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Exam success: Miles 2E0ERI passes intermediate June 2016


Horndon Feast & Fayre, June 2016


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Museums On The Air, June 2016


Museums On The Air, June 2016


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Queen's Birthday Tea Party, June 2016


Exam success: Miles M6LSZ achieved 100%! April 2016


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Purfleet Heritage Centre GX4HKO, April 2016


Astro skills by Darren 2E0OCA, April 2016


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Exam success: Lee M6LHN, April 2016


Essex Two Metre FM Activity Afternoon M1GGY, March 2016


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Essex Two Metre FM Activity Afternoon GX4HKO, March 2016


RNLI SOS Day GBTYC, January 2016


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Exam success: Louis M6LGG, December 2015


Exam success: Air Cadets Hance and Sgt Gaywood, December 2015


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Essex Two Metre FM Activity Afternoon, GX4HKO, November 2015


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Exam success: Darren and Gary, October 2015


Thameside Nature Park GB1EWT, August 2015


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Museums on the Air - Purfleet Heritage Centre GB2PHC, June 2015


Monuments on the Air at Davy Down GB2DD, May 2015

WHAT’S AMATEUR RADIO ALL ABOUT?

Amateur radio is a hobby, a technical hobby with many facets.

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

The foundation licence is the amateur radio entry point. To register interest in qualifying for a licence, please complete this form. We can also help you with the next step, qualifying for the intermediate licence.

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 and meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 7:45pm until 10pm. The club call signs are G4HKO and GX4HKO*.

If you are in the area on a club night why not pop in, have a cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit and a chat. If you decide to join ask for, or download, the Member details form.

Visitors from other clubs are welcome to pop in and say hello.
 

NEXT CLUB MEETING

SOCIAL EVENING

The social evening on the 20th of August is an ideal time to drop in and chat. Snacks and soft drinks will be available along with the usual teas and coffees.

NEXT CLUB EVENT

JAMBOREE ON THE AIR (JOTA)

The club will be supporting Thurrock Scouts GB0TDS during the weekend of 14th-16th of October. Days and times are subject to confirmation.

SCHOOLS CONTACT THE ISS

Ten schools were selected to use amateur radio to communicate with Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. This video from the RSGB tells the story of the project.


 

A down link recording of the final schools contact between Ashfield Primary School in Otley, West Yorkshire and Tim Peake on the ISS was made by club member Jon M6WRO in Chadwell St. Mary, near Grays, Essex.

MID-YEAR BAND PLAN CHANGES

A small number of band plan changes occurred on 1 June 2016 to 80m, 30m and VHF to enable greater flexibility for narrowband modes, see the RSGB band plans page.

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’S 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 might 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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