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Ofcom Amateur Radio licence consultation deadline soon

Ofcom-hq-400px The deadline for radio amateurs to fill out and send their reponses to the Ofcom amateur radio licence consultation paper is coming up soon on the 20th October.

The consultation paper called Updating the Amateur Radio Licence is an opportunity for radio amateurs to comment on the proposals made by Ofcom and is a great way to make your mark on the future of amateur radio.

The consultation form itself has 10 straightforward questions to answer and only takes a couple of minutes or so to complete. Do not miss out on this opportunity to have your say in these important changes, your voice counts!

Please note that the RSGB has compiled a brief commentary to illustrate the more important alterations which have been proposed and the RSGB consultation response paper should be viewed in conjunction with the consultation document.

If you haven’t done so already you can head over here to complete Ofcom’s amateur radio consultation response form.

WRC-15 Responses Published

Ofcom have just released the consultation document on the UK preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) with the RSGB and AMSAT-UK providing responses to the consultation.

The three documents are all available in PDF format as follows:

Ofcom’s document – the UK preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).

RSGB’s joint responses.

AMSAT-UK’s responses.


Ofcom – Proposed changes to the Amateur Radio licence

Ofcom issued the following notice on 9 September.

“Ofcom has today published a consultation setting out proposals for updating the terms and conditions of the amateur radio licence. These proposals include changes which would provide amateurs with access to some frequency bands previously available only through the variation of individual licences.

The consultation follows changes announced in our April statement on Public Sector Spectrum Release, where we set out our decision to remove access for amateur radio operators to certain frequencies in the 2300 MHz and 3400 MHz ranges in order to support the release of these bands by the Ministry of Defence.

This consultation, which is likely to be of interest to those in the amateur radio community, closes on 20 October 2014.”

Members may wish to take the opportunity to comment on these proposals, due to be implemented in April 2015, which may be found here.

Download the Ofcom Amateur Radio Licencing Conditions document with proposed changes in PDF format.

N1MM Logger Plus Contest Logging Software Released

We all have our favourite logging programs, and for those of us who have a special preference for contest logging when HRD or your day-to-day logger just doesn’t cut it, this might be of interest.

The software author makes a bold claim that N1MM Plus will ‘put the nail in the coffin’ of comparable programs and has a fairly loyal following of users already. If you would like to trial N1MM for yourself, head over to the official N1MM Logger Plus page where you will find a full installation file ready to use on your machine.

It should be noted that while N1MM is a working program, it is still in BETA and users of the software while in this development stage are encouraged to join the relevant Yahoo reflector where you will be able to pass comments, report bugs and assist in the future development of N1MM which at this point in time looks like quite a promising contender and alternative as a contest logger. Let’s see how this one develops.

TX Factor – A success in the making for Amateur Radio

For those of you who do not already know,  TX Factor is a new online video broadcast feature amateur radio enthusiasts who are exploring the many aspects of the hobby through their productions.

Bob McCreadie (G0FGX) Mike Marsh (G1IAR) and Nick Bennett (2E0FGQ) who share a diverse range of experience in radio broadcasting, television and the music industry, all of whom share a very keen interest for amateur radio and are now hard at work putting new shows together on various topics for viewers enjoyment.

While the TX Factor is still in its early days many AR enthusiasts are still quite unaware that they exist, so please spread the word and draw others attention to their activities as they get their feet off the ground.

According to TX Factor episode 3 will air on Friday 16th May 2014 at 23.01 UTC and it appears at present there will be no broadcasts during April.

Fans of show might like to bookmark the TX Factor Youtube channel as an easy way of re-viewing episodes at a later date.

The TX Factor can be visited directly here where you can find out further information about them and their activities.

Launch of online amateur radio “TV” show, the TX Factor

This may come as good news to amateurs wanting a regular online TV style amateur radio program to watch as The TX Factor launches its first video show on the 21st of February 2014.

The TX Factors presenters are Bob McCreadie G0FGX, Mike Marsh G1IAR and Nick Bennett 2E0FGQ who between them share a wide range of skills and knowldge in amateur radio as well as TV and radio broadcasting.

The next show airs on the 21st of February and an up to date schedule of shows is displayed on the TX Factor site along with notes for each show which describes the content of the program.

For more information, visit the TX Factor site to view the pilot trailer as well as an archive of their video productions on the TX Factor YouTube channel (as and when they are released!)


Ofcom’s Amateur Radio License Consultations

In addition to the pre-consultations that Ofcom held last year which propose to make changes to the license clause wording for amateur license holders, Ofcom has also announced recently that during 2014, possibly around Summer time, that further changes will also be made which will undoubtedly affect amateur radio users.

The proposed changes are a result of the governments task of wishing to release 500mhz of the Public Sector Spectrum by 2020, and to that end various changes are being made which will assist in the release of the government’s target spectrum figures.

Some of the changes will affect TV repeaters as used by amateurs, as well as Band 1, low band and mid band as well as several frequency spots in the 2.3 to 3.4ghz range.

Ofcom plans to publish a consultation for amateurs about any potential changes in the near future. This will be followed later in the year by a statement while will give amateurs reasonable notice of any licence changes which are necessary. Ofcom also aims to issue a full consultation in due course and bring all of these changes into effect by mid-2014.

Ofcom’s Amateur Radio License Review – Pre consultation discussion

There is much happening at Ofcom in recent months with regards to proposed consultations which will affect Amateur Radio licensees to some degree during 2014.

During the latter part of 2013, Ofcom held two presentations which were given by Ofcom staff at National Hamfest and the RSGB Centenary Convention where attendees were addressed on the subject of the proposed forthcoming changes.

As yet nothing is cast in stone and the changes pertaining to the Amateur Radio License Review are mostly related to the wording of some existing license clauses which also covering operational practices as well as extending the services currently available to Amateur Radio and enhancing the progress of new technologies.

The official pre-consultation presentation slides may be viewed in PDF format here: Amateur Licence Review Pre-consultation discussion

Amateur Radio – Featured in BBC News

This item was brought to my attention through Leon, (G1HSM) through the clubs Yahoo Group a few days ago.

The BBC are reviewing  a selection of hobbies in their Stop/Start feature which the BBC hopes will help to illustrate various activities, both old and new, and their relative popularity whether it be on the increase or decline.

The article also mentions Amateur Radio enthusiasts who are involved in the recent Phillipine disaster and reflects Amateurs in a good light. Worth a quick read. You can find the BBC’s article on their site here.

Ofcom reviews the future of Amateur Radio

Ofcom have been holding pre-consultation discussions on a review of the amateur radio licence. The slides from the presentation, in the form of a 21-page PDF document, can be found here.

The RSGB, working in consultation with Ofcom, is running a series of discussions on the RSGB website where any amateur can register and contribute to the discussions. The forum can be accessed via the RSGB’s site 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!

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

For a complete list of repeaters, head over to
the UK Amateur Radio repeaters list.

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