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******** MB6IOE now off-air ********

Due to the conversion of GB3RF to the MMDVM system giving it the additional modes of DSTAR, DMR and System Fusion, I have decided that MB6IOE will no longer be operational. There was always very little traffic passing through the gateway so it made sense to pass the mantle of DSTAR functionality for East Lancashire over to the local 2M repeater which has far greater coverage and also unattended operation.


MB6IOE is a simplex gateway for Digital Voice located in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. It was setup to provide DSTAR access in the East Lancashire area as there was nothing prior to March 2013.

The gateway operates on 70cms (431.100 MHz) and the NoV is issued on an attended basis only which means there will be periods when it is unavailable, though it will be on the air for the majority of the time.

Due to a rationalisation of Digital Gateway frequencies in the U.K. and EMC issues with unlicensed remote devices the Gateway has moved frequency from 434.050MHz to the new one of 431.100MHz as of April 2015.

As this is a new gateway frequency (as at 12/04/2015) reports are welcomed to determine the true range. The estimate is about 10 miles but I would be interested to know whether this is achieved or better still, exceeded!

Gateway activity and availability can be viewed via the ircDDB.net site here. This page can be useful in determining whether you are being heard by the gateway. If you think you should be in range but you are not showing in the heard list, it may be because you have not set the VIS setting on the network which is OFF by default. Details of how to modify this setting are available here.

Access to the network is by either the usual radio UR, RPT1, RPT2 and MYCALL settings or by DTMF.

Access info by DTMF is available at the following sites:

Cwmbran and District Amateur Radio Society or

the DSTAR101 page.

The gateway is set to connect to the DCS005B (UK) reflector at startup and after 30 minutes of no local radio activity.

The above information has been provided by G0BMH, the NoV holder.

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