Welcome to the Acorns website!


A small and welcoming Amateur Radio Club based in Grays (Essex, England) close to the town centre. Primarily created for the local Ham community the Club is open anyone who has an interest in any aspect of Amateur Radio.

Why not 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.


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

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

by Gary M6GPM

8pm Tuesday 16th of October


Club members will be operating on 2 metres using various modes to encourage greater use of the VHF band solely dedicated to Amateur Radio.

13:00 until 17:00 Saturday 17th of November


GB1EWT at the Thameside Nature Reserve
by Nigel M0ICH

Liz Turrell (photo) was in for a surprise when she visited Essex Wildlife Trust on 11th August. There was a demonstration of modern Amateur Radio by enthusiasts from the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club. Many types of radio communication were on display including, importantly for Liz, Morse Code. This brought back memories of her mother who had been a Morse Code operator during the war at RAF Calshot. Her mother returned to her old RAF station a few days before she died and sent her final Morse code message in 1993 which read: “Hello this is NORAH”. Liz was delighted to be asked to re-send her Mother’s message using a Morse code key like the one her Mum would have used following the dots and dashes from crib sheet. Liz’s Morse was easily readable by club members; her Mum would have been proud. This nostalgic moment was the highlight of the club’s visit which also included radio contacts from the USA and Japan.

More photos of this event can be viewed in the gallery

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 please click on the adjacent thumbnail.


Hamzilla Radio Fest

One of the biggest amateur radio rallies in the southeast of UK will take place at the Discovery Science Park in Sandwich, Kent. This exclusive venue has thousands of free car parking spaces and good travel links from London/Home Counties. The Dover Amateur Radio Club have managed to secure this fantastic venue from the 24th of March 2019. For further information please visit the Hamzilla.uk website.



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.