Dumfries and Galloway RAYNET
Voluntary Emergency Radio Communications

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Repeater Donations

The Comittee and Members of the Dumfries and Galloway RAYNET Group would like to thank all the contributors  who have kindly donated to the GB3DG upkeep fund. 

The total donated so far is - £160

Should you wish to donate - please CLICK HERE

Kirroughtree Hillbillies

On May 15th Dumfries & Galloway RAYNET provided safety cover communications for the Kirroughtree Hillbillies Duathlon. This event is located in the Kirroughtree Forest near Newton Stewart. Essential radio communications for the Event Control was provided from various locations around the course. The event was a great success with no major incidents.
DG RAYNET received thanks and a donation from the event organisers.

For more details about this event please CLICK HERE

The Beltie Triathlon 

The Beltie Triathlon takes place on the 11th September located on and around Loch Ken near Castle Douglas. The event starts and ends at Crossmichael on the A713.
The Beltie includes swimming, cycling and running. DG RAYNET will be providing safety and monitoring for both the cycling and running events.
The cycle route covers about 40km via the A713, A762 and B795 around the Loch and we will provide 6 operators at strategic locations along the course. We also provide 4 monitoring points for the 10 km running course in the Crossmichael area. All our operators communicate via our RAYNET CONTROL vehicle, located at the Start and Finish location at Crossmichael, from here we have direct communication with the Event Organisers and First Aid Responders. All our operators communicate via a talk-through station located at a high point in the Laurieston area, which has a direct link to our Control at Crossmichael.

To find more details about the Beltie Triathlon CLICK HERE

Other Amateur Radio groups in Dumfries and Galloway

The James Clerk Maxwell Radio Society

We are a small group of Radio Amateurs who feel that James Clerk Maxwell does not get the credit he deserves for his contribution to our hobby. Maxwell is buried at Parton Kirk, near Castle Douglas in Galloway close to where he grew up and it is from this Kirk that we put on special event stations, using the callsign GB2JCM, to remember the anniversaries of his birth and death.
James Clerk Maxwell is most famous for his theory of electromagnetism. He showed that electromagnetic radiation travels as waves through space at the speed of light. His theories eventually led to the invention of radio in all the many forms we that know today. This includes - worldwide radio and space communications, mobile phones, television, wifi and much more. His theory is also considered to have paved the way for both quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of special relativity.

If you would like to find out more about the James Clerk Maxwell Radio Society pleaseCLICK HERE

Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club

The Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is the only amateur radio club in South-West Scotland. We serve the huge area of Dumfries and Galloway and northwards into Ayrshire.

Regular Weekly Meetings
Although normal meetings at the clubroom are currently on hold, we are still meeting on-air and online every Thursday evening. See our Home Page.

We meet every Thursday evening in Stranraer (click for details). Please feel free just come along, or contact us to ask any questions.

Training and Technical Advice
Please see the page Becoming a Radio Amateur for information about current club efforts.

The club has a regular programme of talks and presentations. Please see our Events page for the schedule.

For technical advice, just come along to meetings and ask – or contact us with any questions!

Links with D&G RAYNET
Many club members are also members of Dumfries & Galloway RAYNET, the network of Radio Amateurs who volunteer their time and expertise to provide radio communications for community events as well as emergencies and disasters.
For more details, click here.

Repeaters
Dumfries & Galloway has some difficult terrain for keeping in touch by radio. To help overcome this, WARC and D&G RAYNET have installed two VHF-FM repeater stations on high spots near Creetown and Stranraer. Repeaters can retransmit signals from smaller stations in less favourable locations, and so provide much better coverage across the centre and west of the region.

Here are the details of both repeaters:

GB3DG Newton Stewart 145.775 MHz (Details)
GB7DK Stranraer ‍145.6875 MHz (Details)
© 2022 Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club

If you would like to know more about the The Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club pleaseCLICK HERE

Diary


If you can assist with any of the events on the Calendar or would just like to get involved with RAYNET, please contact our Controller or Deputy Controller via the 'Contact Us' link. Please note that you do not have to be a licensed  amateur to join our group.

Forthcoming Events 2022


10 @ Kirroughtree - August 20th (see News) Volunteers needed for this event. Please contact William.

Next Meeting
19.00hrs, Tuesday 30th August at the Springholm Village Hall (on the corner of Victoria Street and the A75.  DG7 3LP  .     what3words - ///rushed.tarnished.forgives)

The Beltie Triathlon - September 11th (see News)

Hardrock Challenge - October 2nd

 

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History


The Reason for RAYNET

Following a major disaster, public mobile, telephone and internet services will quickly become inundated or unusable. Telephone and mobile infrastructure may well be destroyed and in some cases power and water supplies may fail. Due to the Emergency Services now using the Mobile Network for their own communications and as they have priority over public users, this may render normal personal calls difficult or impossible.
Communications between communities, voluntary aid workers and relief services are vital for providing targeted relief of supplies including food, bedding, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation. Help may also be required in organising any evacuation deemed necessary.
Radio Amateurs are ideally placed for such emergency communications. RAYNET’s aim is to set up and provide emergency links as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are able to provide communications from remote locations throughout Dumfries and Galloway including areas where no mobile signals are available. Our capabilities include communications on the HF, VHF and UHF radio bands, both analogue and digital. We can also provide temporary repeater systems to provide coverage of radio dead spots and we will erect temporary antenna systems when and where necessary. We have mobile power supplies and camping style accommodation that enables us to provide fully operational systems in remote locations for as long as required.

The History of Dumfries and Galloway RAYNET

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The history that led to the formation of  UK RAYNET goes back over 70 years, but RAYNET as it now stands, has its roots going back to 1953 and the devastating floods along the East coast of Britain.
Dumfries and Galloway Raynet was founded in 1986 by the late Alex Anderson GM4VIR after a major forest fire about 8 miles north of the town of Gatehouse of Fleet in 1982/3. The local WRVS were providing food and drinks from the village to the fire fighters but were having problems in updating the food requirements for the large number of people involved. Afterwards Mrs Lillian Dent the WRVS organiser asked Alex if the local amateurs could have provided some kind of radio link between the two and Alex decided then that Dumfries and Galloway Raynet should be established. The minutes of the first AGM dated 8th September 1986 show members present as John GM6LYJ, Alan GM4XTI, Keith GM4JKB, Sam GM4HTI, Jack GM3OXK, Alex GM4VIR, Drew GM6AWA, Jim GM4RJF, John GM8RSC, Hazel GM4VIS and Lorna GM6WJI. The minutes go on to relate election of office bearers, Alex was elected controller and so Dumfries and Galloway Raynet began. Over the years the group has been very active in all parts of the region and were among the first Raynet groups on the scene at the Lockerbie air disaster along with operators from Strathclyde, Ayrshire and many other areas. Alex was awarded the MBE for his work during the disaster, which he accepted on behalf of all the Raynet operators involved.
Since then the group has been providing radio safety communications for all manner of events, including Sled Dog racing, Car Rallies, Marathon hill walks, Sealed Knot events, Endurance Horse Events, Mountain Bike Events, to name but a few.  The biggest event been the Galloway Hills Rally held in early December. This event often required up to 35 operators located at varios points throughout the Galloway Forest. Multiple talk through units were provided to cover the entire area of rally.

Flooding Callout 30th December 2015

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Dumfries and Galloway RAYNET were mobilised by D&G Council on the 30th of December to provide emergency radio communications from Newton Stewart to Dumfries for their community resilience teams. BT had closed down their local exchange due to flooding of unprecedented levels. This led to a complete loss of fixed and mobile telephones and internet services around Newton Stewart isolating all in the Town but the Police, Fire, Ambulance and MRT from any form of voice and data communication with the rest of Dumfries and Galloway.
We received the call at approximately 16:00 Hrs and within 90 minutes we had a team of three at the rest centre in Newton Stewart and three members at the Dumfries Emergency Planning Bunker radio room, providing a solid radio link between the two locations via our local repeater GB3DG.
We were stood down at approximately 20:00 Hrs when the waters began receding and the BT exchange was more or less up and running again, with fixed and mobile phones back in service although internet was not restored for some time.

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RAYNET Daily Net at 12 noon


At the beginning of the Covid pandemic the decision was made to start a daily open net for RAYNET members and any other licensed amateurs who would like to join in. This net proved very popular and kept us all in touch during the lockdowns. The net was so successful that it has continued ever since, with amateurs regularly joining in from all over Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria.
We use our repeater GB3DG and a member of the group (or other volunteer) controls the net and calls CQ at 12:00 each day. The net will usually last for 30 to 50 minutes depending how many join us.
This net has proved invaluable in keeping us informed of all sorts of technical and non technical matters and we hope to continue it indefinitely.
If you are within range of GB3DG at 12 noon, please feel free to give us a call, you will be made welcome.


DG RAYNET Repeaters GB3DG and MB7UQ


GB3DG - R7 (RV62) 145.775/145.175MHz Tone access: 103.5Hz (G) subcarrier

MB7UQ- TX/RX 144.8MHz APRS RF to RF Digipeater

GB3DG is a Yaesu DR-1 System Fusion Repeater. This is a dual mode repeater which can operate in Analogue FM or Yaesu C4FM. It is set to operate in Auto Mode, this enables it to receive and transmit either mode automatically. Analogue access is by CTCSS only (103.5) Time out is  (3 minutes)

MB7UQ is an APRS ( Automatic Packet Reporting Syatem) repeater using a Motorola Radius M110 transceiver with an external TNC packet modem.
APRS is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. Data can include Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, weather station telemetry, text messages, announcements, queries, and other telemetry. APRS data can be displayed on a map, which can show stations, objects, tracks of moving objects, weather stations, search and rescue data, and direction finding data.

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GB3DG Repeater

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Antenna Filters

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MB7UQ Repeater

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Standby Power Supply

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Repeater Hut

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Antenna

Dumfries and Galloway RAYNET group rely entirely on membership fees and donations to provide and maintain the GB3DG/MB7UQ repeaters and the building in which they are housed. The annual cost of operating the repeaters at present is approximately £450 and is likely to increase to about £700 with rising energy costs etc. We ask all regular users of this repeater to consider making a donation towards the upkeep of the site please donate as much as you can afford. Details of how to make a donation are shown on the CONTACT US link.


Contact Us


If you would like to learn more about RAYNET or would like to join us please get in touch either by email or telephone.

Group Controller - William Little 07850 127827

Deputy Controller - Nick Robertson 07764 152650

Secretary - Rob Kirsch 07717 641074

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Details of account to which donations may be made

Dumfries and Galloway RAYNET Group
Bank of Scotland
Sort Code : 80 22 60
Account Number : 19410962

Please use reference   ' GB3DG ' when making donations.

The list of current donations is shown in the News section


Links


Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club Galloway Mountain Rescue Cumbria RAYNET Glasgow & Clyde RAYNET RAYNET UK Radio Society of Great Britain Kirroughtree Hillbillies The Beltie Triathlon James Clerk Maxwell Radio Society
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