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.
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.


Booked on the Foundation?
Due to a double booking at the scout hut, out of our control,  we have had to rearrange the date of the next Foundation Course to Sat 2 December.
If you are booked on the course and cant make it , or if you would like to book onto the course on the new date, please contact the Treasurer on the link opposite  >


EXAM RESITS will be taking place prior to the October AGM meeting.  Will you please NOT enter the room or interrupt the session until the "exam in progress" sign is removed and you are invited into the room. Thank you.

October results in  More Exam Success


21st OCTOBER - CW Boot Camp  
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


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

See Important  Notice.

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 TBA 
8 February 2018
Due to half term 
15 March 2018 TBA 
19 April 2018TBA
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

3 Places remaining!

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