Monthly archives for January, 2014

Speakers needed for talks at the Taplin Centre

Almost every month through the year, the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club hold a meet at the Taplin Centre most of which are presented by a speaker who gives a talk on a radio or electronics related subject.

HERC is now actively looking for speakers to give talks at our monthly meets and encourages anyone who may be interested in giving a talk on any radio or electronics topic to contact Gordon Sweet the clubs Secretary at gordonsweet2000 @

We look forward to hearing from you!

GB3ES repeater now back online

After several weeks of downtime, GB3ES, Hastings 2M repeater is now back online.

According to the repeaters keeper, the logic was at fault along with a faulty backup battery.

ES has been reported as being fully operational and is now being tested by local amateurs who are pleased to see local VHF communication restored.

Please note that this information is correct at the time of writing as shown at the top of the post. For the current status please visit the GB3ES repeater page.

RSGB seeks young amateurs for 2014 YOTA

Approval has been given by the RSGB board for the society to the IARU Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event in July which is held in a Region 1 country, this years being hosting by the Finnish Radio Amateur League.

Workshops will be held for the amateurs who will be educated in various aspects of radio and electronics to include robotics, antenna design, satellite, Radio Direction Finding and more.

The RSGB mentions that any members within 15 to 25 years will be sent a personal invitation to apply for a position on the United Kingdom team the deadline for which is 14th February.

More information can be found at the RSGB as well as the official YOTA site.

Month on the Air February 2014

Phil Parkman’s (G3MGQ) February 2014 edition of Month on Air is available for download in Adobe PDF format from here. This months edition contains a large selection of HF contest events for you to enjoy or simply avoid!

Ofcom’s Amateur Radio License Consultations

In addition to the pre-consultations that Ofcom held last year which propose to make changes to the license clause wording for amateur license holders, Ofcom has also announced recently that during 2014, possibly around Summer time, that further changes will also be made which will undoubtedly affect amateur radio users.

The proposed changes are a result of the governments task of wishing to release 500mhz of the Public Sector Spectrum by 2020, and to that end various changes are being made which will assist in the release of the government’s target spectrum figures.

Some of the changes will affect TV repeaters as used by amateurs, as well as Band 1, low band and mid band as well as several frequency spots in the 2.3 to 3.4ghz range.

Ofcom plans to publish a consultation for amateurs about any potential changes in the near future. This will be followed later in the year by a statement while will give amateurs reasonable notice of any licence changes which are necessary. Ofcom also aims to issue a full consultation in due course and bring all of these changes into effect by mid-2014.

Ofcom’s Amateur Radio License Review – Pre consultation discussion

There is much happening at Ofcom in recent months with regards to proposed consultations which will affect Amateur Radio licensees to some degree during 2014.

During the latter part of 2013, Ofcom held two presentations which were given by Ofcom staff at National Hamfest and the RSGB Centenary Convention where attendees were addressed on the subject of the proposed forthcoming changes.

As yet nothing is cast in stone and the changes pertaining to the Amateur Radio License Review are mostly related to the wording of some existing license clauses which also covering operational practices as well as extending the services currently available to Amateur Radio and enhancing the progress of new technologies.

The official pre-consultation presentation slides may be viewed in PDF format here: Amateur Licence Review Pre-consultation discussion

Month on the Air January 2014 update

Phil Parkman’s (G3MGQ) January 2014 edition of Month on Air has just been updated and is available for download in Adobe PDF format from here.

Update to the 2014 club diary

Hello all!
A correction has been made to the 2014 diary to reflect a change to the dates for the auctions being held this year. To view the amendments and change the dates in your own diaries or calendars please view the updated diary here.

January 25th 2015 Auction

Just around the corner now is the clubs annual auction which takes place on the 25th of January and is being held at the Holy Redeemer church hall in St. Leonard’s.

There will be many lots on offer of the radio and electronic kind as well as an assortment of accessories and books.

All members are encouraged to attend the auction if they can, whether they choose to buy something or not, the event is a great place to catch up with members after the “down time” during the Christmas and New Year holidays and there is of course the added bonus of plenty of interesting items up for grabs.

Bidding is due to start at around 2.15pm but remember to be there a bit earlier to allow enough time to view the auction lots and have a chat!

2014 AGM and Committee Members Wanted

Hello to all Hastings Electronics and Radio Club members!

Just a quick reminder that the upcoming HERC AGM is being held on the 26th of February at the Taplin Centre and all members are of course welcome to attend and show their support for the club and catch up for a natter afterwards.

I would also like to bring to the club’s attention that Wilf (M0GYE), the clubs current Chairman has iterated that the club is currently actively looking for new committee members to assist in the running of the club, and that nominations should go to Terry (G4FET) the clubs President.

Your voice will become a part of the clubs operation and potential committee members should not be put off by many lengthy committee meetings as they are conducted via Skype from the comfort of your own home. There is one meeting per month and each one lasts for around 45 minutes.

If you feel as though you may be able to help please get in contact with Gordon Sweet or Wilf Gaye directly as your expertise will be invaluable to the clubs ongoing success.

Have a great year on the air!

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!

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