Mystery Outage!

While I was out at our regular Sunday morning chat with my brother Rodney (G7AOR) and this time my other brother Tony who lives in America, UK-NET-HUB (and MB6NE) went off as the PC failed in an as yet unknown fashion.  I came home just now to power on, but a black screen which would not respond to touch or keyboard.  I had to force power it down and back up to resume operations when it started normally with no error messages.  I will check the system logs and report anything I find later.

I can only apologise for the outage.  I’m not monitoring as often as usual at the moment as we my mother died earlier on Tuesday morning last week (my brother from America had been warned of her deterioration and had flown over immediately).  We are preparing for the funeral this coming Friday and there is much to do involving all three brothers.

MB6NE / UK-NET-HUB rebooted itself again!

That unexpected reset happened again.  Windows Updates are normally automatic and occur outside of the allowed Active Period.  But you can only set this to a 12 hour period and UK-NET-HUB is active long than 12 hours, so if the Windows Update service is left on automatic, it can reboot while UK-NET-HUB is active.  This is a recent change.  So I have disabled Windows Updates (again) by stopping the service and setting it disabled.  This means I will get NO updates unless I turn it back on and kick it from the Control Panel by clicking Check for Updates several times.  Lets see if that keeps it working in normal operating times.

Unexpected Outage of UK-NET-HUB

Earlier tonight, I heard the plaintiff cry of the FTM-100DE Node Transceiver restarting.  When I looked at the Node / Room software, the node list was empty, suggesting an outage of longer than 5 minutes.  There is no evidence of a reboot due to Windows update, so I’m at a loss to know why.  Port check is clear.

Apologies for any inconvenience, but as yet I don’t know what happened.

Discover Middlesbrough – Final Reminder

Please can as many of you as possible, remember to be available on UK-NET-HUB between 14:00 and 16:00 this afternoon, to chat with me from Ormesby Bank while folk in Middlesbrough Centre listen in for an Amateur Radio digital voice demonstration?  We’re setting up a Yaesu DR1-X in X-Band Fusion mode between 70cm and 2m to pass the output of MB6NE on 144.8375MHz on 70cm down to the Teesside Archives where the event is being held.  There will be two on-air sessions between 14:00 and 14:45 and between 15:00 and about 16:00.  There will be APRS tracking going on with UI-VIEW at the same time.

Thank you in anticipation, Colin G4MCF

Unexpected Windows Update took the UK-NET-HUB down!

I can only apologise for the loss of the UK-NET-HUB room earlier this evening when Windows 10 Update (a tenacious beast) decided to reboot the computer for an update.  I had instigated manual updates by setting the Update Service to Manual, but then I missed some important updates, so I re-instated Automatic Service.  With a wired ethernet connection, you can’t use the metered connection trick to control updates.  Bad move!  I will reset the Service to Manual this evening.

Welcome MB6ISH in Shotattun to the UK-NET-HUB

I’ve had this message from Gary, G0DNI.


Simplex DV (Fusion) Gateway MB6ISH is now operational on 70cm and is connected to the Wires-X network.

Tx/Rx: 431.1125 Mhz
Preset Search Frequency: 438.6125 Mhz
Loc: IO82MT approx 2.5km WNW Ruyton XI Towns

The gateway will default to the UK-NET-HUB after 10 minutes of inactivity.

This is a low-power gateway so coverage will be limited to the immediate area, however, as the gateway is connected to the Wires-X network, it can be accessed remotely. The RAFARS-ROOM (Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society) associated with this gateway can be accessed via the Wires-X network and Wires-X enabled Fusion Repeater, gateway or node.

Note: The gateway is ‘Attended Use Only’ so will not necessarily be available on a 24hr basis.

Tests on Oct 18th and Reminder for Digital Radio Demonstration on 25th

In advance of the demonstration of Amateur Radio, including my Digital Voice demonstration, due to the lack of suitably tuned filters, which cost around £1000 per frequency pair, we will be testing the DR1-X operating in a cross band mode from 70cm to MB6NE on Tuesday 18th October between 18:00 and 19:00.  This will only work in one direction.  I will be operating 2m Simplex as normal and the repeater will be used to link to Teesside Archives where the public will hear both sides of the conversations from a Fusion H/P tuned to both bands.

On Tuesday 25th October 2016, the operating schedule has changed a little to avoid boring the public with two hours of digital chit chat!  Instead, there will be two sessions, 14:25 – 14:45 and 15:25 – 16:00.  I do hope as many of you as possible can be available on UK-NET-HUB at these times to chat with me and each other.