THURROCK ACORNS Amateur Radio Club (G4HKO*) is based 20 miles (32 kilometres) east of London, England, near Grays town center in the county of Essex.

WHAT IS AMATEUR RADIO? Our leaflet gives a brief overview the hobby.

INTERESTED IN JOINING? Come to a meeting as a visitor and if you want to join ask the secretary for a Member details form or download a copy here. Visitors from other clubs are welcome.

THE NEXT MEETING is on Tuesday the 16th of December 2014 (see below for details).
The doors will be opened for a 20:00 start until 22:00. Details of the venue can be found here.

2 METRE NET each Thursday at 19:45 starting on 145.500 MHz and moving to a clear frequency.


  • World Thinking Day (WTD) Next year the club is planning to run a station for The Guide Association on Sunday 22nd February 2015 in support of the event. For more about WTD please visit the WTD Website.


  • Purfleet Heritage Centre The club ran an HF and a VHF/UHF station using the call sign GB2PHC (Purfleet Heritage Centre) at the centre on Sunday 26th October 2014 to promote it’s Remembrance Sunday event.
  • Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) The club supported Thurrock Scouts over the weekend of the 18th & 19th October 2014, GB1TDS in Grays and GB3TSG in Corringham.
  • West Thurrock Family Fun Day, 30th August 2014.
  • GB2EWT (Essex Wildlife Trust) The club operated an SSTV station, an HF station, a VHF station and a dedicated CW HF station on Sunday 20th July 2014 at the Essex Wildlife Trust’s Thameside Nature Park (Mucking, near Stanford-le-Hope), following the opening of a new play area near the visitor centre.
  • GB6BWS (Big Wild Sleepout) The club operated stations on the HF, VHF and UHF bands at the RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve over the weekend of 21st & 22nd June 2014. You can read about the GB6BWS station in the article written by Pete (M0PSX) for Essex Ham.

Purfleet Heritage Centre
Photo: © Nick (G4HCK)

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West Thurrock Family Fun Day
Photo: © Ricky (M6DII)

Thameside Nature Park
Photo: © Ricky (M6DII)

INFORMAL MEETINGS (social evenings) are scheduled for the 16th December 2014 and 20th January 2015.

FORMAL MEETINGS feature a talk, a demonstration or a discussion, often by guest speakers, on one of the following topics.

  • SSTV (Slow Scan TV)
  • DX (long distance (outside Europe) communication)
  • CW (Morse Code)
  • OPERATING PRACTICES (Etiquette, Q codes, band plans etc)
  • ASTRONOMY (optical and simple radio telescopes)
  • FOX HUNT (Amateur radio direction finding)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS featured the following topics:

  • SATELLITES by club member Paul (M0PFX) – 18th November 2014
  • METEOROLOGICAL BALLOONS by club member Simon (M1GGY) – 21st October 2014
  • QRP (low power operation) by Dave (M0TAZ) – 21st January 2014
  • RAYNET (Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network) by Roland (M0BDB) – 18th February 2014
  • DATA MODES (RTTY, PSK, MFSK, D-STAR etc) by Pete (M0PSX) – 18th March 2014
  • MARINE RADIO (development of ships radio from the early days) by Carl (G3PEM) – 15th April 2014
  • RSGB (the benefits, resources and support it provides to members & clubs) by Steve (M1ACB), Roland (M0BDB) & Keith (G7CIY) – 20th May 2014
  • FREQUENCY, WAVELENGTH & MODE (part of a Back-To-Basics series) by Dave (G4AJY) – 17th June 2014
  • ANTENNAS & FEEDERS (Simple and more complex systems) by Tony (G4YTG) – 15th July 2014
  • CONSTRUCTION (techniques and projects) by Carl (G3PEM) – 16th September 2014

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