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.
This week Steve G8RHQ takes the net and invites discussion on the 2 metres extension to the band and what it is intended for - do we need it, will you use it and what will you use it for? As usual we start at 19.30 on repeater GB3NB and everyone is welcome.
By request we have put a roster on the home page of our website on the right hand side so its now easy to see whats on and whether we need a controller.
As you can see we do not have anyone for next Monday or the Monday after - why not volunteer? Its now easy to contact Stuart, Mark or I by just clicking on our callsigns in the net Box. Thank you
If you are a beginner in the hobby why not join Nigel 2E0NLK for the begineers net on Friday evenings on NB from 19.30 - all welcome.
Yes its that time again for YOUR quiz where you are guaranteed to get at least one question right - because its YOUR question!
Our annual quiz asks each member to think of a question and submit it on the slip which will be provided.
It can be tricky, easy, devious or as challenging as you like as long as its vaguely related to Amateur Radio or technology.
Most importantly its FUN!
As usual your questionmasters are Kevin Klein and Dave Doubledex and it all starts just after notices at 19:45
••NB Tonight is also the deadline for booking forms with payments for Novembers foundation course
Can you Help ICOM
If you attended the National Hamfest at Newark this year and took a reasonable picture of the ICOM IC 7850, the limited edition Radio on display, please email me a copy or contact me with what you have
Thanks in advance
Ofcom have just announced that only about 300 people from the tens of thousands of amateurs have responded to their consultation document on proposed changes which affect our licenses and hobby. If you are licensed at any level or have any interest in the hobby they ask you to tell them what you think to 10 proposals they have.
It is important that many more amateurs respond to show they actually do care and as quite a large club we feel we have a responsibility to members, and indeed all amateurs, to tell you about these proposals and encourage you to respond, which is why we invited Ofcom to come and explain these proposals earlier this year and why I have been reminding you at meetings and newsletters. Deadline is this Monday 20th October at 5pm....
So if its so important what do I do?
At first sight the questions as worded on the response sheet may look straight forward, but many go much deeper and its explained in length in their booklet.
So if you have looked at the proposals but not sure what they really mean or how to respond then the RSGB has produced some useful simplified explanations of each proposal and suggested responses based on talking to lots of other licensed amateurs.
You can view these here freely (both members and non RSGB members):
If you want to read the full Ofcom consultation document you can download / view it here:
And when you feel ready to respond the online form is here (its quite easy and only takes a few minutes to do)
Thank you 73 David G7URP Hon Chairman NARC
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