John Heys G3BDQ – A brief biography

John D. Heys, born 23rd February 1923. A brief biography.


1928 – 1934 Mill Street Elementary School, Macclesfield.
1934 – 1939 Macclesfield Boy’s Selective Central School.1947 – 1949 College of St. Mark and St. John, Chelsea.
1969 – 1970 One year course – University of Sussex, concerning mentally and physically handicapped children.

My specialist subject at Training College was Advanced Geography which included Geology, Maps, Economic Geography (I had the highest marks in London for this!).


1939 August – 1941 October Macclesfield County Borough Education Office
1941-1946 Royal Air Force. Servicing secret Radars carried on bomber aircraft. Last year of service spent in India servicing radar on Dakota transport aircraft. All on 77 squadron.

1946-1947 Acting registrar for the Hastings School of Art
1949 – 1981 Primary school teacher.

Other items of interest

President for one year of the Hastings Teachers Association N.U.T.
Appointed Justice of the Peace 1976.
Governor of many Hastings Schools (on their respective Governing Committees).
Obtained G3BDQ callsign in 1946.
Winner of the First Class Operating Club Contest 1948/1949.
Won a number of RSGB 2m contests – CW and phone.

Obscure and unusual talents!

Author of Practical Wire Antennas and Antennas for Beginners.
Pitmans shorthand 120wpm.
Winner of many picture postcard competitions, winner of several philatelic competitions.
Won many drawing and painting competitions set by local newspaper when aged 9 to 11 years old.
My collection of amateur radio QSL stamps is now The Reference Collection held at the British Library.
I like winning!

g3bdq-signature You may like to view some of the many articles written by John D. Heys G3BDQ which he has kindly granted exclusive permission to re-publish on this website. You may also like to take a look at a selection of G3BDQ’s rare QSL cards.

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air

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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

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Club Photographs

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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!

UK Amateur Radio Repeaters

UK repeaters

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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

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