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Sussex Electronics and Radio Fair site launches

serf-logoDave (G8PUO) reports that a exciting new event is currently in the planning but details will be made available during the next couple of weeks. It will feature manufactures, distributors, dealers, clubs, groups and private stands, tables and stalls, complete with a bring and buy area. A talk-in will be operating, together with indoor and planned outdoor events, refreshments and is very much planned to be a wonderful family and friendly atmosphere!

The excellent spacious venue is a recently built hanger-style 1800 metres square sports hall, complete with easy access facilities and diffused roof panels, proving protection from the elements whilst providing good daylight lighting throughout the building.

Adjacent to the main hall is a refreshments area complete with a planned Internet Café. With direct road and easy access, plentiful space, full disabled facilities, close parking, indoor and outdoor events, hard and grassed area standing. It is close to main bus (Eastbourne Hospital), and train routes (walking distance from Hampden Park Railway Station).

Eastbourne Sports Park is just off the main A22 into Eastbourne, then Cross Levels Way A2280, and lies at the back of Eastbourne District General Hospital. The Sports Park is adjacent to Sussex Downs Vocational Sixth Form College. It is clearly marked on Cross Levels Way. A large number of local hotels and lodges are available should you wish to take advantage of the famous South Downs, town centre, seafront, promenade
and pier too.

*Should you wish for further information on stalls, stand and tables, or any other aspect, please visit or find SERF on their official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Radio Rallies in September 2014



Towards the end of this month there are still a few radio rallies to enjoy and as the darker and colder evenings are just starting to draw in as Christmas approaches it is a good excuse to get out there and have a look around.

There are just three rallies remaining for the month which are:


NATIONAL HAMFEST – brought to you by the RSGB in association with the Lincoln Short Wave Club. George Stephenson Pavilion, Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark NG24 2NY (close to junction of A1/A46/A17). Free CP, TS, B&B, CB, C, SIG, Morse proficiency tests on demand, RSGB book stall, RSGB Services & Committees, DF, FM. [].


BELGIUM AMATEUR RADIO & COMPUTER RALLY – Hall ‘Louvexpo’, 7 rue du Hocquet, La Louvière. Direct access from the motorway (50km south of Brussels). Repeater TI 145.600MHz, 430.325MHz and DSTAR 439.4375MHz. OT 9am, FM, 4000m², trade stands from many countries. Michel, ON7FI, +32 475 45 45 78, [].


PENCOED AMATEUR RADIO CLUB TABLE TOP SALE – Pencoed Rugby Football Club, The Verlands, Felindre Road, Pencoed CF35 5PB. Tables £5, first come first served. OT sellers 8.30am, buyers 9.30am. £2, C, LB. Gerry Day, 01656 860 761. []

That wraps it up for September, if you can’t make any of these and have some time to visit a radio rally in October you are in luck, there are plenty more on the way.

West Kent Radio & Electronics Fair Update


John G3YOU, a member of WKARS operating at the HF SSB Field day, Sept. 2012.

Keith (G4JED) from the  has let us know that they, as you may already know hosting the West Kent Radio & Electronics Fair in Tunbridge Wells TN4 9XB, this Sunday 14th Sept. doors open at 10am.

This coming Sunday on the 14th of September sees the West Kent Amateur Radio Society holding their annual Electronics Fair which is being held in Tunbridge Wells with the doors due to open at 10am.

Keith (G4JED) said that ALL tables have now been sold out but of course there are plenty of visitor tickets on sale at just £2.50p, with the site having excellent car parking and catering facilities for visitors to enjoy along with a talk-in station on offer.

WKARS is looking forward to the event as no doubt are many amateurs and Keith is hoping for a good turnout this year. If you have a free Sunday and fancy a good nose around the fair why not head over there for an enjoyable afternoon.

The latest details are posted at

Thanks to M0SSR for passing WKARS event update along to us.

West Kent Radio and Electronics Fair 2014

Dear club colleagues, due to demand from traders and exhibitors, West Kent ARS has taken a second hall for its Radio and Electronics Fair being held on the 14th of September at the Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells TN49XB.

We have a large number of individual traders booked for the event that deal in;shack computers, new and used amateur radio equipment, RF components, Clansman + accessories, test equipment, coax, vintage electronics and tools, together with a Bring & Buy stall.

In addition to the many individual traders we have the following companies booked to attend; Rigfix, BHI, Alton antenna arrays, Prowhip antennas, Seacall, Rig Expert, RNARS, RSGB and RSARS.

We do hope that you and your members will be able to join us at what we are sure will be an excellent day out, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any further information. We are attaching an A4 poster in case you are able to print this out for display in your club shack.

Very many thanks in advance for any support that you are able to offer for our event, and please rest assured that we would be very happy to reciprocate by promoting any of your events to our club members.

For further information, please visit the West Kent Amateur Radio Society website.

Best regards

73 de Dave.

Radio Rallies in August 2014

August is packed with Rallies all over the country, here is the list of those scheduled for this year. While we strive to maintain accuracy on the site please take the time to confirm the supplied details to save any troubles which may arise from last minute cancellations.

3 August 2014 The Lorn Radio Club Rally

Crianlarich Village Hall, Main St, Crianlarich by Oban, Perthshire, FK20 8QN.
Admission £2. Open 10:30. Trade (new trade always welcome). Prize draw.
B&B. Tables are free but prizes for the raffle would be appreciated.


3 August 2014 King’s Lynn Amateur Radio Club 25th Great Eastern Radio Rally

Gaywood Community Centre, Off Gayton Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 4DZ.
Open 10:00. Admission £2. Free parking. Amateur Radio Car Boot pitches outside;
tables inside hall. On-site catering. Talk in 145.550 MHz.

Details: Ted G4OZG, 01553-768701, Web:

8 August 2014 Cockenzie & Port Seton ARC’s 21st Mini-Rally [Friday Event]

The Community Centre, Main Hall, Port Seton, EH32 0BG
Tables are free, so bring your own `junk’ and sell it. First come first served. Admission £2.
Open 18:00. Catering. Disabled facilities.

Details: Web:

10 August 2014 Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest

Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3DA.
Open 10:00. Parking. Talkin S22. Trade. Car boot sale. Catering with bar.

Details: Web:

17 August 2014 2nd South Manchester RC’s Summer Radio Car Boot Sale

Trafford Metrovicks Rugby & Cricket Club, Finnybank Rd, Sale, Ches. M33 6LR.

Details: John, M6JII, 07892-890902.

17 August 2014 Rugby Amateur Transmitting Society Annual Radio Rally

Princethorpe College, Princethorpe, Rugby, CV23 9PY.

Details: Stephen, G8LYB, 01788-578940,

24 August 2014 Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society Rally [New contact details]

Longueville Hall, Hammond Park, Whaddon Road, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes, MK17 0AT. SatNav: 511742N 0004100W. Trade entry 08:30. Public 10:00. Admission £3. FREE on-site parking. Large outdoor and indoor spaces. Inside bar/catering. Dogs allowed. Car boot area. Unsupervised children’s play area. As Bletchley Park and the National Radio Centre are close you could also visit the rally as well as BP and the NRC.

Details: Steve, G6KJU 07866-673192. Web:

25 August 2014 Huntingdonshire ARS Rally [Bank Holiday Monday]

St Neot’s Community College, Barford Rd, St Neots, PE19 2SH.
Admission £2. Open 10:00. Talkin S22/V44. Parking. B&B Car boot sale. Catering.
Disabled facilities. Trade.

Details: Clive Burchell, G3NKQ, 01480-810473,

31 August 2014 Telford Hamfest

Enginuity Technology Centre, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Salop, TF8 7DU.
Details: Martyn, G3UKV, 01952-255416


6 September 2014 Friskney & East Lincs Communications Club Rally [Saturday Event]

Friskney Village Hall, Church Rd, Friskney, PE22 8RD, 6.5 miles south of Skegness.
Catering. B&B. Open 08:45 (traders 07:00). Admission £1.50. Talkin 145,550.

Details: Web:

6 & 7 September 2014 British Amateur Television Club Convention

The Everest Academy, Basingstoke, Hants.
BATC BiGGM on the Sunday afternoon.


14 September 2014 The 2014 Halton & District Amateur Radio Rally [New Venue]

At an exciting new venue: Manley Mere, Manley Lane, Frodsham, WA6 0PE.
Manley Mere is set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside and is a great place to visit if
you are looking for a fun family day out, with great bar and restaurant facilities.
Open 10:00. Admission £1.50. Parking £2 all day. Trade pitches (maximum 6 tables) £10/pitch.
Private pitches and SIG stalls £5/pitch (max 3 tables). Trade. SIGs. B&B.
The proceeds from this year’s Rally will as always be donated to charity.

Details & table bookings: via the website or via George Low, G0RLF, 07919-935725.
(Daytime only please),
Rally website:
Manley Mere website:

14 September 2014 – Torbay ARS 50th Annual Communications Fair

Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, TQ12 3AF.
All indoors. Trade. Catering. B&B, Raffle, Disabled facilities. RSGB book stall.
Admission £2. Open 09:30/10:00.

Details: Mike Dixon, 01803-557941,

14 September 2014 West Kent Amateur Radio Society’s Radio & Electronics Fair

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9XB.
Open 10:00 until 16:00. Admission £2.50. Talk-in. On-site parking. B&B. A good
range of traders. Catering. Disabled facilities. Prize raffle. RSGB bookstall.

Details: Dave, G4OTV, Event Manager Tel: 07795-211166 Email:

26 & 27 September 2014 National Hamfest

George Stephenson Pavilion, Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Rd, Winthorpe
Newark, NG24 2NY (close to junction A1/A46/A17).
By the RSGB in association with Lincoln Short Wave Club.
Trade. B&B. Free parking. SIGs. Catering. Morse tests. RSGB services & committee.
Disabled facilities. Flea market


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.

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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.

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