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THURROCK ACORNS ARC

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

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.

NOT SO GREAT CANAL JOURNEYS
by Vic G6BHE

20:00 – 22:00 Tuesday 19th of February 2019

ESSEX 2 METRE ACTIVITY AFTERNOON

The 8th Essex 2 Metre Activity Afternoon
13:00 – 17:00 Saturday 16th of March 2019

Acorns Meeting January 2019

It isn’t very often that our members get to meet a celebrity, but on 15th January Thurrock Acorns were pleased to welcome Gwyn Williams G4FKH who created the popular website www.predtest.uk and is an authority on HF propagation. Gwyn is also the author the HF prediction chart that appears every month in RadCom (photo).

Gwyn explained how the program worked in terms of the automatic updating of key information and gave an example of how to predict HF reception between two locations. The reason the prediction program is so popular is that it was written to avoid the need for technical input to be entered manually and the output is displayed in easy to understand visual graphs and maps. His easy going style made the presentation entertaining as well as educational.

What Gwyn didn’t predict, being the first meeting of the new year, was to be invited to remain for a review of the many plans and opportunities that Thurrock Acorns has in store for 2019. This is going to be an exciting year and we got off to a great start.

Paul G4MJM (TAARC Chair), photo by Nigel M0ICH

New year’s resolution – to learn Morse code?

Now is the time to start. Morse classes are starting again at Danbury Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday the 17th of January 2019. If you are a complete beginner Danbury is the best place, you will have your own “Elmer” to instruct and guide you. If you just want to refresh your Morse skills Danbury has a group of enthusiasts who will be pleased to help. If you just want a pleasurable evening with CW friends come along and join us for a fun evening whenever it suits you.

Contact : Andy G0IBN, g0ibn1@yahoo.com or just drop in.

Acorns Meeting November 2018

Can you hear the picture?

The November talk was by founder member, Nick G4HCK, on his experience of MMSSTV, i.e sending pictures via SSB, FM and repeaters. “I’ve no idea what all the buttons do, but it works!”, encouraged those who might have been overwhelmed by all the settings. This is the value of club meetings, Nick showed how easy it is to send and receive pictures (visual medium) over the radio (audio medium) using free MMSSTV software and he instantly answered questions that might have taken ages to look up in the manual.

Paul G4MJM (TAARC Chair), photo by Nigel M0ICH

Acorns Meeting October 2018

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.

Paul G4MJM (TAARC Chair), photo by Nigel M0ICH

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.