Amateur Radio Auction

The Club holds Amateur Radio Auctions of used and surplus equipment every year on the dates shown in the Club Diary section. Mid-way through the auction, we usually have an interval when refreshments are available and a raffle may be held for Club funds.

There is an entrance fee of £1 for visitors to the Club auctions, and to everyone at the Repeater Group Auctions. A 10% commission for the Club is deducted on all sales over £1, the whole proceeds of a sale of only £1 or less goes to the Club (or the Repeater group).

The entrance fee is payable as you collect your bidding card, needed both to bid as well as book in items for sale before the actual Auction starts. Settling up usually takes place only at the close of bidding, the whole process recorded by the Club Treasurer who uses a program which runs on a laptop.

Items are sold “as seen” and, unless otherwise stated, no warranty is given or returns accepted. All items should be checked for safety by a Competent Person before being connected to a mains electricity supply.

Naturally these Auctions can be very popular especially for visitors. Even for those who seldom bid find it amusing to see the attempts by the Auctioneer try so hard to encourage bidding, often being obliged to resort to the phrase “put it with the next lot” (by the same seller).

This sometimes obliges a buyer who only perhaps wanted a fairly small object, to go home with a box of all sorts of other gear. Hence the favourite expression jokingly remarked “chuck it in a skip on the way home”. Heaven help anyone scratching their head during bidding, only to find they have just raised the bidding for something, and the Auctioneer may not always ask “Are you bidding or just scratching?”.

Of course no one is obliged to pay the entrance fee if just wanting to browse around during the hour or so before bidding while the various lots are booked. So if in doubt about popping in for the first time, just come along to have a look. Many find it helpful to write a note of the lot numbers of items of interest.

Naturally it is mainly the Amateur radio gear that attracts the highest bids. Though the Auctioneer warns all that usually no guarantee can be given on any items apart from where indicated on such labels, steps will be taken where equipment is sold for a considerable amount to contact the seller if a buyer has cause to complain.

There are no unreasonable restrictions on what sort of items can by submitted. Hence the appearance of TVs, PC gear, Books, Videos, Tools, Aerials, even the odd Kitchen equipment, and small furniture.

If you would like to find out more about the Hastings Electronics and Radio Clubs Amateur Radio auctions please get in contact with us.

Auction visitors taking a look around at the auction items.

Auction visitors taking a look around at the auction items.


Bidding gets underway. No scratching your head please!

Bidding gets underway. No scratching your head please!


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Used Ham Radio Equipment

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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

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Popular pages

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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