CW Net Timetable

 

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Contest News from a village somewhere East of Norwich.
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80m Club Championship:
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Battle has commenced ! One down 17 more to go.
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Thanks for totalling all the numbers of QSOs Sonny, very useful.
Normalising those raw scores at the top of the General Category:
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De Montfort University ARS - 5243 points - 12 logs - 437pts/log.
Norfolk ARC NELSON - 3322 points - 11 logs - 302pts/log.
Norfolk ARC BOUDICA - 2986 points - 11 logs - 271pts/log.
Three As CG - 2356 points - 3 logs - 785pts/log !
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It looks like we could claim 2nd and 3rd places for the first SSB event - all subject to UBNs of course.
The bonus station G6XX was active so that will adjust the points upwards in the final mix.
It's a really good start but watch out for the 3As, they might put up an additional challenge this year especially in the CW events.
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Wednesday 12th February is the next event, DATA (PSK63/RTTY only).
Hopefully the number of logs will not drop too far, but not every station has a set-up for RTTY/PSK.
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The Contest Net still runs every Friday evening at 2000utc on 145.250MHz for anyone needing help and guidance setting up for N1MM+ Logger and getting started in RTTY/PSK or just doing on-air tests to blow the cobwebs out of their data interfaces.
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There is a two week gap until Thursday 27th February for the first CW event of the 80m CC series. No doubt the CWT competitors will already have lengthened their 80m dipoles for the bottom of the 80m band, and others could consider doing likewise.
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AFS Contests Update:
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In last week's news we were waiting for results for the DATA AFS.
Just a few hours after the news was prepared the result was published.
Declared results so far for AFS Super League:
50MHz AFS (October 2019) 23rd place
144MHz AFS (08/12/19) - still waiting for results!
Club Calls 1.8MHz AFS (November 2019) 6th place.
CW AFS 4th place.
SSB AFS 5th place.
DATA AFS 5th place.
However, overall in the Super League NARC are in 5th position in the Local Category, for the moment.
We'll drop a few places because we had no entries for 70MHz and 432MHz AFS events and the 144MHz result will be low.
Maybe if there had been more interest in the VHF events we might have retained that 5th place.
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BARTG HF RTTY SPRINT Contest. What I hadn't realised was that the CQ WW 160m CW contest was on for all of that weekend, maybe that had kept some of the big guns away from competing in the RTTY event which would account for the apparent lack of rtty activity.
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Something for the Weekend:
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Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th is the CQ WPX RTTY contest, starting 0000utc on 8th February and ending 2359utc on Sunday 9th February.
Usually good for DXCC hunting early in the year - but given the current state of HF propagation good DX may be a bit scarce.
Also a good chance to test your RTTY set-up prior to the 80m CC event on Wednesday 12th.
Rules at:
https://cqwpxrtty.com/index.htm
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Saturday 8th 1200utc until 1159utc on 9th it is the Dutch PACC contest in both SSB and CW on all contest bands including 160m.
Work only Dutch stations and give RST and Serial number, they reply with RST and two letter Province code.
It is usually an interesting scramble to work all 12 of the Dutch Provinces on a maximum of 6 bands and using each mode.
In past years they have sent a "Merit Award", which is a small fabric pennant to all who submit a log.
Rules at:
https://pacc.veron.nl/
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The RSGB 1st 1.8MHz contest (CW) is also on Saturday 8th February 1900 to 2300utc, so you'll need to get those 160m dipoles up in time. Exchange is RST and Serial Number plus your District Code, which for most of us will be NK and not NR (it used to get some stations confused with NR? and lead to lengthy exchanges!)
Rules are on the RSGB HF Contest Calendar.
Don't be surprised to find the Dutch stations on top band wanting points for their own PACC contest (see above), just log the two letter code they send.
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A useful calendar of other contests can be found here in Bruce's (WA7BNM) weekly listings:
https://www.contestcalendar.com/weeklycont.php#9858
Always download and study the rules.
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VHF UK Activity Contests.
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Tuesday 11th February is 432MHz UKAC.
Thursday 13th February is the 6m (50MHz) UKAC.
Thursday 20th February is the 4m (70MHz) UKAC.
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I wonder if the VHF Field Day Group have given any consideration to the 144MHz May Contest on 16th/17thMay.
If so, now would be a good time to begin planning for three months time.
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73 John G8VPE
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The NARC Split Teams!  If you wish to take part but don't have a team as yet, email Malcolm and he will allot you a place in either Boudica or Nelson.

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