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Brick’R’knowledge – Electronic Learning Bricks

Dave G8PUO of the Eastbourne Electronics and Radio Club sends through this interesting and exciting news for getting young creative people into electronics and amateur radio. The press release is as follows.

Encouraging and inspiring the young in radio and electronics has taken a forward leap thanks to the help of some excellent and innovative electronic bricks that hopefully will set the seed for our future inventors and designers.

Ideal for Radio and Electronics clubs in order to increase project building momentum, for all ages, and learning more about our fascinating hobby.

These are an exciting range of rugged electronic bricks that may be used to build a vast range of circuits and projects, from simple passive and active, to more advanced digital and Arduino based, right through to higher level radio communications and RF, 24 GHz.  
Children from as young as 3 years (supervised), through to young adults and adult learning, are able to easily build an encouraging range of interesting projects.  The emphasis is on fun learning, no soldering and rewarding.

Brick’R’knowledge  offer complete sets, work books, and individual bricks, that are ideal for Pre-Schools, Schools, Colleges, Universities, Clubs, Children’s Activity Groups, Parties, Scouting, Youth Training Schemes, Electronic Engineering Experimentation, Tutoring,  Amateur Radio and Electronics Clubs.

The building blocks to electronics success.  Quantity discounts for UK Radio and Electronic Clubs.

Dave Williams, G8PUO

For further information, please visit EREC (Eastbourne Electronics Radio Club) or contact Dave G8PUO directly on or telephone 078 0707 4538.

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.

EREC to give D-Star Presentation

erec-logoDave Wiliams, G8PUO, has mentioned that the Eastbourne Radio and Electronics Club will be giving a presentation on D-Star (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio), which will be of interest to those wanting to find out more about the technology as well as enhance knowledge of existing D-Star users.  The presentation will be held on Monday 13th October.

Doors will open at 1900, for 19.30 start, and finish at 21.30, doors close at 22.00. Dave also tells us that there are free refreshments available along with free and easy parking and disabled access.

Location: Eastbourne Sports Park, which is off Cross Levels Way (by Sainsbury’s/David Lloyds) and lies at the back of Eastbourne District General Hospital.

SatNav Postcode BN21 2UF.

Dave welcomes all members and visitors to EREC club meets and is expecting a good attendance on the night.

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.

Conquest Hospital Away Day – August 30th 2014

Conquest Hospital Radio

This year the club enjoyed an away day visit to the Conquest Hospital radio station where Antony, G4CUS, operates away from his usual radio shack at home during the week to act as a voluntary broadcaster in the Hospital’s broadcast studio.

Antony gave visitors from the club the red carpet treatment and gave a talk on how he conducts ‘business’ from the studio along with explanations of the equipment used to deliver the Hospitals radio schedule.

The Conquests broadcasting studio has a slew of equipment as one might expect and is driven using a software based schedule programming which is displayed through dual monitors making it easy to see exactly what is going on when you need to.

Members from the club thoroughly enjoyed the day out and a big thanks goes to both the Conquest Hospital Radio staff who permitted the visit and put up with us while we were eager to find out how things tick behind the scenes.

Antony has kindly provided the images below which it has to be said came out rather well!


Antony, G4CUS, amateur radio enthusiast, voluntary Conquest Hospital Radio broadcaster, RAYNET operative. There is surely no end to his talents!


A closer shot of the business-end of the studio showing the mixing desk along with the dual monitor setup as Antony prepares to give a talk about the studios operation.


Antony’s lovely wife Linda, shown helping in the studio. Note the additional PC setup and one large section of media on the shelves above.


Yet more media to use! Everywhere you look there is another stack of music CD’s and DVD’s!


A wider shot of the mixing desk showing the overhead microphones, minitors and playback equipment. Not for the feint hearted!


As strange as this may sound, does the mixing desk not look just a little bit like K9 from Doctor Who? The mixing desk shown head-on reveals the many sliders as well as just enough space to squeeze a mouse into to operate the studios main PC.


Another section of the studios media. This stack is considerable to say the least. You really could lose bearings in there and not find your way out again.

The club wishes to thank Antony and Linda for hosting a very enjoyable and educational day at the Conquest Hospitals Radio station and looks forward to another visit in the near future.

Update: The radio station now has a new website with new features including the ability to make online music requests to the radio presenters during live shows. Take a look at the new Conquest Hospital Radio websites features.

N1MM Logger Plus Contest Logging Software Released

We all have our favourite logging programs, and for those of us who have a special preference for contest logging when HRD or your day-to-day logger just doesn’t cut it, this might be of interest.

The software author makes a bold claim that N1MM Plus will ‘put the nail in the coffin’ of comparable programs and has a fairly loyal following of users already. If you would like to trial N1MM for yourself, head over to the official N1MM Logger Plus page where you will find a full installation file ready to use on your machine.

It should be noted that while N1MM is a working program, it is still in BETA and users of the software while in this development stage are encouraged to join the relevant Yahoo reflector where you will be able to pass comments, report bugs and assist in the future development of N1MM which at this point in time looks like quite a promising contender and alternative as a contest logger. Let’s see how this one develops.

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.



TX Factor – A success in the making for Amateur Radio

For those of you who do not already know,  TX Factor is a new online video broadcast feature amateur radio enthusiasts who are exploring the many aspects of the hobby through their productions.

Bob McCreadie (G0FGX) Mike Marsh (G1IAR) and Nick Bennett (2E0FGQ) who share a diverse range of experience in radio broadcasting, television and the music industry, all of whom share a very keen interest for amateur radio and are now hard at work putting new shows together on various topics for viewers enjoyment.

While the TX Factor is still in its early days many AR enthusiasts are still quite unaware that they exist, so please spread the word and draw others attention to their activities as they get their feet off the ground.

According to TX Factor episode 3 will air on Friday 16th May 2014 at 23.01 UTC and it appears at present there will be no broadcasts during April.

Fans of show might like to bookmark the TX Factor Youtube channel as an easy way of re-viewing episodes at a later date.

The TX Factor can be visited directly here where you can find out further information about them and their activities.

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.

Become a member of HERC

Join the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club.

Why not join one of the largest and most established Radio clubs in the South East of England? Very low joining cost, and free for a year to new licencees.

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