I am glad to say we went for the second option of finding a new home!
Mark and I drew up battle plans, we did have some restrictions with potential sites due to the very high saturation of UHF repeaters around the Bristol area. Also the lay of the land so to speak had a big influence on potential sites.
It was decided we would create an information pack that we could send to potential sites, both to introduce our selves, but more importantly to make a direct request for help with securing a site for the repeater. We nicked named the pack “The Sales Brochure” as it was trying to sell the group to a potential site.
10 packs were sent directly out to a number of high profile sites, some instantly wrote back stating Health and Safety restraints on accessing their sites. One company offered us some tower space but wanted £5K Plus a year in rent, something we would never be able to afford!
Another site did offer us some space, and we started exploring working with them, at the same time I cold called a few more sites, and finally hit a site manager that was already knowledgeable of Amateur Radio, and what it can bring to the community, we were invited to forward an information pack to him.
Which of course we did. A follow up call was made a week or so later, primarily to ensure delivery of the pack. While speaking to the site manager he requested we contact BANES Raynet Group as they already have a presence on site, and to ensure that our equipment would not interfere with their operations.
I contacted the Area coordinator, and after a site visit, meeting up with Phil from Raynet and the site manager, it was discovered that we as a group could benefit Raynet, and they could benefit us.
We have been continuing to work with the site owners, and at the start of September we received an official invite from Avon Fire & Rescue to use their site at Lansdown.
Further meetings were held to finalise where we could go equipment wise, and we were put in touch with another company that are already onsite. I was put in contact with a lady who was the third party companies senior technician. Working with the 3rd party company it became apparent that they were about to abandon one of the buildings they occupied and they were more than happy to sign the building back to Avon Fire & Rescue, and for us to take over ownership of this building. What was also a surprise was the building came with its own 3KW Generator.