Frys Hill Repeater Group

repeater systems for todays radio amateur

Location of Frys Hill, on the Mendip Hills due North of Axbridge in Somerset.

About the group

This is the web site of the Frys Hill Repeater Group. The Group takes its name from a hill located near Cheddar on the South Western tip of the Mendip Hills in Somerset UK, where our first repeater was located—GB3FH on 50MHz which went live on 5th Nov 2004.

This was soon followed by GB3FI on 70cms.

The Frys Hill site is a commercially owned and operated site by Surf Telecoms Ltd. and so the highest standards of installation and maintenance are required to avoid any potential interference to commercial users on site.

After these repeaters had been operational for a while, it became clear that the Frys Hill site gave excellent coverage to the South and West but as the antenna was shielded by the tower and the Mendip Hills to the East and North, coverage was not good in these areas.

It was decided to seek an additional repeater site that would give better coverage in the areas that were currently lacking. This would include the major cities of Bristol and Bath plus other areas of significant population.

In 2009 permission was graciously granted by Zycomm of Ripley in Derbyshire to locate Amateur repeaters on their commercial site on Dundry, to the South West of Bristol. This is a prime site for serving the areas of Bristol, Bath and far beyond.

In June of that year, the rigging team from Zycomm had to replace a faulty antenna at the top of the mast and so it was a golden opportunity to mount the 50MHz Jaybeam Dipole for the 6m repeater. This was mounted on the East facing leg of the tower, so chosen to compliment the coverage from FH.

GB3ZY became active shortly after the antenna was rigged and this was closely followed by GB3ZB on 70cms.

ZY and FH are now permanently linked using the internet via a Radio over IP system called Allstar, based on Asterisk.

Soon, the two UHF repeaters, ZB and FI will be similarly linked providing wide area coverage on both 6m and 70cm.

The group also operates a Dstar Repeater, GB7BD.

 

Our repeater group operates differently to others, by design.

Matt had been involved in other repeater groups before and there always seemed to be a large degree of in-fighting between different people involved in them. This not only hampered technical innovation but also caused difficulty in getting anything at all done!

I didn't want to get back to that ever again and so decided to have the minimum number of people involved directly with the operation of the repeaters to keep it simple and straightforward but also transparent and dynamic.

To that end, we have just 3 people who are formally involved with the group but we have many supporters and sponsors. See the other pages for details.