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.


Three high altitude balloon launches…
Reverse Beacon Network beta-testing a separate Telnet feed for FT8…
Faster online process available for Full Licensees to access the 70.5-71.5MHz…
CAMSAT, released more details of their satellites planned for this year…
read more on these and other stories


a presentation by Nigel M0ICH

Affected people may find the material distressing
This meeting is open only to Acorns members

8pm on Tuesday the 17th of July


GB2HFF in the rear yard of Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church, Horndon-on-the-Hill.

Saturday the 23rd of June

Operating from 09:00 until 16:00 on VHF and HF

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 commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the end of WW2.

Any licensed amateur from any club is welcome to take part. For the full details of the event please click on the thumbnail.

Martello Tower Group event

The Martello Tower Group will once again be running a special event station GB5RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over a long weekend 3rd to 5th August. This weekend we have arranged 6 trips out to visit the ship for a tour of the ship including studios, transmitter room etc. There will be 3 trips on both the Saturday and same on the Sunday and each trip can carry up to 11 visitors. Each trip is for the whole 11 people and the cost is £275. So if you fill the boat it’s just £25 per person.

Sailing times are 1.30pm 4pm and 6.30pm and each trip is around 2.5 hours round trip and will be from Mersey island in Essex. Bookings will need to be paid in full.

Please note we are not taking individual bookings for spaces on trips, only bookings of £275 per trip. This is on a first come paid bookings only basis.

If interested please use the Acorns on-line General Enquiry form to request the organiser’s contact details.


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.