NEWS

The new GB7EB (Motorola DR3000 234034) is now on air!

Antenna and feeder upgrades coming very soon.

Please note the Live Status will incorrectly show GB7EB as being off-air, this is something the Phoenix Network are looking into.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've written and rewritten this many times as each time it appears to turn in to a rant, I don't intend for this to sound that way.  I appreciate all that Brandmeister does and has done, however, as of late I have been frustrated by their lack of support and approachability.  - James M0JGX

 

We hope this answers the question as to why you can't use TG91 on GB7EB and why MB6ILO won't be supporting Brandmeister. 

 

Don't forget you can always listen to Brandmeister via their Hoseline Project.

 

Let's start with GB7EB.
GB7EB was one of the first dual network repeaters in the UK initially having access to all BM TGs and Phoenix TG840.  Further Phoenix talk groups were added and we had the best of both worlds Phoenix TG840, 235 & 1 as well as BM talk group 91.  

On the 3rd October 2021 GB7EB became disconnected from Brandmeister network.

Various settings within Pi-Star and DMR Gateway were tinkered with, Pi-Star was reinstalled a few times but to no avail, we sent emails to Brandmeister the replies never answered the question.   
We then purchased a Motorola DR3000 DMR repeater, the DR3000 doesn't have the ability to be dual networked so GB7EB is now 100% Phoenix.

 

 

MB6ILO
We've tried to register MB6ILO as a gateway with Brandmeister, hoping to again have access to TG91, they told us to use the keepers personal DMR ID and register MB6ILO as a hotspot.  We haven't looked in to this in much detail but we believe this would only work in private mode not public, no one would be able to connect, apart from M0JGX.  

 

MX0LYR 
We have now tried to register our (Official Ofcom issued) club callsign MX0LYR with Brandmeister, for two months it has been saying it requires administrator approval.

Thank you for all the positive reports regarding GB7EB, users are loving the greatly improved range the "DR3000" have given us. 

BUT!

The DR3000 isn't on air it's the original M0JGX built MMDVM with 2 x modified Motorola GM350 radios.

So what changed?

We (Mervyn G4TAD) tuned and installed the ex GB7WS Procom Duplexer. That's it, same radios, same feeder and same antenna.

Mervyn analysed the original GB7EB duplexer and found there to be a 10dB insertion loss.  The duplexer (allegedly a Procom) was sourced from a reputable commercial radio supplier who was also paid to tune to GB7EB's frequencies.  Its appearance is unlike the other Procom duplexers we have, however, it does tune well on higher PMR frequencies so not a total dud.

 

 

 

After some feedback, we are trialing GB3YL Echolink WITHOUT connection and disconnection announcements. 
We appreciate a lot of users like to monitor GB3YL over extended periods and the Echolink announcements can become tiring. 

GB7YL is back online thank you to G4TAD for resetting the modem

 

GB7YL is on-air offline as there appears to be an internet issue at site. 

We will investigate.

On a positive note, the live repeater status reporting system did its job of notifying us.

Live Repeater Status