Thursday, 21 December 2017

PMR Gateway back online

After a period of just over 2 years I have decided to put my PMR 446 gateway back on air. Since I took if off line I've had an Echolink node (which I still enjoy echolink very much) and for the past year hosted a Yaesu Wires-X C4FM digital gateway ''MB6PG'' both on the 2 metre band of which were great fun and many local hams enjoyed using it. But now, as I'm ''only'' licensed at an intermediate amateur radio level I'm suddenly not trusted with an N.O.V (notice of variation) and now need to be a full license holder to have this privilege.. After spending nigh on £800 in the process hosting the C4FM node BTW.
I enjoy ham radio very much and have met some great people, both on & off air but now my level has suddenly been discriminated against because I don't have a full license (to the detriment of my local community of 10 miles radius) and not allowed to renew my node/gateway when the current one runs out.
So I've decided to dig out the old interface and hook it up to FRN (free radio network) where I'll be RXing on the frequency 446.18125 (6.25 step) with a tcts tone of 103.5 when the new legal PMR frequencies come into effect from 1st Jan 2018. I've had a quick check on the legal PMR frequencies yesterday on FRN and it worked a treat!
So it's quite a sour end to my N.O.V experience which I enjoyed very much, but I can still use echolink from the pc or phone. Watch this space too as I plan to run a gateway on a CB frequency come the new year too by joining up with the guys at the Bristol CB Zello group.

Have a happy Xmas & new year folks and I'll update you very soon.



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