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EREC Castles on the Air (COTA) Weekend 14th & 15th June 2014

Vince Bobin (G1FBH) from the Eastbourne Electronics and Radio Club sent us an event notice for their forthcoming Castles on the Air event which will take place on the 14th and 15th of June.

Update: Vince has just informed us that Ofcom issued EREC with their call-sign for the CotA event which will be GB2PCS. It sounds as though HF will be dominant at the site but visiting amateurs are welcome to bring along VHF and/or UHF SSB if they so wish and will be accommodated for in the tent. Electricity for the weekend has been kindly provided by the landlady. Meeting is at 0900 Saturday with operating to start at 10am and finish up around 6pm. Sundays start will be a tad later at around 0930. Antennas on site will be a Windom, G5RV, half-wave 7.1mhz vertical and a Buddipole. Vince also notes that operators may be short on the Sunday so if you are available and feel like getting on the air please stop by and op or log for a while.

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Eastbourne Radio & Electronics Club will once again be out running a Special Event station for this weekend at Pevensey Castle. While we will not be in the castle grounds we will be operating from opposite the main entrance to the castle in the square right next to the Royal Oak and Castle Public House.

We intend to be active from 1000hrs to 1800hrs on both days. On the Saturday setup time will be 0900hrs. This is an open invitation to any HERC members who would like to come and visit (or perhaps even operating/logging etc.). We could not have chosen a better location to operate from.

Right next to a pub that does food and not far from the local conveniences and a beer garden! There is plenty of car parking available in the adjacent car park.

We will have mainly HF operating, but we have opened up an invitation to anyone within the clubs that wants to do some 2m/70cms SSB working with their own SSB rigs and antennas. Mains electricity will be available on site for the whole weekend. Remember that Sunday is the PW QRP Contest so there will be a lot of VHF activity about.

Please come and visit us even with your family. You can pack the wife and kids off to go round the castle while you play radio!

If you need any further information or want to get involved please contact Vince (G1FBH) via email at


As yet EREC are still waiting on Ofcom to authorise the special event call-sign but this will be available shortly.

In the meantime take a look at a few pictures of the attractive site where EREC will be holding their Castles on the Air event.

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Hastings Hospital Radio Station club visit August 30th 2014

The Conquest Hospital radio room is fairly easy to find. Club members should go up one floor from the main entrance to the fourth, turn right and go through two sets of doors and wait in the conference room.  The radio station will be open to us from 12.30pm to 4.30 pm.

The idea is for visitors to chat to HRH members whilst awaiting their turn to visit the studio, which can only accommodate a few at a time due to its size. Refreshments will be available in the conference room. It has been agreed that members may bring along one guest if they wish.

Pictured below, Antony (G4CUS) broadcasting in the Conquest Hospital radio room.



HMS Belfast Event Day 2013

Phil, G3MGQ has organised an event day at the H.M.S. Belfast where club members who are attending will be given a tour and the opportunity to operate in the ships own radio room.

Robert Beck, M0LYD has just made a post about the event on the HERC Yahoo group and requested that members who are attending should contact Phil to discuss whether they wish to operate in the Belfast’s radio room on the day.

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air

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Experimenters Corner - A selection of Proteus projects by Bob Gornal (G7DME)
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