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On air and chat night – Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup Award

On air and chat night – Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup Award

The evening was well attended by regulars of the Taplin Centre’s meetings who enjoyed a good chin-wag as CW operators Mike G0JHK and Richard G0ILN operated on the HF rig, shown below.


Mike G0JHK on the key with Richard G0ILN and Rob M0LYD having a chat with Peter G0FUU in the background canteen area.


Agnes receiving the Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup for 2016 from Margaret Gaye, on behalf of John Heyes G3BDQ.

About halfway through the evening, the award of the Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup took place. The first years winner of the cup was Phil G3MGQ at the WGMC field day contest which took place at Fairlight Park in 2015.

This year, it was pleasing to see that one of the clubs longest standing members and author of amateur radio articles was recognised for this  prestigious award.  The Cup was donated by Margaret, Wilf’s widow who kindly presented it to Agnes Sharif 2E0MEU, HERC committee member, who received the WGMC on behalf of 2016’s winner, John Heys G3BDQ for his life long contribution to amateur radio. It goes without saying that John Heys is both a highly respected member of the club and active amateur, as much as a notable and well  read author of many amateur radio articles which have been published in countless newsletters and magazines including regular items in the clubs own Vital Spark newsletter. The club wishes to congratulate John Heys for winning the WGMC this year.

John Hey’s was sadly unable to attend and recieve the WGMC trophy in person, but was able to provide the club with a letter which was read to the club members present by Agnes.

John Elgar-Whinney, now sporting a rather nifty badge bearing his new callsign brought along an interesting item with him pictured below which really foxed most of us.


Unusual to say the least! Four Morse Code sending rods on the table, the band spacing on the rods did not reveal the answer straight away!

It took some head scratching and tea drinking to get close to what the item was. The rods in the box are indeed used for sending Morse, note the ‘dit and dah bands’ on the rods, the sending of which was achieved by the use of a metallic fork which was drawn down the rod. Of course one would hope that the senders speed and hand was steady, and that the ‘messaging rods’ had been placed in the correct order prior to transmission! Quite a unique piece that made us smile. Thanks to John Elgar-Whinney for bringing this interesting item along to the club for us to view.

During the evening, Alan showed off a packed album full of self-taken photographs which was packed with interesting items. Alan is known within the club as being an avid photographer and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to take a look as his work. Alan spent some time explaining his self made Proton Magnetometer, a device which he designed and built back in the 1980’s, when commercially made models cost over £80,000. The device was used to help fisherman locate shoals of fish and could easily be used to detect shipwrecks submerged beneath water. The magnetometer took Alan three years to design, construct and test before use, during which time a great deal of time was spent ironing out the bugs and finding ingenious ways to get the magnetometer to function.


Alan presents his Proton Magnetometer along with a large selection of his ‘photographs of all things’.

The evening concluded at around 9.30pm, and as usual, was an enjoyable club meeting.


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

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

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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
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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