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 the first Sunday of July
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.
Tonight a few things happening at NARC.
Following discussion with the membership our Waters & Stanton 'Club of the Year' award fund was spent on an IC7300, the new Touch Screen SDR based radio from Icom. The idea is that as well as using it in our shack and at events that members will be able to loan it for a week to try it out for themselves, but although billed as easy to use, like any sophisticated piece of equipment some knowhow will help get the best from it. So we gave our new radio to Steve G0KYA over christmas to familiarise himself with it and prepare a workshop for those interested in borrowing this club rig or maybe contemplating buying one for themselves. Steves Workshop wil start at 8pm in the side classroom straight after notices.
Bright Sparks and social....
As well as this workshop our young members will be coming to their first Bright Sparks of the Year making things and learning how they work. And a social informal for the rest of the members all in the main room.
Raynet members only
Last Friday saw the first emergency callout for Norfolk Raynet to attend the expected flooding in Great Yarmouth and tonight there is a debrief for those who attended the callout or who are actively involved in the group. The debrief starts promptly at 7pm in the side classroom and needs to finish by 7.45pm latest to enable club members to use it for another talk. (Raynet members will receive an email direct from the secretary concerning the Debrief)
RSGB AFS SSB
This took place last Saturday afternoon and was again plagued by similar propagation to the CW session. A look at the Ionosonde information soon confirmed why! Actually, they did not improve very much at all during the contest and scores reflect the dire propagation. NARC submitted 13 logs so it was quite a good turnout, well done and thanks to all who took part. Malcolm G3PDH led the 100w section for NARC with 6th place. Andy led the 400w section with 7th place and weirdly also 8th place. Quite how he managed two entries remains to be seen. However, the crown must go to Peter M0RYB leading the 10w section, and I mean leading, because he is first in that section. Well done Peter!
My excuse? Hmmm, well I had several really. My 80m dipole decided to exhibit 5:1 SWR and I spend some time trying to cure that. I gave up and used the rhombic, which does not like 80m G contacts, so signals were low. I was struggling with making Qs and then at 4 p.m. my daughter called and I had to take over an hour off from the contest. I can't say I was sorry, the way things were going! One good thing however, I did mange to repair my el cheapo Heil headset!
Great practice though for the first of the CCs which is early February and just happens to be SSB. So, keep your voice in trim, construct your DVK files ready for it! After the N1MM+ Bootcamp, we are expecting some improved scores! This should be your target of course, improve your scores on last year. Difficult with propagation as it is, but by the time that February gets here, they should change somewhat, and being an evening contest, there should be a lot of UK stations to work.
I puclicise this every week in the Newsletter and every week we don't see a soul call in. OK, for non contesters I can understand it, but if you are interested to find out more, then this net is for you. We are looking for BEGINNERS to contesting. Call in and find out what it's all about - we don't bite! We can help out with information, software, hardware, antennas and protocol etc. Oh, when is it??
It's on Friday evenings at 2000 local time on 145.250MHz See you there!
Contests this week
Nice one for working Hungarian stations!!
Hungarian DX Contest: 1200Z, Jan 21 to 1159Z, Jan 22
Mode: CW, SSB
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op All Band (CW/SSB)(Low/High)
Single Op All Band Mixed (QRP/Low/High)
Single Op Single Band (Mixed/CW/SSB)(Low/High)
Max power: HP: 1500 watts
LP: 100 watts
QRP: 10 watts
Exchange: HA: RS(T) + 2-letter county/HA-DXC member no.
non-HA: RS(T) + Serial No.
Work stations: Once per band per mode
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO with same country
1 point per QSO with different country, same continent
3 points per QSO with different continent
6 points per QSO with HA station
Multipliers: Hungarian counties, once per band
HA-DXC member numbers, once per band
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: February 5, 2017
E-mail logs to: hadx[at]mrasz[dot]axelero[dot]net
Upload log at: http://www.ha-dx.com/HADX/
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.ha-dx.com/HADX/html/rules_en.html
This one is for the WAB enthusiasts - albeit on Top Band!
WAB 1.8 MHz Phone: 1900Z-2300Z, Jan 21
Bands: 160m Only
Classes: Single Op (Fixed/Mobile/Portable)
Max power: non-Low: >10 watts
Low: 10 watts
Exchange: British Isles: RS + serial no. + WAB square
Other: RS + serial no. + country
QSO Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: (see rules)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: February 11, 2017
E-mail logs to: aebbooks[at]ntlworld[dot]com
Mail logs to: Tony Beardsley, G3XKT
14 York Avenue
Sandiacre, Nottingham NG10 5HB
Find rules at: http://wab.intermip.net/Contest%20Rules.php#OtherRules
A reminder from John G8VPE for the new season.
As mentioned in the previous newsletter the scoring in 2017 UKACs is defined by B2 instead of M7.
I have found out that the latest download of VHFRSGB.zip from the N1MM+ website (Files/UserDefinedContests) contains a module to cover the new scoring rules (B2) for UKACs.
The UDC is called VHF_B2RTTY.udc which needs to be inserted in the Documents/N1MM+ Logger/UserDefinedContests folder after extracting from the VHFRSGB.zip file.
Also in the VHFRSGB.zip there is a file called Grids.txt which must be copied into the Documents/N1MM+ Logger/SupportFiles folder in order that the scoring + bonuses will work correctly.
Grids.txt is the essential 'look-up' table for all the 4figure locator squares.
If anyone experiences difficulty with the above remember that help is usually available on the NARC Contest Net on 145.250MHz at 2000 local time on Fridays.
New dates for UKACs for 2017 - note that 6m & 4m contests are on Thursday with the rest on the usual Tuesday evenings.
50 MHz 2nd Thursday of each month (next 12/01/17) Times 2000-2230 local time
144MHz 1st Tuesday of each month (next 07/02/17)
432MHz 2nd Tuesday of each month (next 17/02/17)
1.3GHz 3rd Tuesday of each month (next 17/01/17)
70MHz 3rd Thursday of each month (next 19/01/17)
SHF 4th Tuesday of each month (next 24/01/17) Times vary for certain SHF bands
FMACs begin 1hour earlier than UKAC on 70MHz, 144MHz and 432MHz (1900 - 2000)
Interest is growing slowly for the VHF/UHF side with Rodney G0CBO pushing the interest here.
Tony G0OOR is interested: What about entering the PW QRP 2m contest also, early June, have taken part in a few simply with an 817 and 9 element tonna.
Alan G8OO is also keen: I have a 2/70m radio and 600w amp if you would like to use it.
Mind you I will have to clean the dust off the equipment first HI.
73 de AlanH G8OO
Interestingly, Simon G7SOZ talked with the Cambs Hams group about starting in VHF and up and they suggested the PW QRP contest to start with. This would enable contesters to get their feet wet and gain experience. If there is any more input on this let me have it for wider publication in this newsletter.
IF I DON'T RECEIVE ANYTHING I CAN'T PRINT ANYTHING.
That's it for this week, happy contesting! Roger G3LDI
We saw a couple of sunspots last week, but they weren’t enough to make a major difference to HF propagation. This was due in part to a raised K index, thanks to solar material from a recurrent coronal hole. NOAA released a geomagnetic storm warning for the 18th and 19th.
The solar index remained in the high 70s, while the K index hit four around mid week.
While many people are bemoaning the poor conditions there are highlights. Seventeen metres is opening reliably to DX on many days with strong signals to the East during late morning and weak openings to the west in the afternoon.
Andy M0NKR also reports there have been some good 80m openings to the US and Canada in the early hours. Eighty metres was also good for inter-G work late afternoon on Thursday the 19th.
Next week, NOAA predicts that the poor geomagnetic conditions are likely to continue, with the K index hitting four at times, although the 25th and 26th should be slightly more settled.
The solar flux index will be in the range 77 to 80, so propagation is likely to be more of the same. We recommend concentrating on the lower bands, but don’t give up on HF as we may get occasional HF openings up to, perhaps, 18 or 21MHz at times - please don’t miss them!
VHF and up
We have just finished another week with high pressure on the chart, and it has produced some enhanced tropo conditions at times. But this has been less than might be the case if there were some moisture in the lower layers of the atmosphere.
The better areas have been the north-west where moisture from the Atlantic and Biscay has improved the contrast across the inversion and given better tropo.
So what of next week? The high is going to last for just a few more days, until midweek, when the next sequence of Atlantic lows and fronts will cross the country.
This will bring windier weather and some rain and destroy any tropo-producing inversions from our resident high, which will collapse quickly. In summary, a good start to the week, but poor for VHF/UHF tropo later.
We are now in the Winter meteor activity minimum where zenith hourly rates are low, and there are no major showers, but there are still opportunities for random meteor scatter contacts around dawn.
The Moon is at apogee today and reaches minimum declination on Thursday so we have maximum losses and short, low-elevation moon windows all week. This week would be a good one to look to the artificial satellites for your VHF DX contacts.
Tuesday Daytime Morse
Malcolm G3PDH took the class this week and in the event only had two people attend. As stated the tutopr will play to the audience so if NO raw beginners sign in, then we cater for who does. So, this week the Morse was around 12 wpm. The class went well, but it would have been nice to see a few of the real beginners there as well. As has been emphasised before, attending occasionally and not having done much practice, if any, is not going to improve your Morse. It's YOUR practice that does that. Next week will be the turn of Jim G3YLA, so please try to attend promptly at 1000 local time on 145.250MHz.
Don't forget that there are sme HF GB2CW nets that you could take part in if you wish. This would give you the experience of reading Morse in a real situation, with QRM, QSB, and so on. Take a look at the GB2CW schedule on the RSGB web site to find out more.
The other evening nets are still taking place:
Tuesday evenings 1900 Advanced class 2000 Intermediate Class
Thursday evenings 2000 Beginners Class
VHF 144mhz Contest Group
I am trying to gain somesupport for the formation of a contest group to have a go at a 144 mhz contest.
Particularly looking for newerlicense holders, new members and people who are new to contesting.
The idea being we set up a small VHF 144 mhz station portable, get some operators and have some fun along with us all learning about propagation, logging, QRA locators, serial nos etc
There are three RSGB Contests which we could enter 20th/21st May, 5th/6th August or 2nd/3rd Sept - we can discuss when we meet.
Unfortunately we have to postpone tomorrow nights planned talk on DMR, D Star and Fusion at the last moment because of illness.
So we have quickly put together 'Radio Question Time' with a panel of experts to answer questions on aspects of radio, propagation, CW, weather or model railway technology.... Who could possibly be on the panel?!
Come, bring your questions and join in the fun at CNS from 7pm with Radio Question Time straight after notices at 7.45pm.
(We will reschedule the Digital Radio Talk and let you know the new date as soon as we can)
|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.