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Foundation: Kaleb and Ethan M6IYS, May 2017


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RNLI SOS Day GBTYC, January 2017


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Essex Two Metre Activity Afternoon GX4HKO, November 2016


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Thameside Nature Park GB1EWT, August 2016


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Advanced exam: Martin M0YRM and Miles M0LHA September 2016


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Miles M0LHA and Ricky M6DII meet in Canada August 2016


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Intermediate exam: Miles 2E0ERI June 2016


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Horndon Feast & Fayre, June 2016


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Museums On The Air, June 2016


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Queen's Birthday Tea Party, June 2016


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Foundation exam: Miles M6LSZ achieved 100%! April 2016


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Purfleet Heritage Centre GX4HKO, April 2016


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Astro skills by Darren 2E0OCA, April 2016


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Foundation exam: Lee M6LHN, April 2016


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Essex Two Metre FM Activity Afternoon M1GGY, March 2016


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Essex Two Metre Activity Afternoon GX4HKO, March 2016


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RNLI SOS Day GBTYC, January 2016

WHAT’S AMATEUR RADIO ALL ABOUT?

Amateur radio is a popular technical 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.

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 ask for, or download, the Member details form.

THURROCK TRAINING TEAM

The training team is dedicated to encouraging young people into the hobby. With this in mind a family briefing note has been prepared and added to 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
SUMMER SNACK & CHAT EVENING

We will be holding a Snack & Chat evening at the club on the 20th of June. Please let us know using the contact us form if you are planning to come along so we can plan for enough snacks to punctuate the chat. If you have particular dietary needs please suggest something suitable.

NEXT CLUB EVENT
HORNDON FEAST AND FAYRE

The club is again attending the Horndon Feast and Fayre in the grounds of Ss. Peter & Paul’s church on Saturday the 24th of June.

Should the weather be favourable it might be extended to Sunday.

Please note: Our event MUSEUMS ON THE AIR, FOULNESS ISLAND on the 17th of June is cancelled.

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP AWARDED

By unanimous vote of the members at the 2007 AGM, lifetime honorary membership was awarded to outgoing chairperson and co-founder Nick G4HCK for his exceptional service.

YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR

We happily donated to YOTA 2017. Clicking on the badge will take you to the RSGB’s Youngsters On The Air page where you can catch up on the event details.

 

A HANDY TIP

If you have badly tarnished wires that need soldering have a look at this article you might find it helpful.

TWO METRE MOXON ANTENNA

Steve G4HXY has kindly provided instructions for making the 2m Moxon antenna suitable for fox hunting.

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

One radio combining the above technologies is the dv4mobile and for HF there is free open source software, FreeDV.

 

Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club (TAARC) is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)
* Amateur radio and the use of the club call sign G4HKO/GX4HKO is regulated in the UK by Ofcom

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