What is Amateur Radio?
Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.
Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:
Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships
Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you are as an operator
Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)
Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to ensure you keep the capability to do so.
There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur. A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century.
Getting Started in Amateur Radio.
Anyone can listen in to amateur radio transmissions. If you’re new to amateur radio, then listening-in for a while is a good way to get a feel for what is going on.To become a radio amateur, licensed to transmit, you will need a brief period of study, and to pass a simple practical and theory examination. The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) provides the examinations to enable you to become a radio amateur and then to progress through the various levels of licence — three in all. Study for the first level is straightforward and can often be accomplished in a weekend. More details about the exams can be found here or contacting the committee via the contact us page.
Tonight our annual Construction Competition BUT please dont think that means that only eleborate electronics projects stand any chance of winning!
The main point of this evening is an opportunity for members to show others what they have made themselves; they may be simple commercial kits from ebay or Maplin, club kits like the DF100, scope or radio kits, aerials or something they have designed themselves.
The competition is judged by the previous years winner and they will not be looking for the most sophisticated project, but the effort that has been made to make the project well, attention to detail, quality of construction and consideration of safety.
So plesse consider bringing something you have made - it doesnt matter when you made it or if you have entered it before (as long as it has not won), just that its your own work.
Just as important as the competition is that we have an interesting display to inspire others to make something, so whatever you have made please bring it along together with any drawings or instructions to help show what it does and how you made it.
Thank you for your support
NARC membership deadline is 28th February so tonight really is the last opportunity to renew your membership to prevent it lapsing.
As a club we encourage members to get involved all facets of the hobby, but whilst some aspects like Training, Contesting and Morse are well catered for there are many others where we feel we could do more. So we are proposing to introduce some of these other aspects in 'Skills evenings' where club members with particular passions and expertise will show these to other members - Chelmsford club CARS have been successfully doing this for some time and we feel it could work at NARC.
Ideas might include electronics, antenna, digital...... BUT we will be led by you the members as to what you want. So if you have seen a part of the hobby which you dont know much about but would like to learn more, you need to let us know so that we can start making plans.
The manager of this project is Phill Brooks G4NZQ and you can either talk tio him on a club night or contact him via his contact details on the club committee page, or simply reply to this email and it will be forwarded to him.
But please respond as we will only cover subjects we are asked for!
RSGB CC Series
What a day this has been – cue for song! However, Doris really let rip today, and I am not talking about Doris Day! I had to attend a funeral in Gorleston so was away most of the day. I had to divert at Clippesby coming home due to an overturned lorry on a car, and when I arrived home I found three trees down across my drive so it will be chain saw day today!
Doris accounted for several absentees in the CW Section of the RSGB CC contest Thursday evening too, antennas down, damaged etc, but despite this we still had 20 logs, quite amazing. Alan G8OO had a lot of storm damage and lost all his antennas. Ray G3XLG had a damaged dipole, Andy M0NKR had a power cut but did manage to get on and finished with a good score too. Chris G0DWV and Malcolm G3PDH both had power cuts and did not appear! My 80m dipole had a 5:1 SWR so has suffered, but all my towers are still standing! Steve G3PND had his mast come down but still got a good score, albeit with a compromised dipole.
Anyway, as stated, 20 logs is a great way to start the CW contests, so many thanks to all who took part. 80 metres was in good shape and there was a good amount of activity with some good scores. Keith G0GFQ has his antennas back up and took part for the first time this year, so many thanks for entering Keith.
The next in the series is Monday March 6th and it’s Data. As usual, if you have any queries or problems, call in on the contest net, Friday evenings at 2000 local on 145.250. Or try calling me on 145.500 during the day. We can try some dummy contest runs if you wish. Doing runs like that is more beneficial than just talking through the sequences.
On Wednesday evening there was a contest meeting at the Club and was well attended. Some notable absentees however! Tentative discussions about the VHF contest in May took place and proved very productive. NFD and SSB FD were also discussed, so NARC will be entering both with a good list of volunteers for both. More on these will follow.
Contests this week
High Speed Club CW Contest: 0900Z-1100Z, Feb 26 and 1500Z-1700Z, Feb 26
Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: HSC Members
Max power: 150 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: Members: RST + HSC No.
non-Members: RST + "NM"
Work stations: Once per band per period
QSO Points: 5 points per QSO with a HSC member
1 points per QSO with a non-member
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points
Submit logs by: March 18, 2017
E-mail logs to: dr[dot]joerg[dot]hahn[at]gmail[dot]com
Mail logs to: Jorg Hahn, PA1MUC
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Find rules at: http://www.highspeedclub.org/
SARL Digital Contest: 1300Z-1600Z, Feb 26
Mode: PSK, RTTY
Bands: 80, 40, 20m
Exchange: RST + QSO No.
Work stations: Once per mode per band
QSO Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: (see rules)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: March 5, 2017
E-mail logs to: contest[at]sarl[dot]org[dot]za
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at https://tinyurl.com/hez4v6t
Nothing to report this week except to issue a normal reminder:
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)
That’s it for another week! 73 de Roger, G3LDI
Last week was a mixed bag as far as HF propagation is concerned. We had a solar flux index that got as high as 83, but this was tempered by unsettled geomagnetic conditions at times.
The planetary K index his four on Wednesday due to incoming plasma from a large solar coronal hole. And it varied from between zero and three for a lot of the week.
The good news is that there is quite a large sunspot group in the north-west quadrant of the Sun that should be pretty much earth-facing by the time you read or hear this report.
The bad news is that there is another coronal hole rotating into position. While Sunday the 26th and Monday the 27th will merely be unsettled with a predicted K index of three, Tuesday the 28th and the rest of the week are predicted to be very unsettled with a possible K index of six.
These unsettled conditions could continue through to the end of the week.
At the moment we are seeing maximum daytime critical frequencies over the UK of about 6.6MHz. This means 40m is largely useable for contacts beyond 100 kilometres and we have daytime maximum useable frequencies exceeding 21MHz.
Looking on the bright side, next week we enter into March and head towards the spring Equinox. This can be a good time for the higher HF bands, with better conditions on North-South paths.
VHF and up
I hope you managed to keep all the antennas intact and storm Doris passed uneventfully. The unsettled weather will continue through much of the coming week with no signs of any significant Tropo to look forward to.
There is one brief period on Sunday when mild, windy and cloudy weather may give suitable conditions for a slight lift, in the region between a warm front and cold front.
Given the speed that the weather systems are moving, it will be a short visit and soon gone. That leaves us with slow-moving low pressure nearby, but without large shower clouds at this time of year, GHz bands rain scatter will be limited.
There are no major meteor showers this week, but remember that the best time for random meteor scatter contacts is around dawn, when the earth is rotating into the flux of meteoric particles.
The Moon reaches perigee on Friday, and its declination goes positive on Tuesday, so EME path losses are low and Moon windows will lengthen as the week progresses.
It’s a good week for EME, apart from today and Monday when the sun and moon are within a few degrees of each other giving high solar noise, especially at VHF where antenna beam widths are wide.
|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 M0LDK 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.