Welcome

This web site details the operational and technical aspects of Amateur Radio Repeater GB3OA, located in Southport Town Centre close to the railway station

GB3OA came on-air in March 2006. In November 2013 it was moved a short distance from its original location to a new home. Tests now show that coverage is more in line with the NOV.

Please follow the links above for the latest news on the repeater and for any other associated details.

(For those who work out from the photos exactly where GB3OA is located, please could you keep this information off the air for security reasons? Thanks.)

7 Responses to Welcome

  1. Tony Hulme says:

    Just been on the Western Reflector and enjoyed a very nice IRLP contact, great to have GB3OA back on air many thanks to all involved.
    Tony G7OEM Blackpool

    • 2E0EDX says:

      Hi Tony
      Just found this mode etc and would hope to access the various IRLP nodes through GB3OA. An excellent resource and thanks to all involved.

      Ian 2E0EDX Thornton Cleveleys

  2. Mark G0YNM says:

    well GB3OA is audiable in Morecambe now, about s4 – s6 here on my poor, but high up dipole.

  3. A big improvement on the previous configuration – I can now comfortably work the repeater with a hand-held sitting in my garden, Q5 signal, about a mile East of it’s location; before the move, I had to use the base rig (or sit on the shack roof with the hand-held!)

    Raynet found we could very usefully use the repeater with hand-helds at a number of locations around town earlier this year while testing for a later event.

    At the Southport Club meeting this week, I successfully used IRLP through ‘OA to work into USA as part of a talk given by Don (M1BUL). The signals were very weak due to being inside the clubhouse with a hand-held and its integral antenna (the demo was very “impromptu”) but the club members could hear that the station being worked had an “N” callsign and the announcements from the IRLP reflector confirming it’s location.

    A great job done by Mark and his Repeater Team :)

    Stu, G3OCR

    • A further observation.

      I was at a Raynet activity today in Rainford. Coming out of Rainford, I could open the repeater (50 watts from my FT-857 into a 5/8th magmount on car roof), but the carrier was very noisy and would have been hard work to hold a QSO. By the time I got into Ormskirk, copy was Q5. From there I worked Ronnie solidly through, all the way back to Southport.

      Stu

  4. andy says:

    enter ing repeater 5w coppull andy m0nst

  5. Andrew Maguire says:

    As I am going around the northwest in my van , I can use the repeater from a lot of my locations, best so far is the M6 junction at Lancaster.now a very usable repeater.

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