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OT1P – Returned callsign

OT1P – Returned callsign

I decided to return the vanity call OT1P which was assigned to me some years ago. I’m not really active and not doing contest anymore therefore it was just a real vanity issue.
It won’t be available for the next 5 years, perhaps by then I will change my mind and ask for it again.
I will honor my QSL up to the 31st of December 2015.

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ON0MON New Frequencies

ON0MON New Frequencies

I have been requested by the BIPT to change the frequencies for ON0MON.

New Frequencies are:

Downlink: 439.1125 MHz
Uplink: 431.5125 MHz

Basic setup: 439.1125 MHz , SHIFT -7.6MHz, Digital D*Star, default connection DCS011 D (French)

Operational every day from 06:00 to 24:00.

ON0MON Activation

ON0MON Activation

As I wrote on the previous message, I’ve been for three weeks roaming around Europe. So I went back and I just recalled the fact I gave the postal box key to a friend in order to collect the mailing a couple of times per week. There were some leaflet and some envelope in the mailbox but I decided they could wait for a couple of days, till monday to be read (and bills get paid).
Today the friend show up at my house, he notice the truck parked at the common parking lot and understood we were at home, so he brought the mailbox key to us with the mail (and bills).

One envelope caught my attention, it had BIPT on the top left side of it… I knew what was inside but I had no strength to open it… my son told me I had a big smile on my face while I was staring at the envelope and he become curious about the content as well.

It is the repeater license for ON0MON and I’ve been granted APRS and DSTAR capabilities!

I conducted some tests with my call sign for a certain period but everybody was saying the repeater permit and call would take over a year to get granted, so I was not in hurry to setup everything and I was considering the infrastructure as testing equipment.

So I started the APRS Gateway, changed the call and password and now ON0MON is operational on 144.800 for APRS operations.

The DSTAR capability will take a couple of days before being operational. I setup two different DSTAR repeaters, one is based on 2x Motorola GM900, UHF duplexer/cavity, embedded power supply and DVRPTR V2 board OLED Display version, max power 25W.
The second one is based on a modified 2x Standard C-5608 + Dutch Star GPSK Modem + 35A Switching Power Supply.
Both are feeding a vertical antenna on top of 15m tower.

Frequencies for the DSTAR Repeater are:

Frequency: 439.1375 MHz
Shift: -7.6 MHz

Someone once stated I decided to stay on the wrong part of Belgium… well, it looks like something made that assumption to be wrong and I’m pretty sure he will be happy to be wrong on that statement. 😉

I’m thankful to the UBA for the support they are providing in order to activate the repeater, a special thanks goes to Filip ON4PC (UBA Repeater Manager). He is doing a tough job and language barriers are not helping the management of the structure. We had some arguments in the past and I hope they were constructive for our activities.

OT1P

OT1P

oooohhh YEAH!

New call sign… Oscar Tango UAN Papa.

And again the incredible professional performance of the BIPT.
Requested via email the callsign on May 23 and received the hardcopy in my mailbox on May 25… should I comment on this?

Anyway, I’m thinking to use this call while I’m portable/mobile and continue with my ON8CB for static at home use.

I will see.

Another great suprise

Another great suprise

This post deserves a quite long preface.
I was operating using my Italian call sign (IW7CDL) since 1992 and in December 2011 when I moved back to Belgium, having the very old national-only cardboard License, I requested to the Italian Communication Authority the release of a HAREC Certificate in order to obtain a Belgian call sign.

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