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 RSGB are looking for addional EMC Volunteers could you help take a look here at the pdf and see if you can help.
Mark G0LGJ DRM Region 12
Thanks to Chris G0DWV for this link to a wonderful ad thats out of this world - you never know he might go on to be an amateur!
Have you got something you can share on the newsletter?
Just let me know
73 David G7URP
Tonight is the clubs annual general meeting where everyone has a chance to see and comment on how the club is doing and celebrate awards given for outstanding achievements in the past year.
Its also the members chance to choose which of the nominated charities they adopt for 2015 and also elect their new officers and committee.
Unlike some building society type of AGM's we try and make ours more interesting and personal, so please come and have your say on how your club is run next Wednesday.
We meet from 19.00 and the AGM starts at 19.45.
73 David G7URP
Have you received your new licence yet?
Ofcom have been sending, via e-mail, new licences that come into effect from the 7th April.
Tonight we will be discussing the changes and how they affect you.
Join Stuart M0JKB on GB3NB from 19:30, and we will chew the fat on this and any other Radio related subjects.
73 de M0JKB
As we announced last week at the club, North Norfolk and often Maritime Mobile amateur Mike Butcher G7AHV has sadly passed away.
We now have details for his funeral and as promised I am passing them on:
Mikes funeral will be at St Faiths Crematorium on Wednesday 15th April 2015 at 15.30.
Family flowers only, but donations may be made to the 'Nook Appeal' at East Anglia Childrens Hospice; EACH, 42 High Street, Milton, Cambridge, CB24 6DF.
The RSGB Club Cumulative contests are going quite well this year so far. In the last SSB session, which was last Thursday evening, we submitted 22 logs. Our position in the league table at the moment is second, very pleasing. However we really need to give the Three As team some competition this year if we can. Obviously NARC does not have the pool of top contest operators that the Three As has, but we can compete by arithmetical means. NARC has around 200 members and 22 logs out of that total is only 10% so we would like to encourage more of you to enter. There are three sections per month, 90 minutes each so it does not tie up too much time. Most people can speak, so the SSB section should not pose too much of a problem. For the CW section, a few use a Morse reader, such as CW Get. This can be very effective even if you know no code at all. Any M0NKR and Martin M0MBF both use it to great effect. Data is more of a problem in that you do need an interface.
Software and Hardware:
N1MM is the most common contest software and is widely used within the Contest Group. Help is available to enable you to set it up and it does cover all modes. The only hardware you will need is an interface if you wish to try Data. There are a number available to buy, or you could make a simple one of your own. CW Get is the most common Morse reader and scores of over 50 can be obtained by using this program. Conversion of the log is done at the end of the contest and then it is uploaded to the RSGB Robot in Cabrillo form.
Contest Net and Workshops:
NARC run a contest net on Friday evenings at 2000 on 145.250 FM and everybody is welcome. It is an informal net and help is available if you have any problems. Normally most problems are software related and amount to setting up errors so most can be solved on that net. Workshops are run at the Club itself and will be publicised in the Club program and calendar.
Contesting for NARC can be fun and competitive, and competitive within the group itself, one person trying to gain a larger score than another. Large scores are not expected from beginners, but with experience, the score will improve and your own Personal Best ( PB ) can be improved each time.
NARC is a most respected "genuine" Club in the league. Our very size helps to maintain our position, but it would be nice to see a "genuine" Club beat the Three As, which is a pool of top contest operators pulled from all over the UK, including G, GM and GW. So, please give it some thought and have a go, you never know, you might just enjoy it! Once the bug bites it is difficult to stop.
Old Lags (!)
We seem to have lost some of our regulars that used to take part. I won't name them beacuse you will know who you are. However, it would be good to see their calls in the list once again. If you have any queries, ask Malcolm G3PDH or myself G3LDI and we will try to help.
73 de Roger obo NARC Contest Group
|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