Thameside Nature Park GB1EWT, August 2017
Horndon Feast & Fayre, June 2017
Foundation: Kaleb M6IYV and Ethan M6IYS, May 2017
Foundation: Andy M6KUX, April 2017
Essex Two Metre Activity Afternoon GX4HKO, November 2016
Advanced: Martin M0YRM and Miles M0LHA September 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.
*** KEEP THE EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES CLEAR ***
Several natural disasters have occurred in different countries recently, you can find out which frequencies are most used in which country on the IARU Region 1 website.
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.
NEXT CLUB MEETING
CLUB NIGHT, ON AIR
On the 17th of October the club is intending to operate on HF and VHF/UHF as GX4HKO from the club’s QTH in Grays from approximately 20:00 – 22:00 (local).
NEXT CLUB EVENT
ESSEX 2 METRE ACTIVITY AFTERNOON
On the 18th of November club members will be active on the 2 metre band on FM, SSB and CW from 13:00 – 17:00 (UTC). The club call sign GX4HKO will be on FM phone as usual.
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.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE G8BBC SHACK
On Wednesday the 18th of October Tony Hall, the BBC Director General, will cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new G8BBC radio shack at Broadcasting House. The newly formed London BBC Radio Group, G8BBC will be active on HF and VHF bands.
Congratulations to Lauren M6HLR (aged 12) for completing the Wainwrights on the Air challenge (1st of August).
COMMUNICATIONS MARKET REPORT
Ofcom published it’s communications market report for 2017 today (3rd of August).
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