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Thameside Nature Park GB1EWT, August 2017


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Horndon Feast & Fayre, June 2017


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Foundation: Kaleb M6IYV and Ethan M6IYS, May 2017


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Foundation: Andy M6KUX, April 2017


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RNLI SOS Day GBTYC, January 2017


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Essex Two Metre Activity Afternoon GX4HKO, November 2016


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Advanced: Martin M0YRM and Miles M0LHA September 2016


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Thameside Nature Park GB1EWT, August 2016

WHAT’S AMATEUR RADIO ALL ABOUT?

Amateur radio is a popular scientific 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 please ask for, or download, a copy of 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.

WINTER SNACK & CHAT EVENING

Come along on the 19th of December from 20:00 to 22:00 for seasonal snacks, tea and coffee. Please let us know (for catering purposes) if you are attending and bringing a guest. Keith, G3WRO, the RSGB Regional Manager (Region 12) is expected to attend.

EVENTS FOR 2017 COMPLETED

The next planned event is the Essex 2m Activity Afternoon on 24th of March 2018 from 13:00 to 17:00.

More events for 2018 will be added over the next few weeks.

Congratulations to Lauren M6HLR, on passing the Intermediate exam today the 18th of November

JOHN (G4LTH) ON NORTH RONA

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image and for more details of John’s weekend on the uninhabited Scottish isles. Special thanks go to John for his interesting presentation at the November Club meeting.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE G8BBC SHACK

On the 18th of October Lord Tony Hall, the BBC Director General, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new G8BBC radio shack at Broadcasting House and then passed a greetings message to GB2RN aboard HMS Belfast.

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

One radio combining the above technologies is the dv4mobile and for HF there is free open source software, FreeDV.

 

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 in the UK by Ofcom

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