Hastings Electronics and Radio Club

WITH a good turnout from the club members at the construction evening, Phil G3MGQ got the ball rolling at 7.30pm for what turned out to be an enjoyable evening at the Taplin Centre.

Mike Wade (M0EDU) brought along a MKARS80 kit, not as an entry to the competition but showing a QRP kit that he just received which would be a suitable radio project for the Intermediate Licence exam or a 80m transceiver for portable operation.

Next up, Gordon (M3YXH) introduced a home brew Morse key and practice oscillator made by John Heys, G3BDQ, that John has donated to the club to encourage new licensees to get going on CW. Gordon also showed his home brew audio pre-amplifier, neatly fitted into the traditional small sweet tin.

A professional-looking transceiver kit was presented next by Rob (M0LYD), and was completed to a high standard. The kit in question was an ILER-40 for 40m for which Rob detailed the specs and construction.

Jakey (G3JKY) followed Rob with a home brew AMU and was finished to a good standard and had been used to end-feed a W8JK antenna, using a pair of 66ft lines driven out of phase & spaced to lower the radiation pattern.

Richard’s (G0ILN) pair of home brew Morse keys, ingeniously built entirely from scrap, one straight key and a very interesting tiny iambic paddle as well as an interesting 700hz speaker resonator for Morse operation.

The final entry at the construction evening was presented by Rodney who gave a brief talk about a circuit board designed and constructed by himself enabling diagnostic monitoring of communications on an IEEE488 data bus used for controlling test equipment from early desktop computers.

The scores were tallied up and the results of the construction evening were as follows.

In joint third place were Jakey (G3JKY) with his home brew AMU and Richard (G1ILN) for his speaker resonator.

Second place, with 21 points, went to Richard for his two Morse keys.

Finally in a well deserved first place with 25 points was vice-chairman Rob (M0LYD) with his excellent ILER-40 transceiver, winning the Hastings Electronics and Radio Clubs’ construction award against some fairly stiff competition from other club members.

This month the clubs holds its annual Field Day barbecue at Fairlight at Hastings Country Park from 9am to 9pm. Please contact gordonsweet2000@yahoo.co.uk beforehand for further details if you intend to come. The club’s official site can be found at http://www.herc-hastings.org.uk.