GB3JB - RV63 - Output 145.7875 MHz - Input 145.1875 MHz - 88.5 Hz ctcss (E) - IO81vc - South Wiltshire - England.
GB3JB is funded solely by donations and provides coverage across South Wiltshire, South Somerset and North Dorset, with specific areas such as the City of Salisbury, Salisbury Plain, the Blackmore Vale and Cranborne Chase being well within its range. Coverage also extends, for fixed stations, across most of central and parts of North Wiltshire, Southern Dorset and West Hampshire, plus parts of North and West Somerset - see link to coverage map.
GB3JB is an analogue voice repeater, with no internet linking, simple intuitive logic and no bells or whistles. The beacon gives callsign and locator. The invitation to transmit is a single dit, and to access the repeater users must continually transmit the 88.5 Hz ctcss tone. There is NO 1750 hz tone burst capability. The system timeout is currently set for 4 minutes.
The very simple rules for using GB3JB ....
(1) Only use the power necessary - remember there are other repeaters on the same channel,
(2) If you wish to use another repeater on RV63, please turn off the 88.5 Hz ctcss tone otherwise you will still access JB,
(3) Please wait for the invitation to transmit (a single dit), always leave a pause - please give others a chance to call-in.
(4) Please use good and the correct Amateur Radio operating procedures. Remember, if a station calls in, during a QSO, please DON'T leave them sitting on the side, while everyone else has an over, especially if they are mobile. Also, please remember that you are Radio Amateurs. If you still use CB, that's fine, but please leave the CB lingo for CB, not when you use 'JB' or the Amateur bands.
And finally .....
(5) Ignore any idots - If you don't hear a callsign, do NOT respond – EVER !
Monday, 29 April 2013
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
As far as the group and I personally, are concerned, I guess you could say that we have been going through quite a DARK patch, what with all the problems at the site, and the recent loss of two of GB3JB's biggest supporters, Peter G3BPM, and Clem G3UGR.
To be perfectly honest I found the loss of these two wonderful characters, to be devastating.
However, things move on and you will be aware that I have, with the blessing of his Sister, been selling off Clems' kit.
This is now being done via eBay. The link will take you directly to my eBay selling list. Apart from all the Brownie / Guiding stuff, you will find Clems' bits.
I suggest that you check the listings in the Mobile Phones & Communication, Computers/Tablets & Networking, and Business, Office & Industrial categories, which you will find in the menu to the left of the actual listings.
You will note that, in all cases, all the money raised from the sale of the item, after the deduction of Ebay & PayPal fees, is going to charity.
The money raised will be divided equally between: Cancer Research UK, Cats Protection and Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
So far this has raised almost £500 for each of the charities, with plenty more kit to go.
I am gradually pulling things together regarding GB3JB, as well.
With the assistance of Chris, G6WHI, we have arranged the construction of a NEW base for the tower.
This will be made for us, by Radio Structures, and will be compliant with the requirements for our Rasmusen Tower. They will also be providing the specifications for the hole and concrete.
I hope to be able to report that the construction will soon be underway.I'll then be looking for volunteers, to assist with the enlargement of the existing 1m x 1m x 1m hole. To take the new base.
I would like to think that we could be installing the tower, by the early bank holiday in May. So keep your diaries free, for around that time.
With regard to power on the site.
The turbine is effectively dead ! I have no intention of paying to have the bearing replaced, yet again.
So what funds are left after the installation of the Tower, and a set-aside for this coming years, increased site rent, will be put towards, a second solar panel, to support the replacement that was obtained, after the first one was stolen.
However, if there is some kind individual out there, who has the time and effort available, and would like to strip the turbine down and repair it, for us. I would not decline their kind and generous offer.
You will note that I have added a new page to the website - ANDOVER BOOT SALE.
This is taking place on the 28th April 2013. Take a look at the page for all the relevant information.
GB3JB, will be having a pitch / stand at the event, so why not come along, support the Andover Club, and of course GB3JB.
I would be very interested to hear from anyone who can help me with running the GB3JB, pitch / stand.
As well as anyone who has surplus kit (NOT JUNK), that they would like to offer for sale, via our pitch / stand. Repeater funds taking a small fee. Details available on request.
OK, that's it for now.
I hope you all had a nice Easter.
Cheers & 73'sDave, G3ZXX.