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HERC to attend RSGB Build-a-thon at St. Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill

The Hastings Electronics and Radio Club is delighted to announce that it will be attending the RSGB supported Build-a-thon at St. Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill,  East Sussex, on Tuesday 12th April. Two, three hour long classes are being held under supervision of St. Richard’s staff, where 7 HERC members will be helping students construct the RSGB Rodway II MW/160m receiver kit. The age range of students is between 9 and 16 years old, with the AM class consisting of Foundation licence students who will be constructing the kit as part of their licence training.

rsgb-rodwayii-receiver

But .. that is not the whole story!

Later in the month, the college will be one of the few selected colleges in the U.K. who will be taking part in the ARISS space contact event with Tim Peake, the now famous British astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The date for the contact will be revealed by the ARISS team on Monday 11th April, and may be as soon as the 15th of April, or as late as 24th April.

The contact day will take place at the college with the assistance of the ARISS team. More to follow!

St. Richard’s will also be holding a two-day STEM space conference at the college, held in the capacious gymnasium where other organisations will be present with outreach activities from University of Sussex, University of Brighton, Herstmonceux Science Centre, QinetiQ, East Sussex Astronomy Society and RSGB and the QRZ Amateur Radio Group. My home club, the Hastings Electronics an Radio Club will be present also, providing an Amateur Radio History presentation given by Mike Wade M0EDU, and a full HF/VHF/UHF Amateur Radio demonstration station, organised by Phil G3MGQ and operated by a selection of HERC members across the two-day STEM conference with G6HH.

It has been a pleasure to work with Joolz, the lead Science Teacher at St. Richard’s Catholic College, and helping to co-ordinate these events will undoubtedly be an exciting, educational and enjoyable experience for the students, staff and organisations involved with these events. Thanks to Mike Senior G4EFO, regional RSGB manager also for his help with the event co-ordination.

Hastings Electronics and Radio Club members attending the above St. Richard’s College events are:

Richard G0ILN
Rodney King
Leon G1HSM
Steve 2E0GHX
Phil G3MGQ
Mike Wade M0EDU
Mike Hedges G0JHK

The STEM space conference dates are yet to be cast in stone, pending the ARISS confirmation date for contact with Tim Peake which will follow in the next day or two. To be updated shortly!

Update April 20th 2016 – We have now attended the college’s events. You can read the reports of the St. Richard’s College RSGB Build-a-thon, STEM space conference and ARISS contact event with Tim Peake here.

RSGB Contests in August 2015

RSGB CONTESTS in August 2015

(by Quin G3WRR & John G3XDY)

Saturday  1st August 2015  144MHz Low Power Contest  1400 – 2000 UTC
Saturday  1st August 2015  4th 144MHZ Backpackers Contest  1300 – 1700 UTC
Sunday  2nd August 2015  ROPOCO CW (3.5MHz)  0700 – 0830 UTC
Sunday  2nd August 2015  432MHz Low Power Contest  0800 – 1200 UTC
Tuesday  4th August 2015  144MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Sunday  9th August 2015  70MHz Cumulative Contest #5  1400 – 1600 UTC
Tuesday  11th August 2015  432MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Wednesday  12th August 2015  80m Club Sprint Contest (CW)  1900 – 2000 UTC
Wednesday  18th August 2015  1.3GHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Tuesday  25th August 2015  50MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Tuesday  25th August 2015  SHF UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC except 2.3GHz  1930 – 2130 UTC
Thursday  27th August 2015  80m Club Sprint Contest (SSB)  1900 – 2000 UTC

* times vary per band

The full 2015 RSGB contest calendars and rules for the above contests are available here (HF) and here (VHF).

New RSGB book by G0KYA – Getting started in Amateur Radio

g0kya-getting-started-in-amateur-radio-bookIf you want to know something about the hobby or are newly licensed, or are even just looking for something different, “Getting Started in Amateur Radio” helps provide the answers.

Steve Nichols, G0KYA, has recently published a book through the RSGB, adding another string on the bow of the RSGB’s arsenal of useful resources for amateurs.

The book is entitled “Getting Started in Amateur Radio”, and is aimed at those who want to learn more about the hobby of amateur radio, or are perhaps looking to find out new things to do within it.

The book covers many subjects including receiving digital images from the International Space Station,  communicating with other operators around the world via satellite, helping to assist during public disasters and many more. The book goes into some details about these and many other areas of interest that are bound to appeal to a wide audience for both unlicenced and licenced amateurs alike.

This comprehensive introductory book also covers practical antennas as well as detailing operation of the different amateur radio modes including CW (Morse code), FM, SSB, Digital and more. In addition to this there are sections on long distance DX operation, contesting, and amateur radio awards for the chasers out there. Microwave and LF bands are also covered in the book, along with Moonbound (EME), and a practical guide for obtaining an amateur radio licence if you do not have one already.

While “Getting Started in Amateur Radio” is aimed at prospective UK licensees, there is something for everyone and the price of this book has been kept as low as possible to encourage new amateurs into the hobby.

The book is available via many online sources, including the RSGB resources for beginners area.

RSGB Contests in July 2015

RSGB CONTESTS in July 2015

(by Quin G3WRR & John G3XDY)

Saturday-Sunday  4th-5th July 2015  VHF NFD  1400 – 1400 UTC *
Sunday  5th July 2015  3rd 144MHZ Backpackers Contest  1100 – 1500 UTC
Monday  6th July 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (CW)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Tuesday  7th July 2015  144MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Tuesday  14th July 2015  432MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Tuesday  21st July 2015  1.3GHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Wednesday  15th July 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (SSB)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Sunday  19th July 2015  Low Power Contest  0900 – 1600 UTC
Sunday  19th July 2015  70MHz Trophy Contest  1000 – 1600 UTC
Wednesday  23rd July 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (data)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Tuesday  28th July 2015  50MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Tuesday  28th July 2015  SHF UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
except 2.3GHz 2030 – 2230 UTC

* times vary per band

The full 2015 RSGB contest calendars and rules for the above contests are available here (HF) and here (VHF).

RSGB Contests in June 2015

RSGB CONTESTS in June 2015

(by Quin G3WRR & John G3XDY)

Monday  1st June 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (data)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Tuesday  2nd June 2015  144MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Saturday-Sunday  6th-7th June 2015  HF NFD (CW, 1.8/3.5/7/14/21/28MHz)  1500 – 1500 UTC
Tuesday  9th June 2015  432MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Wednesday  10th June 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (CW)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Sunday  14th June 2015  2nd 144MHZ Backpackers Contest  0900 – 1300 UTC
Tuesday  16th June 2015  1.3GHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Thursday  18th June 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (SSB)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Saturday-Sunday  20th-21st June 2015  50MHz Trophy Contest  1400 – 1400 UTC
Tuesday  23rd June 2015  50MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Tuesday  23rd June 2015  SHF UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
except 2.3GHz 2030 – 2230 UTC
Sunday  28th June 2015  50MHz CW Contest  0900 – 1200 UTC
Sunday  28th June 2015  70MHz Cumulative Contest #4  1400 – 1600 UTC
Tuesday  30th June 2015  70MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC

The full 2015 RSGB contest calendars and rules for the above contests are available here (HF) and here (VHF).

RSGB Contests in May 2015

RSGB CONTESTS in May 2015

(by Quin G3WRR & John G3XDY)

Saturday-Sunday  2nd-3rd May 2015  May 432MHz – 248GHz Contest  1400 – 1400 UTC
Saturday  2nd May 2015  432MHz Trophy Contest  1400 – 2200 UTC
Saturday  2nd May 2015  10GHz Trophy Contest  1400 – 2200 UTC
Monday  4th May 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (SSB)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Tuesday  5th May 2015  144MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Sunday  10th May 2015  70MHz CW Contest  0900 – 1200 UTC
Tuesday  12th May 2015  432MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Wednesday  13th May 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (data)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Saturday-Sunday  16th-17th May 2015  May 144MHz Contest  1400 – 1400 UTC
Sunday  17th May 2015  1st 144MHZ Backpackers Contest  1100 – 1500 UTC
Tuesday  19th May 2015  1.3GHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Thursday  21st May 2015  80m Club Championship Contest (CW)  1900 – 2030 UTC
Sunday  24th May 2015  70MHz Cumulative Contest #3  1400 – 1600 UTC
Tuesday  26th May 2015  50MHz UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
Tuesday  26th May 2015  SHF UK Activity Contest  1900 – 2130 UTC
except 2.3GHz 2030 – 2230 UTC

The full 2015 RSGB contest calendars and rules for the above contests are available here (HF) and here (VHF).

New RSGB Band Plans now available

RSGB_Logo1400pixThe RSGB has just released new band plans which are now available for viewing online or to download to your computer in Excel or Adobe PDF format.

For queries about the Band Plan please contact the relevant spectrum manager.

For other background – see the RSGB’s Spectrum Forum pages.

Find out further information on the new January 2015 RSGB Band Plans.

RadCom Plus – Launching soon from RSGB

RSGB_Logo1400pixElaine Richards, RSGB editor sends word that an exciting new quarterly supplement called RadCom Plus is anticipated for release in spring 2015.

Designed to further amateur radio by presenting a selection of technical articles written by experience and knowledgeable authors, Elaine Richards has put out a request for volunteers to assist with the production of the new magazine.

The new electronic only format magazine is free for the 20,000 RSGB members and each edition will provide a selection of articles, sometimes just one or two which will be covered in a great deal of depth, enabling amateurs to continue training past their licence and further enhance their knowledge and enjoyment of the hobby.

Volunteers are welcomed to be a part of the new RadCom Plus,  and encouraged to get in touch with Elaine via email at elaine.richards@rsgb.org.uk.

RSGB Inspire Focus Group

Michael Sansom (G0POT) reports that he is leading an RSGB Work Group exploring ideas and approaches that are proven to be successful in attracting new Amateurs, both young & old, through public events. The Work Group will act as a focal point for discussions and G0POT set up a Yahoo Group for clubs and amateurs to participate.

If you have experience running Amateur Radio public events Michael welcomes you to join the group and take part in the discussion to help them create a portfolio of ‘best practice’.

The research is due to conclude in about 6 months at which time I will report to the RSGB on a portfolio of best practice which can then be shared with Clubs and Societies across the UK. It will also act as a guide to the RSGB where they may be able to support our endeavours to promote Amateur Radio.

If you would like further information including the Terms of Reference for the Working Group then please do not hesitate to contact Michael (GØPOT) at g0pot@metalkettle.co.uk

PDF of Alex Discovers Amateur Radio available at
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio/

You can join the RSGB_Inspire Yahoo Group by following these steps:

• Send a blank email to RSGB_Inspire-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
• Yahoo will send you an email in response, you may need to check your SPAM folder
• Click on the link in the email, this will bring up a Yahoo page in your browser
• On the Yahoo page ignore the big Join link in the middle and click on the link at the bottom of the page instead, it says: “As an alternate option, you may join the mailing list instead.”
• You should then be a member of the group.

RSGB opens radio propagation forum

RSGB_Logo1400pixFor those who would like to learn more about Radio Propagation, the RSGB has just announced the opening of a new Radio Propagation Questions forum which is designed to assist RSGB Members with the understading of all things pertaining to radio propagation.

Each member of the Propagation Studies Committee is a specialist in at least one aspect of radio propagation and there are always several projects in hand, such as the work on VHF sporadic-E and on tropospheric propagation at 50 MHz, and they will be on hand to answer any questions a Member may have, whether it is about light waves or very low frequency, all things propagation will be covered.

The purpose of the Propagation Studies Committee (PSC) is to promote interest in radio propagation amongst amateurs and shortwave listeners, to enable them to make informed use of the amateur bands and develop a research interest into the subject.

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

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