Thanks for taking the time to check out my QRZ profile page. I am fairly new to the world of Ham Radio, (only had my license since September 2015). In these few short months I have jumped from a Foundation licence holder, to an Intermediate licence holder. I would like to gain my Full licence as soon as possiblw. These past few months as a HAM radio operator have been fantastic and mind blowing, with two exams under my belt and a fully woring shack and three NOV's. I've also made many new friends along the way, and fully enjoy all aspects of the hobby from Project Building, HF to Digital Radio
I am now running three repeaters from my QTH in Mkt. Harborough, so feel free to use them if your passing by.
Simplex Gateway List
Node 43012 is connected full time to HUBnet, this is a UK based net with over 40+ full time nodes/repeaters. If you put out a call, you will be heard worldwide. Its a very friendly hub so you can have long QSO's, but please remeber to leave a 3 second gap between overs and please keep your overs to under 3 mins so not to timeout the repeaters. Click the logo above for more information.
Node 44194 is a 4 meter link and is mainly connected to the VermontNetwork. This is a US based net which is based Vermont County (east coast and picks up traffic from Pennsylvania. This link is a floating link, so can be connected to the WIN system or the WAN system or the HUBNet. Click the logo above for more information.
Node 43431 is connected to the WAN System. This is the US Wide Area Network which is based in Pennsylvania and covers the whole east coast from Maine to Florida. The same rules apply to this network as they do to all Allstar nets. 3 minute overs and a 3 second gap between each over.
My Shack Equipment List To Date;
2*QJE QJ1840SC 40 Amp Linear Power Supply
Icom ic-7100 Multi Mode Base Station
Icom id-5100 Multi Mode Base Station
Icom ic-2730 VHF/UHF Base Unit
Icom id-51 Plus Handheld
Hytera MD785 DMR Mobile
Hytera PD785 Hand Held
Tytera-380 DMR Handheld
Motorola GM300 UHF Base Unit (UHF Gateway Repeater Radio)
Motorola GM340 VHF Base Unit (VHF Gateway Repeater Radio)
Motorola GM350 Low Band (4 meter Gateway Repeater radio)
Motorola GM350 VHF Radio
2* Motorola UHF Radios
2* G7RPG Allstar Micro Nodes
Allstar Hub Node (maximum of 20 connectios)
MFJ 993B Antenna Tuner
6* Baofeng Walkie Talkie
SE-HF 360 Verticle Antenna
80m-6m End fed long wire Antenna
SQBM500P MK2 Dual Band VHF/UHF Verticle Super Gain Collinear
2 Meter Halo For SSB
70CM 10 Element yagi
2* 70cm Dipole
4*Bluestack D-Star/DMR Hotspot
2* DV4mini Hotspots
7* Raspberry Pi computers
RM LA144 VHF 65 Watt Amplifier
RN LA145 VHF 85 Watt Amplifier
Acer Remote Shack server
Repeater Keeper for MB7IMH 145.287mhz with CTCSS 103.5hz
Repeater Keeper For MB7AMH 430.062mhz with CTCSS 77hz
Repeater Keeper For MB7AMH 70.387mhz with CTCSS 77hz
Test Bench Area
The above photo is my shack workbench with remote server for controling everything remotley while away from the shack. The workbench is used for soldering and bulding ham projects. I trying to add test equipment as funds become available.
The Icon IC-7100 is used for HF, 2 meter SSB and D-Star. This radio is connected to the MFJ 993B ATU, the ATU has two switch options. Option 1 is connected to the end fed 20meter long wire, Option 2 is connected to the SE-HF 360 Verticle Antenna. The VHF/UHF socket is connected to the 2 meter Halo for SSB contacts.
The Photo below is of my two DMR/D-Star hotspots and a raspberry pi2/DV4mini Dongle hotspot. The Bluestack boxes consist of a dvmega shireld and a bluestack board which is controled by the Bluespot android app. The Dv4mini Dongle is controled via VNC running the latest DV4MF2 V12 Control panel and v1,65 firmware on the dongle.
Below is my Arduino Uno and other bits that I use to load bootloaders and firmware onto the ATMEGA 328 blank chips ready for inserting onto the DVmega board which then builds up the bluestack hotspot..
I have had the pleasure of being given the opportunity to be a beta tester for the BlueDV android app by David PA7LIM . My feedback was been taken onboard and used to inprove the app. This blueDV app has improved digital radio to the point where its now posible to use your radios while mobile with minimal breakup and dropouts. Things are improving so fast, day-by-day in the world of digital radio, that its almost imposible to say what's round the next corner.
The Icom ID-5100 is used for Allstar Node work and for working D-star and 2/70 work. Its connected to the 2/70 antenna.
The Icon IC-2730E dual band transceiver is used for local 2m and 70cm repeaters. This is running through another Moonraker SQBM 100P Mk2 Duel band 2/70 vertical antenna which is mounted on the custom pole 1/2 wavelength apart from the D-Star antenna.
I've set up the 4 meter Allstar node and will be erecting a 70hz verticle antenna in the coming weeks, so keep checking back for updates.
Below are two short videos of my shack
The photos below are my antenna farm mounted as high as I can get it at my QTH. The homebrew 446Mhz Dipole antenna is for Allstar node with the 2/70 supergain above that. The photo to the right is my 5.5 meter HF vericle mounted on a 12ft pole which is 6ft above ground. If you look closely you can see the HF long wire going through the picture.
Below are the TX/RX frequency details of the allstar nodes which I run from my QTH.
UHF (43012) MB7IMH on 430.062mhz CTCSS 77hz
VHF(43431) MB7AMH on 145.287mhz CTCSS 103.5hz
Low Band (44194) MB7AMH 70.387mhz CTCSS 77hz
HUBnode (43405) which can handle 20 connections at once for net connections.
You can connect onto my 43012 Node via a diect link or though Echolink on 2E0XVX-L, this node is mainly connected to the HubNet UK. Please disconnect from any other links before connecting to any of my nodes, as this can cause major network problems.
The above photos are my Allstar gateway repeaters. Above left is the repeater radio rack with the GM350 low band at the top,GM340 UHF in the middle and the GM340 VHF at the bottom. Right is the power supply with the pi's and sound fobs.
I also have two allstar micro- nodes which I use for portable use. These are contoled via a web page on the mobile phone or via DTMF keypad on the HT radio.
I also run sevral APRS Beacon 24/7 from the QTH - just serch for MB7IMH or MB7AMH on aprs.fi. I also run a Mobile APRS Beacon when driving - you can track me on aprs.fr by serching 2e0xvx-mobile
Now for a little background info on myself. I am 49 years young. I left uni in 1986, after gaining a degree in electrical engineering.I moved to the southeast of England where I worked for Nikon UK Ltd as a camera technition for some 14 years. My work entailed servicing cutomers camera equipment and dealing with all the UK main newspapers, also all of the MOD and SAS equipment. My "bread and butter" work was dealing with lady Diana's paparazzi, this was great as I knew everything about everything and everyone. After 14 years in the job, me and my family decided it was time to relocated back to our home town of Market Harborough as we are not getting any younger. This resulted in a complete change in career for me as I am now C+E HGV driver working for one of the Uk's biggest retailers. Since I'm now able to afford the finer things in life, I have got myself into a few hobbies, one of which is Ham Radio, so I hope to be making many new contacts and fiends along the way.
You can serch for 2E0XVX to find me on Facebook.
You can also serch for @micklawrence66 to find me on twitter.
I will say 73's for now and hope to catch you down the coax some time soon.
Below is a flag count of QSO made.
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