Monthly archives for May, 2013

Construction Evening Report

The meeting held on the 22nd May was a Construction Contest and  produced some interesting projects by members. Rodney demonstrated a Power Delay Line Stabilised Oscillator using earlier TTL Logic ICs. Leon showed a modern 32 bit RISC microprocessor now selling at only around £1. Gordon showed a simple dual bridge for determining the values of Resistors and Capacitors, while Wilf showed both a Z Match for Antenna matching, along with a Noise Bridge for testing Antennas. Arthur showed a CTCSS kit under construction now needed to access most UK Amateur Radio Repeaters. He explained how he overcome the need to change frequencies for different repeaters. The competition was won by Wilf with his Aerial Tuning Unit.

The next event will be on Saturday 29 June a Field Day using Amateur Radio Transmitting equipment and BBQ. It is to  be held from 9am to 9pm at Hastings Country Park, Fairlight.

The club also has aerials installed by kind permission of the Directors of the Taplin Centre where most meetings are held. Visitors are always very welcome. The Club also runs comprehensive courses of training to qualify for all three levels of the Amateur Radio Transmitting Licence.

Pictured below are the various entries from those who entered the Construction Evening.


Gordon Sweets capacitance and resistance bridge.


Wilf’s ATU.


Jakey’s CTCSS kit.


Leon Heller’s Cortex 32-bit PIC.


Rodney King’s power delay line oscillator.


Wilf’s Z-Match.







































For more details contact Gordon at gordonsweet2000 @

Gordon Sweet (M3YXH) Club Secretary.

Month on Air

This is the clubs Month on Air which is produced by Phil Parkman (G3MGQ) featuring contests and HF highlights for the forthcoming month.

You can download June 2013’s edition of Month on Air in PDF format.


Membership Renewal Reminder

This is just a polite reminder to a small number of members who have allowed their club membership to lapse and as such, Ron Deeprose the clubs Treasurer and Membership Secretary would like to follow this up to ensure that they continue to recieve their monthly copy of Vital Sparks and renew their membership should they wish to do so.

New and existing re-newing members can print the clubs membership form and send it through to Ron using the details below or contact him to discuss the matter if you wish.

ron (@)
70 Hollington Old Lane, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. TN38 9DP.

RSGB Centenary at the Taplin Center 4th May 2013

The last photo from the Mayor on the left, they are Antony Turnbull G4CUS logging the contacts on the computer and Steve Stewart M0SSR on the microphone talking to a radio station, G4VFG, in Devon, to whom the Mayor then sent greetings from sunny Hastings. Thanks for arranging coverage by your photographer.

The event was well supported by members, who thoroughly enjoyed making over 300 contacts with amateur radio stations throughout the UK and Europe. 73 Phil, G3MGQ.


The Mayor listens with interest as Steve (MOSSR) makes a contact aside Antony (G4CUS), the clubs QSL card manager.


The Mayor talks to the clubs members as they take a brief respite.






Our club was featured in the Hastings Observer, you can read the full article here in PDF format.


G3MGQ’s Month on the Air

Prepared by the clubs RSGB trainer, G3MGQ, you will find the latest DX contests including the ones to shoot for as well as ones to give a wide berth. Why not download the latest edition of Month on the Air and enjoy your DX just that little bit more.

Become a member of HERC

Join the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club.

Why not join one of the largest and most established Radio clubs in the South East of England? Very low joining cost, and free for a year to new licencees.

Vital Spark Archive

Vital Spark newsletter articles

Take a look through a large selection of articles written by club members over the years which have been published in the monthly Vital Spark newsletter .

Used Ham Radio Equipment

View HERC's Used Ham Radio Equipment for sale list..

Every four weeks, HERC's Used Ham Radio Equipment for sale list is updated on the site. Bookmark the gear for sale page to re-visit easily and take advantage of the used equipment on sale through the club.

Club Photographs

HERC Image Galleries.

Here is the official HERC photograph archive which contains multiple image galleries spanning several decades since the club was formed many years ago. Enjoy the images!

UK Amateur Radio Repeaters

UK repeaters

Click button above for full list, or a local repeater callsign below for info.

GB3EB 2m in Uckfield- Active
MB6EB 2m DStar Node in Eastbourne - Active
MB6RY Wires-X DigiGate in Broad Oak - Active
GB3HE 70cm in Hastings - Active
GB7HE 70cm DStar in Hastings - Coming soon
GB3ZX 70cm in Eastbourne - Low Power
GB3JT 23cm ATV in Hastings - NoV cleared
GB7RY 70cm X-Wires Repeater Rye - Active
GB7ES Eastbourne - DSTAR Rpt. - Active
GB3ES 2m in Hastings - Active

For a complete list of repeaters, head over to
the UK Amateur Radio repeaters list.

Popular pages

Get your amateur radio licence - Find out more about amateur radio licence training.
Month on the Air - G3MGQ's popular monthly DX contest/expedition list.
Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup - The clubs annual operating event in the memory of Wilf Gaye M0GYE.
St. Richard's College Buildathon/STEM/ARISS - HERC attends St. Richard's Catholic College for their various events surrounding the Tim Peake ARISS contact.
G3BDQ - John Hey's Rare QSL Cards.
Sussex Electronics Radio Fair - SERF Sussex Electronics Radio Fair 2016.
Vital Spark - A selection of articles re-published from the Vital Spark.
RSGB News - Find out how to get RSGB news on your mobile or PC.
Experimenters Corner - A selection of Proteus projects by Bob Gornal (G7DME)
BBADL - Bath Based Distance Learning Course.
Conquest Hospital Radio - Presented by HERC member Antony (G4CUS).
Radio Rallies 2016 - An up to date list of radio rallies scheduled for 2016.
Club QSL Cards - A selection of QSL cards the club has received over the years.
Other Newsletters - Excellent newsletters and magazines from other clubs.
TX Factor episodes - Take a look at the TX Factors YouTube videos.
John Taplin - A bio of the late John Taplin.

Amateur Radio Resources

Other Radio Clubs & RAYNET

BSARS - Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society

RAYNET - The Hastings and Rother RAYNET Group.

HERC members sites

Sigord - Gordon Sweet
Hastings Radio Comms - Andrew Haas-Campbell
Hoofbags - Liz Costa