GB3IG - Stornoway Repeater Group
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Why GB3IG?
The original repeaters callsign was supposed to be GB3SY (SY for Stornoway) but this had already been allocated to a South Yorkshire repeater operating on 70cms.
The present callsign GB3IG was given the suffix 'IG' meaning Innse-Gall, the old Gaelic name for the Western Isles meaning 'Land of the Foreigners' (or Land of Strangers).

Original Repeater
The original GB3IG was situated at Bennadrove co-located with local emergency services.
At that time the repeater consisted of a PYE T404 Transmitter and PYE R404 Receiver system using G8CUL logic

The Original GB3IG Repeater System
The Original GB3IG Repeater System

The Bennadrove site gave very good coverage around the town of Stornoway and across to the mainland but lacked cover around the rest of the island and it was decided to pursue a different site, hence GB3IG was moved to Eitseal, Achmore located centrally on the the Isle of Lewis giving good all round coverage of the island and the west coast mainland.

Once the original IG was relocated to the new Eitseal site it was decided that the current setup was a bit dated. Following an A.G.M of the Stornoway Repeater Group it was unamiously decided IG was needing attention every few months and it was the intention of the group to pursue a replacement.

The new GB3IG Repeater system, a Kenwood TKR-750
The new GB3IG Repeater System, a Kenwood TKR-750

A Kenwood TKR-750 repeater system was purchased and G8CUL logic was built and tested by a member of the Stornoway Repeater Group (SRG) and co-located with the repeater.


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