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.
The data session was on Thursday evening this week and NARC had 17 participants. Good number of entries and thanks to all who took part. If anybody wants any advice or has any queries about how to take part, call into the contest net on Friday evenings on 145.250MHz at 2000 local time. We could use even more logs!
Don't forget it is the BARTG 75 Baud Sprint this weekend. There are two of these per year, one in April and the other in Septemebr. They occupy only four hours of your time and can be a lot of fun. With the decreasing sunspot cycle, 10m and 15m will not be open in a year or two so take advantage now to build up your country score. FUll rules are on the BARTG web site, www.bartg.org.uk
The next RSGB CC contest is on May 4th and will be the "shouty-shouty" one as it is referred to locally, in other words SSB. This is something most amateurs can take part in and even if you enter a log with a dozen or so Qs, it will be very welcome.
For those asking about the VHF/UHF contests, the activity is still there. You just need to get on and do something!
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 deta
73 de Roger, G3LDI
This week a really important night in our calendar with our Forum where all NARC members have their say direct to the committee on what they like, dont like or want more of from their club!
We meet from 1900 to 2200 and the forum starts straight after notices at 1945.
Please come and have your say!
Tonight is the deadline for Bletchley Park booking applications!
Its also Bright Sparks for our younger members.
As you probably already know, the RSGB Train the Trainers is coming to Norwich on May 9th and some invitations have already gone out from the Training reflector and Radcom and I have already received bookings and the course is nearly full.
Wednesday this week saw the SSB session of the RSGB CC contests. Chris G0DWV had a great top score of 183. We had 21 logs in total, albeit no newcomers to contesting. It would be nice to see a few more taking part. No need to be reticent about taking part, there is plenty of help available. We won't be able to beat the Three As in first place, but with another 20 logs we would sure give them a run for their money!
This month sees the BARTG 75 Baud HF test. It is: 17:00 - 21:00z Sunday April 26th 2015 All the HF bands are included, except of course the WARC bands. It really is a great test of operating skill and dexterity on the keyboard!
How many of the locals on 6m and up took part in the 6m contest on Sunday Morning? Not many!! ALL licensees are allowed on the VHF/UHF bands and to those that mention that NARC does not take part, well why don't YOU? If you have only FM you can still make QSOs.
Saturday/Sunday evenings 2000 on 145.250 Morse with Malc G0EGA
Wednesday evenings 2000 on 145.250 Morse with Malc G0EGA
These are different from the normal and might suit those having problems with the Code. Mostly beginners.
1 Raw Beginners 1900 on 145.250 Suitable for those just starting. No pressure - no target date. Easy learning.
Instructor Roger G3LDI
2 Intermediate 2000 on 145.250 Suitable for those around 10 - 15/18 wpm. Preparatory to going on the air.
Instructor Jim G3YLA or Ray G3XLG
3 Advanced 2000 on 145.250 Suitable for those wishing to increase their competency to around 25 - 30 wpm
Instructor Malcolm G3PDH
Hope to see some of the newer licencees taking up Morse. It's the best mode for working DX.
73 de Roger, G3LDI RSGB GB2CW Coordinator
|Lottery funding enabled NARC to purchase direction finding equipment for training, competitions and as a fun family introduction to amateur radio|
20th April "Help the committee to provide what you want from the radio club"
In readiness for the Forum on 29th April John G8VPE hosts tonights net to find out what you want from your club.
Waiting for others...any licensed amateur can run the net! Please support