We are in a more restricted time yet again for a few more months. What better time could you wish for to learn Morse? Why should you do it? Well, one good reason is that you are missing out on lots of things:
1 47% of the amateur radio frequencies that are available.
2 A lot of fun which can be had every day.
3 A lot of contests, activity periods, DX-peditions, IOTAs, SOTAs, etc.
You will also be able to listen to the CW end of the band and not hear just a load of interrupted tones at varying speed. You will hear people, even friends, and make new friends. It will all come to life once you have mastered the learning of the code.
But hey, you DO have time now. Stop the frivolous activities, such as watching TV, and join one of the classes locally. You will not regret it if you are interested in global RADIO communications.
We do it, not because it's easy, but because it's hard, but the rewards await you.

All you need is the determination to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. It's that BIG P WORD AGAIN!





CW 80m Net
Norfolk Amateur Radio Club CW Net.
This is an informal net, to enable people to become familiar with operating in a net, netting properly and being short and to the point overs.
NARC Net: 3545kHz plus or minus QRM.
The Net Controller, normally Malcolm G3PDH, will call CQ at 8.30 p.m. local time on Monday evenings. Call with just your call sign once until he acknowledges you.
1 Keep a note of the order. This will be sent.
2 Net on to the Net Controller to the nearest Hz if you can.
3 Keep overs short with brief comments, no waffling, and pass transmission to the next on the list.
4 There is a 2m discussion after the Net on 145.250MHz
Morse Classes for winter 2020 are going well.
Report from G3LDI, the Bad Cop, on the Monday QSO format session. 145.250MHz / 3.521MHz 1000 local time.

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This week, with only two joining, Phil G4LPP and Chris G4CCX, we spent time with several QSO format overs, reading it but only jotting down the salient points again. We did touch on some high speed numbers however and hit another maximum, this time 60 wpm. Using Teach 4.2. I cannot go faster than that, and really there is no need to either.
Paul G4ZBA and Tony G0OOR owned up to listening, after the session finished!
Join in and see how well you can do. We have a lot of fun and laughs on there, especially with the EISH5 groups!
You will be most welcome.It's rapid fire stuff to keep you mentally alert!
73 de Roger, G3LDI

Report from Jim, the Good Cop, on his 25wpm session. GB3NB repeater 2000 local time Tuesdays

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Beginners 25wpm CW Tuesday 16th Feb 2021


The beginners class met again on the GB3NB repeater on Tuesday at 8pm. Two regulars Tony, M0XTF and Dave, G0ELJ were joined by Chris, M6CHR this week.

We covered the initial set of letters M F G F B E C Q N R S T D X and figures 7359. This is half the alphabet, so a lot to get under the belt. If everyone practices these individually and then pieces them together in commonly used abbreviations, then you will be well on the way to understanding CW on the amateur bands.

I did mention to our new joiner Chris that the individual sound and text files are available on the NARC website, www.norfolkamateurradio.org and also to make use of the many web software defined radios (SDR) on wedsdr.org that can be used to listen to CW on the HF bands if you don’t have an HF receiver.

More next week at the same time on GB3NB

73 de Jim



Morse with Anubis - Tuesdays 1000 on 145.250MHz. Thursdays on GB3NB 1000 local time.

GB2CW Report 17-02-21

Tuesday's session was attended by two students, Phill G4LPP, and Tony G0OOR. We ran some plain language, and towns and cities. The rest of the session concentrated on radio related material, QSO format, and CQ calls. The session went very well, with speeds up to 26WPM on the CQ calls.

Thursday's session had a large attendance, with G4LPP, 2E0FHF, G3XLL, G0OOR, and G0DFC. After plain language, we concentrated on QSO format, finishing up with some numbers. Speeds varied between 20 and 24WPM.

It was nice to see a large attendance for the Thursday session on GB3NB. Remember that speeds will be adjusted to the students present, so everyone will get some useful practice.


Class times for Morse with Anubis are

Tuesday 10am - 11am 145.250 mhz FM simplex
Thursday 10am - 11am GB3NB repeater

73 de Chris G4CCX



Morse with Doctor Phil.

Report from GB2CW beginners class, Friday evenings at 8pm on 145.250MHz.


News from the GB2CW raw beginners class from Week 16 12/2/2021.


A slightly diminished group this week with two participants.


Both have stayed the course and are now at the borderline of moving up to a next stage group having been putting a fair bit of practice in.


This leaves the raw beginners behind a bit again so as a group we’re looking at ways of accommodating the next stage for those who work during the day.

Speeds can be adjusted to suit those who turn up so don’t be put off if it sounds too fast at first!


This week we covered Q codes mixed with abbreviations, Number groups, Punctuation, groups of BD and 6 and groups of eish and 5 we also covered lists of towns in Somerset!


Hope to see more keen morsers this coming Friday.


73 de Phil G4LPP / GB2CW

Phil's email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Email him if you wish to join in.
By the way, Phil is a GOOD cop, so you will be treated kindly!

Report from the Executive Club, Malcolm G3PDH - Thursdays GB3NB 2000 local time.

The Ultimate aim for all CW OPS

GB2CW on Thursday night was joined by Les G0DFC, Chris G4CCX and Phil G4LPP but was reduced to a 45 minute session to enable everyone to watch the landing of the NASA MARS rover. However, plain language with a ‘space’ theme, call signs and 5 letter groups plus short QSO format were covered at 26 to 28 wpm. Chris and Phil used computer keyboard direct copy and Les stayed with convention pencil and paper.
Keyboard copy obviously involves a double translation process of reading the CW and then having to locate the appropriate key whereas writing it down then assumes that such quick writing can be read back. So there is no easy rule here but being a high speed touch typist would be a winner.
Malcolm G3PDH


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The CWOPS CWT activity periods are still as popular as ever.
There will be several medallions heading this way in the spring, of varying colour, several gold, silver and at least one bronze.

If you aspire to join CW OPS, prove your worth with a few >20wpm QSOs, chatty ones, and you can get in! It is a lot of fun operating in the CWTs, and terrific practice too.

The link below is to FAV22. THis is a military station on 3881.00kHz and runs at varying speeds with groups of letters, numbers, punctuation and procedural signals. It is on 24/7 so take a look It is well worth the practice.
Another freq to check is 6.825MHz.
If you look up this link in Google Chrome, it will translate into English for you.
The idea from Ray G3XLG for a table of results from using RUFZxp has had very little support ( including Ray! ) so I shall forget that idea FOR NOW. Maybe if there is enough input we can start again.


The First Class Operators Club, ( FOC ) honoured the Boot Camps with an award this year of the prestigious Al Slater G3FXB Memorial Award.

This is awarded to ALL Boot Camps in the UK and is NOT to any particular person. SO, to all those involved with tutoring and tutoring at the Boot Camp held at QTH G3LDI each year, this is really to all of you. I have it displayed here. Many thanks to all involved.

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Email me with input, queries, keys, paddles, classes and so on. Hopefully I can help or know a man that can!
73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.



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