Posts tagged serf

GB3EB – The Eastbourne 2m repeater could be back soon

Caught this over on the EREC forum, news from Dave G8PUO that GB3EB may be returning to service soon following a fire at the site which happened last year.

Unfortunately it appears that some of the repeaters internal circuitry which had been examined later, has in fact been corroded/covered with a fairly nasty conductive film caused perhaps by the circulated smoke during the fire. This will mean that the equipment will either have to go through what would be a fairly labour intensive repair process, or indeed necessitate replacements for the unusable hardware.

Dave G8PUO seems confident about GB3EB’s return to service and even mentioned that it could be back in a temporary working fashion just before the recent SERF event which was held on the 6th June.

You can keep up to date with the latest operational and detail info on the GB3EB repeater status page and via the RILGES web.

SERF – South East Radio Fair – Saturday 7th June

serf-logoThe first South East Radio Fair is almost here, and is just a couple of weeks away now. It will surely be a great day for amateur radio in general, with field operating, many stalls and things to do for everyone. It really will be a fantastic day out for amateurs and their family members.

Here is a list of exhibitors already booked for SERF.

54 (Eastbourne) Squadron Air Training Corps.
Bernard Welling.
British Amateur Television Club.
Bring & Buy.
Chris Ridley.
Crawley Amateur Radio Society.
Colin Richards (Rich Electronics).
David Frederick (G4XXM).
Eastbourne Radio and Electronics Club G4TPH.
Magloop Antennas.
GQRP Club.
GB3HV Home Counties ATV Group.
Graham Scarr (GS Electronics)
G3AAF Electronics.
Hastings Electronics and Radio Club.
Haotian Ren (HandyRadio).
Jo Tansley (NJT Components).
John Brook M0GOO (Mayfair).
Kevin Kelly .(Microwave/RF).
North Surrey Repeater Group.
Olimex UK.
Ray Basham (Prowhip Antennas).
Harvey Harrison (PooleLogic) RILGES Repeater Group.
Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society.
Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society RSGB.
GB6SRF Special Event Station Visitor Operating and Demo Stations.
TK Electronics.
Total Mast Solutions.
Worked All Britain Awards Group.
UK Six Metre Group (Operating 6M Station at Event G5KW).
Quality Catering by Hoggits Hog Roasters
Delux Ice Cream by Ellinor’s Event Caterers.

Not long to go now, hope to see you there on the day!

Update: SERF has just finished, you can read our Sussex Electronics Radio Fair report here.

For more information and the latest updates for the South East Radio Fair, please visit

Sussex Electronics and Radio Fair date set

serf-logoA quick update from the organisers of the exciting new Sussex Electronics Radio Fair, namely Dave Williams (G8PUO) of RILGES/EREC in conjunction with the Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society.

Today, a firm date has been set for the SERF event on Saturday 6th June 2015 with the doors opening at 10am and will no doubt be a popular event for amateur radio and electronics enthusiasts and any one with a passing interest in either hobby.

Being the first true SE coast Radio Fair, this RSGB approved event will be popular with many, some much further afield.

Update: The fair has just taken place! You can read the HERC report for the Sussex Electronics Radio Fair 2015.

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.

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