GB7NR Nottingham.

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DMR D-Star Repeater.

GB7NR repeater is located to the north east of Nottingham. Providing DMR & D-Star coverage throughout the East Midlands region.

How to connect.

DMR Brandmeister: Output: 439.43750mhz. Input: 430.43750mhz. DMR colour code: 1. D-Star: Output: 439.43750mhz. Input: 430.43750mhz. Repeater: "GB7NR B". Gateway: "GB7NR G". Please be sure you have the correct spacing for "B" & "G" when setting up D-star. Please listen to the repeater before you transmit to make sure you are working on the correct mode before you connect. If the repeater is transmitting DMR traffic you wont be able to work D-Star until the repeater has stopped transmitting and become idle for 30sec. The same applies for DMR. It will listen all modes and you can activate your given mode by PTT. To see what is happening on the repeater right now visit the live dashboard.

Using DMR BrandMeister.

D-Star. Made simple.

The repeater is also connected to the D-Star network. DCS, XRF, XLX & REF networks are available on this machine thanks to the state of the art Multi-mode digital voice Modem. By default the repeater is connected to DCS005 B. You can use any reflector on any network. DCS005B D-Star is an XLX reflector connected to XLX005B, DCS005B D-Star, TG23402 DMR Brandmeister.

Pi-Star. Made to perform.

GB7NR. Introducing the Pi-Star dashboard

Getting Started.

Our site is updated continuously with the aim of providing codeplugs and radio related files, how-to-guides, instruction PDF's and maintenance archives. We currently support various radio equipment including; Icom, Kenwood, Anytone, TYT, Radiodity, Retevis, Alinco, Ailunce, Hytera & Motorola. Our aim is to get you started with DMR & D-star as easily as possible for you to enjoy! Visit our members area to obtain codeplug's for the East Midlands and other regions of the UK. If you are not registered as a member please register for an account by clicking here. If you do not hold a valid amateur radio licence then unfortunately you cannot become a member of the domain. You are free to browse our resources archive for anything you may need to get you started in the hobby!

Repeater Status

GB7NR Status: ON AIR! - DMR - D-STAR.
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Get In Touch.

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Latest Updates!

News & upcoming updates for GB7NR Nottingham.

June 2020

This month we have done some major upgrades. A complete new mast and antenna system has been installed to replace the old collinear antenna. A SkyMasts 4 stack phased dipole array with 5% electrical down-tilt has been installed to improve coverage loacally. The antenna 17m AGL, 465ft ASL has been tested and is providing excellent results around the city of Nottingham and beyond. We have also upgraded the system software and firmware on the repeater with the latest major release from Motorola, MMDVM & Pi-Star. Some fine adjustments have been made to improve stability on the repeater while using RF. We have added the capability of using the XLX Interlink in D-Star mode so you can now connect directly to the XLX reflectors. The system is now out of test mode and is running normally in DMR & D-Star modes. Visit the GB7NR dashboard to see what is happening right now!

May 2020

We have officially launched the new website. The GB7NR website is now live www.gb7nr.co.uk. We have also launched our YouTube channel, Twitter, & Instagram feeds. The new Client Domain is also getting regular updates and now has a fresh new look.

April 2020

We have launched the GB7NR Support Channel on WhatsApp! and other online sevices. Please check out our facebook page and join our facebook group for more info! We also launched the GB7NR members domain where members can download code plugs & files related to using this repeater and other projects involving digital communications. We are going to be increasing our online presence over the next few months to gain support for this project. To register for an account to the members domain click here.

March 2020

Due to COVID-19 the repeater and some of its services may be disrupted. Please check this area or our facebook group for updates. There may be network outages during this time. Our services are connected to the UK & BM master server for DMR & D-Star. If network services are disrupted this will not affect RF in-out communications locally.

Feb 2020

A minor update this month. Updates to Pi-Star including some calibration to the RSSI figures. The defaults for DMR is as follows. Slot 1 TG9 (East Mids), Slot 1 TG10 (SuperLocal) Slot 1 General Talk Groups, Slot 1 Data, including digital APRS (234999). Slot 2 has not changed, TG9 Reflectors (default 4400). On weekends, Saturday through Sunday we normally change from 4400 to 4639 world wide on TG9 Slot 2 for people wanting to contact the Americas and the world. Please note that you can still use Slot 2 and change the reflector to make contacts somewhere else. It will automatically move back to 4400 or 4639 after your done. The new default reflector for D-Star is DCS005 B. You can link to anything on D-Star but you must put it back when you have finished using the repeater by UR DCS005BL. We have also added a full UPS back up for the repeater equipment. A commercial quality APC UPS will keep the system afloat during power outages. Nework services may be disrupted.

Jan 2020

The repeater will be undergoing some minor upgrades including the installation of a SkyMasts 4 stack array to improve coverage in low-lying areas of Nottingham. The repeater now offers RSSI reports on the dashboard for amateurs using the repeater via RF. (Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we have postponed the installation of the new antenna array until further notice!)

Dec 2020

The repeater is undergoing a major upgrade for the provision of a fibre connection. This will replace the exisiting LTE 4G connection. The fibre connection was installed this month by Openreach to provide a 300MB low latency connection to the site. The connection also maintains a 4G LTE backup incase of an outage on the fibre network. The internal networking to the site has been upgraded to improve speed & efficiency to GB7NR & its networks.

October 2019

The repeater goes live at the site at Mapperley Top Nottingham. Full installation of the repeater & all of it's infratructure took several days to implement. The repeater is running on reduced output with DMR & D-Star running over the LTE 4G network. Plans to upgrade the internet side will be decided next month.

August 2019

The project begins GB7NR. Back in January 2019 I had the idea to build a repeater in Nottingham. I already had a site, so the idea was surely to become a reality. I contacted our regional manager for the ETCC Midlands region. We decided to go for a multi-mode repeater on UHF 9mhz split. I wanted to build a high quality commercial grade MMDVM repeater with a very high specification which could provide all modes of digital voice communications. The MMDVM module which consists of an MMDVM sheild & a Nucleo64 board housed in a custom mount which was contructed locally by Bob M0NGT. The project was then underway. We then applied for our NoV and I was happy with the callsign GB7NR Nottingham Repeater. Soon after in mid July I started to contruct the repeater. It uses two Motorola GM360 UHF commercial tranceivers built into a 4U industrial grade enclosure with custom chasis. The repeater has a front display and touch screen for fan controllers & info display. The repeater is temprature controlled with variable automatic fan proccessors to cool efficiently for full duty-cycle. The main unit is finally finished and we are hoping to install in September/October 2019.
M0VUB

Donations.

People who have donated & how to donate.

Donations to the GB7NR Project

You can donate to the project & upkeep of the repeater and its services by clicking the donate button above. If you would like to donate by other methods, please get in touch by heading over to the contact page. We currently do not except cheques. If you dont have a PayPal account or are having difficulties making a donation please contact us. You can also visit our PayPal.me page for more information.

Donations List

2020

Steve - G0LCG
Simon - M0SYS
Shane - M0VUB
Andrew - M6HIK
James - M1BMW
Simon - M3EHJ
Paul - M6IXG
Mike - G7BJJ

2019

Bob - M0NGT
Phil - 2E0CWE (M0IZM)
Paul - G8UGS
Joe - M0JOJ
Ifor - 2E0FIJ
Gary - M0GLP
Shane - M0VUB
Paul - G1SGZ
Rob - G6PKY

Thankyou for your support!

Without your support this project wouldn't be possible. We apreciate all of your donations and support to the project and hopfully we can keep it going for many years! Your support goes a long way and helps go towards the upkeep of the repeater and its services including; maintenance, repeair, upgrades, site costs, website & online marketing.

Resources.

Associated links & Resource Centre.

Under Contruction!

This page is being developed and will be available soon! We are building a fully featured public resource centre. This is a seperate sub-division to our main site for members & non-members. There will be links to other radio related sites, news, projects and events on this page too!