Welcome to CRA

 The Colchester Radio Amateurs club was formed in 1963 by a group of tutors and students at the Colchester Technical College (now the Colchester Institute). Meetings were held in the Radio laboratory and concentrated on practical work and measurement, taking advantage of the wide range of equipment available and some expert help. 

Since those early days, many changes have taken place.  The range of club activities has expanded. In addition to our regular 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 via email. Please see our Newsletter page for more info.

Our program of talks on amateur radio topics utilises expertise available in the club and from other clubs in the area. 



Wakes Colne Observatory Click here 
HARIG Quiz Click here
More Exam Success! Click here
RSGB 144MHz May contest results
GB8EPC Special Event Station  Click here 
June meeting"Bite Size Radio Topics"
Radio Direction Finding Click here for contact details and for RDF events near us.


25 July - LARC CCC VHF/UHF Contest. How good is your VHF/UHF setup? Check it out in just one hour by taking part in this fun monthly contest.

19th/20th  AUGUST  2017 Naze Tower Activation weekend 


 1st SEPTEMBER 2017 - Hamtests.co.uk is closing!

21st OCTOBER - CW Boot Camp - 21st 
Click here for news concerning a CW Boot Camp to be held in Witham during October 2017

21st/22nd OCTOBER - JOTA - Stanway Scout Hut. Click here.   

CRA Meeting & Event Programme:

Past meeeting
Check our Newsletter section for details of past meetings

July 20th 2017JT65 and other modes’ evening with John G4BAV
July 22/23 2017 Field Radio Weekend 

August 17th 2017
18:30 CW practice (at the Observatory)

19:30 An evening at Wakes Colne Observatory with Val Sayer. (Details will be posted here.)
 August 19th/20th 2017Naze Tower Activation weekend 
September 21st 2017Club Members
My Other Hobby!
October 19th 2017AGM

November 15th 2017
18:30 CW practice

19:30 Kevan - 2E0WMG
A Canadian Adventure
NB: Revised Date!
December  14th 2017

Christmas Bash

January 2018 TBA 
February 2018 TBA 
March 2018 TBA 
 April 2018TBA
May 2018 TBA 

Current CRA Training Course Dates:


Next Course:
3rd September 2017
Course now FULL

Exam: Stanway Scout Hut

Contact: Treasurer
Intermediate *
Next Course:
23rd September

1 place remaining

Exam:  1st October
Stanway Scout Hut 
Advanced/ Full *
Contact: Treasurer

* 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