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.
I hope all of you enjoyed our trip to RAF Mildenhall on Tuesday - I have written to thank al those involved at the base who made our day so special.
Over 240 photographs are now available to view and download from the clubs gallery online including the one below of the group. Why not share yours?
73, David G7URP
Wednesday 1st June sees our first foxhunt of the year and of course its friendly to enable you to test your equipment and techniques.
For newcomers to the hobby I should point out that this competition does not involve any animals but is the popular name given to Radio Direction Finding where the 'Fox' transmits on 2 metres for a minute every 5 minutes and the hunters have to find him or her with the least number of miles and using radio direction finding techniques - from a simple radio receiver and antenna to a DF100 kit (available for £5) to more advanced Doppler systems. And it definately isnt always the most advanced systems which win! So this is to give you plenty of notice to dust off your equipment, maps and compasses, (or order a DF100 kit from me) and get ready for the competition which as usual will start at the rear of the school from 7.30pm.
If you have never been Radio Foxhunting but like the sound of it let me know and I will get you in with a team so you can see whats involved - it really is lots of fun! Minimum of 2 per team and one of the team must have a mobile phone for safety.
NOTE - NO REGULAR MEETING INSIDE THE SCHOOL 1st JUNE
The weekend of 4th and 5th June sees our 10th RadioActive event at DCP in Great Ellingham near Attleborough, bringing together National Field Day with 3 QRP stations nearby and a mini Hamfest all weekend with hands on demonstrations, construction facilities and assistance, plus a family day Sunday rounded off by Sunday roast rolls and the RadioActive SuperRaffle Draw!
Following requests and feedback from members this year has a particularly digital theme...
• Go Compare D Star, DMR, Fusion - what do they mean, how do they compare - hands on play
• Radio + Computer = Fun! Make an adapter here to link yours together for just a few £ with Nev M0NFY & friends (bring your radio & computer)
• Digital Amateur Television - ATV comes of age with amazing quality
• SDR or Software Defined Radio - Find out why Jim G3YLA thinks this is the way to go
• Track and Trace yourself and your friends with APRS - find out how and see what you need with Kevin M0UJD
• MAKE IT! Get help to make the Pocket AM/FM Radio £5 kit you ordered and anything else
• 3 QRP NFD Radio Stations including a Training Station - great way to see portable radio in action!
• Sunday Roast cooked and served by David G7URP & Tammy M3PLU
• RadioActive SuperRaffle - over 30 prizes including BHI Active DSP speaker, Gaugemaster Radio Control Drone, £100 Martin Lynch vouchers, JPR Toolkit, Large Solar charger, MultiMeters, Icom collectables and many more together worth over £400 - sincere thanks to all our supporters.
All proceeds will go to Cancer Research and Big C - Tickets are £1 each and are on sale now at the club and at the event (you do not need to be at draw to win)
• All NARC members and invited guests are welcome to attend any or all of the weekend - all free of charge
• You can come Friday afternoon to help set up and anytime Saturday or Sunday - free camping overnight caravan, motorhome or tent (power available)
Booking forms and final details available from Wedensday 25th May at NARC and on next weeks newsletter
David G7URP for NARC
Tonight several things happening at the club.....
• A social informal and construnction evening
• Bright Sparks for our young members
• Norfolk Repeater Group AGM - straight after notices at 19.45
Norfolk Repeater Group runs GB3NB, GB3AH, GB7NB (D-Star) and GB3NV (TV) and if you use any of these repeaters you are most welcome to come to this AGM (non- NARC members are also welcome)
73, David G7URP
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
Tonight the regular weekly Monday net to chat about radio, computing, technology or anything else on your mind.
The net is on repeater GB3NB from 19.30 and everyone is welcome - see you there!
Nothing new to report here, skeds are going well, but we could use some new beginners on Thursdays.
However, the CLub GB2CW net on 3545 on Monday evening had SEVEN people taking part. I think this is a record for that sked and we were really chuffed with that result! Hope you all turn up again next Monday evening. Post Net de-brief is on 145.250 and we managed to have several on that too. Taking part in the GB2CW classes is one thing, but actual experience on the air cannot be taught without you joining in and learning first hand. Making mistakes is all part of that and you should not be afraid of making mistakes. Hope to saee you all next Monday evening on 3545 at 2030 local time.
There are ten so far booked and I shall shortly be including a list on here, so if you are not on it yet, please email me.
Here is some good practice to those wanting it.
Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions http://fists.co.uk/ladder : Sunday 22 May 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz. Exchange a minimum of:
Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).
QSOs are friendly and conversational. Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential. Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
73 de Graham G3ZOD FISTS #8385
FISTS CW Club Secretary (Europe)
If you haven't joined FISTS yet, you should! It's a great club with a really superb magazine and membership is not expensive. You will find that all QSOs in these events organised by FISTS are very friendly, at a speed condusive to encouraging newcomers and extremely good practice.
73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Co-ordinator
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.