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.
4th November - DX-pedition Film night
11th November - Informal - Morse in the back room
14th November - Koblenz Sked
16th November - Committee Meeting
18th November - Building a multi-band trap vertical - Steve Nichols G0KYA
25th November - Contest Workshop, Informal and Bright Sparks
The name Fred Judd may not immediately mean something to you but Fred G2BCX's work is well known to most amateurs through his invention of the Slim Jim antenna as well as many other ideas and articles published over the years together with electronic music scores and his long time support of Raynet in Norfolk.
Fred sadly became Silent key in 1992 but his wife Freda is now working on a book about his life and creations and and so has asked us to help put her in touch with anyone who remembers Fred or his work to help fill some of the gaps. Unfortunately 2 lots of floods in her home in Walcott has destroyed quite a lot of memoriabilia which she had preserved, so even if you did not know Fred personally to come up with some anecdotes but have some good examples of his work they will also help her a great deal. If you feel you could help in any way please contact me and I will pass on her telephone number and email contacts to you.
A contesters year...
This week we welcome Mark Haynes M0DXR who gives us an insight into A contesters Year.
As usual we meet from 7-10pm at the sixth form centre of CNS school and Mark's talk starts straight after notices at 7.45.
Tonight is also the deadline for booking your place at the christmas party on December 16th - booking forms have been given out at the club the past 2 Wednesdays and were attached on the last 2 weekly newsletters and are still linked on website. Its a free party for all members and their immediate families paid for by DX squares and canteen profits but you must book via email to me, post or by handing in the booking form at tonights meeting so that we can plan seating and cater for everyone properly.
All I need to know is the members name, how many people in their party and any special dietry requirements.
Extra Bright Sparks:
There will be a Bright Sparks on 9th December from 7.30-9.30 in the back classroom so that our young members can finish their HiTech christmas decorations.
A reminder, please switch off or silence all mobile phones and devices during talks, do not arrive before 7pm and note that no drink or food is allowed at any time in the computer room. Thank You
A page of nets happening around Norfolk this week and open to all
Saturdays & Sunday 20.00-21.00 Beginners Morse CW GB2CW net on repeater GB3NB with Malc G0EGA Everyone welcome! (GB3NB - 145.625MHz receive)
19.30: NARC Monday night voice net on repeater GB3NB - everyone welcome! (GB3NB - 145.625MHz receive)
20.30: NARC CW net on HF 3.545MHz +/- QRM
19.00: GB2CW Advanced CW Morse class (145.250MHz) Roger G3LDI
20.00: Jim G3YLA with an Intermediate CW class (145.250MHz)
20.00: GB2CW with Malc G0EGA - Morse for beginners and intermediates (145.250MHz)
20.00: GB2CW Beginners CW Morse class (145.250MHz) Malcolm G3PDH
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
This weekend was an unfortunate choice on my part for the GB2CW Bootcamp. I must admit I omitted to check the contest diary first! Must try harder.......
However, Saturday and Sunday will be hectic at the G3LDI QTH. We have around 14 people here all doing their best to improve their skills with two days of concentrated Morse. This will include sending as well as receiving. It will also include a session on the air, so apart from the contest, we will probably be trying the WARC bands to attract some normal QSOs. I will have N1MM running though and get a few to try a bit of contesting at the same time.
The evening sessions are going well at the moment and all classes are fairly busy. I do know that there are a few intending to join the beginner's class soon, so looking forward to seeing some new faces on a Tuesday evening.
I am hoping that some will be taking their Proficiency Certificate in the new year.
73 de Roger, G3LDI RSGB GB2CW Coordinator.
This weekend is the CQWW DX contest. If ever there was a huge amount of activity in contesting, then this is the major event of the year. You can pick up lots of DX, assuming you have the time, or just practice your contesting skills, keyboard skills, try for an award of some sort or just have a lot of fun. It's great practice for using N1MM, the contest program and of course, most importantly of all, good practice for your CW. Yes, it is the CW section so the low end of the main HF bands will be busy, and I mean busy! Try it! You may like it! Here are the full details:
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW: 0000Z, Nov 28 to 2400Z, Nov 29
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op All Band (QRP/Low/High)(Option: Classic/Rookie)
Single Op Single Band (QRP/Low/High)
Single Op Assisted All Band (QRP/Low/High)
Single Op Assisted Single Band (QRP/Low/High)
Max power: HP: 1500 watts
LP: 100 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: RST + CQ Zone No.
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 0 points per QSO with same country (counts as mult)
1 point per QSO with different country same continent
2 points per QSO with different country same continent (NA)
3 points per QSO with different continent
Multipliers: Each CQ zone once per band
Each country once per band
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: 2359Z December 4, 2015
E-mail logs to: cw[at]cqww[dot]com
Upload log at: http://www.cqww.com/logcheck/
Web-to-Cabrillo form: http://www.b4h.net/cabforms/cqwwcw_cab.php
Mail logs to: CQ WW DX Contest
New Carlisle, OH 45344
Find rules at: http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm
At the contest workshop this week in the back room, operation of N1MM was discussed with the object of helping new contesters. It was quite productive and the usual chatter with individual ideas is always interesting to listen to.
Don't forget the UK/EI SSB contest: 5/6th December 2015 1200z-1200z SSB
Go to this site for full details:
Other than that, there is not much else to report from the NARC perspective. More activity is on VHF/UHF as you can see from John G8VPE's report.
After an excellent result in the recent 2m UK Activity Contest, the club has now had a pleasing result from the NARC entry in the 432MHz UKAC held on Tuesday 10th November. Only 3 stations were able to take part this time, namely G0DWV, G0CER and G4DYC but they succeeded in adding another 675 points to the club total for the 70cm band, bringing the club up another 5 places in the 70cm results table. The club now stands in 58th position, up from 63rd place out of 81 clubs competing on this band - not bad at all considering we entered the 70cm table one place up from the bottom of the table when we started in July with a solo entry by G8VPE with a meagre 3 QSOs. Well done to all who have helped climb up and overcome some of the opposition. The overall results table covering all vhf/uhf bands show NARC are in 42nd place out of 130 competing on various bands, that's up one more place from 43rd previously.
There is just one more chance left this year to add to our 70cm score by taking part on Tuesday 8th December at 2000UTC.
The final UKAC session on 50MHz took place on Tuesday 24th November. There must have been a Meteorological Gremlin at work that night, conditions were less than flat, some of the poorest propagation that I've witnessed on 6m. Looking at some of the comments posted along side the claimed scores on the RSGB contest website it seems that just about every competitor felt the same way, although a very well known contester David GI4SNA did claim Roger G3LDI as his best DX for the evening at 526km - so well done Roger on making the contact without using a linear amplifier (unusual for LDI !!).
The really pleasing aspect, however was that NARC had 9 members submitting entries, which for 2015 must go down as a club record for the VHF 50MHz band. Those taking part were G0DWV, M0NKR, G3LDI, G3PDH, G3YLA, G4DYC, G4NRG, G4SGX and G8VPE.
Forthcoming diary dates of what's left in 2015 are:
2m UKAC on Tuesday 1st December at 2000-2230
2m AFS contest on Sunday 6th December at 1000-1600 (6hrs) - results add to club entry in AFS Super League, so we must have minimum 4 top class scores for our 'A' team.
70cm UKAC on Tuesday 8th December 2000-2230
and finally, if that old geezer with the white whiskers and red cloak delivered that 4m equipment that you asked for, then you can take part on 70MHz UKAC on Tuesday 29th December.
Updates for VHF User Defined Contests (UDC)
go to http://n1mm.hamdocs.com/tiki-index.php
this is the N1MM+ home page
click on blue tab labelled 'Files' and this gives a drop-down selection
select 'User Defined Contests (UDC)'
It will be useful to download and read the file _READ_ME_FIRST_NL+.rtf information about installing UDCs
then search for and download the file VHFRSGB.zip
place this in your 'User Defined Contests' folder - should be located under 'Documents\ N1MMLogger+ ' folders
unzip the VHFRSGB.zip file.
Finally, a request from the local RAYNET group for NARC to mention their weekly net in the weekly newsletter.
Following the Monday evening NARC net held on GB3NB (145.625 MHz), RAYNET have their own net on a simplex frequency of 144.650MHz starting at 2100UTC, which is one of their usual operational channels.
Mainly this is a check on equipment functionality and a propagation check to confirm which stations are able to reliably communicate with each other and to assist with any problems arising.
More importantly it is an opportunity for area controllers to advise on imminent bad weather and conditions requiring monitoring in the coming week. With more wintry conditions coming soon it is important that members monitor this net frequency for advice. Any potential new members or anyone offering assistance will be made most welcome if they call into the Monday evening net and introduce themselves to the controller.
That's all for now from a wet and windy VHF wormhole somewhere near the East coast - 73 John G8VPE
That's it for another week! Happy Contesting. 73 de Roger, G3LDI
DXCC news for the period of 23 November to the 5 December.
There are quite a few good DXCC enities being activated over the next couple of weeks, due to CQWW CW taking place this weekend (28-29 November), althou the main activity over the weekend will be CW, the operators will do Data and voice on the lead up to the contest or after.
Monday saw the end of the VK9WA activation from Willis island, this was an ATNO for Chris G0DWV and for myself, Well done to Chris who managed to get 7 slots on all modes.
Last week also saw the S79C activation of an IOTA on Coetivy Island AF-119 which is the first time this Island had been activated. Situated 300km south of Mahe – Seychelles, Coetivty Island is home to an active prison for low security prisoners and a rehabilitation center for drug abusers. Visitation is strictly controlled and access is only possible by private airplane charter, using the short 500 meter airstrip.
Hope to see some of you in the pile ups, as there are a few of these I require for this years countries to work.
|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)