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 Nick G4HCK

8pm Tuesday 20th of November


For the 7th Essex 2 Metre Activity Afternoon, Rachel will be using the Club callsign GX4HKO

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


The October Acorns Club Meeting

Conveying a sense of enthusiasm is the key to any good talk – as demonstrated by Acorns Member Gary M6GPM, who gave a presentation and demonstration of DMR at the October club meeting. He brought two hand-helds and a hot spot connected to his mobile phone from which we were able to listen in to a conversation with a station from America in Grays, Essex. The hands-on demo was followed by a short YouTube video that covered the more technical aspects of Talk-Groups, Time Slots and Code Plugs. A useful encouragement into this aspect of the hobby.

by Paul G4MJM (TAARC Chair)

Photo by Nigel M0ICH

Hamzilla Radio Fest

The Dover Amateur Radio Club announced: One of the biggest amateur radio rallies in the southeast of the 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.

What is Amateur Radio?

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.