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There is no official repeater group for our repeaters but if you would like to make a donation to the Martello Tower Group group to help fund the repeaters then we will be happy to accept it.
Please note that it is not compulsory to make a donation to the group to be able to use our repeaters. Nobody should feel that they are not welcome because they've not contributed to the upkeep. The repeaters are there for absolutely everyone to use. The more people who use our repeaters, the happier we are!
If you wish to donate, you can do it via post to the repeater keeper:
Tony Horsman, G0MBA
12 Hanwell Close,
Essex. CO16 7HF
Or you can donate via PayPal. All contributions are gratefully received and will go towards the upkeep of the repeaters and other projects undertaken by the Martello Tower Group. Donations are not used for special event stations and DXpeditions.
You can see a list of everyone who has donated to help support the Martello Tower Group by clicking here.
Repeater etiquette and the Morse character between overs
Repeaters are traditionally for mobile-to-mobile use although the Martello Tower Group have no problems whatsoever with base stations using our repeaters. We just like to hear activity so please don't think that because you're at home that you shouldn't use the repeaters. Repeaters are normally centres of activity, let's use them!
If any local groups want to use the repeaters for regular nets, then please go ahead, you don't need to ask for permission from the Martello Tower Group to do this. It's all about promoting local activity within the Tendring and Colchester areas.
When using the repeater, a Morse code character is transmitted between overs. This serves a number of purposes.
Firstly, it resets the time out timer. The timer is not reset until the Morse character has completed sending.
Secondly, it forces a natural break between overs to allow anyone else to call in and join the conversation. Some operators are very quick to transmit following someone another stations over, often jumping ahead of the Morse code. This isn't good operating and should be discouraged.
Traditionally, the Morse character on most repeaters is a K. K is a Prosign for "go ahead" and is normally used at the end of an over when in QSO using Morse which is why the majority of repeaters in the UK send a K between overs - It simply means "go ahead".
Because we operate a number of analogue voice repeaters, many years ago we decided to change them to allow easy identification of the repeater you're listening to, simply by hearing what letter the repeater sends during overs.
GB3CL - C for Clacton
GB3CE - L for CoLchester
GB3TE - TE for TEndring (this sounds like an N but it really is TE, honest)
These different letters have been in place for many years. They will occasionally be changed but will always end up back as the original letters.
Output: 433.225 MHz
Input: 434.825 MHz
CTCSS: 103.5 Hz (G)
Location: TM218172 - JO01ot
The repeater is a Pye 496 base station running into a six cavity Procom band pass filter with 10 watts ERP from a single section dual band co-linear.
GB3CL was first operational on 12th February 1993 from the Martello Tower and moved to the current location on 5th August 1994
About the 'ding ding' on GB3CL
In the early 1990s, GB3TE used a 'ding ding' in between overs, this was retired after being on the air for many years.
On Friday 7th April 2017, GB3CL was taken off air for what had only been described as "a service". This 'service' involved a couple of adjustments to CL itself, including correcting a very small frequency error. However, the main reason was to add the bells. GB3CL returned on Sunday 9th April, complete with the 'ding ding' to the pleasure of many users.
The bells were recorded onto a Maplin voice recording unit in the 1990s and we're very happy to say that we're still using the same voice board for playback now. In fact, when G0MBA re-applied power to the board, the bells were still there.
Maplin voice recorder which plays the 'ding ding' between each over on GB3CL
Output: 433.350 MHz
Input: 434.950 MHz
CTCSS: 110.9 Hz (H)
Location: TL995276 - JO01kv
The repeater is a Pye 496 base station running into a six cavity Procom band pass filter with 10 watts ERP from a single section tri band co-linear.
GB3TE (Returned back on air, Saturday 29th August 2015 @ 14:00z)
Output: 145.6125 MHz
Input: 145.0125 MHz
CTCSS: 103.5 Hz (G)
Location: TM082157 - JO01mt
The repeater is a Pye 494 base station running into a four cavity Telewave band pass filter with 10 watts ERP from a single section dual band co-linear.
GB3TE was first operational on 17th November 1991 from the Martello Tower and moved to the Holland Haven location on 5th August 1994. It closed down in June 2015 and was returned to activity from the original site on Saturday 29th August 2015.
All of our repeaters use the G8CUL logic.
Our repeaters should be accessed by use of a carrier modulated with a CTCSS tone of the frequency listed above. GB3CE and GB3TE can still be opened with a 1750 Hz tone burst.
Once accessed, subsequent talk through can be by just a carrier although it is normal to continue to transmit CTCSS. If you use a tone burst on CE and TE, you should switch it off once the repeater has been initially opened otherwise the first second or so of your audio may be muted due to the repeater notch filter.
Martello Tower Group, 2009-2017