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.
A few weeks ago I offered to run a Monday night net to - discuss the net.
Several people responded saying they did not want to see it go, yet last week nobody came forward again (so Mark G0LGJ ran it) and nobody came forward this week.
So I will run it this Monday 25th May from 19.30 on repeater GB3NB. With the repeater group AGM on Wednesday we could expand it to talk about nets and repeaters in general or of course anything else you wish....
This newsletter extra has been sent to the 386 on our circulation list, so whether or not you believe the Monday night net should continue or have feelings or suggestions on nets in general, this is a great opportunity to have your say. (And if you don't feel the net should be run on a repeater then please make this week an exception and come on and explain why)
If you can't join us on the net drop me an email before the net starts and I will share your thoughts.
The following DXCC's/Entities will be active from the 19th May 2015 onwards
Hope to see some members of the club in the pile ups
Would you like to see more information like this in the news letter? should this be a regular posting? This takes time to produce for the newsletter, so please let us know if you would like to keep seeing this!!!
Thursday evening was the CW session of the RSGB CC series of contests. NARC managed 15 logs, with several taking part in the QRP section again. There are only a few left now for this year as this series finishes at the end of Jluy.
NFD is the next major event. This takes place on June 6th and 7th in conjunction with Radio Active. You are welcome to come along and help with setting up on the Saturday and taking down on the Sunday, and looking at what it takes to take part in a CW contest. There will be three stations, all running QRP, just 5W, to wire antennas. One of those stations is a training station, so if you would like to have a go at operating a contest station, again you will be welcome and there will be experienced operators available to offer advice and answer questions.
For RTTY enthusiasts, the Volta contest is coming up shortly:
VOLTA WW RTTY Contest: May 31, 2015
Find rules at: http://www.contestvolta.com/Volta49ww.pdf
For the VHF and UHF keen contesters - (are there any at NARC?) this information from John G8VPE:
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 de Roger, G3LDI
There are several GB2CW local sessions.
Learning and using CW is the very basis of communications and can be very rewarding
Tuesday evenings is raw beginners at 1900 on 145.250
Intermediate starts at 2000 on 145.250
Advanced is on Thursdays 2000 on 145.250
Two sessions run on GB3NB on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 2000
Another raw beginner session is on Wednesdays at 2000 on 145.250 for those not attending the Club
One of the top Raffle Prizes in this years RadioActive draw is a Radio Control Quadcopter complete with HD camera - but how to fly it?
But who better to pilot it than a Bee and this article and video shows how researchers from Sheffield and Sussex Universities are digitally reconstructing a Bee's brain neurons to help pilot one,
NARC Quadcopter demo - new date confirmed
Sadly we had to postpone R/C expert Geoffs Quadcopter demonstration last month because of bad weather, but we have rescheduled it to Wednesday 29th July - I will remind you again nearer the time!
As well as our regular club meetings we have lots of exciting events and activities coming soon...
RadioActive weekend 6th & 7th June - a weekend full of Radio, technology and family fun near Attleborough - you can camp or caravan too - theres even a Drive in Movie with popcorn under the Moon on Saturday night!
Highlights include Field Day HF and 6m voice stations, Airwaves station, workshops, talks on antenna, testing and digital radio, range of great value tools and kits (eg Oscilloscope kit with colour LCD screen just £17 or Pixie TxRx kit for 40m just £3.50!!).
On Sunday David and Tammy's Sunday Roasts followed by Radio Active SuperRaffle with 20 prizes including a Gaugemaster Radio Control Quadcopter with HD camera, Icom shack goodies and BHI Active DSP Radio speaker - tickets £1 in advance or at the event with every penny to Cancer UK and Big C.
Full Programme and booking form attached / click here - event is free for all NARC members, family and friends.
Friendly Foxhunt Wednesday 3rd June Its that time again - last years Bittern DX trophy winners are the foxes and this friendly is intended for newcomers to Direction Finding and for testing equipment. (note there is no general meeting inside CNS this week but you can join in or see everyone off or meet them at the Fox - meet at the rear car park from 7pm!)
Trophy Foxhunt Wednesday 1st July - last years Bittern DX trophy winners are the foxes and this is the real deal - who is going to find them in the smallest number of miles and take the 2015 Trophy?! (note there is no general meeting inside CNS this week but you can join in or see everyone off or meet them at the Fox - meet at the rear car park from 7pm!)
Barford Radio Rally Sunday 5th July - NARCs long running traditional Radio Rally - members help please! (contact David G7URP or Mark G0LGJ)
Weeting Steam Rally 17th - 19th July - Special Event Station and Public display - members support required (contact Andy M0NKR)
Radio by the Seaside at West Runton Sunday 26th July - family fun day with a bit of radio by the sea at West Runton - note one week later than usual because of the Weeting Steam Festival
Happisburgh Lighthouse weekend 15th & 16th August - International Lighthouse weekend - members support required (contact Malcolm G3PDH)
National Hamfest Newark 25th September - Coach Trip arranged but minimum of 30 needed to make it viable - currently at 23. (contact David G7URP)
Railways on the Air 26th & 27th September - A Special Event for all radio and train enthusiasts to put the North Norfolk Railway on the Map - members support required (contact David G7URP)
Please make a note of these in your diary now - following feedback we are advertising events well in advance and have also made our online diary clearer and easier to see.
NARC work hard to arrange all of these events for the members - all we ask is your support of them by helping and attending.
We hope you enjoy and support your clubs summer events
Attached - Radio Active 2015 programme and booking form
|Lottery funding enabled NARC to purchase direction finding equipment for training, competitions and as a fun family introduction to amateur radio|