Work complete – FR is back on air

All went to plan. FR is now back :-)

Antenna work – FR going off air for an hour or so

I am about to move the antenna, so I am shutting down for a short period.


Good afternoon,

Many of you have been using FR, which is great. All seems to be working well.

I was going to move then aerial today, but I find on looking that the anchor bolts I have bought need a 14mm drill bit and the largest I have is 10mm. I’m not sure if I’ll get the the shop on time today, so I think this job will be put off until tomorrow.

A couple of you have reported oddities where you were able to get in with low power and not it takes slightly more. I’m not sure that this is a problem, it might just be the trees growing or some other effect, but just to be safe, when I take the aerial down to move it, I will unscrew the fibreglass tube, check the connections and make sure it’s not taken on any water. These co-linear antennas are pretty simple, so there can’t be too much that can go wrong.

73 for now – Simon G7RZU


There has been a little of of confusion about talkgroups today. For the avoidance of doubt, FR only carries two talkgroups:

  • Timeslot 1 TG9 (South Coast 9 regional network)
  • Timeslot 2 TG9 (Brandmeister reflector system)

If you require a purely local QSO, please send a private call to 4000 on TS2 and this will unlink the reflectors from the repeater, allowing local communication. 4400 will be re-connected aftet 15 minutes in inactivity.

TX and RX Powering off.

The TX and RX seem to have an auto power off timer set somewhere and had switched themselves off. The repeater is up now and I will look in to this today.


The repeater was unintentionally off the air for a bit this afternoon, but it’s back now!