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10 element 2m OWL antenna used by amateur radio club Our shack

The Dengie Hundred Amateur Radio Society (DHARS), which is based in Essex, is an enthusiastic group who all have an interest in amateur radio - sometimes called ham radio. The club meets at its shack in Latchingdon approximately ten times each month, although few members are able to attend every meeting. The club meets:

The shack is located on the Lower Burnham Road (B1010), Latchingdon. (Despite being in Latchingdon, we are not that far from the The Three Horseshoes pub in Althorne, which is actually the closest pub.) The next few meetings of the club, which has the callsign G0UTT, are:

Monday meetings - held in the evening, so most members can attend.

Thursday meetings - held during the day, so mainly suitable for members who are retired.

Location.

As stated above, the shack is located on the Lower Burnahm Road (B1010), Latchingdon, although it is within about 20 m of the Althorne/Latchingdon border, and closer to the centre of Althorne than it is to the centre of Latchingdon. The club primarily serves the Dengie peninsula part of Essex, which is formed by the River Crouch, the River Blackwater and the North Sea. So the club is particularly close to those living in the following Essex villages, not all of which are in the Dengie.

Interests of members.

Different members of the club have very different interests, with members being active on frequencies from 1.8 MHz (160 m) to 10 GHz (3 cm), and most bands between. We don't currently have members operating below the 160 m band, but we might well do this one day. There is considerable interests in digital modes of communication, as well as interests in CW, satellites, contests and moonbounce. A number of members enjoy constructing items, either from kits, published designs, or items they have designed themselves. Antenna construction is particularly prevalent. We welcome new members who have other interests.

Facilites.

Unlike almost every other amateur club in England, we are very fortunate in being able to erect permanent antennas at our club station. This is something no other club local to us can do. With our antennas more than 50 m ASL, the site has good takeoff. We have test equipment which members can use, including an antenna analyzer, 1 GHz signal generator, 150 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope, LCR meter and of course more common items like multimeters. If you compare our facilities to other local clubs, you can see we have much more to offer! In addition, one member has access to more exotic test equipment including vector network analyzers to 20 GHz, a frequency counter to 20 GHz, and other equipment.

Meetings.

The official meetings, are on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, and consist of either:

but as noted above, there are around around 10-12 meetings each month, depending on the numbers of Mondays and Thursdays in each month. Members also meet for social events, and some go to the shack for contests, or other events like meteor showers.

Are you considering joining us?

Prospective members are asked to contact the club's Secretary or Chairman, whose details can be found on our contact page. You will be invited to attend as a guest a few times (no charge for this), and then make a decision whether you wish to apply for membership.

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