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).
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
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
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.