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There has been a Radio Club in Hastings, Sussex, since the 1920s and the present club was founded in 1976 to promote interest in all aspects of electronics and amateur radio. We are one of the largest clubs in the South of England with a membership of over 70. A few years ago we had a member who took his Radio Amateur Examination when he was 90, and a youngster recently obtained her's at the age of 12.
Members and meetings
Our monthly meetings are an opportunity to meet like-minded people for a friendly and informal evening to:
• discuss a problem or simply chat
• see new technology or restoration of old equipment
• enjoy a lecture or demonstration by either a club member or a visiting speaker.
Topics include radio, electronics, computer or other technical subjects. Members interests range from VLF to 1.3GHz ATV, QRP to DX, home-build to vintage restoration, digital modes, plus training, RAYNET and Foxhunts - there really is something for everyone. Once John Logie Baird gave a talk to an earlier Hastings radio club while he was developing the first television and thus acquired the assistance of a club member, the late Vic Mills. The Club is affiliated to the RSGB and the current programme is published in RadCom. The Club also publishes a monthly magazine, Vital Spark, free to members, with interesting and topical articles and news of our programme and events.
We have an annual lunch in January and a BBQ in the summer. We also hold regular surplus & used equipment auctions in April and October. Details are listed on the Events page.
Training and licences
We offer a complete training program, enabling those wanting an Amateur Radio licence to work for their Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Licences. We are actively promoting Amateur Radio in our area and contributed to RCF500. In July 2006 we co-ordinated a visit by GB4FUN to four local schools for an activity week. This has led to an increase in interest in amateur radio, with a number of staff and pupils successfully working for their licences at the weekly training sessions held at the Grove School. For more information contact our publicity officer email@example.com
Special Events (G2LL, G1HHH & G6HH)
Members often take part in outside events and set up special event stations at various locations during the year.
Join the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club (HERC) and get more from Amateur Radio. Current membership is still only £10 per year, with some concessions and family membership available.
The Club Committee decided to support the RCE courses Phil, G3MGQ, was running at The Grove School with some books purchased from the RSGB. These have been loaned to the candidates to help them with their amateur radio projects. All these books are also available to members on loan – simply contact Phil (see Vital Spark inside cover) who will bring them to the next Club meeting for you. A strict condition of loan is that they are returned promptly so they are available to the RCE students.
Vital Spark articles
You may like to read from a selection of articles which have been written for the clubs monthly magazine called, the Vital Spark. Each month, the magazine contains a fine selection of articles on a broad variety of amateur radio and electronics related subjects. We have published a small amount of them here for you to enjoy, more of which can be found on our official website.
Meetings held on the 4th Wednesday of each month (except December) at 7 pm at The Taplin Centre at 3 Upper Maze Hill, except for the Club Auctions. You can find the latest schedule for 2014 with all the information at:
For further details contact
Just come along to a Club meeting where you will be made very welcome; 7:00pm on the fourth Wednesday in the month, at The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards, East Sussex. TN38 0LQ (The Centre is named after the late John Taplin, G3HRI, a former club member and white stick operator)
The Club Auctions are held in April and October on a Saturday morning at the Holy Redeemer Scout Hall, Upper Church Road, St Leonards. An Auction in aid of the Repeater Group is usually held in January/February.
Find HERC using Google Maps on our official club site