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 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 to become a member please ask for a member details form.

Members of other radio clubs are welcome to visit.


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

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.


New service to replace AROS
Ham-designed comms support cave rescue
International Youth at Sea begins
read about these and more from the RSGB…


If the weather forecast is good we plan to include a B-B-Q! A small donation from non-members to help cover the cost of food would be appreciated.

8pm on Tuesday the 21st of August


GB1EWT operating at Thameside Nature Reserve, Mucking.

HF and VHF from 09:30 until 16:00

on Saturday the 11th of August

Ideas for the Club programme are always welcome. Would you like to do a presentation or demonstrate something you’ve built? If you would, please use our on-line General Enquiry form to let us know.

Thames Amateur Radio Group event

The Thames Amateur Radio Group will be operating a special event station GB2MFM in September commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the end of WW2. Any licensed operator from any club welcome.

For full details click on the thumbnail below.

Essex CW Amateur Radio Club event

The Essex CW ARC will be running a CW BOOT CAMP on Saturday 27th October in Witham, Essex. Brush up your CW skill with the experts. There will be sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced CW operators.

For full details click on the thumbnail below.


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.