Galway Digital Radio Network

Galway Digital Radio Network

The Galway Digital Radio Network have received confirmation of the Licenses EJ7IBD for the Inishbofin Island DMR Repeater and EI7LRD for the Loughrea DMR Repeater. The two repeaters are on the bench in preparation for the airwaves.

The Inishbofin Island Repeater, EJ7IBD, will be set up with a 4 stack vertical system beaming East towards the mainland. This Repeater will prove excellent DMR coverage of the western Side of Connemara and up as far as Achill Island. This is the first repeater to be established on an Island and issued with an EJ prefix.

The Loughrea DMR Repeater will be established to the South East of Loughrea and will provide a huge coverage to the East and South East running 40 Watts into an Omni-Directional 4-Stack Vertical Array. The footprint of this repeater will probably overlap the coverage of the Mount Leinster Digital Repeater.

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GB7CG 2 Metre Fusion Repeater

Amateur Radio Dealer Moonraker have announced in partnership Yaesu and Panorama Antennas a networked 2 metre Fusion repeater for Milton Keynes and surrounding area

The service is hope to be up and running in August 2019

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SARL 2m Beacon Programme Taking Shape

The SARL 2 metre beacon plan, which will see two new beacons, is taking shape.

This week the project was completed, two beacons will be erected, one in the Bethlehem area and the other one in the Karoo.

Multiple Yagi antenna are being considered to get the widest possible coverage. The project will be discussed at the next joint SARL AMSAT SA VHF workshop on Saturday 25 May 2019 at the National Amateur Radio Centre.

Another major discussion is the debate "Horizontal versus Vertical antenna polarisation for long distance VHF communication." The subject has for several years been surrounded by arguments that Vertical polarisation surpasses Horizontal Polarisation in achieving long distance communication on VHF with equal opposite arguments. Dick Coates ZS6BUN has carried out extensive technical paper research and reviewed experiential data from world-wide resources and will present his findings and share his own experiences at the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the SARL National Amateur Radio Centre from 08:30 and ends at 13:00. Midmorning light refreshments will be served. The registration fee is R50 for SARL and AMSAT SA Members and R100 for non-members.