InnovAntennas and MFJ Enterprises Announcement

InnovAntennas and Justin G0KSC have become well known in recent years for their innovative, quality antenna design.

They have just announced that a large part of their antenna range is to be made available through MFJ Enterprises, possibly with some modified models produced by MFJ designed to appeal to a market not currently met by InnovAntennas (this has been referred to elsewhere as the “mass-production area”).

The press release also indicates that new Yagi models will be released under the Hy-Gain and Cushcraft brands.

It is also understand that the former relationship between InnovAntennas and Force 12 has ceased.

MFJ / G0KSC Press release

MFJ Enterprises, 300 Industrial Park Rd, Starkville, MS 39759, USA and InnovAntennas Limited, Unit 1, Fitzherbert Spur, Farlington, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 1TT, United Kingdom

MFJ Enterprises a manufacturer of a broad range of products for the amateur radio industry specializing in station accessories, antennas and antenna tuner units and InnovAntennas Limited a designer and builder of modern computer optimized directional antenna systems, today announced a partnership which will increase the availability of InnovAntennas smaller antennas in addition to providing a new and up to date range of computer optimized directional antennas for Hy-Gain and Cushcraft, two of the legacy brands of MFJ Enterprises.

Justin Johnson G0KSC, owner of InnovAntennas Limited (a member of the International Ham Store Group) who is also a contributor to the ARRL Antenna Book 2016 provided the following statement.

‘’This is really exciting news for both companies. InnovAntennas have not been able to fully service the US market due to an inability to meet global demand. The MFJ facility in Starkville MS will be building some of the smaller antennas we produce under the InnovAntennas label and I have already visited the factory last year to established production methods using MFJ/Hy-Gain and Cushcraft tooling.’’

Justin continued by saying ‘’most of our popular models will be covered by MFJ, including the LFA (Loop Fed Array) Yagi and OWL (Optimized Wideband Low impedance). Additionally, new computer optimized and yet unreleased HF and VHF mono and multiband Yagis will be released through the Hy-Gain and Cushcraft brands, neither of which have released new Yagis in quite some time’’.

Justin Johnson G0KSC has become well-known for his innovative variants of the common Yagi which boast direct 50Ω feed points and low-noise patterns and feed arrangements. Dubbed the ‘urban antenna’ the LFA is well suited to city lots where noise prevents the hobby being as enjoyable as it once was. More recently, G0KSC has transitioned into HF multiband and monoband designs where he has embraced the compact ‘trap-less’ concept with the InnovAntennas CP-6 being an excellent example, providing 6 bands with a single feed in a package just 12’ by 28’.

It is expected that the first in this new line of antennas will be available by the spring of 2017 on a direct and distributor supply basis and it is advised that interest is place with MFJ Enterprises as soon as possible.

About IHSG

IHSG was formed in 2016 by three major ham and hobby radio companies in the UK, Nevada Group, Waters & Stanton and InnovAntennas. IHSG provides a one-stop-shop for the serious ham and hobbyist providing both the best equipment and solid, unbiased advice.

Contact any of our stores for further details or Email info@innovantennas.com or sales@mfjenterprises.com for more information.

ISS Slow-Scan TV Schedule 8-9 DEc 2016

Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International
Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images
will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the
Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood
TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.

MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC,
and December 9, 1240-1740 UTC. These times correspond to passes over
Moscow, Russia. ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use 5-kHz
deviation, and SSTV transmissions have used the PD120 and PD180
formats.

The ISS Fan Club website at http://www.issfanclub.com/ can show when
the space station is within range of your station. On Windows PCs
the free application MMSSTV can decode the signal. On Apple iOS
devices, use the SSTV app available through iTunes.

DXplorer from Sotabeams – website now live

DXplorer™ is a unique web-based system providing facilities for on-air antenna system testing and comparison as well as real-time HF propagation analysis.

DXplorer™ is available for all radio amateurs to use but has been designed to be used with the new Sotabeams WSPRlite™ product..

WSPRlite (pronounced whisper-lite) is a low power transmitter designed to act as a standalone WSPR beacon on 30m (10 MHz) or 20m (14 MHz). Using a simple computer interface, you program the WSPRlite with your callsign, QTH locator. Once set up, the WSPRlite does not need the computer to operate. Just connect it to a USB power supply (e.g. mobile phone charger), press the “sync” button at the start of any even minute, and off it goes! WSPRlite will make regular transmissions that are automatically received by stations around the world.

WSPRlite™ users gain conditional access to additional features through DXplorer Premium™ which provides enhanced reporting features as well as a powerful real-time antenna system comparison feature.

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D-Star News from Scotland

It could be said that, at least in parts of Scotland, the D-Star mode has had a chequered history.   However, there appears to be renewed interest in the D-Star mode.

MB6IDF D-Star Node Dunfermline  434.50000MHz

MB6IDF in Dunfermline on 434.50000MHz can now be linked to XRF600A Reflector (September 2015)

GB7DA-C GB7DA-B D-Star Repeaters Airdrie

A new D-Star Repeater situated near Airdrie is now licenced for operation on 2 metres and is expected to come on air in the near future. The repeater will transmit on 145.7750 MHz with the input being 145.1750 MHz

The repeater is also expected to operate on 70cm subject to approval.

Predicated Coverage for GB7DA-C D-Star Repeater

Predicated Coverage for GB7DA-C D-Star Repeater near Airdrie, Scotland

Above predicated coverage map from the UK Repeater site

GB7DE D-Star Repeater – Fife, Edinburgh, Lothians

GB7DE is the D-Star Repeater covering Fife, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

  • 2m – Port C / 145.6375 MHz -0.6000 DTMF 40973
  • 70cm – Port B / 439.600 MHz -9.000 DTMF 40972
GB7DE-C D-Star Repeater Coverage Map

GB7DE-C D-Star Repeater Coverage Map

GB7GD D-Star Repeater – Aberdeen – 145.6875 MHz

GB7GD is the D-Star Repeater for Aberdeen and surrounding area and outputs on 145.6875MHz with the input on 145.0875. The repeater is  linked to XRF600A Reflector. GB7GD became operation on 27th July 2008

GB7DK D-Star Repeater – Stranraer – 145.6875

The GB7DK D-Star Repeater is located near Stranraer and gives coverage over an area of southwest Scotland . The repeater outputs on 145.6875 MHz with the input on 145.0875 MHz, GB7DK became active on 3rd April 2009

DMR Repeater News for Northern Ireland

DMR Repeater for NorthWest Northern Ireland – GB7LY

An application has been submitted for the establishment of a digital voice DMR Repeater neat Londonderry in the NorthWest of Northenr Ireland, with the callsign GB7LY.

The Northern Ireland DMR repeaters will be based on Hytera RD-985 70cm repeater  equipment and the DMR+ standard. Although the DMR+ system may not be inter-connectable with the DMR-MARC system, in England there are a number of repeaters already on the DMR+ standard,  mostly in the English Midlands, and it will also be possible for D-Star users to connect D-Star using the DCS005F reflector

GB7LY DMR Repeater Predicated Coverage Map

GB7LY DMR Repeater Predicated Coverage Map

DMR Repeater for Belfast

There will soon be an application going in for a DMR repeater located near Carrikfergus which will provide coverage to the Greater Belfast area and probably also reach into parts of SouthWest Scotland. This will be based on a Hytera RD-985 70cm repeater unit.

The DMR Northern Ireland Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/481183598723548/

Hytera RD985 Repeater

Hytera RD985 Repeater

CEPT/ECC-EURAO: formal agreement signed

CEPT/ECC-EURAO: formal agreement signed

 

EURAO recently signed a Letter of Under­standing (LoU) with the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Con­fe­ren­ce of Postal and Tele­com­munications Ad­mi­nis­tra­tions(CEPT).

Its aim is to cooperate in all Amateur Radio matters.

Most of us know CEPT by its recommendations T/R 61-01 and T/R 61-02. The first one allows radio amateur operation in other countries during short visits, usually up to three months. While the second one establishes the examination syllabus to obtain the Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC), valid to get the license in a lot of different countries.

These seemingly simple recommendations involve considerable effort of coordination between national Administrations, a valuable task carried out by CEPT and its members.

With the signature of this agreement, EURAO wants to recognize the great work done but also to influence the upcoming recommendations and updates of existing ones, whith the objective of wider dissemination.

DV4 Mini Digital Voice and Data Hotspot for D-Star, DMR and Fusion

Recently launched in Germany and about to be released in other parts of Europe is the DV4mini, a USB stick which can give you a 10mW personal hotspot for your preferred digital voice mode(s) with D-Star, DMR and Fusion all covered.

The DV4mini can be purchased from http://www.helitron.de/shop/product_info.php?language=en&products_id=81

Fusion C4FM Demonstration

Pascal VA2PV has produce a video showing his first tests with the DV4mini in which he made a Fusion C4FM link with 2 sticks between a simplex frequency and his repeater through the Internet.

Pascal has now also carried out his first D-Star tests with the DV4mini and will shortly be producing a video demonstrating his results.

DV4mini software

Andy M6JKA can also produced a video with an early look at the software provided with the DV4mini, although he did not at the time of the video have a DV4mini to connect to it.

This video shown the DV4mini software running on Andy’s company’s Rikomagic V5LE Mini Linux PC and the company are considering making these mini PC’s available with the software pre-configured – more information on their mini-PC at http://www.cloudsto.com/new-mk802-v5.html

The software for the DV4mini is available from http://dv4m.ham-dmr.ch/ and is available for both Linux and Windows.

The DV4mini and the Raspberry Pi

Linking DMR+ and DMR MARC

DMR Repeater News from Scotland

DMR Repeater for Dundee – GB7DD

GB7DD was the first DMR Digital Voice Repeater in Scotland and was  was first licensed on 4th March 2014 as a UHF Motorola MotoTRBO DMR Digital Voice Repeater.

GB7DD  owned by Martin Higgins MM0DUN but all licenced Radio Amateurs are welcome to use the repeater at any time subject to comliance with a few simple requests:-

  • ensure you disable GPS if you have that in your radio as it creates unnecessary data traffic on the network.
  • NO DIRECT CALLS are permitted.
  • Please also stick to the recognised Talk Groups and do not make up your own.

GB7DD operates on two digital time slots for licenced radio amateur use only;

  • Time Slot 1 is for World-Wide,  Europe,  UK-Wide and Local.  Direct Dial Talk Group 918 can be used by others to link into the GB7DD Talk Group 9 on Slot 1,
  • Time Slot 2 is for Local and TG8 Roaming.  GB7DD’s TG8 is part of the new Scottish TG8 Roaming bundle of repeaters which currently consists of GB7DD Dundee and GB7EE Edinburgh.

Please remember that repeaters are primarily for mobile users and you are asked not to hog the repeater or Talkgroup.  Please use the Talkgroup with the lowest number of external connections to reduce the number of repeaters being utilised by your QSO – for example don’t sit on UK-Wide if you are chatting to someone local, instead use TG9 Local.  Also, don’t sit on TG9 Local on Slot 1 for hours on end as you stop anyone else from making use of UK-Wide or World-Wide and stop Direct-Dial inwards from being accessible. Likewise sitting chatting for long periods on TG9 Local Slot 2 will stop anyone else from making use of the TG8 Dundee<->Edinburgh link.

GB7DD is located on the outskirts of Broughty Ferry on the A92 to the east of Dundee where the ground rises to the North and West.  A change of site may be considered in the future to increase coverage.

GB7DD DMR Repeater Coverage Map

GB7DD DMR Repeater Coverage Map

More information about GB7DD and DMR can be found at gb7dd.co.uk

DMR Repeater for Edinburgh – GB7EE

The GB7EE DMR Repeater went on air from a location in Morningside, Edinburgh in September 2015.

It is IP connected to the DMR MARC network and further information on this can be obtained from the GB7DD Website gb7dd.co.uk

GB7EE operates on UHF on the new channel designation of DVU57 which is output (transmit) frequency of 439.7125 Mhz and input (receive) frequency of 430.7125 with Colour Code 1

Radio codeplugs for Motorola and Hytera sets are available from the www.gb7dd.co.uk site.

Code Plugs for other radio’s (Tytera MD-380 & Connect Systems CS 700 / 750) are available from http://codeplugcentral.co.uk

Time Slot 1 is for World-Wide, Europe, UK-Wide and Local.

Direct Dial Talk Group 931 can be used by others to link into the GB7EE Talk Group 9 on Slot 1,

Time Slot 2 is for Local and TG8 Roaming. Currently GB7EE’s TG8 is part of the new Scottish TG8 Roaming bundle of repeaters which currently consists of GB7EE Edinburgh and GB7DD Dundee.

Coverage Map for GB7EE Edinburgh DMR Repeate

Coverage Map for GB7EE Edinburgh DMR Repeate

GB7EE DMR Repeater for Edinburgh, Coverage Map

GB7EE DMR Repeater for Edinburgh, Coverage Map

DMR Coverage for SouthWest Scotland

An application is about to be submitted for the establishment of a DMR repeater which will prpvide coverage to the Greater Belfast area of Northern Ireland.   It is expected that this repeater will provide some coverage to parts of SouthWest Scotland. Information about the Northern Ireland DMR Network can be found here.

DMR Repeater for Glasgow – GB7GG?

Plans for a DMR UHF repeater to cover Glasgow are in early stages. The equipment is ready to go but further work is needed on site selection to get the best coverage for city center and internet linking options.