Monthly archives for August, 2013

Month on Air September 2013

Phil Parkman’s (G3MGQ) September edition of Month on Air is available for download in Adobe PDF format from here. This months edition contains a wide variety of HF contest events for you to enjoy or steer clear of!

International Lighthouse weekend 17/18th August 2013

Once again Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society (BSARS) took part in the Lighthouse activation weekend and put UK0059 (New) and UK0060 (Old) Lighthouses on the air.

The club set up their 3 element tribander, covering 10, 15 and 20 meters,  on top of the trailer/mast and a full size G5RV was attached to the top of the mast for the other bands.

This was all set up on the Friday at Dungeness lifeboat station and their website can be found at

The RNLI at Dungeness  allow the club to set up their equipment in the office at the back and the trailer/mast on the hard standing.  The crew are very welcoming and have accommodated the club for the past 5 years.

A few contacts were made on the Friday just to make sure all the equipment was working in readiness for the event.

On the Saturday the day started well and we finished with 150 contacts logged.
Unfortunately, the bands were not in our favour, and nor was the wind and the mast had to be lowered as the strain on the mast was too great which was lifting the back steady wheel off the ground.

On the Sunday again the sun shone and the wind was still very strong so the mast was not erected to its fullest height. Contacts were few and far between as the bands were still not in our favour, but the members of the club persisted and finally a total of 270 contacts were made overall.

The total number of lighthouses/ships was 59.  Total countries contacted were 42 including 1 Oil Rig in Singapore the operator was on look out for ships at the time.

The club wish to thank all the people who contacted the station during the weekend and hope to see you all next year.

The only down side of the weekend was that the trailer had a blowout on the way home but this was soon fixed with the spare and we were soon on our way again.

BSARS members would like to thank the RNLI at Dungeness for their hospitality again and look forward to next year’s event.

For more information on the BSARS club please see or email

Article by Steve M0SSR (BSARS).

Pictures of the Lighthouse weekend by Steve 2E0GHX.

(Click the “i” in the top left corner of the image gallery to view the images caption text).

Coming soon, Dungeness Lighthouses on the Air Report

dungeoness-lota-special-event-august-2013A highly enjoyable weekend was had by all at the Dungeness Lifeboat station where members of the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club and BSARS (Brede Steam Amateurs Radio Society) operated using a special event callsign.

Several local amateurs and their partners visited the station, some of whom operated at the special event station giving the hardcore operators a much needed rest from time to time!

Since the weekend, Steve (M0SSR) of BSARS has kindly offered to provide a report of the event which will be featured here in a few days time.

Robert Beck (M0LYD) managing new club ATU project

Rob M0LYD has been very busy lately organising the construction of a new 400w manual ATU for the clubs use over the last few weeks and with the input of fellow club members the design is now in the final decision making stages with regards to the components.

The club has been working together on it’s own Yahoo Group to bring this project to life with design suggestions and component donations. Once finalised and built over the forthcoming weeks, the new manual ATU will be put to work at the Taplin Centre using it’s HF antenna setup which was installed some time ago as well as the clubs outdoor events.

Following this project which is involving many of the clubs members, there is the possibility that the design and construction of a club owned automatic ATU will take place as well.

HERC has a wealth of experience on tap from long-term amateur radio constructors and looks to be the beginning of an exciting time at the club encouraging newer members to participate as well as design and build their own projects.

A word of thanks goes to Rob M0LYD for pushing the project forward and doing a great job of organising the ATU build.

Club Diary posted for 2014

2014 looks like an interesting and busy year at the Hastings Electronics and Radio club. The first copy of the 2014 diary has just been uploaded to provide an up to date view of the clubs various meetings and events for the year ahead.

You can view the diary by hovering over the top menu item labelled Club Diary, or access it directly by going here.

RSGB Band Plan Changes

The RSGB have recently released an update to the band plan recently with some items of interest. There have been changes made to U.K. based HF usage in the 5mhz band plan and is being kept under review for the time being.

Changes have also been made following recent IARU Region 1 meetings which are targetted at the realignment of Echolink and Digital voice gateways in the 2m and 6m bands.

According to the RSGB there will be more details made available about these band plan changes in the next issue of Radcom.

HMS Belfast Event Day 2013

Phil, G3MGQ has organised an event day at the H.M.S. Belfast where club members who are attending will be given a tour and the opportunity to operate in the ships own radio room.

Robert Beck, M0LYD has just made a post about the event on the HERC Yahoo group and requested that members who are attending should contact Phil to discuss whether they wish to operate in the Belfast’s radio room on the day.

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