What is Essex Ham?

Essex Ham Podcast LogoEssex Ham launched in 2011. It originally launched as a website to help new Foundation licence holders to get on-air, but thanks to input from many Essex-based amateurs, Essex Ham has been expanded to help promote and support the amateur radio hobby, as well as becoming a handy place to gather and share information.

Essex Ham has three main aims:

  1. Promote: To raise awareness for the amateur radio hobby, and encourage people to take part
  2. Support: To offer help, advice and information to those getting started in amateur radio, and to amateur radio clubs.
  3. Share: To share information about amateur radio activities, clubs and training in Essex.
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Essex Ham is an RSGB-affiliated amateur radio club, often referred to as a “virtual” amateur radio club.

What Essex Ham offers:

Essex Ham continues to evolve, based on suggestions from our regular visitors, supporters and contributors. Here’s a summary of what we do:

  • Monday Night Net: A regular get-together of amateurs, normally on the GB3DA repeater in Danbury, Chelmsford
  • Essex Ham Forum: The place to discuss amateur radio in Essex – our little online amateur radio community
  • Foundation Online: Distance-learning for the entry-level licence, with videos and an online classroom
  • Essex Ham Podcast: Video and audio reports from events in and around Essex
  • Amateur Radio training material: including Foundation slides and content
  • Getting started: Information on how to get into the hobby and get a licence
  • Field events: On occasions, we run informal field events, and the occasional Special Event Station. When we do these, it’s not as a traditional club event, but usually for a specific purpose, or for training & mentoring.
  • Help and advice: Pages of information on various aspects of the hobby

Supporting local clubs:

As well as providing a free service to amateurs in and around Essex, we also support clubs in the area:

  • Event Reviews – Where possible, we visit local events and report on the activity on our site, in some cases with video reports – We’ve covered events for local groups including CARS, DHARS, Essex CW Club, Essex RAYNET, SEARS, Suffolk RED, TAARC, TARG, and several others – we’ve been referred to at the online hub for amateur radio activity in Essex
  • Online Training – We’ve trained several thousand people using our FREE online Foundation training course, which can be used stand-alone, or to support a club’s existing training
  • Training Material – We have a full set of up-to-date Foundation training slides, handouts and videos. Our material is free, and is being used by clubs in Essex and around the UK
  • Support for amateur radio clubs – Guides, resources, help, videos and more
  • Web services:  Essex Ham has provided hosting services and online surveys for local amateur radio groups.

If you run an amateur radio club in Essex – perhaps we can help? Contact us

One of our videos – See Essex Ham videos for the full list

If you have a question, comment or a suggestion, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch

Related Links

Essex Ham – Supporting Amateur Radio in Essex