Monthly archives for June, 2015

Leon G1HSM to give talk on the Raspberry Pi


Leon G1HSM tuning up his Yaesu 817 at a recent demo night at the Taplin Centre.

The Raspberry Pi system has become so popular with PIC programmers, tech developers, hobbyists and young learners at school that it seems only fitting that Leon G1HSM is giving a talk on the subject at the Taplin Centre on Wednesday 24th June.

Doors will be opening as 7.30pm as usual with the presentation starting shortly afterwards.

Leon is a highly knowledgeable electronics expert in the clubs ranks, and has a strong interest in PIC programming making this an evening to look forward to for any enthusiast and amidst his radio collection I believe that one of his favourites is the Yaesu 817ND pictured above. The diminutive little HF-70cm rig is quite superb and seems to follow him wherever he goes!

Leon also visited the recent Sussex Electronics Radio Fair where he and Ron G4VBK were manning the HERC stand on the day. Visit the above link for the full report of the day.

See you there on the night for the Raspberry Pi talk, it will be a good one.

HERC’s BBQ Field Day and Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup event


The Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup, awaiting to bear the name of the first winner of the event.j

The event is just around the corner now on Sunday 21st June, and members from the club are greatly looking forward to another day operating at the Fairlight Country Park.

The day will start at approximately 9am and finish around 9pm. Don’t forget to bring the suncream, hats, sunglasses and plenty of food and drink!

This year marks the first event being held, called the Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup, which will be held during the day for participatng club members who wish to enter the competition. More details can be found via the link above along with the rules for the Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup event.

There is plenty of car parking space at the event if you haven’t been before, and a decent sized gazebo to help keep the good and bad elements at bay while using your rigs.

Local Google Map of the area around Fairlight Country Park

Catch you there, or on air!

New licencees pass their exams

On 23 May, Dariusz became the first candidate from the Hastings Club to sit both the Foundation and Intermediate exams on the same day. He is now the proud holder of 2E0SPH, and is now studying to sit the Advanced exam on 19 August at the registered Exam Centre arranged by Hastings ERC in conjunction with Brede Steam ARS. There are still some places available for that Exam, but contact the Exam Secretary, Steve Stewart M0SSR, at m0ssr(@) or on 01424 720815/07581 305310 well before the list closes on 15 July.

73 de Phil, G3MGQ
HERC Training Officer

First World War weekend at Batemans

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and come on down to Bateman’s on the 1st and 2nd of August. Don’t dilly dally as Bateman’s is commemorating the centennial of the First World War with a weekend event that will transport you back in time among the soldiers in full uniform from this period.







Experience life on the Western Front as John Kipling did. There will be re-enactments throughout the day and an encampment with ammunition store, field ambulance, aeroplane, mess tent, etc. Children can have a go making a dog tag or cap badge.

The 10th Essex Living History Group ( ) will be there engaging with the public and talking about life during WW1. During the day we put on drill displays and educational talks with a major battle re-enactment at about 3pm.

Contact information

Andrew Warnes (10th Essex)
T 02071619640
E andrew(@)

Address of event

Bateman’s Lane, Burwash, East Sussex, TN19 7DS
OS Grid Ref: 199:TQ671238

Further information can be found at:


Next Clifton Country Club Net Sunday 14th June 2015

Fellow Cliftonaires,

This next Clifton Country Club net is on this Sunday 14th June .  Unfortunately prevailing ‘Inter G’ propagation  remains extremely poor on 40m with high levels of QRN. Also 80m is virtually closed until the onset of dusk.

To improve the likelihood of Inter G contacts on 40m  schedule time is moved  to the later time 15.30 Hrs GMT ( 4.30pm BST) on 7.125 Mhz, even this will not be ideal but it will allow time for a contacts before tea or supper time.

Peter (G3RQZ) suggested we try 60m  before the scheduled  net on 40m Therefore I will be calling for Clifton members on 5.320 Mhz (USB)  or on 5.335 Mhz as a secondary from 1500hrs ( 4pm BST).

We look forward hearing on the pre-net sked on 60m  or later on the ‘official’  40m net.

Catch you on the wireless!

73 es 88s de Tony es Suzanne.

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