At NARC we cater for a wide variety of interests within the hobby of Amateur Radio and our membership ranges from complete beginners to those experienced in operating and building electronic equipment.
Beginners have the opportunity to participate in courses run by NARC for all three licence levels. The Social aspect of the club is thriving with family events such as Radio by the Seaside and Radio Active weekend, NARC also operates in various contests and in the last two years we have won the RSGB Club Championships on 80m.
We have a comprehensive club programme running throughout the year, the complete list can be seen on the diary page. We also try to cater for youngsters with our "Bright Sparks" evenings when we dedicate an evening to assist the younger members in construction and operating techniques. We offer club trips and also run the annual Barford Radio Rally which falls on July 3rd 2016
We have a shack at NARC which has HF, 6M , 2M and 70cm along with laptop for data modes and CW on HF along with D-STAR on 70cm the shack is open on informal evenings. We also have a comprehensive loan system available to members including TX/RX, Test Equipment and a library. We run nets on GB3NB on a Monday evening and HF nets with our Twinned Club in Koblenz.
So take look around and we look forward to seeing you at the club one evening.
It's been another mixed week with coronal holes dominating once again. The K index, a measure of the disturbance to the earth's magnetic field due to incoming solar plasma, fluctuated all week, being as low as one and as high as four.
The solar flux index started the week at 82, but rose steadily to reach 94 by Friday. By then there were actually six sunspot regions visible on the sun, although some were so small they looked like dust on the lens.
Two small, but almost geo-effective, coronal holes could be seen in the Solar Dynamics Observatory's extreme ultra-violet image on Thursday, which suggest we may have unsettled conditions as you hear or read this report.
NOAA predicts the solar flux index could rise to 95 by the third of May, although unsettled geomagnetic conditions will continue to affect propagation, especially on the first and fourth.
As we are now in May, sporadic E will become prevalent on the higher HF bands, notably ten metres, but more about that later.
Otherwise, a look at an HF propagation coverage map from VOACAP Online shows May generally sees the start of the summer doldrums when maximum usable frequencies are generally lower during daylight hours, but remain higher at night.
VHF and up
We may start this weekend with a weak ridge of high pressure over southern Britain, which is potentially useful for some limited Tropo, especially down to the south towards western France and northern Spain.
Unfortunately, almost as soon as it happens, it will be gone and low pressure will be in control, so it's more likely to be rain scatter on the GHz bands from large shower clouds that gives any enhancement locally.
On a more positive note, the Sporadic E season is now under way and current weather patterns are producing good jet streams in the right places over Europe.
These are known to be helpful for Es and the Es MUF has already reached more than 100MHz in the past week over the northern Balkans and allowed UK stations to have 6 metre QSOs with Greece.
Sporadic E is not an everyday thing, so check the beacons and clusters and follow any openings as it intensifies. Openings usually start as short skip on 10m, then up through 6m to 4m and perhaps even 2m. There are two main periods of activity from the UK, usually late morning and again late afternoon into early evening.
Moon declination is climbing this week and losses are falling as the moon comes in to perigee on Thursday. So this is a good week for EME with a daytime moon.
A page of nets happening around Norfolk this week and open to all
19.30: Informal net and chat on repeater GB3NB - everyone welcome! (GB3NB - 145.625MHz receive)
20.30: NARC CW net on HF 3.545MHz +/- QRM
21.00: Raynet net on 144.650MHz FM - open to Raynet members & anyone wanting to find out more
19.00: GB2CW Advanced CW Morse class (145.250MHz) Roger G3LDI
20.00: Intermediate CW class Jim G3YLA (145.250MHz)
20.00: GB2CW Beginners CW Morse class (145.250MHz) Malcolm G3PDH
19.30: Beginners voice net on GB3NB - informal help and chat for newcomers to the hobby with Nev, Simon and Nigel
20.00: NARC Contest net (145.250MHz)
If you would like details of any other Norfolk net published here just let me know date, time, frequency, mode and subject and we will be happy to publicise...
73 David G7URP
This week a treat when our own Jim G3YLA gives us one of his wonderful talks, 'It is are not raining in Tokyo'; A mystery tour of world weather at those hard to work DX locations...
Jims talk will start straight after notices at 19.45 - we hope to see you there.
Also an update on one of the RadioActive projects where you can reserve an AM/FM 3 IC radio receiver including case, telescopic aerial and batteries - just £5 complete. But as they are coming from overseas I need to get orders in early so come and have a look at the kit and a built unit then if you would like one put your name down to reserve - no money needed until they come in.
73, David G7URP
Pictured: John 2E0TWQ and Nev. M0NFY on 20m SSB.
NARC members at the Caister Lifeboat Visitor Centre managed to contact 215 other radio amateurs in 36 different countries when they took part in the annual International Marconi Day to mark the inventor's birthday on Saturday 23rd April.
Using the call GB0CMS and a mixture of Morse code, telephony (speech) and data (PSK31 - thanks Nev.), contacts were made with other radio amateurs across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Canada and the USA.
Notable contacts were with other special Marconi stations in the UK, Italy, USA and Austria.
The club ran the all-day special event station at Caister Lifeboat to commemorate the village's original Marconi Wireless Station, which was established at Caister in 1900. The station was in a house in the High Street known as Pretoria Villa and its original purpose was to communicate with ships in the North Sea and the Cross Sands lightship.
On Saturday, the closest to Guglielmo Marconi's birthday, stations around the world are set up at sites with historical links to the inventor's work. These include Poldhu in England; Cape Cod Massachusetts; Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; Villa Griffone, Bologna, Italy and many others.
Visitors to the station including many other local radio amateurs and members of the public.
Steve Nichols G0KYA, who organised the event, said: “This was one of the best events we have had. We started off by talking to an amateur in Melbourne, Australia, while we were live on air with Wally Webb from BBC Radio Norfolk.
“We then went on to make contacts with other radio enthusiasts as far afield as Alaska, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Canada. Conditions were up and down during the day, but we were thrilled to get as far as Japan and Alaska using Morse code.
“Our thanks go to Caister Lifeboat for letting us set up the station.”
The equipment used was 100W from an Icom IC-756 Pro3 (40m) and Icom IC-7400. Antennas were a W5GI dipole on 40m and G0KYA-designed 20m monoband end-fed half-wave vertical for HF.
NB - Photos of the event now in the clubs Gallery on the NARC website under 'Online'
If this is what you feel, or you disagree, then have a read of what Selim M0XTA says on his article which you can read and even comment on from the link below:
Selim is from the Essex area but he dropped in to meet NARC last Wednesday night - you may have met him at Happisburgh Lighthouse last year when he came to run a 4m station on International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend.
73, David G7URP
Hi I have been asked to sell some items on behalf of the widow of G3JUU from Attlebourgh. There is selection of pictures located in the gallery here.
Items of note
Kenwood TS-140S HD TX/RX
Drae 24A `12v psu
Kenwwod TH79E V/U Handheld
2 x scanner's
Z Match ATU
This is specifically for new licensees who are just getting started in the hobby and want a bit of help and a friendly ear.
It does not matter whether you are a member of NARC or not, we would just like to help.
So just join us each Friday from 19:30 on repeater GB3NB
With Nev M0NFY, Simon M0TRJ and Nigel 2E0NLK
GB3NB is a 2 metre repeater which you can hear on 145.625MHz and transmit to on 145.025MHz.
You can find out more about many of the Norfolk repeaters from http://gb3nb.org.uk/wp/
The club meets virtually every Wednesday throughout the year in the sixth form centre of the City of Norwich School, Eaton Road, Norwich, NR4 6PP from 1900-2200.
We welcome anyone of any age, gender or ability and who enjoys experimenting with radio and electronics to come and meet us and see what we do in our hobby.
Please see above ONLINE tab for details of the club programme and below this piece for contacts of club officials.