Welcome to the Acorns website!


Thurrock Acorns 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 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 you would like to join complete and submit the on-line Membership Application Form.

Members of other radio clubs are welcome to visit, especially if they fancy doing a presentation for us!


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

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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the programme as advertised below has been postponed.

Fatal Road Collision Investigation, a presentation by Club member Nigel M0ICH at 8pm on Thursday the 20th of February, something a little out of the ordinary!

Ideas for the Club programme are always welcome. Do you know someone who, is just itching to do a presentation or a demonstration of something they have built?

Essex 2metre activity afternoon will be on Saturday the 17th of March from 1pm to 5pm. We anticipate stations working CW, SSB and FM.

Len M1DPE and Gordon M0WJL, will be working with a Scout Group in Stanford-le-Hope, from Saturday morning and overnight to Sunday, to help them gain their Communicator Badge. They’ll be joining in on the 2 metre activity afternoon an hope to make plenty of HF contacts during the rest of the weekend.


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.