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24th December 2003

  • A Christmas Eve special on the nodes! For today only, on nodes 5220 and 5230, Santa is being tracked and information relating to his whereabouts is available to those interested in this unique annual event. Key *33 for all the latest....

5th December 2003

  • G4EID will be attending the IRLP node owners gathering in Las Vegas next April. Here's to putting some faces to names soon
  • EchoIRLP page updated to include complete listings of callsigns by category.

8th November 2003

  • Access to all reflectors now on node 5973, the 4M node.

2nd November 2003

  • The *9 command has been changed to only give the reflector activity of the 3 most active reflector channels. Previously it gave all activity which tended to drag the transmission out a little too long.

27th October 2003

  • The 4M radio has been fixed (thanks Phil), and therefore node 5973 is back on air. Remember the CTCSS is now 123Hz. Until I'm happy everything is functioning ok, all access to reflectors remains barred.

23rd October 2003

  • A full implementation of EchoIRLP has now been installed on IRLP node 5220. This means that IRLP node 5220 now has the ability to originate or receive either EchoLink or IRLP calls. Please be aware that this is an either/or operation. Only one system can be in use at any one time. No cross linking is therefore possible. You make the choice as to which system you wish to use. Also, since both systems are listening when the node is idle, it's possible that an incoming call could be from either the IRLP or EchoLink network. For those who wish to continue to use the node for IRLP, *nothing* has changed, as before, just dial the destination node number. If you wish to make an EchoLink call, simply prefix the destination node number with a "#". For example to link up to the Echolink Conference server *NCPENN* dial #137634 Because of the implementation method of this full EchoIRLP, the "Shared EchoIRLP conference" facilities that were available on all the other nodes have had to be withdrawn. Please see the EchoIRLP page for further details.

20th October 2003

18th October 2003

  • This weekend is JOTA (Scouts Jamboree on the air) weekend. Please support all JOTA stations by responding to their calls, and giving local JOTA stations preference in usage of the nodes.
  • I've brought the guestbook back online. Let's see how it goes.
  • The 4M radio is still away for repair. Hopefully something soon.
  • The 4M node (when it comes back on), will have a new CTCSS frequency of 123Hz. It's to support some radio's that can only "do" CTCSS above 100Hz.
  • Four more Echolink conference servers added to the list of those that can be called from the nodes at G4EID using EchoIRLP.  *ORLANDO* (7075), *FLORIDA* (1842) and *TAMPABAY* (135357) all now available.

28th September 2003

  • Well it was on, sadly it's now off again :-(  Unfortunately the radio (Tait) has developed a CTCSS fault. It's being looked at, hope to have it back on real soon.
  • Ok, it's finally on. 70.3875 (4M) is now on and running. All features of the existing nodes apply to this new node (number 5973) too.

25th September 2003

  • Please expect some outage of the nodes this coming weekend. I need to make some changes in the area that houses the existing three nodes to make some room for the new 4M node (5973). It is planned that the aerial be erected on Saturday, and hoped that the new node will be on from sometime on Sunday.

14th August 2003

  • Apologies for the recent outage of everything at G4EID, nodes, status pages, life as we know it. Southport suffered a long power cut yesterday, which (using standard Murphy's law) trashed more unix file systems than I care to mention. Backups now restored (who says they're not worth it). Only desire now is to move as many unix machines as I can to journaled file systems. Ah well. I think everything's back on, but I'm sure you'll let me know if it's not.
  • Due to my guestbook appearing in some global get rich quick scheme, and the subsequent 100 plus entries a day for abdominal extensions, I'm afraid the guestbook has been taken offline. 

26th July 2003

  • Another Echolink conference server added to the list of those that can be called from the nodes at G4EID using EchoIRLP.  *N2LEN* now available, number 6427.
  • An update on the 4M node. I'm having a problem with the new 4M aerial. For whatever reason, it doesn't seem to want to tune in ok. Hopefully it'll be resolved soon.

6th July 2003

  • A reprieve for the individual node voices. Seems like people like the idea of different voices on each node. So Jock, Crystal and Audrey can stay. Rab will still do the dynamic stuff, for example the weather.
  • The new 4M node is progressing nicely. The node software is installed, all that remains is to install all the custom stuff. The node number is 5973. I'm awaiting delivery of the aerial, the radio (a Tait 520) is programmed and ready. The CTCSS will be 79.7Hz. The voice behind the node is provided by Rhetorical Systems. She doesn't have a name, so I've decided to call her Susan.
  • A return for the seagulls! After much pressure, even though they "bend" the rules a little, the seagulls have been mixed in again with the station announcements (that other nodes hear when they connect).

25th June 2003

  • Another Echolink conference server added to the list of those that can be called from the nodes at G4EID using EchoIRLP.  *KE6MJU* now available, number 108312.

22nd June 2003

  • A small change to the CWID's. The nodes can CWID with two levels now, if the node's active, it's a low level ID. If it's not active, then it'll be at the "full" level. The ID also includes the IRLP node number now too.
  • The auto connect to a random reflector has been re-introduced during weekdays, 9am to 5pm. The reflector must have at least 6 nodes connected to be considered. Between 5pm and 7pm, (again weekdays only), the nodes connect to channel 0 on the UK reflector 9700.

19th June 2003

  • Coming soon, another node! For those 4M addicts amongst you, it'll be on 70.3875 MHz. Now in the build process, it's planned to be on within the month. It's NOV'd for 5W erp from a vertical aerial so should be usable around and about Southport. It's also planned to use CTCSS so see what gear you can get hold of.

18th June 2003

  • Another Echolink conference server added to the list of those that can be called from the nodes at G4EID using EchoIRLP.  *ESPANA* now available, number 6954.
  • Expect some changes soon regarding the voices used on all the nodes here. I'm likely to be changing things around a little bit and using one voice (well two actually). All nodes will shortly have the same voice characteristics. It's goodbye to Crystal, Audrey and Jock, and big hello to? Well haven't thought of a name yet! Rab will stay doing the automated stuff.

31st May 2003

  • Another Echolink conference server added to the list of those that can be called from the nodes at G4EID using EchoIRLP.  *VHF_TALK* now available, number 113944.

22nd May 2003

  • Cleared out all the "spam" from the guestbook, sheesh, hadn't realised what had got in there!

18th May 2003

  • All nodes at G4EID are now equipped with EchoIRLP. This enables connection to certain EchoLink Conference servers from an IRLP node. Please see the EchoIRLP page for details on usage.

16th May 2003

  • Two new star codes (well sort of). *2 currently gives the local time (in 12 hour format), this will still work. The two new ones are: *12 Tells the local time in 12 hour format and *24 Tells the UTC time in 24 hour format.

15th May 2003

  • The new power supply has just arrived and is now in place. All nodes now back to full (NOV'd) power levels. Apologies for any inconvenience.

4th May 2003

  • A power supply failure, (lots of smoke), at the nodes of G4EID has necessitated a reduction of the power levels at all the nodes. All nodes are now running about half the allowed power (5dBW). The "fill in" power supply is not up to supplying enough current to run normal power without bursting into flames :-) I'm now trying to fix the "normal" power supply. No estimates yet as to how long.

18th April 2003

  • A gentle reminder? Of late we're suffering a spate of "dtmf blasters" Guys who just sit firing tones at the nodes, listening to the responses, connect someplace, say nothing, then disconnect, you know the rest. Can you please identify (using your callsign) when controlling the node? I get negative feedback from other node owners and reflector owners about this, it's not ideal. If you're really trying to check whether your set up works into the node, then use the parrot repeater (key *5) or the echo reflector (key 9990), it's what they're there for. I'm not getting at all users here, far from it, most operating procedure is just fine. It's just a little dig at those that could improve a little :-)

31st March 2003

  • Added Reflector 9200 information to the reflector page.
  • Until today, all nodes at G4EID, (after a period on inactivity) would connect up to a randomly chosen reflector, well one that had at least two connected nodes. Some reflector owners now discourage this sort of connectivity, not unreasonably, they prefer all connected nodes to be monitored locally. So, I've removed this "feature" from all the nodes at G4EID. That said, between the hours (local) of 5pm and 7pm if such a period of inactivity is detected, all nodes at G4EID will now connect up to the main channel of the Lancaster Reflector. This is in an effort to get some activity going on 9700, and to maybe encourage other UK nodes to do the same to provide a "virtual" UK network during the time at which a lot of people drive home from work.

29th March 2003

  • The NOV has been received for 430.0625MHz. Node 5220 has therefore now changed frequency from 431.200MHz to 430.0625MHz.
  • Tide information scripts changes to announce that times quoted are in GMT and have no allowance for Daylight Saving Time.

21st March 2003

  • I have been advised by the RSGB that Simplex Internet Linked Voice Gateways are to be moved off the 431MHz section of the 70cm band. I've been asked to move to the 430MHz allocation. Node 5220 will therefore shortly change frequency from 431.200MHz to 430.0625MHz. Sorry for any inconvenience, but it's not my call.

9th February 2003

  • Our application for a repeater for Southport, GB3BM, has made it into the latest batch submitted by the RMC (of the RSGB) into the RA. You can check its progress and details by clicking here.
  • I've changed the audio arrangements on the nodes. Previously, when both nodes were connected somewhere, it was possible to hear a very slight break through from one node to the other (i.e. when listening to audio from a remote node say on 5220, received local audio on 5230 could be heard). Hopefully not any more.
  • Star code *## added. This connects to a randomly selected reflector that already has two nodes connected to it.

26th January 2003

  • Using the facilities of changedetection.com a new facility has been added. By using the link at the top of this page you can be alerted by email when this news page changes.
  • The effects of the SQL Slammer DDoS worm are now being alleviated. The worst is believed to be over, but there may be more to come. Suffice it to say, if you're running Microsoft SQL 2000 with direct access to the internet, then you may like to apply Service Release 3, but guess by now you'll already know that :-)

25th January 2003

20th January 2003

  • Welcome to all those who may be looking here following a talk at the Central Lancs Amateur Radio Club tonight. I hope you found the talk useful as an introduction to Internet Linking. Have fun on the nodes! Thanks to Jim G0GVA for the invite in the first instance, and to Dave (G4WPS) and Harold (G3LWK) for much valued assistance. Thanks also to all those who attended, it was good to finally put some faces to familiar voices.

19th January 2003

  • Extra cavities have arrived, but they won't tune down to 70cm :-( So, it's still one cavity per node. Anyone know of any spare Pye UHF cavities? Drop me a line if you do, reasonable rates paid!

18th January 2003

  • Progress with the application for a repeater for Southport! Some may not be aware, but we had a couple of excellent sites lined up in the centre of Southport. Unfortunately, it's now the RA's and RSGB's policy not allow new repeaters in domestic or built up areas because of problems with car central locking key fobs at the top end of 433MHz. We've therefore dropped plans to locate in the Town Centre. This is extremely regrettable, but under the circumstances, unavoidable.  So, the application has been submitted again using a QTH to the North of Southport that fits the new location criteria. Check the RMC's website for progress reports on the application of GB3BM (Banks Marsh).

14th January 2003

  • Thanks to Phil G8XVV, I now have a UHF cavity installed on each 70cm node. These cavities appear to match far better than the one I was testing a few weeks ago. As a result, de-sense between the two 70cms nodes is now much reduced. It's still there on weak signals, but a vast improvement on the situation with no cavities. Following an excursion onto ebay, I've got a couple more arriving this week. This should allow for two cavities per node, which I'm hoping we eliminate de-sense altogether.

4th January 2003

  • World Time page changed. Now has a fixed server side page using tz, (allows for daylight saving times etc) and includes all countries on IRLP. These times are independent of your PC's own clock. Also, thanks to Graham G7EVY, a javascript download application that displays world times. This application is dependant on the accuracy of your own PC's clock.