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Licensed since 1985 (G1LJX) and since 1986 with GØFEA.
QRV all bands 160m - 70cm QTHR & mobile. SSB, FM, CW, RTTY, Data modes.
Also active on D-Star and DMR digital modes (VHF & UHF).
EchoLink node - 3344.
Holder of Notice of Variation (NoV) to operate on 5MHz UK experimental use.
All QSL's answered via Buro.
Other call signs held:
GRØFEA - Special Temporary Call Sign (Royal Wedding 2011)
Operating between 29th April and the 9th May 2011 a NoV has been issued to a number of UK radio Amateurs to signify the marriage of H.R.H. Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
GRØFEA - Special Temporary Call Sign (Royal Wedding 2018)
Operating between 19th May and the 21st May 2018 a NoV has been issued to a number of UK radio Amateurs to signify the marriage of H.R.H. Prince Harry and Miss Megan Markle.
GQØFEA - Special Temporary Call Sign (Queens Diamond Jubilee 2012)
Operating between 5th May and the 10th June 2012 a NoV has been issued to mark the diamond jubilee of the accession of Her Majesty The Queen.
GOØFEA - Special Temporary Call Sign (London Olympics & Paralympics 2012)
Operating between 21st July and the 9th September 2012 a NoV has been issued to mark the London 2012 Olympic and paralympic games.
GB3RS - In my spare time I volunteer as an operator of the National Radio Center at Bletchley Park.
The National Radio Centre is a showcase for radio communications technology and the main work station for the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).
The centre provides the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with the history and technology of radio communications. From the first inventors in the late 19th Century through to future radio developments, visitors will find films, interactive displays, hands on experiments and even the opportunity to “go on air” in our state of the art amateur radio station.
Visitors who hold an amateur radio licence are welcome to operate the station for a short while if circumstances permit. I look forward to meeting you should you decide to visit this excellent museum.
I am active on APRS on VHF and also on D-Star, which provides realtime tracking and data transfer, To view my APRS mobile station click on the logo below:
GØFEA (APRS via D-Star IC-2820 and Yaesu Fusion FT1XD)
GØFEA-5 (APRS via iPhone)
GØFEA-9 (APRS via 144.800MHz FM)
GØFEA-H (APRS via D-Star ID-51E)
Operating on D-Star via UK repeaters and my own local hotspot, click on the logo below to see when I was last transmitting on the D-Star network and via which repeater, hotspot or node.
GØFEA (DTMF 8864)
GØFEA-B (433MHz DVmega hotspot)
GØFEA-C (144MHz GMSK hotspot)
Click on the logos below to see when I was last transmitting on the DMR networks and via which repeater, hotspot or node.
GØFEA (CC7 2352850)
I also run several AllStar VOIP nodes. These link radio transmissions to the UK Hub network, USA Win system and EchoLink. Click on the buttons below to see my node connection status.
I currently use Logger32 as my prefered logging software. It offers a vast array of functions and is compatable with several other pieces of software including my rotator driver.
As a backup to the main station log I upload my log files to the cloud based CLUBLOG.ORG and eQSL.cc in realtime. This is done automatically as soon as the contact has been entred into my Logger32 software. I also use HAMLOG.EU. and upload my log frequently. These are then displayed below.
GB7PP started life as one of two D-Star digital UHF repeater in the County of Suffolk. Originally set up in January 2015 by Peter Pryke (G8HUE) with assistance from Richard Vickerstaff (M1ADT) on the software side of the repeater. GB7PP operated in Ipswich with coverage to the town.
In early July 2016 Peter discussed transfering the repeater ownership to me along with relocating the repeater.
On the 22nd July 2016 Ofcom issued me with the NoV transfering repeater keeper status to me. On the 9th November 2016 the NoV which enabled the move of GB7PP to Mendlesham, Mid-Suffolk in an attempt to increase it coverage across the County, was granted.
To help with the connectivity I had been assisted by Mark Jaggard (2E0TNG) who also donated the gateway computer.
On Sunday 28th May 2017 GB7PP went live following a change of software to ircDDB Gateway, skillfully configured by Mark Taylor G0LGJ.
On 14th October 2017 a further application was submitted to the RSGB and Ofcom to enable digital multimode access using D-Star, Yaesu Fusion and DMR. The NoV was granted just 4 days later making GB7PP the first multimode digital repeater in Suffolk. Changes to the transmitter/reciever, software and interface are taking place to enable users to use all modes of access.
In February 2019 two Motorola GM350 UHF radios were purchased along with new computer hardware to interface the radios to the digital networks. Pi-Star was chosen, as the software offered the greatest flexability for the new repeater.
Input: 430.4375 MHz
Output: 439.4375 MHz
Output Power: 14 Watts (10 Watts ERP)
Gateway Controller: Zum-Radio MMDVM interface (KI6ZUM)
UHF DV Repeater: 2x Motorola GM350 (128 channel version)
Software: Pi-Star (MW0MWZ) & MMDVMhost (DG9VH)
Gateway Server: Raspberry Pi 3 B+
Internet connection: Origin Fibre Broadband - 40Mb on BT Infrastructure
GMSK Remote Switch : Belkin WeMo
Antenna: Diamond X-50N Vertical Collinear +7.2dB
Antenna Height: 10 meters AGL
Duplexer: Procom 6 Cavity UHF (-1db)
Band Pass Filter: Procom BPF 70/3 on Tx line (-1db)
Reflector: DCS005E - East of England (auto connect 15 minutes)
D-Star Radio Settings to Access GB7PP
RPT1: GB7PP**B (* Indicates space)
RPT2: GB7PP**G (* Indicates space)
MYCALL: (Your own callsign)
You RX: 439.4375 MHz
You TX: 430.4375 MHz
You must be registered with the D-Star network to gain access.
Click on this Icom UK link to register.
Additional D-Star and CCS codes can be requested from Ham-digital.com
You will be asked to upload a copy of your licence documents.
GB7PP is part of the South Anglia Repeater Group
Lat : 52,52 N
Long : 1,08 E
Altitude : 175 ft/53 mtr ASL
IARU Locator : JOØ2mg
ITU Zone : 27 (Region 1)
CQ Zone : 14
IOTA : EU005
WAB Square : TM16
WAB Book : 11912
Rateable district : Mid-Suffolk
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