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Jakey G3JKY Silent Key

It is with a saddened heart that I have to report the passing of long-standing Clifton ARS and HERC member, Jakey, G3JKY. Sadly he passed away a few days ago at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings abd will be remembered by all that knew him; friends and amateur radio operators around the World.

Fellow club member Martin Brown G0DCG has written a eulogy for dear Jakey which can be found here.

Amateur Radio Demo – Taplin Centre 27th May 2015

A relatively fine evening it was, weather wise, as the doors to the Taplin opened at 7.30pm to members who were first greeted with the sight of Jakey G3JKY setting up his TenTec Corsair and, PSU and Tuner ready for CW work.


Jakey G3JKY in Rx, copying CW from a foreign contact.


The attendance on the evening was good, though unfortunately this time around we did not see any members from the general public but this did not stop a very enjoyable evening from taking place, as members talked to each other on a variety of AR subjects including Morse code where Mike Hedges G0JHK an experienced signalman who served in WW2, and Richard G0ILN a long-standing FISTS member, explained various aspects of CW with the gusto and enthusiasm that surprises even me.

Leon arrived with his Yaesu 817ND and handheld and didn’t take much time for him to run an end-fed wire along the garden-side edge of the Taplin club room’s wall and was tuning over HF and VHF in short order. Shortly afterwards Gordon M3YXH set up his new Toshiba laptop and was hopeful of gaining an Internet connection via a local BT Wifi spot just a few hundred yards away so that he could configure his machine to work with Echolink and provide a demonstration. Early in the evening, we found that it was difficult to make a connection from inside the Taplin, and as such at that time it appeared that an Internet hook-up would be unavailable. Fortunately though as the evening went on and the night began to roll in, a connection was made with barely a single bar of signal strength being displayed on the network connection icon. Presumably this was due to slightly lower local network activity as the local neighbours were settling down to watch their favourite TV programs.


Gordon M3YXH and Leon G1HSM discussing the finer points of Internet connections and single-chip hand-held radios.

Phil G3MGQ and Richard G0ILN spoke at length on the subject of Morse code at Gordon and Leon’s station area and we learned a new thing or two about the Fists CW club, notably the ‘ladder’ system which they offer to encourage members to participate in. This informal system is used by Fists to promote the Code and encourage new members into the hobby. I for one can see its value as it is a semi-competitive and quite relaxed affair as well as bring a great way to help new CW ops into the mode. This provides a useful dose of confidence in an area which would otherwise be quite hard to ‘tap’ into.


Phil G3MGQ and Richard G0ILN having a chat, with Leon G1HSM in the background.

Peter G0FUU the clubs catering manager dispensed the beverages and biscuits, and what a fine job he does, taken for granted perhaps sometimes but the club room is never the same without the cafeteria open at a meet. It is always appreciated, and the tea is remarkably good I have to say!


As the saying goes, you can make a good cup of tea but you can’t fake a good cup of tea. Peter G0FUU doing a grand job and Phil G3MGQ being served at the cafeteria … and an oscilloscope on the end of the kitchen? How did that get there?

Leon G1HSM spoke of PCB construction, and how inexpensive it is to have PCB’s produced these days in low numbers for very little cost, with ten 5 x 5cm printed PCB’s being available from China for under $10 which, all things considered, appears to be a valuable labour and money saving process which requires only a file in Gerber format to produce the boards. It certainly provided some food for thought with the necessary costs involved for acetate, UV lights, printing materials and time spent putting the board together


Mike Wade M0EDU, and Ron G4VBK the clubs treasurer having a chat with Jakey. As requested by Jakey, I will not mention the presence of a microphone on his station desk. Oops, sorry Jakey!

It was nice to see everyone having a good natter at the club last night and all things considered the live demo nights are becoming a bigger success with more resources being made available on the night by members including Gordon. He is keen to demonstrate Echolink, the popular Internet-based amateur radio communication mode. In the near future this will allow the club to demonstrate Echolink consistently to others, and allow fellow club members to have a go if they want to have a QSO with other amateurs all over the World in a matter of seconds while allowing the visiting public to experience another aspect of amateur radio.

The next live demonstration at the club is in September, and we can look forward to another fine evening with a new string or two on the demo-night bow by then.


Live Amateur Radio Demo at the Taplin Centre a success

Wednesday the 24th December saw the club open its doors at 7pm for its monthly meet at the Taplin Centre where a live amateur radio demonstration was given with hands-on experience to visitors who are considering taking their amateur radio licence at the entry “Foundation” level.

As usual, visitors were given a warm welcome to the club and members gave those present insights into the hobby with live radio transmitting experience through Jakey’s TenTec radio transmitter which sent its signals through the recently upgraded dipole antenna situated in the Taplin Centre’s gardens.

The ever-cheerful Jakey (G3JKY) is a long-time member of the Hastings Electronics and Radio club and is a strong advocate of Morse code. It wasn’t long before he made a contact in Spain and shortly after, followed this with succession of contacts in several other European countries.

Phil (G3MGQ) made an announcement regarding the important forthcoming changes which the regulatory body, Ofcom, will be making to the terms of the amateur radio licence in the coming months. One of the exciting changes being made is that amateur radio enthusiasts will have access to a new 5 MHz band.

Phil iterated the importance of amateurs signing the regulatory document to convey the importance of these changes to Ofcom and it is HIGHLY recommended that ALL amateurs download, read and ‘sign’ the proposal. This is to ensure that Ofcom sees amateur radio licencees as being interested in the AR spectrum and will help to ensure that the community is both heard and understood. Amateurs are also encouraged to offer their comments in the consultation form, but this is completely optional. The correct form to use can be found here and only takes a couple of minutes to complete.

With Phil’s announcement made, later in the evening members used a selection of radio equipment at the club and assisted visitors with their questions while providing an amateurs-eye view of the hobby. It is encouraging to see a trend of increased interest from the general public. The clubs dedicated committee and members are working hard to foster a new generation of young and older licencees who will enjoy the hobby with around 3 million other amateur enthusiasts World-Wide.

Field Day Memories of G3JKY – Taplin Centre July 23rd 2014

At the July meeting, G3JKY spoke about some of his experiences on radio club field days, starting with an introduction to the hobby on a Boy Scouts bike ride in 1951, outings with the Bromley club in the 1950s and many years up to the present with the Clifton Amateur Radio Society of South East London.

Equipment on show included a transmitter used on the Clifton’s first field day, in 1959, a generator used to charge batteries in the early days, a 70cm transmitter built in two weeks in 1965 and an ex-RAF receiver of the type mentioned in last month’s talk, seen in several of his photographs which showed field day station down the ages.

The installations had varied through the years. The smallest had just one tent with a home-made  CW (Morse) set powered by three bell batteries. This set fed a wire aerial slung between the trees. At the other end of the scale was a four-station set-up with caravans, crank-up mobile towers for the aerials and a 7.5kVa generator.

In 1995, the club converted its generators from petrol to propane gas operation, which permitted 24 hours uninterrupted working.  This did away with having to stop to “top up” by the light of a torch in the middle of the night and then having to restart the generator. Jakey confessed to a life-long distrust of the “infernal confusion” engine, probably brought about by the unreliable machines used in the 1950s.

Jakey also mentioned taking part in field days in New Zealand. A highlight was working a string of 35 JA (Japanese) stations on the key on the 50MHz band and then having to stop for dinner.  Ruthless contest operators these Kiwis !

Probably the best ever performance by the Clifton was working 340 stations in the USA without a break on 28 MHz SSB without having to change frequency!  It goes to show how a good location can help!

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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

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