News

29/09/11 – Just to inform all our users and abusers

Just to inform all our users and abusers it was good to hear that both repeaters are backup and running, and the increase of activity on both repeaters GB3OK & GB7OK was also good to hear.

While we’re on the subject of abusers, I would like to remind you as we have now just gone past the 7th anniversary of the first repeater coming on air. I have had to put up with over the years, due to the success of the repeaters it is certainly come at a price, looking back at the history of what’s gone on.

We have had continuous music being played over the repeaters which included Bob Marley ‘jammin’, the ‘Benny Hill, theme tune’ and various well-known 70s tracks plus various website being built M0CRY and G7WIR even gone as far buying domain names under my wifes and repeaters callsign placed on the Internet to attack the repeater and my family and those that have supported me through the project have also been targeted.

Then there’s kerchunk over the repeater to hear the courtesy tone go beep then there is the timid jammer who waits at least one minute to kerchunk until the thumb gets tired and when there is a good QSO going on repeaters, we get DTMF tones to cause as much disruption as possible to stop the users from using the repeaters. (If he can’t use them he don’t want us to use them) then no one gets to use

Like everyone else, I have ways of dealing with jammers. I don’t have all the answers, but I have had some luck with different ways of making their pastime a little more difficult. I have pursued and caught several different jammers in the last 7 years while some of my repeater users sat at home watching TV. I have been asked many times over “what you going about this guy”? Jammers are very well aware of the “ignore them and they’ll go away” mentality.

They love it! “Just ignore um”! How many times have you heard that said? You know what? It doesn’t work. What do you think you should ignore it and it will go away? Well all ignoring is helping him achieve his goal, ignoring makes the repeater quiet and that is their goal.

Don’t get stressed, give stress. It’s the only effective way in dealing with jammers.

The most funniest thing that made me laugh was when I heard “these are your repeaters being abused” by M0CRY. As for going to Ofcom to enforce communications laws is a joke. There is no enforcement for amateur radio.

16/09/11 – GB7OK & GB3OK – Technical Problem

GB7OK & GB3OK is currently off air due to an as yet unknown technical problem.

So far I have been too busy to get up to the site to investigate, and will probably not be able to do so until next week.

Apologies for the inconvenience.  Service will be restored as soon as possible.

05/09/11 – After 7 years the Jammers are back to join us

After 7 years of continuous abuse, The Jammers are back to join us. it’s up to you if you wish too engage in conversation. Let’s not let them take over the repeater, which has happened before, as they’re for all, Look on the bright side while they’re on the repeaters, it is not being jammed.

In the meantime come and join us on Facebook.

05/07/11 – Barry Capper G4DBC

With sadness that I heard Paul XLD informing us that Barry Capper G4DBC, fondly known as Double Burger and Chips, is no longer with us, we believe that he passed away some time last month, as a remark of respect the repeater GB3OK will turned off from midnight on Sunday 8th August until midnight Monday 9th August.

Barry was a member of Raynet and also was involved with Scouting Groups helping them maintain their Radio Communication Badge. Barry was a regular user of the repeater while working in various schools in the Bexley area, we will all remember him for his humour and for his other hobby, easting Jelly babies. I am sure you will all agree as we offer our condolences to his family.
RIP G4DBC.

Regards Tony (Repeater Keeper).

22/05/11 – The only effective way of dealing with the jammer

As you are all aware our jammer on the repeaters is back, it appears that this is only happening Monday to Friday from a mobile station and is very sporadic probably between service calls (less 10% of the day). His only aim is to stop us using the repeaters or for me to switch them off, as the repeater keeper I can assure you all, that the remote shut down facility that the repeaters have will not be used and under no circumstances will the repeaters go off air for any amount of time. He is very well aware of “ignore him and he will go away” mentality, So carry on regardless, don’t get stressed, give stress, carry on using the repeaters, this is the only effective way of dealing with him, once you make comments about leaving him to it, he has achieved his goal. Let’s keep these repeaters for the users rather than the jammer.

Regards Tony (Repeater Keeper).

24/04/11 – GB2RS News this Sunday

Just to inform you all below is a part of the news which will be read out on Sunday. This will affect GB3OK and other repeaters in this area and also in areas where any of the 2012 games will be held. I’ve known about this for some time, at this stage we are not sure the impact this will hold.

As expected, the RSGB has been approached by Ofcom to help determine sections of the 70cm amateur band that could be released for a limited period around the London 2012 Games next year. As a secondary user of the band, we as radio amateurs have no specific rights to any of those frequencies. Rather than just imposing changes, Ofcom has approached the Society in the spirit of cooperation to work together to solve the problem. The RSGB intends to work constructively on this matter to reach agreement with Ofcom on the segments that can be released on a temporary basis. Ofcom has given clear and unambiguous assurance that the segments used will be returned once the London 2012 Games are over. The RSGB is looking closely at how the spectrum is used in the designated geographical areas in and around London, Weymouth and South Essex in order to minimise the impact. We will be responding to Ofcom shortly. The RSGB’s response is being coordinated within the RSGB Spectrum Forum by Murray Niman, G6JYB.

Regards Tony (Repeater Keeper).

04/04/11 – GB3OK back on-air

Just to inform you all, I have been back to the repeater site today, as you probably know gb3ok went off air for several hours this morning, fault has been found and it is now back on the air. Let’s see how long it will be before I have to do, another mercy mission, to the site and start fault finding!

Regards Tony (Repeater Keeper).

26/03/11 – The NEW Frequency Programming files

Programming files for the IC-91, IC-92, IC-2820 and IC-880 D-STAR Radios.

UPDATE:  These files are now also available on the download section of this site.

IC-91 – Nov10-IC91

IC-92 – Nov10-IC92

IC-2820 – Nov10-IC2820

IC-880 – Mar10-IC880 – Nov10-IC880

Quick note it appears that both Repeaters are operational again, also dont forget that the RSGB news broadcast from GB2RS on GB3OK on Sunday 20:00 hrs

Regards Tony (Repeater Keeper).

19/03/11 – GB3OK is Off-Air

Just to let everyone know, you will not be able to hear the news over the repeater today, I have contacted Steve, via an email, GB3OK has developed a faut it went off air sometime late afternoon yesterday, I don’t know what has gone wrong though 7OK which shares its power supply is still running, it appears that it could be a fuse popped in the base station though until I am be to get uo there, there isn’t much that I can do. This is the first time since the repeater has been running that this has happened, timing couldn’t have been better if we had planned it. Sorry to those who were looking forward hearing the news.

Regards Tony (Repeater Keeper).

15/03/11 – GB2RS News is now being broadcast via GB3OK

It’s been agreed by Tony G1HIG the repeater keeper and the Radio Society of Great Britain, that RSGB News service GB2RS is now going to be regularly broadcast on GB3OK in Orpington from Sunday 20th March at 20:00 hours and every Sunday thereafter by Steve Woodmore (2E0SPW) which is intended for all radio amateurs and short-wave listeners.

GB3OK is on 70cm Output 430.900 MHz and located in Orpington around 600 feet ASL the repeaters provide good coverage over most of London, South East England and Essex.

Please sign the guestbook and tell us about service.

14/11/10 – Kempton Radio & Electronics Rally on the 7th November

Gary 2EOULA went along to Kempton Rally on the 7th November which again drew attention to our repeaters.

At the rally Gary took along the programming files for the IC91, IC92, 2820 and 880 D-STAR Radios, at the present time some of these programming files are not available on the download section of this site, though if you would like assistance regarding programming then please do not hesitate in contacting either Gary or myself by email and we will assist you further.

Thanks to those who signed the OK Guest book while at the rally and for the handful of donations, these are very appreciated, details of these donations can be found on the donation page.

Tony.

16/10/10 – Kempton Radio & Electronics Rally on the 7th November

Gary, 2E0ULA will be at the next Kempton Radio & Electronics Rally on the 7th November with our own stand for GB7OK D-Star Repeater / Bromley Repeater Group. Unfortunately, due to other commitments Tony may not be able to attend.

As usual we intend to demonstrate some of the functions available on the D-Star system and what can be achieved in comparison to the traditional analogue system using the internet gateways and reflectors. We will also have along with us a DV Dongle which we hope to have working this time round, (unlike Rainham!!). As usual Gary will have his programming side of things with him, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about D-Star.

We will have the programming files for the IC91, IC92, 2820 and 880 D-STAR radios from the download section of this site, so if you’re coming along, don’t forget to fetch your radio(s) with you, as we are more than happy to program them for you.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

11/07/10 – Latest addition to our Repeater & Website – GB7OK connecing to the reflectors

Thank you for all those who have been involved in the latest addition to our repeater and website, a personal thank you to Martin our Webmaster and Michael 2E0MRE for the live audio streaming, this has been very successful, the live audio streaming, has increased traffic on both repeaters and it’s all over the internet, also along with facebook and twitter.

A quick update on the current status of GB7OK, as most know we again have found ourselves in the position that we are unable to connect to the reflectors, this is obviously a server problem and we have to rely on Darren G7LWT to sort out this problem, Gary 2E0ULA is already in contact with Darren to get this problem resolved. To all those who have emailed me over the last few weeks regarding this, I am sorry that I haven’t answered them personally there were just too many, but hopefully this update will be good enough. I will keep you posted on any further developments.