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 6th 2014.
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.
NARC are consolidating our second position in the table at present. If you missed the report in Radcom, NARC now hold the record for the maximum number of submitted logs in one of the RSGB CC contests. ALthough we are second, we a competing against a team that has some of the leading contesters in the UK. It is doubtful if we could beat them, but we should not give up on that idea! So, if you feel like helping NARC to another storming success, please consider taking part. Everybody can take part in at least ONE section, namely the SSB one. Malcolm G3PDH and Roger G3LDI are always willing to help you set up ready with N1MM, the contest program. It is also possible for those that don't know CW to take part. Using a Morse reader, such as CW Get, it is possible to achieve a creditable result. As an example, Martin M0MBF usually puts in a log of over 50 Qs and he cannot read CW!
There is a contest net on Friday evenings at 2000 on 145.250. If you need some help, please call in.
On Saturday 26th April 2014 NARC will once again be running a special event station with the callsign GB0CMS at Caister Lifeboat as part of the International Marconi Day celebrations.
On this day, the closest Saturday to Guglielmo Marconi's birthday, stations around the world will be set up at sites with historical links to the inventor's work. Its the 50th anniversary of IMD this year.
Radio amateurs around the world will contact as many of these stations as possible to try and win an award. We therefore have to hand out GB0CMS to as many stations as possible on HF (VHF/UHF contacts do not count).
The station will run from approx. 9am to 5pm, with set up from 8am, and we are looking for operators for both the 80m/40m station and the 20m/17m/15m/10m station.