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Welcome to Thames Amateur Radio Group (TARG)

Watch this 5 min PowerPoint / You Tube Introduction to TARG…..

  • Fri 18th Oct 8pm: TARGet Nite – hands on radio
  • Fri 25th Oct 8pm – TARG net via GB3DA (preceded by slow CW on 144.250)
  • Fri 01st Nov 8pm. AGM.

Training dates: Foundation 26/27 Oct (new syllabus)

RayNet PhotoPresentation by RayNet at October Club Meeting

What happens when the lights go out and there are no phones or internet? RayNet is a voluntary group of licensed radio amateurs who, authorised by the local authority and emergency services will help provide emergency communications … as explained by Chair of Essex RayNet, Steve G8UDD

Collage of photos

Three Days down to Two

Sept has been a busy month for TARG and the events just keep on coming! At TARGet Night on 20th Sept we had a special visitor Steve Williams, the Chair of Jubilee Trust who run the building where TARG are based. For those eagle eyed radio critics out there – no the radio wasn’t connected, nevertheless I think we made a good impression.

The following day, we were back at Jubilee Hall for an Open Day. There was antenna testing outside and construction inside; photo shows Juan 2E0WEW repairing something that looks very complicated.

Nothing complicated about the weather forecast for Sun 22: thunder! So we reluctantly cancelled our Operating Day at Two Tree Island – sorry but it was the right thing to do based on the predicted WX.

Photo Collage

GB2MFM 14/15th Sept 

Another great participation event with many club members either attending the Control Pill Box at Wat Tyler Park or calling in from military monuments. For example, John M0LFX was next to the Vulcan Bomber at Southend Airport and Andrew M0IXY was over in Kent on banks of the Medway near the wreckage of WW1 German U-Boat UB122. High pressure meant we got good DX with contacts as far as Isle of Wight and Torbay (190miles) – not bad for VHF! Full report and more photos in next Newsletter. A big “thank you” to everyone who visited the site or called in.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Don’t forget the three TARG events this weekend (20, 21,22) – see above. These events are very popular in terms of the social and technical aspects. Especially recommended for newly licensed Amateurs and anybody who just wants a hand with an aspect of the hobby where they are struggling.

Photo of ROC post

6th Sept: Nuclear War at TARG

This is the entrance to a Royal Observer Corps underground bunker where Nigel M0ICH was stationed in 1975. The are hundreds of military monuments dotted around the highly fortified counties of Essex and Kent all within VHF range of the TARG special event station, GB2MFM. This was the topic of Nigel’s talk at the September club meeting.

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