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September 2010 - Node software updated to allow DV Dongle users to access MB6CA - see website for full details and instructions www.mb6ca.co.uk

July 2010 - New website lauched for MB6CA Node - please visit    www.mb6ca.co.uk

November 2014 - Change of frequency to 144.8125 at RSGB/OFCOM's request


Hello,  You have reached the callsign for North Cumbria's DStar Simplex Node.

I am Tony Haslam - G7NZR and I am the registered keeper for the MB6CA node.

The chart above gives an indication of the approx coverage the Node provides.  The areas in Blue & Purple should work fine; the area shaded in Green should work if you have a decent antenna and an output of circa 10 watts.  Coverage reports would be appreciated via email - see below.

The node provides a simplex DStar digital service for the greater Carlisle area and operates on 144.8125


To connect to the node via RF, your rig's RPT1 should be set to MB6CA^^C and RPT2 set to MB6CA^^G, where ^^ is two spaces.  Also, the duplex setting must be set to either + or - 0.0000

PLEASE NOTE - Unless you set the Duplex to either + or -  0.0000  you will not be able to access the node.


Once you have a connection to the node, simply enter in the UR: field, the callsign of the DStar Repeater or Reflector you wish to connect to with "L" in the 8th space.  For example to connect to GB7NE  module B you would enter in the UR: field  GB7NE^BL  Once connected to GB7NE module B, the UR: field has to be changed to CQCQCQ before making any general calls.

Likewise, to connect to Reflector 005 A  the UR: callsign needs to be REF005AL  Again, once connected to the Reflector the UR: field has to be changed to CQCQCQ

Before linking to a new Repeater or Reflector you will need to "unlink" the current connection by sending in the UR: field  ^^^^^^^U  i.e. 7x Spaces with a U in the 8th


I plan to run the Node 24/7  If for some reason it is off-air it is most likely that I am undertaking some changes or testing. 

The node is also linked for APRS GPS position reporting.  If you have a GPS equipped rig you can see your own position and that of MB6CA via the APRS website.  To view the location of node, please follow this link:-  http://aprs.fi/?call=mb6ca&mt=m&z=11&timerange=3600

For those who are interested in the technical side of things, the node rig is a converted Tait 2020 ex-PMR rig with a GMSK node board installed.  The Firmware is Dutch*Star HSA V0.1.00F HSFIX and the software is DVAR 2.57.  The APRS link uses Peter Loveall's D-PRS Interface V  The output is 3 watts ERP dBW and the antenna is a Diamond X50.

The PMR rig conversion and the GMSK Board build was undertaken by Stuart G7HIF, his work is first-class.  For more details please see Stuart's website -  www.d-star-online.co.uk

Do please email me with coverage reports or any problems, issues etc.

My email address is:       mb6ca "at" btinternet.com

If you use the node, I hope you have a successful contact.







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