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Acorns AGM March 2019

New Committee – New Direction

The AGM on 19th March elected the Committee for the year 2019-2020 comprising from left to right:

Dave M5ABP Secretary
Nick G4HCK Chair
Eddie GØBKL Vice-Chair
Simon M1GGY Treasurer

There followed an honest debate on what has worked in the club over the past 12 months and what has not; this helped shape the agenda for the next 12 months.

Broadly speaking the agenda is split into four themes: (1) Public Events with the aim of introducing new people to the hobby. (2) Field Events where the aim is to concentrate on operating radio at HF or VHF. (3) Club nights with a selection of speakers. (4) Surprise Bonus…. members-only visits, more information in the April Newsletter.

Photo by Nigel MØICH

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Acorns Meeting February 2019

At the club meeting on 19th February, Chair Paul G4MJM (left) was pleased to welcome David MØMBD (right) who has recently taken over as the RSGB representative for Acorns. David gave a brief overview of himself and his role within the RSGB. In particular he summarised the many developments taking place around the county and asked for feedback so that the views of members can be taking into account. He was able to help with some of the challenges in trying to engage with schools on the topic of amateur radio.

The evening’s presentation was by another RSGB representative, Vic G6BHE, who relayed his adventures of “Not So Great Canal Journeys” which made an entertaining diversion from the usual radio topics. The new Acorns’ sign was shown to the group with the intention it be used at club events for publicity to help guide the public to our website. Statutory notice was given of the Annual General Meeting in March which should be a well attended event.

Paul G4MJM (TAARC Chair), photo by Nigel MØICH

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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 MØICH

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New year’s resolution – to learn Morse code?

Now is the time to start. Morse classes started 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 GØIBN, 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 MØICH

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Acorns Meeting October 2018

Conveying a sense of enthusiasm is the key to any good talk – as demonstrated by Acorns Member Gary M7AEL, 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 MØICH

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