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.
The relaunched Friday night Beginners net was run by Julian 2E0DJR with Simon 2E0ZZC taking over about half way through – we were pleased to hear six radio amateurs calling in, both the very experienced and the very new, with one from the recent Foundation course. There was a wide geographic coverage with amateurs from Brandon and Stowmarket, as well as a number callers from in and around Norwich.
Various subjects discussed including low power (QRP) transmitting, tropospheric conditions and HF contacts.
The Friday night team will be back next Friday and Simon 2E0ZZC will be calling CQ at 7.30pm on GB3NB. Please do feel free to join in and don’t be afraid to call in especially if you are new to the world of Amateur radio. Its especially for you!
Simon 2E0ZZC and Julian 2E0DJR
Tonight is our christmas party and the last NARC meeting of the year. Arrival is from 19.00 where a welcome drink of wine or soft drink will be offered. After this free tea, coffee and squash will be available all evening or you can bring your own preference of drink and glasses (inc alcolhol) if you wish.
Our Hog roast will be served from 19.30 and family entertainment throughout the evening ending with a christmas raffle with all proceeds to the NARC 2016 charity of the neonatal care unit at the N&N. If you can please bring a small gift wrapped in christmas paper for the raffle and leave it when you come in. The party ends at 22.00 and we would appreciate any volunteers to help us decorate, setup and pack down.
After several reminders hopefully you have booked your place(s), but if you have not please drop me an email as we will only be setting out chairs and tables for the right number to make it as spacious as possible. The evening is free of charge and funded from the surplus made from the canteen and DX squares throughout the year.
73, David G7URP
NB: Note this is the last meeting of 2016
We welcome new members of any age, gender and ability, from complete beginners to licensed amateurs.
You are welcome to come and meet us, with no obligation to join, at one of our regular Wednesday meetings at City of Norwich School in Eaton Norwich.
To join please download and print the Membership form below and give the completed form to the Membership Secretary at the club or post to the following address
Mark Taylor G0LGJ
6 Welden Road
If you are a current paid up member you do not need to complete the form again but just pay your annual subscription at the club or online - see below.
Membership runs from Jan - Dec each year and includes 50 Wednesday meetings plus many other weekend activities, training courses, equipment loans etc.
Existing members if you want you can use the online shop to pay your membership remembering to login first.
If you pay via bank transfer please inform the Membership Secretary via email and give the reference you used in your online transaction as banks do not always pass on references.
2017 Membership rates
Full membership £21
Concessionary membership £16
Family membership £26
Foundation 3 months free £0 (following foundation course taken at NARC)
Concessionary Family membership £21
Junior (under 16 and not joining as a family member) £5
Associate member residing in uk £5
All due at the first meeting of the year
Conditions that qualify a member for concessionary membership can be found in the constitution or shown on the form
Download and print Membership Form 2017
This past week had been reasonably settled geomagnetically with the K index generally being between zero and three at the beginning of the week.
The noon-time critical frequency as measured by the Chilton ionosonde near Harwell on Tuesday was just over 6 MHz, which meant 40m often struggled for contacts close in around the UK, but 15 metres was potentially open to DX at times.
The critical frequency climbed higher during Tuesday afternoon, which meant that 12 metres may have been open. This also confirms that noon doesn’t always bring the highest critical frequencies.
We then had a succession of B-class solar flares on Wednesday.
A large recurrent coronal hole moved across the Earth-facing side of the sun and became geo-effective from December 7th.
Enhanced geomagnetic activity, including minor (G1) storm conditions then occurred on Thursday when a high-speed solar wind stream passed Earth.
Don’t forget you can get a short pre-event enhancement just as the plasma hits and the K index rises, but the prognosis for HF is then not good if we get prolonged storming.
NOAA predicts that the coronal hole effects will diminish after the weekend, leaving a more settled ionosphere for the rest of the week. Conditions may become more unsettled again from around December the 19th.
So Monday to Saturday next week may be the best times for working DX on the HF bands, but don’t forget to check the low bands for DX during late afternoon and through the hours of darkness as we are at an optimum time as we near the Winter solstice.
VHF and up
This week sees one of the biggest meteor showers of the year. The peak of the Geminids is expected on Wednesday morning at around 0020 UTC, with a zenith hourly rate of around 120. All the low VHF bands will be affected with EME capable stations on 70cm also able to make meteor scatter QSOs.
There seems to be a common theme in the weather models for the coming week, which is that there is likely to be high pressure nearby to the south and east of Britain, over the continent.
A series of low pressure systems will continue to pass by the northwest of the country with cloud, rain and periods of stronger winds.
This means that any Tropo conditions are likely to be confined to the southern and eastern half of Britain, closer to the high pressure over the continent, which is the direction to look for any Tropo DX during the next week.
The latter part of the week will probably see a stronger development of high pressure over the south of Britain, maintaining the Tropo options into the following weekend.
Low losses and high declination this week make it a good one for EME contacts. E44QX should be QRV on the GigaHertz bands from Jericho until Wednesday.
Buildathon Kits Available
Many will be aware of the successful Buildathon events that have taken place across the UK in recent years. These events involve both the young and old in building radio based kits with the intention of encouraging them to become constructors and radio amateurs.
If your club is interested in starting a buildathon programme or is simply in need of some kits to build, then perhaps we can help. As some will know Kanga UK made up a specially modified Foxx 2 CW Transceiver for 40m for the RSGB Convention 2017. We are now pleased to be able to offer more of these kits on a first come first served basis at only £30 a kit.
These kits are available to any club/group of clubs that want to run a construction event. The kit features are as follows
A specially-modified Foxx 3 CW transceiver for 40m with a K16 Keyer board
The transmitter puts out about 1W.
The keyer can be programmed to work as a QRSS beacon or can be used as a normal keyer
We are hoping that clubs up and down the country will take this opportunity to think about organising Buildathon events in 2017 and help promote construction and amateur radio.
Please feel free to circulate the newsletter to your club members by email but, as it is a club based offer, please do not make it publicly available.
ARRL 10m RTTY
Just to prove my masochistic tendency, last Sunday I took part in the ARRL 10m RTTY contest. This proved worse than the CQWW CW test the week before! I managed 12 Qs all day. Luckily I had decided to run most of the time and leave the gear in rotating CQ mode, every five seconds. I got on with other jobs and when (if!) I heard a station come back I would rush to the shack and work him and then take a look round. I did manage a few in S&P working that way, but 12 Qs all day!!! I was going to trash the log until next day I read the RTTY reflector and found that some stations had worked NIL or just a few. Even Don AA5AU, a most experienced US contester only made 20, so I submitted my log. I am looking forward to reading the results when they are published, should be quite amusing!
Only two locals worked, G3PXT and G3PDH
Gordon G3PXT did better with the TARA contest that I publicised last week.
TARA RTTY CONTEST
He made 217 QSOs IN 42 DXCC entities + 9 MULT STATES PROVINCE which gave him 11067 POINTS.
If you wish to learn more about contesting, then you can do no better than watch some Webinars.
Go to: http://contestuniversity.com/ and learn!
No other input this week = no output
Contests this week
Just one worth mentioning:
CWops Mini-CWT Test: 1300Z-1400Z, Dec 7 and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 7 and 0300Z-0400Z, Dec 8
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op (QRP/Low/High)
Max power: HP: >100 watts
LP: 100 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: Member: Name + Member No.
non-Member: Name + (state/province/country)
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO
Multipliers: Each call once
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: 0400Z December 10, 2016
Post log summary at: http://www.3830scores.com
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.cwops.org/cwt.html
That's it, good contesting - 73 de Roger, G3LDI
Hi the following callsigns have had the Newsletter subscription removed as the supplied email address bounces.
Please contact Mark G0LGJ to supply new email address.
|Lottery funding enabled NARC to purchase direction finding equipment for training, competitions and as a fun family introduction to amateur radio|
Any licensed amateur can run and take part in the net - everyone welcome!
The Beginners net will restart on Friday 2nd December at 19.30 organised by Simon 2E0ZZC and Julian 2E0DJR. They would also like a few others to help them so if you can help them run an occasional net to help beginners to our hobby please let me know and I will put you in touch. Thank You
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.