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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.

WINTER SNACK AND CHAT EVENING

Please let us know if you will be attending
20:00 – 22:00 Tuesday 18th of December 2018

ESSEX 2 METRE ACTIVITY AFTERNOON

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

The November Acorns Club Meeting

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

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.

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.