Posts tagged consultation

Ofcoms proposal for new Cornish K prefix causes confusion

This seems to have come out of the blue somewhat following the recent consultation for changes proposed by Ofcom to the Amateur Radio licence.

Ofcom has proposed that a new prefix, K, is introduced for Cornwall and this has raised a great many eyebrows and caused confusion amongst amateurs in the U.K.

As a result of this unexpected new proposal from Ofcom following the recent consultations with the amateurs, RSGB and AM-Sat, the RSGB board has written to Ofcom with a request to review their decision on the new K prefix for Cornwall and open a consultation on the new proposed change.

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.

Full Amateur Radio Licencees get larger 2m band

Yesterday, October 9th, Ofcom published a PDF statement which included the intention to release an additional 1mHz of spectrum to fully licenced radio amateurs in the 2m band on a temporary basis.

For full licencees, 2m band availability will be from 144-147MHz, though the new part of the spectrum from 146 to 147MHz is only available through a Notice of Variation.

As with all NoV’s, they can be applied for through the RSGB site from the end of October and further information will be released in the near future supporting this change to the 2m band.

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.


Ofcoms WRC-15 Consultation Responses

The RSGB’s WRC-15 Special Focus section has just been updated with the responses from the recent ofcom consultation on the WRC-15 preparation by the RSGB and the affiliated groups involved.

In addition to the supprting agenda item for the 5mHz allocation which carries with it much interest from the amateur radio community, the responses within also contain items including VHF and microwave allocations. Also within the WRC-15 preparation by the RSGB are amateur bands which have been affected by other agenda items, plus ITU procedures for nano and pico satellites and preferences for agenda items in the future which might be  presented for WRC-18.

More information can be find in the RSGB’s WRC-15 Special Focus section.

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.

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.

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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

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