Monthly archives for June, 2014

GB2RS News available from the TX Factor

The guys at TX Factor have been busy. On top of their scheduled TX Factor programming, they are now providing GB2RS audio files which may be streamed or downloaded directly from their site.

TX News is available from midday each Saturday via the TX Factors iTunes audio repository here, and is available in the popular and easy to use mp3 format.

So if you missed the RSGB’s on-air GB2RS bulletin then you need not to worry as it will always be available via the link above.

Month on the Air June 2014

Phil Parkman’s (G3MGQ) June 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!

EREC Castles on the Air (COTA) Weekend 14th & 15th June 2014

Vince Bobin (G1FBH) from the Eastbourne Electronics and Radio Club sent us an event notice for their forthcoming Castles on the Air event which will take place on the 14th and 15th of June.

Update: Vince has just informed us that Ofcom issued EREC with their call-sign for the CotA event which will be GB2PCS. It sounds as though HF will be dominant at the site but visiting amateurs are welcome to bring along VHF and/or UHF SSB if they so wish and will be accommodated for in the tent. Electricity for the weekend has been kindly provided by the landlady. Meeting is at 0900 Saturday with operating to start at 10am and finish up around 6pm. Sundays start will be a tad later at around 0930. Antennas on site will be a Windom, G5RV, half-wave 7.1mhz vertical and a Buddipole. Vince also notes that operators may be short on the Sunday so if you are available and feel like getting on the air please stop by and op or log for a while.

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Eastbourne Radio & Electronics Club will once again be out running a Special Event station for this weekend at Pevensey Castle. While we will not be in the castle grounds we will be operating from opposite the main entrance to the castle in the square right next to the Royal Oak and Castle Public House.

We intend to be active from 1000hrs to 1800hrs on both days. On the Saturday setup time will be 0900hrs. This is an open invitation to any HERC members who would like to come and visit (or perhaps even operating/logging etc.). We could not have chosen a better location to operate from.

Right next to a pub that does food and not far from the local conveniences and a beer garden! There is plenty of car parking available in the adjacent car park.

We will have mainly HF operating, but we have opened up an invitation to anyone within the clubs that wants to do some 2m/70cms SSB working with their own SSB rigs and antennas. Mains electricity will be available on site for the whole weekend. Remember that Sunday is the PW QRP Contest so there will be a lot of VHF activity about.

Please come and visit us even with your family. You can pack the wife and kids off to go round the castle while you play radio!

If you need any further information or want to get involved please contact Vince (G1FBH) via email at


As yet EREC are still waiting on Ofcom to authorise the special event call-sign but this will be available shortly.

In the meantime take a look at a few pictures of the attractive site where EREC will be holding their Castles on the Air event.

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Free admission for RSGB members to Bletchley Park

The RSGB has recently announced that FREE admission vouchers are available for RSGB members to visit the renowned Bletchley Park site.

You may claim on free non-transferable ticket only and visit on any day that Bletchley Park is open to the general public and apply for yours online by logging in to the RSGB site here.

Further help

For any further questions about your Bletchley Park Free Admission Voucher, please email

For support using the online voucher application system above, please raise a support ticket with the RSGB Web and IT Helpdesk.

For information about the Bletchley Park site, visit the Bletchley Park website or phone Bletchley Park on +44 (0) 1908 640404.

Hastings Hospital Radio Station club visit August 30th 2014

The Conquest Hospital radio room is fairly easy to find. Club members should go up one floor from the main entrance to the fourth, turn right and go through two sets of doors and wait in the conference room.  The radio station will be open to us from 12.30pm to 4.30 pm.

The idea is for visitors to chat to HRH members whilst awaiting their turn to visit the studio, which can only accommodate a few at a time due to its size. Refreshments will be available in the conference room. It has been agreed that members may bring along one guest if they wish.

Pictured below, Antony (G4CUS) broadcasting in the Conquest Hospital radio room.



Yearly subs 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 receive 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.

Parking fee increase for BBQ Field Day

Rob M0LYD the Vice Chairman has just brought it to my attention that there is a price rise at Fairlight where the club holds its annual Field Day BBQ. The new car parking fee is £2 for the day, a rise of £1 over the previous charge which while a substantial increase also means that it has been very reasonable in years gone by.

So cram as many people as you can in your car along with your radio gear and don’t let the increase put you off. It will be a great day up at Fairlight this year and we hope to see as many of you there as possible for an enjoyable time on the air amongst fellow enthusiasts.

Here are a few pictures taken at the 2013 Field Day BBQ below where fine Summer WX stood up for the entire day. Suncream, caps and shade were certainly required!


The BBQ at work with Phil G3MGQ just out of shot working at the grill.


A variety of wire antennas which are unfortunately just out of shot worked well for the operators during the afternoon.


Wilf M0GYE on his Flex 500 SDR TX operating QRP with Phil G3MGQ. In the background Jakey G3JKY relaxes in the sun with his lovely wife.


RSGB Special Events for June 2014

There are some interesting special events this month starting off today1st of June with the Binche radio club in Belgium who will be operating with the call ON44WAR near to what used to be Hitlers bunker. They will be using both phone and CW modes and operating on vintage rigs on 40m. QSL will be via ON7RY.

Fans of aviation as I am and having visited Duxford on a number of occasions in past years will be pleased to hear that they will be operating GB2IWM on 6 June to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The Duxford Radio Society, based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire will be operating on most of the HF bands using military rigs between 9am and 7pm UTC. Visitors are quite welcome to stop by and visit.

In addition to Duxfords station which is commemorating D-Day, the HMS Belfast will also be active until the end of the month and using the callsign GB70DDAY. GB70DDL will be on the air from 1 to 28 June. The Belfast will be operation its station on all the HF bands in CW, SSB, PSK and other digital modes. The HMS Belfast station is going to operate by Riverway ARS in conjunction with the Stafford and Rugeley Sea Cadets at the cadets HQ in Stafford.

If you like the idea of amateur radio enthusiats operating portable from Nuclear bunkers, then the Riverway ARS is one to look out for. Their station is to be operated from four Royal Observer Corps Nuclear Bunkers until 9 June. GB1SNB from Shenstone, GB6GNB from Gonsall, from Rugeley and GB4SNB from Standon.

That just about wraps it up for Junes special RSGB events and looks like it will be an enjoyable one too!

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