AX25 Packet Radio

The Martello Tower Group operates the following AX25 packet radio stations.

To see pictures of the old ClackPak AX25 packet radio node from the late 80s/early 1990s, click here.


MB7UCL (formally MB7UA) was originally a very simple digipeater with TNC and wireless running as a RELAY digipeater. On 17th November 2018 at 15:10z, it was upgraded to a Microsat PLXDigi which fully supports the New n-N Paradigm.  It transmits using 10W ERP from the centre of Clacton-on-Sea.

MB7UA installed on site
MB7UCL installed on site
The MB7UA aerial
The MB7UCL aerial


MB7UCE (formally MB7UH) is an APRS digipeater which is co-sited with the GB3CE repeater at the site of the Colchester General Hospital (JO01kv).  MB7UCE runs 10 watts ERP from a dipole approximately 100ft above the ground.  The site itself is 260ft ASL.

In late November 2017, the PSU which powered the Tiny-2 and Kenwood TM-261 failed after around fifteen years of operation.  We took this opportunity to replace the old system which was UI-View32 on a PII-233 PC with AGWPE providing the interface to a Tiny-2 TNC.

At 14:56z on the 5th January 2018, the digipeater came back on air using a Microsat PLXDigi, connected to the same Kenwood TM-261.  This has all been built into a single box, taking up much less space than the old PC/TNC combination.

MB7UCE supports the New n-N Paradigm.

MB7UCE provides a much needed link along the A12 corridor and into Colchester.

MB7UIV was the first licensed gateway in the UK which provided a link between the internet and the UK packet APRS network on 144.800MHz.  It initially closed in June 2010 following over ten years of almost continuous operation.  MB7UIV was owned and operated by Keith, G6NHU who was well known for his involvement in the UK AX25 packet radio/APRS network in the early days.

MB7UIV returned on the 8th February 2017 as an RX only iGate, again operated by Keith, G6NHU and closed down for the final time in November 2020.