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.
We ask someone to step forward and run this Mondays net which will start at 19.30 on repeater GB3NB 145.625MHz
The net is open to all and run by amateurs for amateurs and we try to vary the people running it to add interest and freshness.
Its a friendly net and very easy to run - you just need a pad and pen.
This week is the annual Trophy Foxhunt where teams of 2 or more try and find 'The Foxes' (last years winners) hiding somewhere in Norfolk sending out radio beacon on 145.350MHz every 5 minutes.... your job is to find them using the shortest number of miles from the school....... And the winner receives the Trophy!
To take part you need....
Car with good tank of fuel
At least 2 people per car/team
A charged mobile phone
Water if a hot day
Direction finding equipment
Map of area around 30 miles around school - Land Ranger 134 or similar ideal
We register, prepare and leave from the back of the school
The first transmissions are at 19.30 but its not a race against time so you can leave any time after this.
And if it sounds like fun but you have never done it before come to the back of the school and see what its all about - maybe scrounge a lift in a foxhunters car!
Please note - do not leave any cars at the school which will be there after 10pm!
For those who do not want to do the foxhunt there is a regular social / construction evening at the club (refreshments available until 20.30).
IMPORTANT - this is deadline day for National Hamfest applications - so far we have sold 16 tickets but we need to sell around 30 to make the trip viable.
Its just £22 including entrance ticket - details and booking form on the website which can be posted to me or brought to the club next week.
Please support this trip - it does intend to make any money for the club (coach cost us £525 + £4 entrance ticket) but we cannot run a large coach for so few and make a loss....
**UPDATE FRIDAY - we have now sold 20 tickets so just need another 10 to make this trip happen**
Most radio amateurs register themselves on QRZ.com so that their details can be looked up and QSL exchanges can be done etc, but it can be a daunting task and so John 2E0TWQ has offered to help anyone set their own page up online on a one to one basis with pictures etc at the club on an informal evening when we can use the computer room.
NARC are again organising a trip to the National Hamfest on Friday 26th September and this is open to all, members and non members, at the same inclusive price of £22 return including entrance ticket.
The Hamfest has become the premier event for radio amateurs in the UK and so we have arranged a trip with 3 pick up points in Norwich and Dereham with safe free parking at the Norfolk Fire Service HQ in Ivy Road.
You will also be able to store and transport any large bulky purchases during the day (eating & drinking will be permitted on the coach we use this year!)
However to make the trip viable we must have at least 30 people so please book now and tell your friends - the booking deadline is 30th July or when all seats sold. (cheques will not be cashed until after the booking deadline when we will confirm seats etc).
**17.7.14 UPDATE - only 13 seats booked - book yours soon!
We hope you will support this trip - we do not aim to make a profit but must cover the raw cost.
You can download the form Hamfest 2014
73 David G7URP Trip organiser for NARC