Welcome to the Folkestone Repeater Group
The Folkestone Repeater Group is a totally independent non-profit group.
We are a voluntary organisation - everyone from the group is interested in supporting repeaters for the Folkestone area. All group Members give their time freely and we do not receive any funding from any other body. Pictured below is GB3FK, The groups first repeater which first went on the air in 2004.
FRG News and information
Repeater Status 30/6/15
GB3FK 2m - ON AIR - Some Local QRM, Echolink is Online
GB7FK B - DSTAR ON AIR - Very Sensitive and working well
GB7FK C - DSTAR ON AIR - New antenna & feeder to be installed in 2015
GB7DX B - DSTAR ON AIR - Back on air at the new site. 9/12/14
GB7CF - FUSION Repeater - On Air 21/3/15
MB6IFK 434.050 OFF AIR- Fusion Wires X Test gateway in Folkestone
GB7CK - New DMR Repeater
GB7FK B - DSTAR Repeater is being converted to a DMR Repeater using the callsign GB7CK
GB7FK C Will remain a DSTAR Repeater for the area with a new antenna to be installed in the next week
Folkestone Repeater Group Hosts 2 ReflectorsThanks To Dan M0SDJ for his continued efforts and experementing with Reflectors and the linking up
of GB7FK and GB7DX for local nets. Take a look at the Reflector pages, and also the GB7FK Dashboard
YAESU FT-2DE HANDHELDUsers in the area are starting to get the Yaesu FT-2DE Handheld for FM /Fusion use. It looks like a great radio, and look forward to hearing them on the air, and getting some reports on the features. ML&SHave Plenty of stock at the moment, - give them a ring and order today!
Subscription to the Folkestone Repeater Group
Subscription is for Electricity costs for GB3FK, plus Insurance for the repeaters.
Fundraising for projects such as new hardware etc will continue seperately when required.
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GB7CF is Dual Mode!
GB7CF is a Fusion Dual Mode repeater. It is currently in dual mode under test. This means both FM and digital users can use the repeater.
If you are an FM User please setup your radio on the repeater frequency as normal, with a CTCSS of 103.5 If you see your S Meter go up and cant hear anything, wait for a gap, then key up. Providing the Digital users radios are setup in AMS - They will auto switch so the FM user(s) can join in the QSO.
Fusion users, please use the repeater in DN with the bar across the top, which is basically AMS Mode.(Automatic mode select) Your radio will auto switch from Digital to FM. Please ensure that you have CTCSS of 103.5 setup also, so when your radio switches to FM, you will be able to use the repeater in FM Mode.
Testing continues. Thanks to those that have tested in FM mode.
GB7CF - Firmware Upgrade
GB7CF Now has the latest firmware upgraded, so pictures can now be sent via the repeater. For the latest news and discussions - please join the GB3FK Yahoogroup.
Yaesu FTM-400 / FT1D APRS / Fusion Mobile Radio
Barry M3OYI in Folkestone has made an excellent video on the setting up of the Yaesu FTM-400 Fusion Radio. Also a demo on the radio on Fusion with local users Brian G3OJZ, and Chris M3OZP. Well Done Barry, check out his video here
For Barry's hints and Tips Video for the FTM-400 View this video
If you are using a FT1D Handheld View this video
If you want to setup APRS on the FTM-400 then view this video
Fusion in Folkestone - GB7CF 70cms Repeater
GB7CF has been converted to a Yaesu Fusion repeater. It is located at the same site as GB3FK to start with, whilst we learn how it works, and experement with the internet linking when the firmware becomes available. (I am told Summer 2015 now) We have been offered a site much higher up in Folkestone, so a move to this could take place sometime later in the year. Interest and usage continues to grow locally with around 17 local users so far, its good to hear a lot of local activity.
Latest Newsletter - April 2015
The latest newsletter is available by joining the gb3fk Yahoogroup
GB7DX is back on air from its new QTH as of 9/12/14 Thanks to John G0GCQ for running the repeater.
Updates can be found by John on the GB7DX Page of this website.
DSTAR Reflector5c for the Local Kent / Sussex Net
GB7FK, GB7DX, GB7IC and soon GB7ES will automatically between 4:30pm and 6:30pm 7 Days a week for our local net, Please feel free to join in, we normally start around 5pm.
GB7FK Blog updated regular www.gb7fk.blogspot.com
GB7DX Blog updated regular www.gb7dx.blogspot.com
Lots of work has been carried out on GB7FK-B it has never worked this well since the repeater was put on. It is now a very sensitive repeater. low power handheld reports from a very good distance.
Great to see levels of activity increasing again too.
Thanks to Don G4TKR for his usual help, also to Peter G3MLO for the donation of Heliax, Its made a big difference.
The new GB3FK Mast has arrived
The New GB3FK Mast has arrived and we are currently having it installed. The project is due to be completed by the winter. A new commercial antenna has been purchased and will be installed at the same time.
Thanks to everyone that has helped so far, and the sponsors which will be listed on the website soon.
Update 3/10/13 - The mast post is in the ground and the mast is up! - We have another session to do in a this coming week to install the new antenna and coax. Thanks to Westlake electronics for the great price on the LDF 450 Coax and connectors, and the excellent delivery arrangements.
Update 6/10/13 - The new antenna is up, and new feeder has been installed. We will see how it performs over the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone that helped out to get this project complete.
12/10/13 - Another morning working on the repeater. A few more changes, lets see how we get on! :)
19/10/13 - Removed antenna with a fault, awaiting replacement. In the mean time - back to a temp antenna.
26/10/13 - New antena installed, also found the source of the noise. hopefully ok now! good reports so far
27/10/13 - Mast lowered due to the storm
28/10/13 - 5pm Mast back to normal height!
18/11/13 - QRM Appearing on the repeater now and then, normally in the evenings, investigations underway, however nothing has been heard last few days.
DSTAR GB7FK B
A new antenna was installed during April 2013, along with new feeder and connectors. We have found a pulsing sound on the input, which is causing us problems. It is broadband noise, and we know where it is coming from! - a neighbour. We are currently investigating.
1/9/13 - Coverage seems to be better with the new antenna. Thanks to Neil M0VDC for his reports from Dover, And Olaf DD4KO for his reports from his holiday home in France!
The GB3FK Echolink Handbook
We are pleased to announce that the GB3FK Echolink Handbook is now available. The booklet contains information about GB3FK, how the repeater works, how echolink works on the repeater, how to install echolink on your home PC or smartphone and much more. the handbook is available to purchase online, it is printed in A5 Format. Price is just £6.00 per copy, postage is £1.50
GB3FK Echolink presentations are scheduled at both Folkestone and Dover during April and May 2013, where the booklets will also be on sale. Please do buy a booklet, all proceeds towards the Folkestone Repeater group.
The FADARS - (Folkestone and District amateur radio society) Meet on GB3FK every Monday (except the first Monday of the month) The Net time is at 19:30hrs. Please feel free to join in via RF, or via Echolink, all are welcome.
We are hoping to hook up with the Maidstone club net which takes place on a Thursday evening. more details soon. The Maidstone club currently have the net via the following nodes:-
Callsign Frequency CTCSS Node Location
MB7IMS 145.2875 Mhz 77.0 Hz 265553 Maidstone
MB7IPH 145.2375 Mhz 77.0 Hz 254459 Headcorn
Please consider donating towards the Folkestone Repeater group. At present we are doing many upgrades including internet linking, and during the summer months replacing the antenna and feeder on GB3FK.
News March 2013
GB3FK Had new filters installed 1/3/2013 - We are now back to normal coverage, and slightly better on TX and RX. Plans for a new antenna during the summer months.
M6AFC tried using the IPhone on the Highspeed train 25/2/13 Via GB3FK, - it Worked well! well done Lee!
GB3FK is linked to the Internet using Echolink Node Number is 821880. Please ensure you leave gaps to allow stations from the internet to join in the QSO. Echolink is available from the Apple Apps Store. and also available for Android devices. The system is working very well, with lots of activity and interest from locals.
Weather Station at the Site of GB7FK
Fund Raising 2014
We are already planning for some fundraising events during 2014, more details soon.
Thanks to our previous Sponsors for raffle prizes - ICOM UK, WSPLC, and Williams Radio and electrical.
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