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, behind the Waterside Sports Centre on Canvey Island.

They have two regular meetings a month:

  • At 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month there is a guest speaker
  • At 8pm on the 3rd Friday is “TARGet Nite” – a member’s-only night for hands-on radio, practical support and advice (£2.50 admittance fee applies)

On Fridays where there is no meeting, there are two nets: CW from 7.15pm (144.250) and voice from 8pm (on GB3DA)

TARG has a diverse membership, including youngsters and families – their youngest member passed their Foundation licence aged 9 years, in 2018.

TARG runs 5 field days a year to help generate interest from passing members of the public

Since 2012, TARG has trained over 100 candidates, and offers weekend Foundation and Intermediate courses, as well as Advanced exam sessions.


 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: CW (7:15pm 144.250) and Voice (8pm GB3DA)
Training: Foundation & Intermediate courses, and Full exams. Weekends
AGM: November
Membership Fee: £20 per year
Contact: Email TARG
Information last updated: October 2018 – Out of date? Let us know

2021 Update: We understand that Essex Ham has been the subject of gossip from within the TARG management team. We feel that local clubs should be co-operating, not deliberately attempting to undermine the activity of other groups. If anyone’s heard of any such attempts, we’d appreciate you contacting Essex Ham in confidence. Regardless, we still continue to promote and support Thames ARG.

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, supplied by Nigel M0ICH:

TARG Field Day
TARG Field Day
Training at TARG
Training at TARG
TARG Club Event
TARG Club Event

TARG’s History:

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

TARG Launch Event at Phoenix FM, Brentwood

Since launch, TARG holds a monthly club night 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.

First TARG club night in 2012

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.

Former Thames ARG activities include annual week-long camping/caravanning trips for its members at Crowsheath Fisheries near Billericay. TARG had a dedicated shack at its Waterside Farm base between 2012 and 2013.

TARG RSGB Field Day May 2013
TARG RSGB Field Day May 2013
Thames ARG Two Tree Island Field Day - Sept 2013
Thames ARG Two Tree Island Field Day – Sept 2013

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