Welcome to CRA

Colchester Radio Amateurs has a long history of supporting radio amateurs in North East Essex since 1963.   Since then the range of activities has changed and expanded.  In addition to our monthly meetings, we also:


Participate in contests including HF & VHF with our VHF Contest Group participating in all the major RSGB contests from their Contest site at Walton On The Naze.
Offer training for Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Licences.
Produce a monthly newsletter CRA News which is available to view or download from this website and is also free to non members . Please see our Newsletter page for more info.


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    As we start the new year we would like to thank all members for their past support and gently remind you thats subs for 2019 are now due. Thank You.

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80 Metre CC SSB

February 4th
7 till 8-30 pm

We would love you to take part to assist the club scores so if you need help, advice or just sit in with someone who is contesting to see if its something you would like to do please contact Garry, Mark or Herbie initially.

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 October AGM  MEETING
Following an introduction by Chairman Barry M0LWM, the Chairmans Trophy was presented to Caroline 2E0SXH for her enthusiasm and thirst for new modes, Herbie then presented a mug to George G1IPU for consistently being first on nets. Following  reports including the freezing of subs for yet another year, the dissolution of the committee took place and all those standing were elected on bloc with no other nominations being received.
SEE NEWSLETTER FOR FULL REPORT.
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 NEWSLETTER 
 Mark is looking for articles and news items so if you're a builder, techie or just have something of interest why not drop him a mail here.
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2018


CURRENT

STOP PRESS 

   80M CC RESULTS NOW IN
Colchester RA in 4th place.
Well done to all those who took part in this years 80m CC event, thanks to you all we managed to climb from kast years 9th to a very good 4th.

Our next task is to better last years position in the Autumn Series which starts on Monday 10th September, hope you can join in.

CQ WW DX SSB
A team of intrepid contest hopefuls set up on the clifftop at The Naze on Friday 26th October ready for the start at midnight Sat 27th.
The call G3CO was used in an attempt to regain the short contest call for the club.
Despite some horrific wind and conditions the overall result was good.
Would you like to take part in the next one?
Just contact a committee member if you do.
Full report to follow in newsletter


FUTURE

January 17 2019 My Other Hobby


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SK SALE
Below is a list of equipment available which I have been asked to distribute by Steves brother Kevin. Please  only contact if you are serious about purchasing at this sad time.

  FT DX 5000  £2,700.....SPE Expert 1K linear amplifier  £2,400...Trio 440S £240...Trio 830S £300... Kenwood AT200 ATU 100...SP 930 £50 ...Trio TS510+spkr £150...Palstar AT2K £400....
30A QJE Power Supply £60... Trio TR9130 2m £200.... Realistic Pro 200S 400ch Scanner £40

Enquiries to kevin.legg15@talktalk.net.
Thank you.



CRA Meeting & Event Programme:

Past meeeting
Programmes
Check our Newsletter section for details of past meetings

DateEvent

January 17th
2019 
My Other Hobby 
February 14th 2019 FT8 Digital Mode 
Garry Champion M0MGP
March 21st 2019 New Syllabus
Peter Onion G0DZB 
April 25th 2019
Inter Club Quiz at CRA
May 16th 2019
Repeaters/GB5RC Martello Repeater group 
Tony G0MBA 
& Colin M1EAK
 June 20th 2019
Bring and Buy Social Evening 
July 18th 2019WSPR Kevan Pugh 2E0WMG
 August 15th 2019Members Observatory Meeting
Contact committee member for directions to venue 
 
  September 19th 2019Survival Radio & Skype 
TBC
 October 17th 2019A G M
November  21st 2019  T B C
 December 19th 2019:-) Christmas Party :-)

CW FACE TO FACE SESSIONS.

start at 6-30 pm prior to our regular club meetings in  FEBRUARY & MAY...... for  each session. All welcome.


Current CRA Training Course Dates:

Foundation

Next Course:

23rd Feb 2019

Only 1 Places available

Contact: Treasurer
Intermediate*
Next Course: 

14th Apr 2019

3 places available

Contact: Treasurer
Advanced/ Full *Next  Course

Will be in the Last Quarter of the new year 2019


Contact: Treasurer

NB:
* Intermediate and Advanced courses are available to CRA members only

For more information, or to register your interest in attending a future course please contact the Treasurer

More Congratulations

2018 TRAINING SUCCESS CONTINUES
August 5th and another 7 candidates pass their Foundation Fast Track.
Congratulations to Nic, Elton, John, Ron, Mike, Martijn & Robert.
See Training page for calls as we get them.
Great Job Everyone

J O I N   U S
During the year we hold regular club meets with various topics being covered on the third Thursday of each month. We have a Field Day in July (ask committee member for details) an evening at The Observatory in August, an Inter Club Quiz with HARIG & 2 Special Event Stations at The Naze, Walton.
Did I mention we do TRAINING too!
WANT MORE DETAILS
CONTACT VIC M0VLL


PAST EVENTS

Wakes Colne Observatory Click here 
HARIG Quiz Click here
RSGB 144MHz May contest results
GB8EPC Special Event Station '18  Click here 
June meeting - "Bite Size Radio Topics"
Radio Direction Finding Click here for contact details and for RDF events near us.
19th/20th  AUGUST  2017 Naze Tower Activation weekend 
20 August  MULTI-DF SUNDAY.  Details here
7th Sept: MORSE CLASSES STARTING AGAIN. Click here for details
Special Event Station GB6WLB 

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GB6WLB Update
Over the Walton Lifeboat weekend we managed to collect the sum of £64-39.
Thanks to all who donated.
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COLCHESTER RADIO AMATEURS
AWARD LAUNCH 

Herbie G6XOU receives 500 grid confirmed award.

We are pleased to announce that CRA is now offering THREE awards, Postal Counties,
Grid & DXCC Countries awards.
Each award is available in worked, verified or heard (for swl's) and in various modes.

The awards will be managed by Herbie G6XOU and Garry M0MGP, an example below.
Criteria & Claim Form HERE.
THESE ARE OPEN TO ANYONE NOT JUST CRA CLUB MEMBERS