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.
7th October RF Power Measurement - Dave Penny G3PEN
14th October Informal - Morse in the back room
21st October Table Top Sale
28th October Contest Workshop, Brightsparks and Informal
Malcolm G3PDH has returned, just like the prodigal instructor always does from his short few days away! Hence, the Thursday evening high-speed runs will return this week under Malcolm's watchful eye.
The Tuesday beginner's class will miss Donard M6FIJ for a few weeks as he will be away, but I still have two others taking part. We could use a few more, so if you feel like joining in please do so. Bookings for the Bootcamp have stalled now at 13, but that is a good number and I am sure that weekend will be very busy.
Don't forget the NARC CW net on Monday evenings on 3545 at 8.30 local time. We usually have around 4 people on that and it's great fun.
73 de Roger, G3LDI
I am writing this prior to the trip to the RSGB COnvention. If you have never been to that event, it really is a great weekend.There is something for all, technical, contesting, DX-peditions, and the much enjoyed social side.
We are suffering on HF at present with a really major storm, with the K index reaching 9 on Wednesday, most unusual. The A index right now is 51 and the K is now lower at 4. Despite this, TX3X, the Chesterfield Island DX-pedition was workable on 20m this morning. Contest wise this weekend is the Makrothen RTTY Contest. This is where distance matters! Read the rules and details.
Makrothen RTTY Contest: 0000Z-0759Z, Oct 10 and 1600Z-2359Z, Oct 10 and 0800Z-1559Z, Oct 11
Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op Single Xcvr (Low/High)
Single Op Multi-Xcvr (Low/High)
Multi-Op Single Xcvr (Low/High)
Multi-Op Multi-Xcvr (Low/High)
Max power: HP: >100 watts
LP: 100 watts
Exchange: 4-character grid square
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 1 point per km distance between stations for each QSO
Multiply QSO points by 1.5 for 40m QSOs or 2.0 for 80m QSOs
100 points per QSO between stations in same grid square (no other points or multiplier)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points
Submit logs by: November 15, 2015
E-mail logs to: tmc-rtty[at]arcor[dot]de
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://home.arcor.de/waldemar.kebsch/The_Makrothen_Contest/TMC_Rules.html
Assuming propagation improves slightly there should be some Qs to be had, although 10m and 15m both look very quiet!
On a gentler note, for the CW enthusiasts, why not try this shorty on 80m. It requires a different strategy in that you will have to search for your contacts!
UBA ON Contest, CW: 0600Z-0900Z, Oct 11
Bands: 80m Only
Exchange: ON: RST + Serial No. + ON Section
non-ON: RST + Serial No.
QSO Points: 3 points per QSO with Belgian station
Multipliers: Each UBA Section
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: November 1, 2015
E-mail logs to: ubaon[at]uba[dot]be
Mail logs to: Leon Welters, ON5WL
Find rules at: http://www.uba.be/en/hf/contest-rules/on-contest
Aurora is on the menu too for a few days! It might even be a visual into Norfolk if we are lucky. I have yet to see one. Point your 10m and 6m beams to the north and work some DX. Again it is really for the CW amateur. SSB is really distorted too much.
VHF/UHF News. From our Coastal Correspondent John G8VPE
On Tuesday 6th October the 144MHz UK Activity Contest took place with 6 Members of Norfolk ARC taking part. They were rewarded with very slightly enhanced propagation conditions with contacts possible to near European countries, i.e. ON, PA and DL. Propagation was also good to the West from Norfolk with GI4SNA and GD8EXI and a few GWs in IO81 square having been logged, but as usual very deep QSB caused the inevitable repeats for vital information. Plenty of additional points and more multipliers were available from stations in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire but the path to GM seemed to still be quite elusive from Norfolk.
Dates for your diary:
432MHz UKAC on Tuesday 13th October at 1900-2130UTC.
50MHz AFS on Sunday 18th October at 0900-1300UTC.
In the 50MHz AFS the four highest scoring stations will go forward to form the Norfolk ARC 'A' team entry, the next highest four make up the 'B' team
(and then the 'C' team - if we ever find more than 8 VHF contesters!).
Note: British Summer Time (BST), or Daylight Saving Time if you prefer, ends on Sunday 25th October and clocks go back 1 hour.
Timing of UKAC VHF contests held after then will be at 2000-2230UTC (same as local time).
This affects the 50MHz UKAC on 27th October and subsequent Activity Contests which will be 2000-2230 and not 1900-2130UTC as stated in the Sport Radio tabulation on page 77 of October Radcom.
The times for UKACs on the VHF contest pages of the RSGB website are correct.
73 Have a good week - John G8VPE
------------------------------------- That's it for another week. Enjoy! 73 de Roger, G3LDI
A club member brought a Yaesu FT920 with the fault, no transmit output.
On connecting it up on the bench I found that a small amount of transmit power did show on my wattmeter (about 10 watts on FM) and the signal could be heard on my FRG7,however the current drain from my PSU was about 18 amps and the wattmeter on the radio display showed 100 watts indicating that the radio PA was producing 100 watts but thiswas not getting through either the low pass filter, the tx/rx switching relay or the automatic ATU.
Experience has shown me that the relays in the low pass filter and the tx/rx switching relay can be a source of trouble and as they are all on the filter PCB on this radio I removedthe filter pcb from the radio with a view to powering it up “on the bench” (it's underneath the main pcb on the underside of the radio in this rig so would be difficult to fault find on withthe board in situ.)
Once the appropriate section of the low pass filter and the aerial changeover relay have been energised there should be a DC path from the input to the filter pcb to the output (thatfeeds to the auto atu board) so should be easy to find the problem.
I energised the filter relays (for 40 metres) and the aerial changeover relay to simulate the radio being keyed to transmit
A check through the selected filter relay contacts and aerial changeover relay contacts revealed that the changeover relay had failed (open circuit contacts.)
I obtained a replacement (these are an industry standard so are not too difficult to obtain) and fitted it, after reassembly the radio produced 100 watts fine so after a check on allbands it was returned to it's owner.
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 Roger G3LDI Beginners CW Morse class (145.250MHz)
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 Malcolm, Roger, or Jim with the Advanced CW Morse class (145.250MHz)
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 9-11th October sees the annual RSGB convention, a great place for learning about all aspects of our hobby and meeting up with friends old and new. And it is not to late to go, so have a look at the main web details here and go along for a few hours or all weekend:
73, David G7URP
|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)