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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RSGB DX  CONTEST
HF CHAMPIONSHIP
Fancy a go at this contest ?
Details are HERE
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NEW TRAINING SYLLABUS.

From August 2019 the new training syllabus will be put into place. The idea behind the rejig was to "bring it up to date" by introducing modern tech and make it attractive for new candidates as there has been a decline in Foundation applicants recently.

Could you pass the NEW syllabus for Foundation?
Click on the syllabus link and select foundation level under Syllabus 2019
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Let us know what you think.

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 SEPTEMBER MEETING
John Quarmby gave us an insight on the effects and benefits of Aircraft scatter. 
An extremely interesting talk that made many aware that they had already experienced this for dx already without actually knowing they had used it.
I have already been approached with a view to setting up a practical session for club members.
Thank you so much John.
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COLCHESTER RADIO AMATEURS
AWARD LAUNCH 

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


NEW NEWSLETTER EDITOR
We have received many positive comments recently on the revamped newsletter but 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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Direct Link to our 

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.


FUTURE

 OCTOBER 18TH
2018
Annual General Meeting
From 7pm
NovemberT.B.C

HARIG FIELD WEEKEND

Many thanks to HARIG for the invite to their field day at the observatory, several CRA members attended and thouroughly enjoyed the company, operating and nibbles.
Looking forward to next year.
73.


CRA Meeting & Event Programme:

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

DateEvent

January 2019  
February 2019  
March 2019  
April 2019

May 2019

 June 2019
 


   
 20th September 2018"Aircraft Scatter"
J
ohn Quarmby G3XDY
 18th October 2018Annual General Meeting
 November 2018TBA but it will be good 
 December 2018:-) Christmas Party :-)

CW FACE TO FACE SESSIONS.

start at 6-30 pm prior to our regular club meetings in AUGUST & NOVEMBER...... for one hour each session. All welcome.


Current CRA Training Course Dates:

Foundation

Next Course:
Course now FULL
To register interest in next course
Contact: Treasurer
Intermediate*
Next Course:

Next course will be advised shortly.

Contact: Treasurer
Advanced/ Full *Next  Course

Will be in the new year 

Date will be advised.

 Treasurer Vic M0VLL.

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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GB6NT WEEKEND

A very busy week prior to the event and a great weekend for operating. Thanks to all who assisted with setting up and breaking down and those who braved the wind to operate on both days.
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW
and full report on our Facebook