Slow Scan and Fast Scan TV


3rd February 2018


MB7TV SSTV repeater off air due to theft


It is with sadness that I have to report that MB7TV, our SSTV repeater is currently off air.


We had reports last week that it had gone off and assumed it was due to a computer failure as we’d had some previous issues.


MB7TV is located in a secure (or so we thought), locked box at a very high level, requiring a two section ladder to reach it.


We prepared a replacement PC and Tony visited site yesterday to get it back on air.


Someone has hoisted a ladder up, ripped the box apart, cut all the cables and stolen the aerial, 20ft support pole, coax, radio, PSU, filter (the repeater was in an industrial area where there was a lot of close by noise), heater, wi-fi link and interface.  All that’s left is the broken box and the brackets the pole was mounted on.


We estimate that we’ve lost somewhere between £600 and £700 worth of equipment.


We are of the opinion that if even one person uses one of the services provided by the group then we will continue to run that service.  We know that a number of people do use the MB7TV SSTV repeater so we are in the process of building a new repeater and this time it will be installed back on the Martello Tower in the very secure radio room.


This is quite a financial blow to the group but we will recover from this loss.


If you'd like to make a donation towards the new MB7TV repeater then please click the button below



The view from the top of the Holland-on-Sea tower as transmitted by GB3CZ

The GB3CZ FSTV beacon returned to active service on 13th November 2010 on 2.432GHz.


It is located in JO01ot, grid reference TM218172 and at 80m ASL.


It runs 5 watts ERP, horizontally polarised through an Alford Slot antenna.

Martello Tower Group, 2009-2018