Last Wednesday saw two cadets from the 106 Air Cadet Squadron based in Grays celebrate when they passed their amateur radio exam. This acheivement allows them to operate transmittors and talk to people around the globe over the airwave. The cadets had been studing via the Essex Ham on line training course which gave them a basic understanding of electronics. Once they had completed this course they then attended a training day which is desgned to cover  the amateur radio syllabus before taking the exam in the evening. The training included a practical section which required them to demonstrate that they could set up a station and had the ability to speak over the air. During this part of the exam one cadet had quite a surprise as after she had spoken into the microphone an amateur located in America responded. Morse is a requirement of the exam and the cadets were required to send and receive a morse code message which they completed sucessfully.
The picture shows (L –R) Lt Cmdr R James (RNR) who acted at the invigultor during the exam presenting the pass certificate to Cadet Lee and Cadet Mayes is seen receiving his pass certificate from Flt Lt Mark Jones RAFVR officer commanding the 106 Squadron. Both Lt Cmdr. James and Flt Lt Jones commented on how hard the cadets had worked to achieve their pass certificate and they looked forward to seeing them talking on the squadron radio station which is currently being set up at the squadron HQ. Should anyone wish to know more about amateur radio or the Air Training Corp please contact