Some Admin Completed

After dropping the ball last week, I updated the Brandmeister credentials in self care for the repeater. The default password no longer working from the 1st October and the result was the Repeater dropping off Brandmeister for a few hours until I sorted it.

I also noticed that the SSL auto-renew did not work correctly and so I issued a new SSL key and applied it to the Website DNS records manually. You will now not get the security warning when accessing the web site.

I have no idea why the SSL renewal went south, but it has been a common experience with all users of the Web hosting platform Plesk, which I host and manage all my web clients on!

In addition to the Static Talk Group dedicated to Loughton and Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society (LEFARS) on TS2 TG23511 I have also added Brandmeister TG235, the UK call TG as a Static Talk Group on Slot 2.

In addition, I am temporarily adding:

TS2 TG2350 UK
TS2 TG2351 (UK Chat)
TS2 TG2352 (UK Chat)
TS2 TG2353 (UK Chat)

I will see how it goes and think about TS2 TG 23526 (Hubnet), but I am worried about too much incoming traffic blocking the timeslot.

I am leaving Slot 1 for Dynamic TG use. Please disconnect from your chosen Talk Group when finished by making a Group Call to TG 4000.

Power Outage takes GB7CH off air

A very sorry looking charred cable, no longer connected!

Yesterday at around 6:30 BST the lights dimmed and fans started going off and on. Oh no another brown out like we had this morning I thought, but no, suddenly everything went off. A full on power cut.

The power company had to isolate the mains due to a cable fault, which manifested itself with clouds of smoke billowing up Tomswood Hill.

Whilst we battled to get dinner cooked on the gas hob with no access to the oven, microwave or kettle, the engineers dug up the road, revealed a pretty sorry looking cable and proceeded to strip back the ‘feed side’ ready for splicing. They were going to prep one side of the cable, restore power to the rest of the street and splice the repair to the remaining two houses ‘down line’ while the circuit was live!

I can’t say how impressed I was watching the guys recovering the service from what appeared to be a total mess.

Whilst chatting, they explained how you will never get a long term power cut as the electricity company would get fined a huge amount if the outage exceeded 12 hours!

I pointed out that if you had an electric car and were unable to charge it for 12 hours, you probably would not be going to work the next day as your car would not have enough time to charge!

Jokingly I asked, well how is the grid going to cope when we are all driving electric cars? It probably wont he jokingly replied in typically fruitier language than I can print here.

Well I hope he was joking!

GB7CH was fully back up and on-air within minutes of the power being restored at 10:09 BST.

Broadband Outage


Despite having a ‘Business Broadband’ service, it appears that nothing is sacrosanct and we have endured a few service outages of late.

When the service goes down out of hours, I am afraid that there is nothing much that can be done at the moment, and the trunk service to the Brandmeister Network is unavailable. During the day however the service is switched manually to a backup service and the trunk to Brandmeister is maintained, but sadly the Dashboard access from the website will not be available.

At the moment everything is switched back and running properly.

Thanks for your understanding, and bear in mind your expectations from this service which is provided entirely at my own expense.