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.
1st July Trophy Foxhunt
5th July Barford Radio Rally
8th July VHF/UHF Contesting by The Cam Hams
11th Koblenz sked
15th July Informal
17th - 19th July Weeting Special Event Station
22nd July From Earth to Ground by Derek Beales G3MWO
26th July Radio by the Seaside
29th July Quad Copter Demo
Despite a damp end to our annual radio rally at Barford yesterday the sun shone as we set up and arranged traders, parked cars, took money, made teas, cooked bacon, displayed kits, brought and buyed, collected rubbish, demoed morse and sold raffle tickets..... Lots of work by lots of members coming together and working as a great team! Sunday afternoon I started to write an email to everyone I knew who worked to thank them, but then realised I was in danger of missing someone out, so this special newsletter is to everyone who helped in any way at Barford yesterday with a personal thank you from me and from all who belong to Norfolk Amateur radio club - you can be very proud of the event. Some pictures already in our gallery with more to come....
Our treasurer Mark is still collating final figures as we have some bills still to pay, but gate attendance was only a few down on last year with a similar number of traders plus we raised a fantastic £170 from our raffle where all funds will go to our NARC member nominated charity of Air Ambulance.
Raffle winners who were not there to collect there prizes as follows - please contact me to arrange collection at the club or via a friend:
2E0TWQ, M0NUX, M0TNE, M0TDK, GM6DVZ, G6OUM and 2E0POI (3!)
Thanks once again and well done!
73, David G7URP
The club is putting on a display to show the hobby to the public at the Weeting Steam festival the weekend after next. We still have a few passes so if you have some aspect of the hobby you would like to help us display on one or more of the days please contact Andy M0NKR or myself in the next couple of days.
I am the first to admit that I do not generally take part in contesting, not because I have anything against it and it's a popular part of our hobby which many members find challenging and really enjoy. I just genuinely do not have free time to do any real operating radio of any kind after running a business, radio club and of course keeping time for that most precious family life. However I am really proud of our club as I hope we all are and I have to say that the contest group have done exceptionally well in getting to where they have this year and right now on the brink of possibly winning the championship as have just gone into a narrow lead against our cross country rivals the Three A's (however there are three more contests to go!). So I guess I am suggesting that even if you are not a keen contester this might be a time to give our contesting colleagues a pat on the back and I reckon the best way of doing that might be to earn them a few extra points on CW tonight, SSB next Wednesday or the final one of Data the week after?! And if like me and many you find the logging program complicated and flaky I am sure Roger or Malcolm would help out - or even send your scores in on an email and I am sure they will find a way of entering them!
Nobody asked me to say or write anything like this, but I have said it because I believe this achievement really deserves recognition and thanks from all of the members for really putting the club onto the map - well done guys and even I am going to get some temporary wire in the sky as a thank you!
73, David G7URP
The results are out for the last CW CC contest and NARC have moved INTO THE LEAD! Take a look here:
This is the first time this year and although it is only by 559 points, we are in FRONT of the Three As. It really looks good and something all those who have participated thus far can be proud of. The Three As are not really a Club for a start. They have the elite of the UK Contest Operators working for them, taken from no less than THREE countries, England Scotland and Wales. This is all done with the object of winning all they can.
We have three remaining CC contests for this season: Monday July 6th is the CW session, 2000 until 2130. Wednesday july 15th is the SSB session, 2000 until 2130. Thursday July 23rd is the Data session, 2000 until 2130. This trophy would be one of the best NARC has ever won and in order to win it, we really need lots of logs. To give an example of the dedication shown so far, Ray G3XLG has moved to Stowmarket into temporary accommodation. He is driving up to Barrie's place, M5AEC, to operate in all three contests. Now if only we could persuade all those who can take part to submit a log, we might just clinch this.
There are several who have not taken part in any this year, some who have taken part in only a few, and in the last contest, we had two new participants. Just think of the prestige we would have in knowing we had beaten the best, the creme de la creme; it would be a fantastic coup for NARC. You would know that you had been partly responsible for that success. It does not matter if you don't have a contest logger, take part on paper. We can soon convert your log for you and submit it. It does not matter how many Qs you make either, every one helps!
The Contest Group Net is on Friday evenings at 2000 on 145.250MHz so if you have any questions, please come on there and we will do our best to answer them, and help you make an entry.
The RSGB UK6m CW contest was on Sunday morning. Propagation was dreadful, however there were about four NARC members on. I did not sit there for three hours, it got quite boring, so I mixed it with some things I had to do. In the three hours I made only 20 Qs, quite poor.
John G8VPE has sent information on the VHF UKAC contests as below, so hopefully some of you will take part in those.
VHF Activity contests take place every Tuesday evening throughout the year 20:00 to 22:30 hrs. (local)
1st Tuesday in the month is 144MHz
2nd Tuesday in the month is 432MHz
3rd Tuesday in the month is 1.3GHz
4th Tuesday in the month is 50MHz when there is a 5th Tuesday, as in some months, look for activity on 70MHz.
Read the "Sport Radio" pages in Rad-Com for UKAC and other VHF/UHF contest details.
73 Enjoy your contesting and I hope to see a few more locals next month on 2m.
PLEASE join in the last three CC contests if you can, NARC needs the logs!
73 de Roger, g3ldi
Wednesday saw our Trophy Foxhunt with 7 teams taking part,
The fox was found by 4 of the 7 teams and the Results were as follows, in order of teams arriving:
1) Bob & Mike: 20.8 miles
2) James, Kevin, Sonny and Stig Lyn: 18.1 miles
3) Paul, Bob and Ken, last of the summer bunch! 18.7 miles
4) Luke, Paul and Hannah: 30 miles
So first place was close given the distance covered, but the winning Team was James, Kevin, Sonny and Lyn and so many congratulations to them. They become the champions and will become the foxes next year so watch out! Thanks to Foxes team Bittern DX and to the other teams taking part who were Colin & Keith, Nev and Ben and newcomer team made up of Family Guys Richard, Pete and Jake who only made their DF100 last Wednesday at Bright Sparks - well done!
The fox was at Drabblegate near Aylsham and afterwards we retired to the ex servicemans and social club in Aylsham for well deserved drinks
Pictures will be on the NARC gallery soon....
Would you like an summer foxhunt one saturday or sunday like we did last year? If I get at least 4 teams email me that they would like to do it I will arrange it - its great fun!
73 David G7URP
It's finally here, our annual radio rally which is at Barford Village Hall and playing field - map and details on flyer on the front page of website. Barford is a very traditional radio rally which has been running for over 40 years and offers sales by both amateurs and traders and is also an annual meeting place for many amateurs. Tea, Coffee, Cans, Bacon rolls and cakes are available from the canteen and there are repeater stands where you can renew your membership and a club run bring and buy stand if you only want to sell a few items. It is NARCs main fund raising event so we need to at least cover our significant outlay costs (which go up each year), but we try and keep prices low and offer good value food and low cost pitches - to encourage families and youngsters to become interested our hobby we are pleased to give under 16's free entry. (After all it is hard to just park a car for a few hours for the £2 admission price we charge!). There is a talk-in to help you find the event until approximately 10.30 on 145.250MHz and everyone is most welcome.
Visitors £2 per person, under 16's free, car parking free
Traders - Large outdoor pitch £8 (no need to book), Hall inside table (as I write just 2 left) £10 each (bookable)
Bona fide Repeater groups and Raynet are offered a free pitch to publicise their repeater, collect subscriptions or sell items for group funds.
NARC staff arrival 0730
Traders 0800 (not before please as we need time to set up field)
Event ends 1330 - Field and premises must be clear by 1400 please
Thanks to all those who will help us at Barford and especially the following people who have volunteered and will be working hard to make the event a success.
Please help them also be able to enjoy the day by offering to help or relieve them and help us keep the canteen area etc tidy. The event may only last 6 hours but it is very hard work for the team so please support them.
Gate (£2 entry per person, under 16's free)
(HiVis to be worn all time while working please)
Public Car Parking
(HiVis to be worn all time while working please)
Tony G0MQG (also B&B assist)
NARC club stand display & Raffle
Trader parking 0800-0930
(HiVis to be worn all time while working please)
Bring & Buy stand
Morse key display
Roger G3LDI & Jim G3YLA
Event management, PA, Relief staffing
Event comms, Relief staffing
Any queries on the above roster please contact David G7URP as soon as possible. Please bring HiVis vest if you have one (or one will be provided), wear sunscreen/hat and bring 2 metre hand helds if you have them, frequencies allocated on the day. Tea, Coffee, Water and Squash will be provided free to all club volunteers above from the side door of the kitchen or call on request.
Thanks, 73 David G7URP
A new page of nets happening around Norfolk and open to all
Saturdays & Sundays 20.00-21.00 Beginners Morse CW GB2CW net on repeater GB3NB with Malc G0EGA Everyone welcome! (GB3NB - 146.625MHz receive)
19.30: NARC Monday night voice net on repeater GB3NB - everyone welcome! (GB3NB - 146.625MHz receive)
20.30: NARC CW net on HF 3.545MHz
19.00: GB2CW Roger G3LDI Beginners CW Morse class (145.250MHz)
20.00: Jim G3YLA with an Intermediate CW class (145.250MHz)
20.00: GB2CW Malcolm G3PDH with the Advanced CW Morse class (145.250MHz)
19.30: Beginners voice net on GB3NB - informal help and chat for newcomers to the hobby (GB3NB)
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
|Lottery funding enabled NARC to purchase direction finding equipment for training, competitions and as a fun family introduction to amateur radio|
GB2CW every Saturday and Sunday beginner's broadcast schedule between 2000 & 2100 hrs local time on 145.250
Check the Diary for actual schedule.
Contact Malc G0EGA for further details (you can call Malc afternoons to 8pm only please on 01986 782444)