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Miles 2E0ERI and Ricky M6DII meet in Canada August 2016


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Exam success: Miles 2E0ERI passes intermediate 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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Museums On The Air, June 2016


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Queen's Birthday Tea Party, June 2016


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Exam success: 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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Exam success: Lee M6LHN, April 2016


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Essex Two Metre FM Activity Afternoon M1GGY, March 2016


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Essex Two Metre FM Activity Afternoon GX4HKO, March 2016


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RNLI SOS Day GBTYC, January 2016


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Exam success: Louis M6LGG, December 2015


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Exam success: Air Cadets Hance and Sgt Gaywood, December 2015


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Essex Two Metre FM Activity Afternoon, GX4HKO, November 2015


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Exam success: Darren and Gary, October 2015


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Thameside Nature Park GB1EWT, August 2015


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Museums on the Air - Purfleet Heritage Centre GB2PHC, June 2015


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Monuments on the Air at Davy Down GB2DD, May 2015

WHAT’S AMATEUR RADIO ALL ABOUT?

Amateur radio is a hobby, a technical hobby with many aspects.

These RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) videos A 21st Century Hobby and Amateur Radio Direction Finding should give you an idea of what it’s all about.

The foundation licence is the amateur radio entry point. To register interest in qualifying for a licence, please complete this form. We can also help with the next step, qualifying for the intermediate licence.

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 are in the area on a club night why not pop in, have a cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit and a chat. If you decide to join ask for, or download, the Member details form.

Visitors from other clubs are welcome to pop in and say hello.
 

NEXT CLUB MEETING

PRACTICAL SESSION

On the 20th of October Club member Steve G4HXY will be leading a practical session to construct 2m Moxon antennas for use later in a radio direction finding competition.

NEXT CLUB EVENT

JAMBOREE ON THE AIR (JOTA)

The club will be supporting Thurrock Scouts GB0TDS during the weekend of 14th-16th of October. Days and times are subject to confirmation.

APPLY FOR ISS SCHOOLS CONTACTS

Following on from the successful ARISS contacts carried out during the Tim Peake Principia mission to the International Space Station, schools from across Europe are being invited to submit applications to be part of the ARISS programme for September 2017 to January 2018. For more information visit this RSGB page.

MID-YEAR BAND PLAN CHANGES

A small number of band plan changes occurred on 1 June 2016 to 80m, 30m and VHF to enable greater flexibility for narrowband modes, see the RSGB band plans page.

HANDY TIP

Strong winds resulted in my 1/2 size G5RV antenna’s ladder feeder snapping at the weakest points, the ends. On stripping the insulation I discovered the copper strands were too tarnished to take solder.

This article proved very useful. It took rather longer than the article suggests but it did work.

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

Which system to choose?

The answer might be “all of them”. Take a look at the New Radio specification developed by European hams or the dv4mobile from Wireless Holdings, LLC.

What’s available for HF?

There is also free software (completely open source) FreeDV digital voice for the HF bands.
 
 

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 by Ofcom

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