Monthly archives for July, 2014

Field Day Memories of G3JKY – Taplin Centre July 23rd 2014

At the July meeting, G3JKY spoke about some of his experiences on radio club field days, starting with an introduction to the hobby on a Boy Scouts bike ride in 1951, outings with the Bromley club in the 1950s and many years up to the present with the Clifton Amateur Radio Society of South East London.

Equipment on show included a transmitter used on the Clifton’s first field day, in 1959, a generator used to charge batteries in the early days, a 70cm transmitter built in two weeks in 1965 and an ex-RAF receiver of the type mentioned in last month’s talk, seen in several of his photographs which showed field day station down the ages.

The installations had varied through the years. The smallest had just one tent with a home-made  CW (Morse) set powered by three bell batteries. This set fed a wire aerial slung between the trees. At the other end of the scale was a four-station set-up with caravans, crank-up mobile towers for the aerials and a 7.5kVa generator.

In 1995, the club converted its generators from petrol to propane gas operation, which permitted 24 hours uninterrupted working.  This did away with having to stop to “top up” by the light of a torch in the middle of the night and then having to restart the generator. Jakey confessed to a life-long distrust of the “infernal confusion” engine, probably brought about by the unreliable machines used in the 1950s.

Jakey also mentioned taking part in field days in New Zealand. A highlight was working a string of 35 JA (Japanese) stations on the key on the 50MHz band and then having to stop for dinner.  Ruthless contest operators these Kiwis !

Probably the best ever performance by the Clifton was working 340 stations in the USA without a break on 28 MHz SSB without having to change frequency!  It goes to show how a good location can help!

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air August 2014

Phil, G3MGQ has sent through his ‘Month on the Air’ for August which contains lots of DX information including contests to look out for and some to avoid. Enjoy this months edition of Month on the Air.

HERC Annual BBQ Field Day – 19th June 2014

Following the increased attendance at this event on a Saturday last year, this year’s event was held on a Sunday so that hopefully even more members would be able to participate and that seemed to be the case. So Peter, G0FUU, was able to spend some time with us, again kindly lending us his generator to power the gear in the gazebo which he also provided this year. With his help, Rob M0LYD, Dan M0HOW & I soon had the gazebo up and the G5RV lent by Paul M6PWD strung at about 20ft between a couple of trees. Rob set up his ILER40, which had won him the construction trophy in May, with a Direct Digital Synthesiser, 7MHz end-fed wire via a matching unit and powered by a 12v jell lead-acid battery, purchased for only £1 at a Club auction. Fortunately it was “Museums on the Air” weekend on what was otherwise a rather flat 40m band. Using the Club callsign G6HH with only 5W, he worked 13 stations, including one each from Scotland, Holland & Belgium, although very few signal reports exceeded S5 in either direction.

Meanwhile I had set up the Club’s FT980 through my ATU to the G5RV. After locating a break in the braid connection in one of my patch-leads, which was replaced by one Paul M6PWD kindly popped home to get, we started listening on 80m for the Museum stations but conditions were poor and we were unable to raise anyone. While Rex G3ROC & Mike M0EDU checked the FT980, I’d put up my tri-band co-linear and, with only 5W from my Quansheng handie, called into the Sunday morning Hastings & district net on 2m. In the afternoon, we tried 15m where US & Canadian stations were heard but again no contacts were made. As we were not getting any joy with the FT980, I made some contacts using the Quansheng through the repeaters in Kent & Sussex, both on 2m and 70cm, but had no takers on simplex on either band. Mike, M0EDU, also set up on VHF with his FT817 & a 30W solid-state linear, but only make a few contacts with the vertical he set up beside his car.

As we had set up by 10am, there was no problem with other users of the Country Park, and even attracted some enquiries from dog-walkers & families holding birthday parties & enjoying their BBQ. Visiting amateurs included some of my Intermediate class featured on the cover of Vital Spark in July 2011; Dan 2E0FRT, Hollie 2E0HOZ & Jamie 2E0JBS, who I hadn’t seen for quite a while. Martin 2E0EAO, who’d helped me with that course, came up with his XYL and expressed an interest in going on to get his Full licence. Our Chairman, Wilf M0GYE, came up in the morning to see how we were getting on, and came back with his XYL for the BBQ in the evening. Steve, G7KMA, came with his Yaesu handie and stopped for the BBQ with his XYL. Whilst not very productive radio-wise, everyone enjoyed the day in the sunshine & gentle breeze.

73 Phil, G3MGQ.


Steve’s XYL with Rob & Mike at the BBQ.


Rob and Rex with Mike on the rigs, with Jamie & Paul looking on, and Steve with his XYL seated, enjoying the sunshine.


G6HH at Fairlight 2014.

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