Construction Evening Report

The meeting held on the 22nd May was a Construction Contest and  produced some interesting projects by members. Rodney demonstrated a Power Delay Line Stabilised Oscillator using earlier TTL Logic ICs. Leon showed a modern 32 bit RISC microprocessor now selling at only around £1. Gordon showed a simple dual bridge for determining the values of Resistors and Capacitors, while Wilf showed both a Z Match for Antenna matching, along with a Noise Bridge for testing Antennas. Arthur showed a CTCSS kit under construction now needed to access most UK Amateur Radio Repeaters. He explained how he overcome the need to change frequencies for different repeaters. The competition was won by Wilf with his Aerial Tuning Unit.

The next event will be on Saturday 29 June a Field Day using Amateur Radio Transmitting equipment and BBQ. It is to  be held from 9am to 9pm at Hastings Country Park, Fairlight.

The club also has aerials installed by kind permission of the Directors of the Taplin Centre where most meetings are held. Visitors are always very welcome. The Club also runs comprehensive courses of training to qualify for all three levels of the Amateur Radio Transmitting Licence.

Pictured below are the various entries from those who entered the Construction Evening.


Gordon Sweets capacitance and resistance bridge.


Wilf’s ATU.


Jakey’s CTCSS kit.


Leon Heller’s Cortex 32-bit PIC.


Rodney King’s power delay line oscillator.


Wilf’s Z-Match.







































For more details contact Gordon at gordonsweet2000 @

Gordon Sweet (M3YXH) Club Secretary.

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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.
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Sussex Electronics Radio Fair - SERF Sussex Electronics Radio Fair 2016.
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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)
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Radio Rallies 2016 - An up to date list of radio rallies scheduled for 2016.
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Other Newsletters - Excellent newsletters and magazines from other clubs.
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