Monday, November 23, 2009

MB6AM: D-STAR coverage getting closer to home

I was excited this morning to read of a new D-STAR node, MB6AM coming on the air from Tring in Hertfordshire. As I hear various beacons and repeaters from that part of the world, it may be that this gives me some D-STAR coverage from home, or close to home.

From the 77hz site here's the press release about MB6AM:

MB6AM, 2m D-Star Simplex Node: Tring, Herts.

After several weeks in testing, MB6AM went live this afternoon, sharing
the same mast as the 70cm GB3TU repeater. MB6AM is located in Tring, North
West of London and is well appointed to provide Digital Voice (DV) coverage
across many of the Home Counties and parts of Oxfordshire.

MB6AM is the reincarnation of the old GB7AM packet node, using the same
antenna and 2m frequency. Chris, G0WTZ, kindly donated his own Yaseu
FT-7800R for the project and David, G4ULF provided custom software to link
into the global D-Star network. G4ULF's software was developed with the full
cooperation of the Trust Server team and has been fully tested for G2
compatibility, with support for G2 direct routing and dplus linking across
to other D-Star repeaters, via the Internet.

MB6AM will be routinely connected to reflector REF013B which has been
dubbed TechNet, a meeting place for repeater keepers, software developers
and D-Star hardware hackers. User control of dplus linking and unlinking is
enabled, so mobile users on the busy M1 and M40 motorways, can re-task the
simplex node as required. When the dplus connection is left unlinked, a
script will automatically re-establish contact with TechNet.

To access MB6AM, users should configure their radios in simplex mode on
144.8625 MHz, with no RPT settings required. If RPT settings are used, then
the following settings must be programmed:


RPT1: MB6AM^^C (^ = space)

Duplex Offset: +/- 0 MHz

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