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The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club is pleased to offer courses and exams for people wishing to obtain a amateur radio license. Amateur Radio now covers much more than just radio, because as well as traditional communications using Morse and Voice, you can send and receive data, slow scan television, normal fast television, GPS tracking of your location, even link to amateur stations around the world using radio linked to the internet! You do not need to know anything about electronics or radio to take an Amateur Radio License course - our recent candidates included a restauranteur, coach driver, scouts and a physiotherapist! It is now easier than ever before to obtain a radio license because there are now three levels of license (Foundation, Intermediate and Advance License) which you do in sequence and virtually anyone of any age from 8 years can take the Foundation License and get on the air in the wonderful world of radio. You do not have to be a member of the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club or any other club or organisation to attend a course or take an exam. However we suggest that you consider joining a club either before or after getting a license as there you will meet other like minded people of similar backgrounds who will more than be pleased to help and advise you on how best to get started in the hobby.
The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club meets each Wednesday evening at Eaton CNS School in Eaton Road Norwich and prospective members are invited to come and visit with no obligation. Details of our meeting place are in our About Us section. There may also be another club nearer to where you live - for more information ask the Exam secretary below or check on the internet, the RSGB (www.rsgb.org.uk) or your local library.
How much will the course cost?
The courses and exams are run at no charge by members of the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club and use of the DCP Bryon Court or CNS premises are also offered free of charge for exams by their owners, so all you need to pay for is the examination fee (currently starting at £27.50 for the Foundation exam) which goes to the RSGB, the course book from £6 (from RSGB.org.uk or other booksellers) and a small charge for the printed materials given out on the course and a CD of all the training slides - the intermediate course also has several practical projects with parts and training notes but the set costs just £10 and are yours to keep.

An Amateur Radio license is now free for life as long as it is applied for online and validated by you at least once every five years (see www.ofcom.org.uk) so the only other cost is some equipment, with a basic single band radio (or ‘rig’) starting at around £50 second hand or £100 new plus an aerial which you can make or buy.
When are the courses run?
We try and run courses relating to demand, so when there are enough people waiting for a course we arrange it. This means we fill the courses to optimum numbers and people wait as short a time as possible.
The courses are generally run at weekends at the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club meeting place at City of Norwich School in Eaton Norwich or at DCP near Attleborough. The initial Foundation Course is typically 2 weekend days, including a 45 minute multiple choice exam on the last day. The Intermediate course takes 5 days with the exam, again generally at weekends. The Advance course is a longer course over 7 days spanning many weeks and additional dedicated home study is also required on the Advance. The courses typically have 6-12 people maximum and are friendly and informal - please note you have to take each course and exam in sequence. We recommend that you order/purchase the course books before the course (make sure they are the latest editions) so that you can relate the coursework to the syllabus in the book - these are available from RSGB bookshop, Amazon.co.uk etc.

 

Examination Centres used by NARC

 

David Palmer G7URP (Exam secretary and course address (RSGB Centre ref NF142)
DCP Microdevelopments Limited,
Bryon Court,
Bow Street,
Great Ellingham,
Attleborough,
Norfolk,
NR17 1JB
email  G7URP 


Norfolk Amateur Radio Club
Sixth Form Centre (details supplied woth course confirmation)

City of Norwich School (RSGB Centre Number NF424) 
Eaton Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR4 6PP


How do I apply?
A booking form is available from the exam secretary and will be emailed to those on a waiting list when the course is announced. Please note that the RSGB examination fee is non-refundable if the examination is not attended. Also note that you will need to bring photo-ID with you on the day of the examination.

Contact Information
Examination Secretary
David Palmer G7URP (by email please - this keeps administration efficient and the courses free of charge)

Course Lead Tutor
Simon Bywater M0EBN 07788 104127

How to get on a course:
To register on the waiting list for the next available course please send an email with your name, course required and your phone number to G7URP 

 

US License examinations

We are fortunate to have one of the very few authorised ARRL examiners for the US radio ham license exams in the UK within our club and Vic G0FEI/N0FEI has kindly offered to help us organise and invigilate US license examinations and help with queries like US address requirements etc.

For more information please discuss with Vic G0FEI or contact through David G7URP as above.

NARC members take part in various nets on various bands. Please take your time and have a listen and join in.

HF Koblenz Sked
Skeds take place between NARC in Norwich and the Koblenz Amateur Radio Club in Germany as part of the twinning between Norwich and Koblenz, as follows:-
Second Saturday in the month at 1000 local time on 40m, 7.135Mhz. Local chat on 145.250Mhz (S10)
If conditions are unsuitable on 40m QSY to 80m on 3.688Mhz after 10 mins.
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VHF Club Net
We hold the club net on a Monday Evening 19:30 on GB3NB (145.625Mhz -0.6Mhz Shift - T94.8)  calendar .

4M Net
Tuesday evening's 19:30 local on  70.450Mz  moving to 70.400Mhz all welcome.

6M Net
51.530MHz, FM at 19:30 local time  We have made it a priority to continue with this net every Friday and will be looking for new members to join.  All are welcome.

GB2CW
Tuesday and Thursday  GB2CW the RSGB morse broadcast  rolls out of Norfolk.

Tuesdays   Roger G3LDI,  145.250mHz,  19:00 - 20:00 local time Speed  5 – 15wpm

Thursdays  Malcolm G3PDH, 145.250mHz,  20:00 - 21:00 local time, Speed 15 – 30wpm
Contest Net
Friday evenings 20:00 on 145.250Mhz to chat abt contest issues, loggers, data modes etc.

 

Norwich Amateur Radio Club and the Koblenz Amateur Radio Club in Germany have maintained a monthly radio sked  since 2004 as part of the City Twinning arrangements between Norwich and  Koblenz. The sked is usually on the second Saturday of each month at 10.00am local clock time on 7.135MHz. To assist local Norwich stations to join the sked a listening watch will also be maintained on 145.250 VHF. So if you have difficulty in joining the net please call G3PDH (Malcolm) or G3LDI (Roger) on VHF.
For more information regarding the sked check the club diary or click here.

Presentation of the Koblenz City flag by Arno DL1PBC (right) to Peter G3ASQ NARC President. Arno was in the UK on an English language course in November 2005 and managed to make a quick weekend visit to Norwich.

In April 2006 a 6 day visit was made by Arno DL1PBC and Ralf DM5RS to Norwich during which they toured the city and surrounding countryside as well as visiting NARC. They also took part in various Amateur Radio activities including a radio sked back to their club and other stations in Koblenz. During their visit to NARC formal gifts were exchanged and they met with many of the club members. In 2005 by Malcolm G3PDH to Koblenz and the shack of Koblenz Radio Club working CW back to Roger G3LDI in Norwich. Koblenz is situated at the junction of the Rhine and Mosel rivers amongst the vineyards of the beautiful Mosel Valley.

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AT NARC we can be contacted via the following methods :-

To email or telephone the Comittee, follow the link to the committee page please try and use the relevant committee member in relationship to your query. Please respect the times and numbers in use.

NARC regulary use the following callsigns G4ARN G6NRC G8QR plus other SES calls
We QSL via the RSGB Bureau / EQSL or direct to:-


NARC QSL
DCP Bryon Court
Bow Street
Great Ellingham
Norfolk
NR17 1JB

Contact via Post for other correspondence to our Secretary :-

Chris Danby G0DWV
Norfolk Amateur Radio Club
Fir Trees
Hall Road
Hainford
Norwich
NR10 3LX


Completed Membership forms can be sent to our Membership Secretary :-

Mark Taylor G0LGJ
c/o NARC
6 Welden Road
Scarning
Dereham
Norfolk
NR19 2UB

On The Air NARC has a club net on Monday evening's all welcome. Full details here.

The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club meets    
every Wednesday at the :-
Sixth Form Centre (block at the very front of the school)

City of Norwich School
Eaton Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR4 6PP

 

We start at 19:00 for an informal chat, with the main programme normally starting
at 19:45 with a drinks break at 20:45 followed by a Q&A session. Leaving the club at 21:30

Please park in the 6th form centre car park if possible, entrance to left of main school entrance.
We look forward to seeing you.

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NARC has various items of equipment which can be loaned out to members for a period of time.
Once on loan it is the repsonsabiltyof the member to ensure the safe keeping of the loaned equipment and any damage must be repaired or replaced before return.
Loan agreement document here.

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NARC Training 2020

Amateur Radio Training with NARC

Training is very important to NARC because we realise this is how new people come into the hobby and attain their Foundation, Intermediate and Advance Amateur Radio licenses.
We are pleased to offer courses which are based on demand and our programme of other events and activities. To register your interest for a course and exam please email your name and contact details, together with which level of training course you are waiting for,  to the Club Exam Secretary David Palmer G7URP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Club meetings

 CLUB MEETINGS - NARC Live!

During the current Covid-19 pandemic when the club cannot physically meet, the club now broadcasts its own magazine show NARC Live! every Wednesday with news, features and guests.
It is streamed online live from 19.30 BST at the following places:

• Facebook Live:
www.facebook.com/norfolkamateurradioclub/

• BATC Streaming service:
www.batc.org.uk/live/NARC

The club meets virtually every Wednesday throughout the year in the sixth form centre of the City of Norwich School, Eaton Road, Norwich, NR4 6PP from 1900-2130.

We welcome anyone of any age, gender or ability and who enjoys experimenting with radio and electronics to come and meet us and see what we do in our hobby.

Please see above ONLINE tab for details of the club programme and below this piece for contacts of club official.

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