW8SZL
Pete - G8TXK
David - M0HBT
Martin M0HCT
Russ - M0WYB
Duncan - 2E0EOL

Members previously active
on the Net are shown in blue (in bold if supporters of the GB3FH Group)


Past Visitors to the Net

Mike - GW1SXT
Dave - G4NKT
Brian - G6AUR
Eddie - M0LJT
Wilf - M0WLF
Steve - M0VNP
Steve - 2E0PPF
 Thank you for your support
 


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Suggested donation £5 - £10



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Bristol 6m (GB3ZY) Repeater Net - Info & Objective

All licensed Radio Amateurs who are able to access GB3ZY
are welcome to
join our Net Group.

Latest News / Information

The Intermittent low TX power problem has returned.
The logic tones (pips) are also intermittent
Intermittent loud crackling on user's audio
Matt is aware & will investigate ASAP (16/02/17)

Thank you for your efforts Matt (GB3ZY's Keeper)


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The Net is conducted every Thursday night from 20.00hrs
via the GB3ZY Repeater located just to the South of Bristol.

Our objective is quite simple..
To encourage 6m activity in Bristol and the surrounding area
.

This week's MC will be Dave, G4FJH (he will be monitoring the repeater on
Thursday evening from 19.50 - 21.00hrs, late "call ins" always welcome.

Thank you to everyone who joined the last Net.
Hope to hear you all again on 6m soon.

N.B. The GB3FH Repeater Group are aware of and support the Net and its Objective.


Why use a repeater for the Net?

We are very fortunate in the Bristol area to have an excellent but much under used resource (GB3ZY) already established and available to us. The question should really be; why NOT use the repeater for the Net?

A key advantage of using the repeater for our net is that..

EVERYONE CAN HEAR EVERYONE ELSE!

With some VHF/UHF nets this is not the case, meaning that there are sometimes long periods of silence for participants.

GB3ZY has an excellent coverage foot print. It offers users living in the more immediate Bristol area the means to communicate easily using lower power and / or compromise antenna systems, for example an FT817 using its own helical antenna. With a little more power and an outside antenna, stations from a much wider area, can gain access.

We anticipate and hope that our Net will act as a "spring-board" to increase activity generally on 6m. In line with this, If, during the Net, 2 or more people find they can hear each other on the repeater's input, they can, if desired, QSY to a simplex channel. We welcome this but ask that any QSY is to a 6m channel in line with the Net's Objective.

Suggested 6m freqs. for direct communication / testing etc.
51.530mhz  /  51.550mhz + 51.300mhz (repeater's input)
Get them in your rig's memory now.


Guide to Net operation

The Net operates in the manner of a conventional multi-way QSO, it is not controlled from the "center" at each handover as with some other nets.

Participants need only remember the person THEY pass transmission on to. (The MC will keep a record of the correct order in case of memory lapses, signings etc..)

If a new station calls into the Net please let the MC take the next over to allow the running order to be revised.
(The new caller to the Net will normally be asked to transmit next.)

Please wait for the second "pip" (or a second or two if pips not working) before you take your turn to transmit to allow other stations that may be waiting to call in to the Net.
(Normal practice on most repeaters)


Comment

Now's there's a great time each week to put that new Icom 7300 (other rigs are available) to good use. Repeater set up info is available further down this page so find the "menu" button on your rig NOW and get programming.

Phantom Blippers!
Net members that hear this kind of activity should monitor the repeater input (51.3mhz) to see if the offender can be heard direct from their location. If so let us know via the contact form giving time and strength of offender's signal. Your details will be kept confidential. Information provided will be passed to repeater keeper and further steps will then be taken to identify and report such offenders.  Remember it is important that no direct response, reference or reply to the offender is made on the air as this will only gratify & encourage them.

Your Net needs YOU!

Members are asked promote the Net simply by mentioning our web address (bristolnet.org.uk) during their other QSOs during the week. This page is also listed on Google #1 by searching for "bristol repeater net" or simply "GB3ZY".

Any Member who wishes to be the Net's Master of Ceremonies for one week (or more) should contact Dave, G4FJH.


The GB3ZY Repeater

Repeater Keeper: Matt Beasant, G4RKY

Located on Dundry Hill, the aerial is mounted approx 25m AGL on the East facing leg of the mast facing along the top of Dundry Hill.

Repeater TX: 50.800MHz
Repeater RX: 51.300MHz
CTCSS:          77Hz
Output:           20W+ (at base of feeder)
Timeout:         Very long (to accommodate RSGB News broadcasts when implemented)
Deviation:       Narrow (advisory)
QTHR:            IO81QJ
NGR:               ST554667
Lat/Long:        51.398024 / -2.641757

Observed technical issues with repeater:
Intermittent low TX power
Intermittent crackling on user's audio (sound like faulty mike lead)
Receiver sensitivity appears low / high noise level at repeater site (effect is the same)




Pictures of GB3ZY Taken by Matt 11th Jan 2017 (click to enlarge)


Connectivity Information Links

Sortable UK Repeater list with IRLP and Echolink codes

GB3ZY is linked to GB3FH and shares its online connectivity.
This connection is currently unavailable but is planned to be re-instated in 2017

Information supplied by GB3FH Repeater Group


DTMF Codes:

Find out how strong your signal is into the repeater:
During your transmission press [0] [9] then let the repeater drop out. It will automatically restart transmission and give an audio announcement of your received signal strength.

Find out what your signal sounds like on the repeater:
During your transmission press [5] [9] then drop your signal. You will hear an audio announcement that the repeater is ready to record your signal. If you then transmit with some audio and drop carrier, the repeater will play back the audio you provided.


Misc. Information Links

Google Map of repeater site - click here
(opens in new browser window)

Calculate how far GB3ZY and over 300 other UK repeaters are from your home QTH. Just enter your QRA Locator as directed - click here
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opens in new browser window - thanks to G0LFP for this utility


6m (50mhz) abridged information

50.500-52.000MHz All Modes

This area of the Six Metre band is allocated to any mode with a maximum bandwidth up to 12.5kHz and is where you can find a mixture of:

  • FM simplex and repeater channels
  • Telephony and digital modes
  • Packet radio
  • Internet voice gateways
  • Automatic packet reporting systems (APRS)
  • Facsimile (fax)
  • Radio-teletype (RTTY)
  • Slow-scan television (SSTV)

Repeaters
Within the UK a total of 16 FM repeater channels spaced 10kHz apart have been allocated. The input frequencies lie between 51.220 – 51.370MHz with the outputs shifted 500 kHz lower between 50.720 – 50.870MHz.

Simplex
Further up the band you will find a total of 10 FM telephony simplex channels. These lie between 51.410 - 51.590MHz, each spaced 20 kHz apart. The centre frequency 51.510MHz is designated as the FM calling frequency.

Information supplied by the RSGB


Background image: view from East Dundry Hill looking towards the North East
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