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. 




Booked on the Foundation?

This course is now closed.
Please contact the treasurer  for inclusion on upcoming courses.

   October results in 

16th November.     Club Meeting 7-30PM.
             6-30pm. CW practice

Following Morse practice, at 7-30
Kevan 2E0WMG will enlighten and entertain us with tales of an operator on his Canadian Adventure  (don't be late, sure to be busy).


    14th December    
We are fortunate that both RSGB Regional Manager Keith Haynes, G3WRO and District Regional Manager Peter Onion,  G0DZB will be attending  the Xmas Bash this year.
I'm sure we will give them a warm CRA welcome


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.
19th/20th  AUGUST  2017 Naze Tower Activation weekend 
20 August  MULTI-DF SUNDAY.  Details here
1 Sept 2017 Hamtests Saved! 
7th Sept: MORSE CLASSES STARTING AGAIN. Click here for details
RSGB VDSL interference survey. Now Closed.
Stanway Scout Hut. Click here.   

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

CRA Meeting & Event Programme:

Past meeeting
Check our Newsletter section for details of past meetings


November 16th 2017

18:30 CW practice

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

Christmas Bash

18 January 2018 

“HF Propagation” by Steve Nichols G0KYA.  Video with Skype Q&A.

8 February 2018
Due to half term 
15 March 2018 TBA 
19 April 2018“Horizons of Pluto” by Paul Whiting G4YQC.  
17 May 2018 TBA 
21 June 2018 TBA 
19 July 2018TBA 
 August 2018TBA 
 September 2018TBA 
 October 2018TBA 
 November 2018TBA 
 December 2018TBA 

Current CRA Training Course Dates:


Next Course:
Change of Date

Saturday, 2nd December 2017

Now Full

Contact: Treasurer
Next Course:

For details concerning the next course please contact Vic M0VLL.

Contact: Treasurer
Advanced/ Full *Next Course:

For details concerning the next course please contact Vic M0VLL.

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

Valerie    Awaiting her M6
Phil      New call sign now M6KZZ
Caroline (M6SXG) is now 2E0SXH

Well done on passing your exams and getting your new call signs.

At the AGM Kit Thompson was awarded the Chairman's Trophy for his outstanding work on modernising the website.

Congratulations also to Nial who was presented with a printed mug by Herbie for being on parade consistently on the nets.

More news to follow in the next newsletter.