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Caution – Latest spam emails are not from Ofcom

Following  a slew of friendly warnings today from fellow HERC club members, it seems that a rather nasty email has been circulated to a great many amateur radio enthusiasts.

The subject line is “IMPORTANT – Document From Ofcom Spectrum Licensing” and
it contains a document called “OFCOM_REN04_20150715_0976659.docm”. It is possible that the document name varies.

Whatever the case, do NOT open the email as it has malicious content which may harm your computer. Many anti-virus packages may remove this from your PC and place it in the “virus vault”, some may miss it. If this is the case, delete all traces of these emails (I received eight of them in total), and them empty the deleted items folder to be on the safe side.

Ofcom are already aware of this malicious email so there is no need to contact them.

New Licences – Regional Secondary Locator in Callsign Error

As advised in the Licensing Update in the January 2015 issue of Vital Spark, new Licences are now being issued by Ofcom with those changes incorporated in the Licence Document. However, by error, some of the Full & Foundation Licences recently issued to stations whose main address is in England show the Regional Secondary Locator “E” in their callsign.

Ofcom have now confirmed this to be a mistake –your callsign is unchanged. The use of the other RSL’s remains optional, with only Intermediate Licences including the RSL “E” for England their callsign. (see

73 Phil, G3MGQ.

Amateur Radio Licencing Update by G3MGQ

Ofcom-hq-400pxPhil, G3MGQ, the clubs RSGB trainer has kindly sent through the following regarding the recent Ofcom amateur radio consultation and the current strategic review for UHF Bands 1 and 2.

On 5 December, Ofcom published their response to the consultation, which closed on 20 October, on proposed changes to our Amateur Radio Licence Conditions. They seem to have accommodated nearly all the key points identified by the RSGB, so the use of Regional suffixes remains unchanged and no extra conditions have been introduced for the 470kHz & 5MHz bands, which will no longer require an individual NoV but will remain only available to Full Licensees, with the previous restrictions now to be incorporated into the Licence Document. Whilst Club callsigns are still to be held by an individual Full Licensee, a mechanism has been provided to enable them to be reassigned to another club member rather than be lost when the Club Licence holder ceases to represent the Club.

Ofcom have retained their proposed changes on licence revocation but have removed automatic revocation if the licence is not revalidated after 5 years. This is because, under the WT Act, Ofcom have to give the Licensee notice, usually a month, of the reason for their intended revocation which will give adequate time for a Radio Amateur to revalidate their licence. For consistency with other licences, a reference to licence fees is to be included but this does not signal an intention to reintroduce a fee for the Amateur Radio licence.

The major change, and possibly the most controversial, is that it will no longer be mandatory to give your callsign at least every 15 minutes. Instead, the callsign must be transmitted “as often as is practicable” in voice or the format appropriate for the mode in use. Despite concerns expressed that this could result in stations failing to identify themselves, making the identification of unlicensed stations difficult, this has been introduced to ensure that compliance is possible for all modes, particularly modern QRSS modes. Some minor changes to Schedule 1 to the Licence have also been made to reflect changes in allocation status from WRC12.

At least a month for appeals after the formal notice has been posted on the Ofcom website in January, the new Licence Document reflecting these changes will be available within a further month for existing Licensees to download from the Ofcom website.

On 4 December, Ofcom issued another consultation document on their review of the 420-470MHz band. On a quick read through, the main changes proposed are to the 450-470MHz segment to meet growing Emergency Services requirements for TETRA and also business use, leaving the Amateur Radio 70cm segment 430-440MHz unchanged. Consultation on this closes on 19 February 2015.

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.


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.

Ofcom enables AM and SSB operation on Citizens Band 27MHz

I am sure that Citizens Band users will jump for joy with this news release.

Commencing Friday 27th June, Ofcom’s changes to the Wireless Telegraphy regulations now enables Citizens Band users to operate legally with AM and SSB on 27MHz, the allowed frequencies of which are the 40 CEPT Harmonised channels which are the same as the American 40 channels.

There has been much excitement and talk in the CB community, some of whom are more than pleased at being to operate legally using the latest CB transceivers which comply with the new regulations. There are already countless forum threads on the Internet which show that there is a lot of interest in this step forward for CB users, many of whom who are already looking forward to acquiring the latest compliant rigs from various manufacturers.

The new regulations now provide legal power limits of 4w ERP on AM and a useful 12w ERP on SSB.

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