Welcome to the Acorns website!


Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club is based in Grays (Essex, England) close to the town centre and would welcome anyone from the surrounding area who has an interest in any of the aspects of Amateur Radio; from shortwave listener (SWL) to the the experienced radio station operator, young or not so young.

If you are interested, drop in to a meeting on the third Tuesday of the month for a chat, a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit or two. If you decide you would like to join complete and submit the on-line Membership Application form.

Members of other radio clubs are welcome to visit, especially if they fancy doing a presentation for us!


Thurrock Training Team is a small group of enthusiastic licensed hams on a mission to encourage more young people into The Hobby.

The team offers support to the novice with the practical sessions and study required to gain the foundation licence. From there, onward support to gain the intermediate licence with the practicals and study required at that level. To advance to the full licence we recommend enrolling in the Bath Based Distance Learning course.

You can ask for more information on any of the three levels or register interest by completing and submitting our on-line Training Enquiry form.

NEWS: The first individually-licenced amateurs in Tunisia are now able to get on the air


AGM + Snack & Chat

Starting at 8pm on Tuesday the 20th of March.

Ideas for the Club programme are always welcome. Do you know someone who is just itching to do a presentation or a demonstration of something they have built? If you do, or you would like to, please use our on-line General Enquiry form to let us know.


Operating days and times have yet to be decided.

What used to be the SOS Week in January is now the month of May, so the count down is to 10:00 on the 1st of May instead of the day and time we plan to start our event.



Amateur (Ham) Radio is arguably the most popular scientific hobby! the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) defines The Hobby this way…

“Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.

Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.

As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.”

In reality it is much, much more. Have a look at these RSGB videos for a more interesting view of the possibilities Ham Radio presents.