Hastings Electronics & Radio Club – Amateur Radio Sussex

Hastings, Sussex, has enjoyed a local radio club since the 1920’s with the current club being founded in 1976 to further promote interest in all areas of electronics and amateur radio. The club is well known for its monthly meetings where speakers give talks on a wide variety of radio and electronics subjects that are suitable for novices and experienced hobbyists alike.

The monthly club meetings are an ideal opportunity for members to enjoy a social atmosphere amongst like-minded amateur radio enthusiasts and help with any questions that visitors may have, explore new and old technologies, find out about electronic restoration, or simply enjoy a friendly evening in the club where a speaker will give an interesting talk or practical demonstration.

The club holds several annual outdoor events including the popular BBQ field day at Fairlight in June, where club members operate from the Country Park, and visits to technical and interesting places, like Bletchley Park. Club members have a very wide range of interests including VLF (very low frequency) to 1.3GHz ATV (amateur television), QRP (low power operation) to DX (long distance contacts), as well as vintage equipment restoration, digital modes, RAYNET emergency communications and software defined radio.

We also hold regular surplus and used equipment auctions in April and October.

Each month members receive a copy of Vital Spark, the club’s own free newsletter containing a selection of interesting and topical articles as well as news of our schedule and events. The club also has its own members only Yahoo Group for technical queries and information on radio and electronics. The famous John Logie-Baird gave a talk to an earlier Hastings radio club while he was developing the first television during which time he acquired the assistance of a club member, the late Vic Mills.

Please come along to a club meeting where you will be made very welcome and join our club to get more from Amateur Radio. Membership is only £10 to £12 per year, with concessions and family membership available. The Hastings Electronics and Radio Club (HERC) is RSGB affiliated and the current programme is published in RadCom, and its club room is located at 3 Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonard’s, Sussex.

Our membership application form is available here if you wish to complete it and become a member of the club.

Please note that the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club has nothing whatsoever to do with any other website attempting to market or trade under its name.

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