MB7VT digipeater

Steve Daniels G6UIM is setting up an APRS Igate / Digipeater for the South Devon area. A NoV has been obtained by Bill G8XST for 2 metre operation and a further app for 70cm ops is in the vetting stage.

Once testing has been completed the node will be co-located at GB3TR and will be run on a Raspberry Pi using an FT 1900 and when / if the 70 cms passes vetting, an FT 7900.

This will enable APRS signals to be repeated further afield and also via the Internet.




Temporary allocation of 146 – 147 MHz to Full licencees

Ofcom recently opened a consultation about re-use & re-allocation of spectrum in the 143 – 169 MHz bands after the release of frequencies formerly used by the Emergency Services.

The formal document is available at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/statement/VHF_Release_statement.pdf

As a result Ofcom has decided to temporarily offer the 1 MHz chunk between 146 & 147 MHz to radio amateurs on a non-protected non-interference basis subject to some geographic restrictions to try to prevent any interference to neighbouring countries. This will become available from 31st October 2014, via a NoV to individual licences.

If any interference is caused then the extra spectrum will be immediately withdrawn.

The NoV will only be available to Full licencees and the NoV will be time-limited to 12 months at a time. Ofcom reserves the right to reclaim this piece of the spectrum should it later be needed although they have said they intend to give 12 months notice should this be going to occur.

The NoV can be applied for through the RSGB website in the normal way.

Ofcom consultation Sep 2014

Some of you may have known that Ofcom recently consulted the RSGB on changes to the ham licence and invited comments from licenced hams. The finished consultation response is now published and available from the Ofcom website http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/amateur-radio-licence/summary/condoc.pdf.

I would urge all our members to read the document and then go to the Ofcom website where you can enter your views on whether you agree or disagree with the various questions.

This is my hobby and yours, this is your chance to have your say. Don’t lose it!

I will be posting later a potted version of what the document says to try and distill down the salient points.

Committee changes

At the recent AGM there were changes to the committee. Dave M6DPG stood down and Ian M6IDP took his place. Thanks to both of you for your service to your club.

Hopefully 2015 will be an even better year for the club !