Monthly archives for September, 2015

GB7CK – 70cm DMR repeater opens in Folkestone

A new 70cm DMR repeater, GB7CK came online a week or so ago and according to those who have used it, the new repeater is working better than the D-Star repeater GB7FK-B which it replaces. The same hardware is being used from the old D-Star repeater, and so far, reports have been encouraging.  Take a look at the frequencies and detail info for GB7CK.

MB7UVS VHF APRS Digipeater closes down

As part of the RILGES Repeater Group improvements to local repeater services in the Sussex area, various work will commence on site on other new repeaters. As of now, the VHF APRS Digipeater MB7UVS has been permanently closed down.

HERC becomes an associate member of FISTS

fists-cw-logoWe are pleased to announce that HERC has just been kindly been granted free associate membership of  the FISTS CW Club  , the International Morse Preservation Society which has over 18k members worldwide.

Some HERC members are already members of FISTS, including Richard G0ILN, Phil G3MGQ, Jakey G3JKY and Steve 2E0GHX. The club aims to improve awareness of CW through its membership to FISTS and offer training and advice for those both old and new to the mode. The FISTS official site can be found at Perhaps it is about time to dust off your key and take part in Mike Hedges G0JHK Slow Morse (QRS) net on 80m!? (Around 3.570 MHz Mondays at 8pm local.)

More to follow on our affiliation with FISTS soon.


HERC and BSARS Advanced Exam Success

advanced-licencees-passedWe have some further good news regarding several students who have gained their Advanced Licence.  A great achievement and congratulations to those who passed.

Congratulations to Martin M0ROK, Josh M0JDN, Louis M0LPW, Jamie M0JBR and Dariusz M0ZPL. Using the Bath Based Advanced Distance Learning scheme, with Phil G3MGQ as their tutor, these five sat the Advanced Exam on 19 August and passed at their first attempt, one with Distinction and three with Merit, a fantastic achievement. Thanks also to Steve M0SSR of the Brede Steam ARS for arranging the exam, a fine example of inter-club cooperation.”

Phil, G3MGQ

GB0SXW Activation for National Heritage Weekend

Vince G1FBH wants to get the word out on a great activation taking place this coming weekend at the Stone Cross Windmill in Eastbourne, here is the notice.

Just a short message to let you all know that this coming weekend M0KIL and myself will be activating   GB0SXW as part of The National Heritage Weekend from the Stone Cross Windmill. Times are the same for both Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 16:00pm. Operating on HF only, primarily on 20 and 40 metres. The station will be located on the ground floor of the mill so no worries re rain etc.

If anyone (with a licence) is in the area with some spare time we would be pleased to see you and if you want to take part on the mic.

The Mill is open to the public for the two days, entrance and guided tour of the working mill is FREE. Adjoining  the mill is their own cafe where you can buy the flower milled here and at the same time have a cup of tea/coffee at what is probably the least expensive you can find in the Eastbourne area.

Vince G1FBH.

So if any licencees are in the area then feel free to stop by and say hi to the operators or get on the mic and take part in the activity and have some fun. It will no doubt be a good weekend!


New 70cm Hastings D-Star repeater GB7HE

Further exciting news for D-Star users, Dave Williams G8PUO of RILGES/EREC sent through this notice of the forthcoming GB7HE 70cm D-Star repeater which is currently in the vetting stage and likely to be installed on the existing GB3HE site in the near future.

This addition to the site further enhances the growing list of AR resources available to amateurs on the South East coast as D-Star interest continues to grow in the area. More information to follow soon.

From Dave G8PUO as below..

With the increasing interest in DSTAR locally and coverage issues from our GB7ES repeater towards Hastings (due to hill and woods), a new DSTAR repeater has been in discussion within the Hastings Area.

We have already a tried and tested site for GB3HE, so this makes for an obvious site to co-locate the additional new repeater.  Internet access has been a stumbling block but we now have a solution.

Due to total lack of available repeater frequency allocations on 2M in this area, the repeater needs to be on 70cm.

With GB3HE on the same site also on 70cm (within around 100-300 kHz from potential transmitter/receiver frequencies), we could have either looked at some expensive RF filters/engineering or more sensibly move GB3HE back to narrow split.  The latter increasing the spacing between GB3HE and GB7HE transmitters and receivers, so allowing filters to work better and improve overall RX performance.

As such, we are really pleased to let you know that two applications have been submitted today.

GB3HE Frequency Change from wide spacing back to narrow 1.6MHz spacing

GB7HE New Repeater DSTAR application on 70cm, wide 9MHz spacing

Repeater Keeper
We have a good RILGES HE working party in Hastings.  One of the team, Jamie M0JBR, has worked hard to get his DSTAR node operational (thanks also to Shane M1BFH), plus recently studying even harder to successfully gain his full licence.  It is fitting that in recognition of his commitment to the locals and the hobby, Jamie is now repeater keeper of the new GB7HE DSTAR Repeater.  Well done!

Repeater Hardware
Unfortunately hardware does not grow on trees and equally the RILGES repeater group does not have a pot to purchase a new repeater, so I have negotiated with Matt, M1CMN, to borrow a spare 70cm DSTAR repeater from the Folkestone Repeater Group.  Many thanks Matt!

This is great news in that we can get the repeater operational very quickly. We will then look at raising funds to buy a/the repeater, so will be motivating membership renewals and any kind donations towards this.  We will also need to replace the GB3HE filters for reliable narrow split operation and a plan is hopefully in place for this.

With the main mast already supporting the GB3HE four stack and the new GB3JT DATV antenna going on top, we have to look at available options.

Adding another stack is possible, as is installing a 2nd mast (not preferred).  In the interim, we may use a folded dipole(s) on a stand-off(s) to reduce the effects of the mast.  Whatever we put up needs to be rugged due to the weather and elements up on the tower.  Will see what we can beg.

All membership renewals and kind donations are welcomed.


Dave, Jamie and the the RILGES Repeater Group team.

Further information can be found in the forum thread here.



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!

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