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 also free to non members via email. Please see our Newsletter page for more info

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

Unless otherwise specified in the CRA meeting programme. The club meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Wilson Marriage Centre. All our meetings start at 7:30

(Electronic signs in the reception area should advise you which room we are using on the evening of your visit.)


Wakes Colne Observatory
Click here for news from Kevan 2E0WMG operating from the Observatory at Wakes Colne during the weekend of 13/14 May 2017.

GB8EPC Special Event Station
 Click here for news about Herbie G6XOU  operating a special event station as GB8EPC throughout June, to celebrate the eleventh anniversary of the European PSK Club .

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

CRA Meeting Programme:

Past meeeting
Check our Newsletter section for details of past meetings

May 18th  2017
18:30 CW practice followed at 19:30 by Tony, 2E0FTQ  - Peter Eckersley  - The BBC's first Chief Engineer.
June 15th 2017Barry, M0LWM   
"Bite Size Radio Topics"
July 20th 2017JT65 and other modes’ evening with John G4BAV

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.)
September 21st 2017Club Members
My Other Hobby!
October 19th 2017AGM

November 15th 2017
18:30 CW practice

19:30 Kevan - 2E0WMG
A Canadian Adventure

December  14th 2017

Christmas Bash

Current CRA Training Course Dates:


Next Course:
3rd September 2017
Only 2 places remaining

Exam: Stanway Scout Hut

Contact: Treasurer
Intermediate *
Next Exam:  28th May
(Fully Subscribed)
Stanway Scout Hut

Next Course:
23rd September

Only 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