Monthly archives for October, 2014

GB3HE – Back online with upgrade

Thanks go to Leon (G1HSM) and Paul Waldock (M0LRE) for bringing this to our attention that GB3HE’s working party has successfully repaired the issues with the repeater, the worst offender being the Jaybeam antenna which had developed a fault.

Improved performance from the repeater is expected now that a 4-stack dipole array has been installed in place of the Jaybeam with local amateurs already jumping on GB3HE to try it out and have a QSO.

While on-site, Paul re-situated the MB7UVS APRS digipeater antenna and reports that it is also expected to perform somewhat better than before. For those who do not know, the digipeater changed call-signs recently from MB7VS to MB7UVS.

Great news for the local community and hats off to RILGES for bringing HE back into operation despite the repairs required at very short notice.

Check the status and details for GB3HE Hastings 70cm repeater.

GB3HE working party ready to go

Dave G8PUO has just sent good news regarding the repair to GB3HE which developed a fault with the original Jaybeam antenna which until recently had been working very well despite being run on low power.

The GB3HE working party is now organised and set to visit the repeaters site in Hastings on Thursday 30th October where the old antenna will be removed and a generously donated 4-stack omnidirectional dipole antenna will be installed complete with phasing harness.

The donation of the antenna was made by Malcolm (G3TCG) of Hastings and the repeaters new ‘ears’ will no doubt be appreciated by the community who use it regularly while giving a very good coverage of surrounding areas.

A further update will be published following the site visit later this week.

Check the status and details for GB3HE Hastings 70cm repeater.

GB3HE Back On Air – Antenna Fault

Dave (G8PUO) has kindly just sent word that GB3HE is back on air in a low power state after testing, here is his update regarding the repair as follows.

“Having checked the repeater in the workshop, based on issues last week, the intermittent fault on the TX antenna connector was resolved and also a tad of EMC copper tape as a gasket on the case base seemed to have resolved the occasional low level audio microphonics.

The repeater was taken back to site today and whilst now all stable, the SWR on the antenna is a concern and the poor signal level confirms a secondary fault. As such we will be looking to purchase a replacement collinear and install this next week during half-term.

For the time being the repeater will be left on – even with the poor coverage its better than nothing, although we need to monitor signal levels. Should they deteriorate further, then I will shut the repeater down until the antenna is replaced. I will though also visit the site over the next week too.”

Check the status and details for GB3HE Hastings 70cm repeater.

GB3HE Temporarily Off Air

Dave Williams (G8PUO) of RILGES and EREC has just announced that the Hastings 70cm repeater is temporarily off air and after a site visit, an issue was found with the repeater.

Dave and his team have removed it for testing off site and has plans for re-instatement next week sometime though this is not set in stone.

With luck we will hear GB3HE back up and running soon, it is certainly being missed already. Thanks go to Dave for doing a great job with the repeater and working to resolve any problems that arise in short order and the club sincerely appreciates RILGES efforts.

For further information please visit the RILGES forum discussion about this issue.

Check the status and details for GB3HE Hastings 70cm repeater.

Ofcom Amateur Radio licence consultation deadline soon

Ofcom-hq-400px The deadline for radio amateurs to fill out and send their reponses to the Ofcom amateur radio licence consultation paper is coming up soon on the 20th October.

The consultation paper called Updating the Amateur Radio Licence is an opportunity for radio amateurs to comment on the proposals made by Ofcom and is a great way to make your mark on the future of amateur radio.

The consultation form itself has 10 straightforward questions to answer and only takes a couple of minutes or so to complete. Do not miss out on this opportunity to have your say in these important changes, your voice counts!

Please note that the RSGB has compiled a brief commentary to illustrate the more important alterations which have been proposed and the RSGB consultation response paper should be viewed in conjunction with the consultation document.

If you haven’t done so already you can head over here to complete Ofcom’s amateur radio consultation response form.

Full Amateur Radio Licencees get larger 2m band

Yesterday, October 9th, Ofcom published a PDF statement which included the intention to release an additional 1mHz of spectrum to fully licenced radio amateurs in the 2m band on a temporary basis.

For full licencees, 2m band availability will be from 144-147MHz, though the new part of the spectrum from 146 to 147MHz is only available through a Notice of Variation.

As with all NoV’s, they can be applied for through the RSGB site from the end of October and further information will be released in the near future supporting this change to the 2m band.

EREC to give D-Star Presentation

erec-logoDave Wiliams, G8PUO, has mentioned that the Eastbourne Radio and Electronics Club will be giving a presentation on D-Star (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio), which will be of interest to those wanting to find out more about the technology as well as enhance knowledge of existing D-Star users.  The presentation will be held on Monday 13th October.

Doors will open at 1900, for 19.30 start, and finish at 21.30, doors close at 22.00. Dave also tells us that there are free refreshments available along with free and easy parking and disabled access.

Location: Eastbourne Sports Park, which is off Cross Levels Way (by Sainsbury’s/David Lloyds) and lies at the back of Eastbourne District General Hospital.

SatNav Postcode BN21 2UF.

Dave welcomes all members and visitors to EREC club meets and is expecting a good attendance on the night.

New RSGB Members Portal

After having a good look around the RSGB site, it looks as though it has been a busy month at RSGB HQ.  In addition to the recently announced RSGB Radcom Archive, members can now take advantage of a brand new Membership Portal which supercedes the old MyRSGB section and provides an all-in-one area for members to gain easy access to membership services.

In addition for members to be able to browse their own regions news easily, the section also provides access to areas where you can update your membership details, renew your membership, reset your password, add or remove membership account roles, read digital versions of RadCom and even easily download your free admission voucher to Bletchley Park.

If you wish, you can take a look at the new RSGB Membership Portal and find out more. Don’t forget to bookmark it if necessary. You might also like to find out how to receive RSGB news from GB2RS using Podcast, or RSS news aggregators.

Good news for RadCom readers

The RSGB has just announced the launch of a new RadCom archive on the RSGB site.

Containing the previous 14 years worth of RadCom magazines, the archive will certainly please many who wish to refer to articles in magazines which can no longer be found.

The RSGB also states that there are earch results for editions since October 2013 which are also ‘hyper-linked’  to RadCom digital editions so you can read the article online.

This is a nice bonus for RSGB members and a welcome addition to the RSGB’s resources. Head over here to have a look through the RSGB RadCom archive.


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