Foundation: Kaleb M6IYV and Ethan M6IYS, May 2017
Foundation: Andy M6KUX, April
Essex Two Metre Activity Afternoon GX4HKO, November 2016
Advanced: Martin M0YRM and Miles M0LHA September 2016
Miles M0LHA and Ricky M6DII meet in Canada August 2016
Intermediate: Miles 2E0ERI June 2016
Foundation: Miles M6LSZ achieved 100%! April 2016
Foundation: Lee M6LHN, April 2016
Essex Two Metre FM Activity Afternoon M1GGY, March 2016
Essex Two Metre Activity Afternoon GX4HKO, March 2016
WHAT’S AMATEUR RADIO ALL ABOUT?
Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby with many aspects. These videos by the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) A 21st Century Hobby and Amateur Radio Direction Finding should give you an idea of what it’s all about and what can be achieved.
Radio amateurs also provide volunteer emergency communications services in times of local, national and international disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Many amateurs are members of a local radio clubs. As of June 2016 there were 83952 valid UK amateur radio licences including club licences.
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 happen to be in the area on a club night why not pop in, have a cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit and a chat. Visitors from other clubs are welcome to pop in and say hello. If you decide to join ask for, or download, the Member details form.
THURROCK TRAINING TEAM
The training team is passionate about encouraging young people into the hobby. A briefing note for their families can be found on the Foundation resources page. The training team can also help you progress to the next level, see the additional information on the intermediate resources page.
If you would like to know more about qualifying for an amateur radio licence, please complete this form.
NEXT CLUB MEETING
AUTUMN SNACK & CHAT EVENING
19th of September
Why not bring a friend! Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. If you’ll be there let us know so we buy enough snacks to go around or bring something with you.
NEXT CLUB EVENT
ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST
26th of August
GB1EWL at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
at Mucking (near Stanford-le-Hope).
UNINHABITED ISLANDS TRIP
Once again John G4LTH will switch to his alter ego GM4LTH/P when he visits the uninhabited islands around Scotland from the 15th to the 18th September. Click here to see John’s itinerary but he points out that the route is subject to weather conditions and may be reversed. John’s equipment will be a KX2 (FT817ND as a backup) and dipoles for 20/40/80 metres. He says, “Hope to work as many stations as possible” from these unusual locations. We wish him a safe and successful adventure.
RSGB EXAM CHAIR STEPS DOWN
The RSGB has announced that Alan Betts G0HIQ has stepped down from his long-standing and much-valued role as Chair of the Examination Group. Alan served as chair for 15 years and will continue as a member of the examination group.
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP AWARDED
By unanimous vote of the members at the 2007 AGM, lifetime honorary membership was awarded to outgoing chair and co-founder Nick G4HCK for his exceptional service to the club.
Congratulations to Lauren M6HLR for completing the Wainwrights on the Air challenge on the 1st of August.
COMMUNICATIONS MARKET REPORT
Ofcom published it’s communications market report for 2017 today (3rd of August).
A HANDY TIP
If you have badly tarnished copper wires that need soldering have a look at this article you might find it helpful.
TWO METRE MOXON ANTENNA
Steve G4HXY has kindly provided instructions for making the 2m Moxon antenna suitable for fox hunting.
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