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South Essex Amateur Radio Society

The Canvey Rally Club

Headline Picture:- Operating from the Island Yacht Club, Canvey

 © South Essex Amateur Radio Society 2017    last update    3rd December 2017

Club Profile

South Essex Amateur Radio Society


We are a long established Society that manages to achieve of lot of activity during the year.We regularly operate field stations at special events. Annual events include Windmills On The Air GB2RWM, Scouts JOTA GB2CIS, Heavenly Body 2 GB2HB, Canvey Island Yacht Club GB2IYC, Castle Point Transport Museum, and Canvey Bay Museum GB2BM, Airfields on the Air GB2BOX from RAF Boxted. We ran a station during the 2012 Mountain Bike Olympics at Hadleigh, Essex. GB1HF for the duration of the games. A few years ago, with the help of the RSGB’s Carlos Eavis and AMSAT UK’s Howard Long, we successfully organised a contact with the International Space Station for Canvey Island’s Furtherwick Park School and pupils were able to talk to astronaut Bill McArthur.


In Sept 2009 Ganesan, VU3GPF, a representative of Shri Krishna Vithyaalayam Matric School, Pollachi, India, visited the UK on an educational exchange scheme. With only a few days remaining in the UK he made an effort to meet English operators by emailing SEARS. He was very impressed when he heard of the SEARS ISS event so we encouraged him to organise a similar event for his school. Information, including many DVDs was sent to India. On Sat 12th March 2011 Ganesan’s school made a successful Tellbridge

contact to the ISS, via IK1SLD in Italy. In addition, the school


astronomy club organized sky watching sessions, and a U.S. scientist visited the school to talk about satellites and the ISS. We are delighted to have successfully fostered an event that has inspired so many young Indians. We remain in touch with Ganesan and hyperlinks to our Indian friends are included on our web site.  On the 8th October 2014 we organized another contact with the International Space Station with Students  from The Winter Gardens Primary School,Canvey Island, and Pilton Bluecoat School,

Devon who were able to ask 24 questions to Reid

Wiseman KF5LKC Flight Engineer aboard the International

Space Station, it was operated by Members of South Essex

Amateur Radio Society using Amateur Radio to contact

the Spacecraft as it passed 250 miles above the earth

travelling at 17500 mph, we accessed remotely a ARISS

ground station in California, U.S.A. W6SRJ. The school hall was packed full of visitors and members of staff and media. We had to share the day with another school in Devon because of the number of schools on the waiting list, great contact, great day.


After 31 successful years SEARS annual Canvey Rally at the Paddocks Community Centre, Long Road, SS8 0JA, . We are determined that it should remain so. Our policy is to be as competitive as possible, so price increases are only in line with rising costs, mainly hall hire, which has been considerable over recent years.

This one day event on the first Sunday in February consistently attracts 500 visitors. The venue boasts a large car park, wheelchair access, refreshments and excellent bacon rolls. As one of the first rallies in the year it is very popular with traders, user groups and amateurs alike. The demand for tables exceeds supply meaning early booking is recommended.



Many of us are now retired and able to enjoy the hobby more but recognize the need to encourage younger folk. Introducing new people to the hobby and recruiting Members is a priority. If you are looking for a club to join that is friendly and give every member the opportunity to operate the radio’s at field and club events this may be the club you have been looking for.



Our equipment has been gradually upgraded. A new fully enclosed “walk in” waterproof trailer now houses all our field day hardware, including a HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver and one HF Transceiver and a new DMR Transceiver a lightweight marquee, generator, extendable masts, antennas, cables and toolkit. This ensures that no equipment is forgotten and prevents damage to car interiors.




Monthly meetings are held at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday each month. Talks and presentations relate to the many aspects of Amateur Radio and may include other interests. At this venue we are also able to put an HF station on the air using temporary antennas. Free Refreshments are supplied during meetings. Visitors are made very welcome and encouraged to attend our  events.