I've obtained a NoV to run an unattended simplex internet gateway - using the callsign MB7IZE. All 2m gateways are MB7Ixx so I chose "ZE" for "Zetland".
Currently I'm allowed 2W ERP on 144.9625MHz, with 77Hz CTCSS.
I'm using an FT-817 feeding a small colinear on the roof, and coverage is "limited" to say the least.
Very few main roads are covered, once I get a couple of miles from home there are only a few local high-spots with a path on 2m. I may do some tests on 10m and 6m to see if things improve, and of so I can apply for additional frequencies on the NoV.
The main purpose is to experiment with internet linking in general, rather than provide a useful service to local amateurs - mainly due to the difficult terrain and the sparse population.
Currently I have the link connected to Echolink, as MB7IZE-L, node number 887159 and I try to keep a 2m handheld close by while I'm at home and in range.
The NoV allows the gateway to be used by any other stations, so if anyone's passing the West Side of Shetland, from Bixter towards Walls, or Twatt to Clousta and possibly Aith, give it a try.
With a DTMF keypad you can check the status and initiate connections to other Echolink nodes. For a full list of DTMF commands see :
* Play Station Ident
08 List current connections
To connect to a remote node simply type the node number. A busy one to try are the *IRELAND" conference (2605) which is a general ragchew channel - with stations connected from many locations around the world.
# Disconnect the last node the connected
## Disconnect all nodes
Currently the station identifies every 10 minutes in morse code.
Any remote stations - feel free to connect - you probably won't hear much activity, but give a CQ call or call me personally (GM4SLV) - if I'm in range I'll reply.