Welcome MB7IGH, 2m Analogue Gateway in Horncastle to UK-NET-HUB

We’d like to welcome MB7IGH, a 2m Analogue Gateway on 144.9625MHz in Horncastle to the UK-NET-HUB.  Node keeper is Tony, G3ZPU, brother of our frequent visitor from Australia, Colin, VK4ZPU.  His aim is to cater for the digitally challenged users with less expensive transceivers (e.g. Baofeng) who can still use DTMF tones to move around the system, once they identify the node and room numbers required.  Numbers of nodes commonly in the UK-NET-HUB can be found on this site at http://mb6ine.uk/nodes-regularly-in-_uk_net_hub_/.  The UK-NET-HUB itself is room 27721.  Precede the DTMF numbers with ‘#’ and disconnect with ‘*’.

Tony has set up his HRI-200 very well and is a model for other Analogue nodes joining the room.

Welcome MB6IGK 70cm Simplex Gateway to the UK-NET-HUB

We’d like to welcome Jonathon, 2E0JTP and his 70cm Simplex Gateway MB6IGK on 434.0375MHz in Gillingham, Kent to the UK-NET-HUB.  Congratulations on completing your NoV application and please connect to the UK-NET-HUB whenever you or your users like.  I’ll also invite you to join our self-help Yahoo Group where we share problems and solutions.

UK-NET-HUB Internet down (again)

This morning at about 10am, my internet went down. I was not monitoring at the time so did not find out till about 11am when I spotted a Facebook Messenger post from Stu, M0SGS. I’ve contacted Virgin Media Business and it seems to be a problem at the other end of the VPN which serves my Static IP. Please connect to Stu’s standby room 27793 until I report again. Apologies for the delay in informing you. I wanted news from Virgin before uprooting everyone.


Virgin have given a date for Router firmware update

The recent hiccups in reconnection to UK-NET-HUB are due to a router firmware problem with Virgin’s new Hitron router when connected to a Static IP line.  Their Static IP lines connect to the internet via a VPN to Bradford and the router’s VPN connect / disconnect handling has bugs in it.  The scheduled date for the new firmware which will address this issue is 4th Quarter 2016, meaning 1st October onwards.

An option I’ve been offered is to revert to a Dynamic IP line which doesn’t exhibit the issue, but will disconnect everyone periodically as it refreshes its address database.  I’ve put the question of what to do to members of the UK-NET-HUB Yahoo Group and in a week or two I will check the results of the poll and contact Virgin if they decide they would like Dynamic IP.