The SVXLink node has received another update. The main reason for this update is to eliminate the use of VOX on the node. This was especially evident when going from RF to Echolink. It should no longer send “pips” and de-key over Echolink when a station on RF paused for thought. The RF link is now running on a Baofeng UV5R which is able to provide a COS signal without too much deconstruction instead of the original SMC radio. The software has also had minor changes to change the way numbers are spoken in MetarInfo reports.
The new control board, made by M1LXM, has a number of LEDs to indicate the node’s current status. It is also more resilient to accidental disconnection as connections are now soldered instead of being on a breadboard.
As always, please let us know of any feedback.
The SVXLink node has now been updated to announce the time using the 24-hour clock.
An additional module (MetarInfo) has also been enabled to allow weather information from a number of worldwide airports to be announced. Please see the MetarInfo page for more detail.
GB3DT is now running an SVXLink node. This has taken over the responsibility of connecting to EchoLink from the previous computer.
This has been installed by Alex (M1LXM) over the last 2 days. Information on the system and instructions on how to use it are available on the SVXLink page.
The photo below shows the Raspberry Pi connected to a USB Hub, USB Soundcard and GPIO breakout board (with TX LED!).
Please let us know your comments as the system settles in!
The EchoLink Node has had a few issues recently, ranging from limited internet connectivity to the computer becoming completely unresponsive. Rich (G0ZEP) has had a new internet connection installed as well as replacing the PSU for the PC and replacing the PC with a new one!
Alex (M1LXM) has been working on a new system, using SVXLink, which will shortly be in place. When it is fully operational the EchoLink page will be updated as it uses different DTMF commands and has many more facilities available!
The PC running echolink has now had a total hardware failure. We are building a replacement that is likely to be ready by the end of the week.
The mains power will be turned off to allow routine maintenance to be conducted on the morning of 25th May 18.
The repeater will remain operational on battery power however EchoLink may be disrupted.
Power in Cole Block is due to be out today until 1700 and possibly tomorrow from 0800 until 1700. There are backup power supplies in place however they may not last for the entire outage.
The repeater will be unaffected however EchoLink may be affected during these periods.
Alex (M1LXM) has replaced the feeder for EchoLink this evening despite the howling winds and rain showers. All is back to normal and the damage from the rats is slowly being repaired. A number of other power and RF cables have been nibbled or chewed through!
Rats have taken a liking to RF again at Cole Block after a few years off and left us with a clean bite through the feeder! The Echolink node has been disabled until we can get this replaced.
Power to GB3DT and GB7CM will be switched off from approximately 1420hrs today for Electrical Works to be completed. It is expected to be out of action for 1hr 20min.