HERC to attend RSGB Build-a-thon at St. Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill

The Hastings Electronics and Radio Club is delighted to announce that it will be attending the RSGB supported Build-a-thon at St. Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill,  East Sussex, on Tuesday 12th April. Two, three hour long classes are being held under supervision of St. Richard’s staff, where 7 HERC members will be helping students construct the RSGB Rodway II MW/160m receiver kit. The age range of students is between 9 and 16 years old, with the AM class consisting of Foundation licence students who will be constructing the kit as part of their licence training.


But .. that is not the whole story!

Later in the month, the college will be one of the few selected colleges in the U.K. who will be taking part in the ARISS space contact event with Tim Peake, the now famous British astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The date for the contact will be revealed by the ARISS team on Monday 11th April, and may be as soon as the 15th of April, or as late as 24th April.

The contact day will take place at the college with the assistance of the ARISS team. More to follow!

St. Richard’s will also be holding a two-day STEM space conference at the college, held in the capacious gymnasium where other organisations will be present with outreach activities from University of Sussex, University of Brighton, Herstmonceux Science Centre, QinetiQ, East Sussex Astronomy Society and RSGB and the QRZ Amateur Radio Group. My home club, the Hastings Electronics an Radio Club will be present also, providing an Amateur Radio History presentation given by Mike Wade M0EDU, and a full HF/VHF/UHF Amateur Radio demonstration station, organised by Phil G3MGQ and operated by a selection of HERC members across the two-day STEM conference with G6HH.

It has been a pleasure to work with Joolz, the lead Science Teacher at St. Richard’s Catholic College, and helping to co-ordinate these events will undoubtedly be an exciting, educational and enjoyable experience for the students, staff and organisations involved with these events. Thanks to Mike Senior G4EFO, regional RSGB manager also for his help with the event co-ordination.

Hastings Electronics and Radio Club members attending the above St. Richard’s College events are:

Richard G0ILN
Rodney King
Leon G1HSM
Steve 2E0GHX
Phil G3MGQ
Mike Wade M0EDU
Mike Hedges G0JHK

The STEM space conference dates are yet to be cast in stone, pending the ARISS confirmation date for contact with Tim Peake which will follow in the next day or two. To be updated shortly!

Update April 20th 2016 – We have now attended the college’s events. You can read the reports of the St. Richard’s College RSGB Build-a-thon, STEM space conference and ARISS contact event with Tim Peake here.

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