Thames Amateur Radio Group – Club Profile

Thames Amateur Radio Group LogoOn this page, you’ll find information about the Thames Amateur Radio Group (TARG), one of the amateur radio clubs in Essex.

The Thames Amateur Radio Group formed in September 2012 and their club venue is Jubilee Hall at the Waterside Sports and Social Club on Canvey Island.

TARG launched amateur radio Foundation training courses in early 2013 and holds two monthly club meetings on Canvey Island, one of which is a members-only night. The club also runs members-only camping and caravanning events, and operates a 2m net every two weeks.

 Thames ARG Information

Launched: September 2012
Location: Canvey Island
Meetings: 1st Friday in the month (Club Night)
3rd Friday in the month (Members only, cost £2.50)
Club Net: Every two weeks, Friday, GB3DA
Training: Foundation & Intermediate, weekends
AGM: November
Membership Fee: £20 per year
Website: www.thamesarg.org.uk
Contact: Email TARG
Information last updated: March 2016 – Out of date? Let us know

 

UPDATE: In March 2016, Thames Amateur Radio Group’s committee decided to block Essex Ham from accessing the TARG social media feed. No explanation for this action was given.

Twitter message - Access to Thames ARG denied March 2016
Twitter message – Access to Thames ARG denied March 2016

Essex Ham Blocked by TARG in March 2016We feel that blocking access in this way is contrary to the spirit of the open and inclusive nature of amateur radio. Given the support and promotion that Essex Ham has given to Thames ARG since its launch, this action is a little disappointing. Our member’s reactions can be found in Essex Ham’s forum.

 

More About TARG

Thames Amateur Radio Group launched in September 2012 at an event at community radio station Phoenix FM in Brentwood.

TARG holds monthly club nights on the first Friday of the month. In early 2015, the group launched a second club night, called the TARGet Nite. This is a members-only meeting, focusing on mentoring and construction, and has a £2.50 entrance fee.

Other Thames ARG activities include annual week-long camping/caravanning trips for its members at Crowsheath Fisheries near Billericay.

Foundation training was introduced in early 2013 and TARG was the first club in the UK to make use of Essex Ham’s Foundation training material. Following the first few successful Foundation training courses, the Thames Amateur Radio Group started to offer Intermediate training courses in 2014.

The club’s distinctive website was designed and developed by TARG’s original webmaster Pete M0PSX to stand out from the other clubs, and the group quickly adopted Facebook and Twitter as a way of communicating with its members.

TARG had a dedicated shack at its Waterside Farm base, but this was closed after the first year.

TARG Club Venue:

The group meets at Jubilee Hall, a two storey building at the rear of Waterside Farm Sports and Leisure.

Address: Waterside Farm, Somnes Avenue, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 9RA

 

TARG Images:

A small selection of images from Thames Amateur Radio Group events:

TARG Launch Event at Phoenix FM, Brentwood
TARG RSGB Field Day May 2013
TARG RSGB Field Day May 2013
First TARG club night in 2012
Thames ARG Two Tree Island Field Day - Sept 2013
Thames ARG Two Tree Island Field Day – Sept 2013

 

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