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ARRL gets a bespoke Begali key design

arrl-begali-morse-keyCaught over at the ARRL, a lot of CW operators on the other side of the pond will be happy, nay ecstatic at the news of a Pietro Begali sculpted key being made available.

Crafted with the kind of attention to detail that one would normally associate with the likes of Faberge, Pietro I2RTF has designed a thing of beauty that would do anyone’s shack justice. The main construction is from AISI 304 stainless steel and the contacts, solid 925/1000 silver .. yes *solid* silver! The finger paddles of the unit have a 1:1 leverage ration and are finished in a stylish anodised black.

Perhaps one day the RSGB in co-operation with Fists CW might go about producing one. Better warn the YL’s in advance because this one will warrant a lot of “making up” before purchase.

Source: ARRL.

ARRL website down for maintenance 7th November

ARRL-logoThe ARRL website is scheduled to be offline on Friday, November 7, starting at 2100 UTC. The length of the outage may last several hours and potentially extend into, November 8th. There is nothing to be concerned about as the techs at the ARRL’s IT department are simply carrying out scheduled maintenance and carrying out a series of tests to ensure a smooth transition of the ARRL’s website to a new server.

A “Down for Maintenance” message will appear for the duration of the outage whenever someone attempts to access It should be noted that during the downtime, ARRL email accounts will still function normally.

ARRL launches Kindle format Ham Radio License Manual

ARRL-logoSome interesting news from the ARRL. This month they have released a Kindle-friendly digital edition of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, which provides readers with its highly popular introduction to Amateur Radio.

Clearly leading the way in this area by providing potential licencees and anyone with a remote interest in Amateur Radio, the ARRL has clearly made a very positive step in the right direction by providing a real alternative to paperback books for those who do not, or infrequently read paper books.

It is interesting to know that the number of people in the US who actively use a Kindle fire exceeded 17 million earlier this year, compared to 30.5 million active users for the iPad, with 6.5 million using both devices. In total there are 59 million active tablet users in the US alone.

ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, said. “Finding the next generation of radio amateurs requires meeting prospective hams where they are reading and consuming content.”

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the RSGB will follow suit and begin to offer key learning resources in Kindle format, especially the training materials at some point in the near future. This quantum leap into the digital publishing arena would bridge the gap between the paper and web-based world and vastly enhance the availability of amateur radio to what will be a much larger audience than is currently possible.

Released in the Kindle e-Store on the 27th October, the ARRL’s Ham Radio License Manual joins around just 100-200 other Kindle format books for Amateurs and those interested in the subject. There are many electronics and communications books available in Kindle format, though Kindle at this time still only offers a fairly limited selection of reading materials which are AR focussed. Perhaps this move by the ARRL will inspire and encourage other amateurs to release their own publications to draw attention to the hobby.

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