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100% foundation success! April 2016

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Purfleet Heritage Centre, April 2016

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Astro skills, April 2016

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Foundation success, April 2016

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2M FM Activity Afternoon, March 2016

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2M FM Activity Afternoon, March 2016

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RNLI SOS Day, January 2016

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Foundation success, December 2015

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Foundation success, December 2015

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2M FM Activity Afternoon, November 2015

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Foundation success, October 2105

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Thameside Nature Park, August 2015

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Museums on the Air, June 2015

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Monuments on the Air, May 2015

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Monuments on the Air, May 2015

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2M FM Activity Afternoon, March 2015

LANDSCAPE VIEW IS SUGGESTED FOR MOBILE DEVICES.

THURROCK ACORNS AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

The club is based near Grays town centre in the county of Essex, 20 miles (32 kilometres) east of London, England. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 7:45pm until 10pm. The club uses the call signs G4HKO and GX4HKO*.
 

WHAT IS AMATEUR RADIO?

These RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) videos on YouTube here and here should give you a good idea of what it’s all about.
 
 
 

NEXT CLUB MEETING

SSTV AND PICTURES

Presented by Ricky M6DII from 8pm to 10pm on Tuesday the 21st of June.
 

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CLUB?

Come to a meeting as a visitor, have a cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit and a chat. If you decide to join ask the secretary for, or download, the Member details form. Visitors from other clubs are welcome to pop in and say hello.

INTERESTED IN TRAINING FOR A LICENCE?

To enquire or register interest in training for the Foundation or Intermediate licence, please use this form.

NEXT CLUB EVENT

QEB tea party QSL mk 2 small

In association with the Tilbury Riverside Project, the club will be operating as GB90QEB from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday the 8th of June at the Tilbury Community Hall.

*** MID-YEAR BAND PLAN CHANGES ***

Following approval of proposals agreed at the recent IARU Region 1 Interim meeting, a small number of band plan changes will occur on 1 June 2016 to 80m, 30m and VHF to enable greater flexibility for narrowband modes. To see the current band plans please visit the RSGB band plans page.

ADVANCED DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE

The Bath-based Advanced distance learning team are now enrolling for their next course. For more information please visit this RSGB page.
 
 

FINAL ARISS SCHOOLS CONTACT

The final contact was between Ashfield Primary School in Otley, West Yorkshire and Tim Peake on the International Space Station on Monday, 9 May at 09:26 UTC (10:26 BST) operated by the ARISS UK Operations team using the callsign GB1OSM.

Here is a down link recording by Jon M6WRO in Chadwell St. Mary, near Grays.

HANDY TIP

Recent strong winds resulted in my 1/2 size G5RV antenna’s ladder feeder snapping at the weakest points, the ends. On stripping the insulation I discovered the copper strands were too tarnished to take solder.

This article proved very useful. It took rather longer than the article suggests but it did work.
 

WHAT IS DV RADIO?

Digital Voice Radio. The future of amateur radio may well be to move from analogue to digital. The three major commercially available systems are:

  • D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio) mainly from iCOM
  • DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) mainly from Motorola
  • System Fusion from Yaesu

The answer to which system to choose could be “all of them” – the New Radio specification developed by European hams or the dv4mobile from Wireless Holdings, LLC.

There is also free software (completely open source) FreeDV digital voice for the HF bands

Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club (TAARC) is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)
* Amateur radio and the use of the club call sign G4HKO/GX4HKO is regulated by Ofcom

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