Posts tagged vhf

The 2-metre Amateur Radio Band Extension NoV

The following item kindly sent through by Phil (G3MGQ) regarding the change to the 2m amateur radio band.

Following consultation in March 2014 on the use of 5.875MHz in the 143-169MHz section of the VHF Band vacated by the UK Emergency and Search & Rescue Services, Ofcom have made 146-147MHz available to UK amateurs. Full Licensees, including Clubs, can apply for a NoV to use this extra 1MHz above the present 2m Band from 31 October 2014. This NoV is valid for one year and is only obtainable on-line via the RSGB website;

Unlike Region 2 (America), the 2MHz above the present 2m Band has not yet been allocated to the Amateur Service in ITU Region 1 (Europe). This 1 MHz extension tour 2m band is then a UK only privilege on the strict basis of non-interference with other users, particularly to those on the near continent where these frequencies are still used by Emergency Services.

To avoid potential interference with the Continent, quite restrictive conditions are attached. Operation is prohibited in a number of National Grid squares, including almost all of Kent and East Sussex south of Shearness and as far west as Dartford & Uckfield, and also including the coastal strip west to Portslade and as far north as Haywards Heath, so all the North & South Downs are included. There is another prohibited area from the Solent westwards to Lyme Regis which includes the whole of the Isle of Wight. Other prohibited areas include most of the Welsh & southwest Scottish coastlines, and all but the northeast of Northern Ireland. The Channel Isles & Isle of Man are also precluded, as is operation on the high seas and outside the UK. Power is limited to 25W e.r.p and the antenna must be less than 20m above ground level.

So why then should our members bother to get this NoV? Although operation from their home station is precluded for practically all our members, operation outside the prohibited areas is permitted mobile, portable and from an alternative address. An important additional reason is that every application indicates to Ofcom that radio amateurs value this prized VHF sector of the spectrum. Some respondents to the March consultation opposed the release of additional spectrum to amateurs on the basis the 2m amateur band was already underutilised but Ofcom accepted the representations by the RSGB & others for an extension to the 2m band to accommodate use of new digital modes. The additional spectrum has been made available on a temporary basis to encourage amateurs to experiment and test new communications schemes and systems, rather than to provide for ‘more of the same’ although the NoV makes no stipulation on the mode or use. Use it or lose it!

73 Phil, G3MGQ


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.

GB3ES Still Offline as of 24th September 2014

Hastings local repeaters have been working well of late with GB3HE 70cm being used by local amateurs and those further afield. Sadly it seems the local 2m repeater is still offline as states with no word from the keeper as yet regarding bringing it back online. 2m users can thank Dave Williams (G8PUO) at RILGES for continuing to put repeaters in place which have superb coverage even in GB3HE’s initial working state, but are also popular locally and we shouldn’t forget that the RILGES 2m repeater is available as always.

While GB3ES has been offline since July 3rd due to it locking up on TX we remain hopeful that at some point in the future that the repeater returns to an active state as it was indicated last year that the keeper of the repeater had a new technical team planned ready to put in place along with the possibility of a new site for GB3ES.

Fingers crossed that we hear something positive soon.

Please note that this information is correct at the time of writing as shown at the top of the post. For the current status please visit the GB3ES repeater page.

Ofcoms WRC-15 Consultation Responses

The RSGB’s WRC-15 Special Focus section has just been updated with the responses from the recent ofcom consultation on the WRC-15 preparation by the RSGB and the affiliated groups involved.

In addition to the supprting agenda item for the 5mHz allocation which carries with it much interest from the amateur radio community, the responses within also contain items including VHF and microwave allocations. Also within the WRC-15 preparation by the RSGB are amateur bands which have been affected by other agenda items, plus ITU procedures for nano and pico satellites and preferences for agenda items in the future which might be  presented for WRC-18.

More information can be find in the RSGB’s WRC-15 Special Focus section.

Brendan Trophy attempt for the first two-way transatlantic 2m QSO

Unclaimed since its inception, the Irish Radio Transmitters Society’s Brendan Trophy for achieving the first two way transatlantic contact has been unclaimed though this may change very soon.

A determined effort is being made this summer by the Brendan Quest team in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland. Using 750W to a 30 metre long 43-element Yagi at 6 to 8.5m above ground level, the VC1T team hope to achieve transatlantic communication on 2m, one of the few remaining amateur radio distance records.

Based in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada, the Brendan Quest team are shooting for the stars with a concerted effort and take their best shot at claiming the trophy by employing a not inconsiderable 30 metre long 43-element Yagi. The teams huge beam will be mounted up to 8.5m above ground level using around 750 watts and the VC1T team are hopeful that they will successful in their endeavour by making the two-way transatlantic 2m communication a reality.

The Brendan Trophy is one of the few remaining unclaimed awards for making distant contacts and so this will be an exciting one to keep an eye on.

The official Brendan Quest website has published a detailed operating schedule and details what modes of operation the team will be using during their operating period for the attempt which runs between the 4th and 12th of July.

Will they scoop the Brendan Trophy this time around?


GB3ES repeater now back online

After several weeks of downtime, GB3ES, Hastings 2M repeater is now back online.

According to the repeaters keeper, the logic was at fault along with a faulty backup battery.

ES has been reported as being fully operational and is now being tested by local amateurs who are pleased to see local VHF communication restored.

Please note that this information is correct at the time of writing as shown at the top of the post. For the current status please visit the GB3ES repeater page.

4300 kilometers on VHF

Liviu Babi, YO4FNG recently gave a talk about his achivement, a 4,300km contact on 144MHz with Sporadic E.

You can watch a video presented by Liviu here.

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

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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