Friday, 16 March 2018


I have been informed that Dorset Police have sold the lease to Bullbarrow Hill and they only have the site until the end of the financial year.
That means that is looks like M1ABD will have to close down at the end of March.
Not sure what we are going to do to keep the network going. Without M1ABD my APRS map is usually empty.
G0ROZ-3 back on air.

I went up Eggardon Hill yesterday and replaced the computer and monitor. It took a while to get it going but I finally managed after an hour or so. I had put a full stop instead of a comma in the UNPROTO ADDRESS!
All appears to be working as it should.

Monday, 26 February 2018


Those of you that are paying attention will have noticed that G0ROZ-3 has been off air over the weekend.
I finally got through the snowfall and got to site this morning. I found that the computer and the monitor had both died. I have brought the computer home to repair it. I do have a spare monitor, or two, hanging around, so I will take a replacement monitor to site when the computer is fixed.

In the meantime, G0ROZ-3 will be off air.

I was not being very truthful about the snowfall. Although it was snowing up on the hilltop, it was not settling and did not pose any problem at all!

Monday, 15 January 2018

The network has survived the winter with no problems (Fingers crossed and touch wood). The power on Bullbarrow Hill and Eggardon Hill seems to have been fairly stable and the UPS has coped. I have made visits to the sites just to make sure all is well.
There was a bit of a hiccup in getting the keys for the sites, but, with the help of the Estates Office, that has been resolved.

Friday, 23 October 2015

M1ABD-3 off air

M1ABD-3 stopped beaconing yesterday. Today I took a trip to Headquarters to see why. I found that the TNC appeared to be confused and had stopped working. A re-boot of the computer and switching the TNC off and then on again solved the problem.
Looks like we are getting Winter electric supplies already so I look forward to more trips to Headquarters.

Monday, 28 September 2015

G0ROZ-3 off air again

Once again G0ROZ-3 vanished from the map. It just happened to stop working on the same day of the week and time that it stopped last week. (Spooky!!)
I took a trip up to site today and found the computer locked up yet again. I have put another UPS in line to see if that will make any difference (fingers crossed)!

Monday, 21 September 2015

G0ROZ-3 locked up again.

G0ROZ-3 vanished from the map again!
A trip up the hill was made today and, once again, the computer was found to be locked up. The power supply to the computer had to be turned off and back on again before the computer would re-boot.
There is a UPS and two spike protector units in line, so perhaps it is not the electricity causing the problem after all.
I will have to find another computer and set it up to run G0ROZ-3 to see if it is the computer itself that is causing the problem.