Monday, 27 May 2013

Today a team visited Eggardon Hill and replaced the aerial on G0ROZ-3. This new aerial has first-rate coverage and greatly improves the usefulness of the station. The first picture above is the view to the west from the aerial. In distance is Exeter and, not visible in the mist, Torquay. The second picture is of the new location of the aerial.
A good job by all involved!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

M1ABD went off air at around 1130 Hours yesterday, 18 May. I was unable to get to site until today and M1ABD was back on air at around 1630 Hours.
The computer was switched off again, although there was power and everything else was running normally. Tests showed that if the power was cut off to the computer it would not switch itself back on again when the power was restored. So, there must have been a power cut yesterday and the computer turned off until I turned it back on today.
This never used to happen as the computer had always come back to life on its own when the power came back. Will have to look further into this and, probably, get a new computer installed on site.

Monday, 13 May 2013

G0JIP is off the air due to TNC failure. G1YNY is looking to replace the TNC as soon as possible and also upgrade the radio. G0JIP will remain off air until the problem is sorted.
While working at the computer today, I noticed that the APRS map was empty. Checking the raw data at I found that M1ABD had not beaconed for over and hour and was, therefore, probably off the air. When I went to get the keys to the site I found that contractors had been working at the site today. On arrival at the site, I found the power was on and all the electrical equipment was working, except for the computer which was turned off. I re-started the computer and M1ABD burst into life again. I am not sure what the problem was, but it all appears to be working normally again.