Monthly archives for August, 2015

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air – September 2015

Phil, G3MGQ has sent through his ‘Month on the Air’ for September which contains lots of DX information including the big contests to look out for and those to possibly avoid! Enjoy August’s edition of Month on the Air.

2015 HERC Field Day & BBQ

Rob M0LYD kindly sent a report of the recent BBQ field day event which took place on Sunday 21st June.

Phil G3MGQ and I arrived at the Hastings Country Park around 9am, just in time to watch the early morning dog walkers depart. One of them told me that in the early days of CB, there would be many Cbers in the Park working the ships in the channel. We were soon joined by Peter G0FUU with his Generator. The Generator was hidden in the undergrowth to muffle the noise and the G5RV antenna was then strung between two trees. Easier said than done because the trees had many new growths of twigs and leaves. Much throwing of lead weights and poking with fibreglass poles meant that by 11am the first antenna was up, followed by the Gazebo and an 8m fibreglass guyed mast to support a 7Mhz half wave end fed antenna. We were hoping to start the Wilf Gaye Memorial Competition at 10am!!

The weather was fine and dry but the 7Mhz band was not good, signals were coming through from Scotland and the continent but local stations were heard at a less than normal strength. A further complication was that this was ‘Museums on the Air’ weekend. Everyone was trying to work them and my ILLER40 transceiver with an output of 5w was in competition with 100w plus stations. No one seemed interested in calling CQ or working stations calling CQ. Jakey G3JKY was heard working a SES but considering he was only on the Ridge, his signal was rather weak and he didn’t hear us at all. The Log Sheet filled up very slowly. Phil found 80m absolutely dead, despite the IRTS Counties Contest being on that afternoon, so started on 20m where there was the All Asia DX CW contest in full swing but no phone contests for a pleasant change. The first few contacts started to check off the numbers and letters for the Wilf Gaye competition at an encouraging rate but soon it was a struggle to find, let alone contact, a station with one of the outstanding letters or numbers. After waiting patiently for 20 minutes for YO2KC to finally sign off with a station, Phil then found he could not get in while a stream of other stations worked him and so never completed the bonus for all the letters HERC. Still the competition made this Club event interesting and kept members on the bands until the competition ended at 8pm.

Barbeque time came at last and was the usual culinary disaster, so burnt sausages and burgers were on the menu, but no problem when hungry.      Time to pack up, the antennas coming down quicker than they went up and another Field Day drew to a close.

Thanks to Phil who organised the event and to Peter who supplied the generator and his gazebo, and also to those that supported the event by operating or visiting.



Images of the HERC BBQ Field Day 2015


Martin M0EDU with his dog center, Phil G3MGQ in dark blue top, and Peter G0FUU in the foreground.


Rigs and antennas set up and ready to go.


Phil G3MGQ.


Peter’s gazebo being put to good effect on what turned out to be a very fine day at the Hastings Country Park.

GB7ES Eastbourne D-Star repeater returns to service

Following a fire, the RILGES operated UHF D-Star repeater GB7ES has now returned to active service.

The repeater was returned to site on the 27th July 2015 and is currently operating in stand alone (repeater) mode. According to M0LRE, the repeater is awaiting an internet connection feed to the repeater room so that full gateway operation can be activated.  This should be undertaken soon and no doubt the many D-Star users who are popping up all over the place in recent times will enjoy the stable functionality that GB7ES offers.

View the current status of GB7ES.


Caution – Latest spam emails are not from Ofcom

Following  a slew of friendly warnings today from fellow HERC club members, it seems that a rather nasty email has been circulated to a great many amateur radio enthusiasts.

The subject line is “IMPORTANT – Document From Ofcom Spectrum Licensing” and
it contains a document called “OFCOM_REN04_20150715_0976659.docm”. It is possible that the document name varies.

Whatever the case, do NOT open the email as it has malicious content which may harm your computer. Many anti-virus packages may remove this from your PC and place it in the “virus vault”, some may miss it. If this is the case, delete all traces of these emails (I received eight of them in total), and them empty the deleted items folder to be on the safe side.

Ofcom are already aware of this malicious email so there is no need to contact them.

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air – August 2015

Phil, G3MGQ has sent through his ‘Month on the Air’ for August which contains lots of DX information including the big contests to look out for and those to possibly avoid! Enjoy August’s edition of Month on the Air.

HERC supports 10th Essex Living History Group

On 1-2 August at Batemans, Kipling’s home, the 10th Essex Living History Group are commemorating the death of Rudyard Kipling’s only son John 100 years ago at the Loos-en-Gohelle during the Battle of Arras with a re-enactment of the conditions at the Front. They have invited the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club to support them with a demonstration of radio communication, for which Phil G3MGQ has obtained the special event call-sign GB2WWI (Whiskey, Whiskey, India).

They will be using mainly CW on 40m with some SSB, and FM on 2m for local contacts. Ron and Terry are going to exhibit some radio equipment from that era but the demonstration station will be a modern transceiver, Phil’s IC706 Mk2g, – the spark transmitters which would have been used then would not be legal now. However Mike G0JHK, John G3SGR and Tony G4KLF will be using CW, as voice radio communication was non-existent then. Robert, F5RHD, who by chance lives next to the Cemetery over there, specialises in portable operation from historic military sites and is going to set up a station there to contact them.

Please give your support by visiting, or listening out and working them.

73 de Rob M0LYD

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

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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