The dozens of 2 metre and 70cms repeaters around the UK are mainly for mobile use. However, there’s nothing wrong with base stations using repeaters when they’re quite. They are a great indication as to propagation and also very useful for testing your aerials. I’ve programmed 14 repeaters into my radio so far. Most of them are workable from my home QTH but some are too far away to be heard. So, why program them into the radio and scan them? Because, if there’s a lift, I might start to hear some of the more distant repeaters. And that means that I might also managed simplex contacts over a greater distance than normal. For example, I never hear GB3GU, the Guernsey repeater. But I scan that one because, if conditions change and there’s a lift on, I might hear it.
These are the analogue FM voice repeaters I scan so, if you’re able to work through any of the ones I can receive, give me a call. Some aren’t yet operational but, hopefully, they will be soon. I’ve marked the signal strengths at my QTH. This list was updated 16/6/19. If you see any mistakes or know of repeater updates, please let me know.
GB3EB – Uckfield – 2M – S9
GB3ES – Hastings – 2M – S9
GB3GU – Guernsey – 70cms – nothing heard
GB3HE – Hastings – 70cms
GB3HY – Haywards Heath – 70cms – S4
GB3IW – Ventnor – 70cms – S9
GB3LR – Newhaven – 70cms – S9
GB3MH – Turner’s Hill – 2M – S8
GB3SN – Alton – 2M – S3
GB3WO – Worthing – 70cms – S9
GB3RW – 2M – Worthing – S9
GB3WS – Crawley – 2M – S6
F5ZEV – Le Havre – 2M – S2
Update: April 2020. GB3RW.
New two metre analogue repeater in Worthing, West Sussex. GB3RW is now operational. Details HERE.