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I wonder how many were taken or persuaded by the talk on the Flex radios on Wednesday evening? SDR does take some time to be comfortable with, especially when there is no front panel, unless you buy a Maestro as well! However, having a 6600 for around 9 months now, I don't think I could conceive going backwards again. I know some modern transceivers do have a screen with them, but it's a toy compared to a 27 inch monitor. This applies even more the older the user.

If you are in the market for a new transceiver, do think very carefully before changing, it will be a decision that will stay with you for some time, unless you can afford to own multiple transceivers of course! 

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This Wednesday there is a second chance to see the film 'The Secret Listeners' featuring extended footage edited by Paul G3SEM. So if you missed it the first time or would like to see it again, we will be showing it straight after notices.

There will also be a social informal and CW practice....

 

73, David G7URP

**TRAFFIC ALERT

We are grateful to John G0MXN for telling us about part A47 road closures from 8pm and subsequent impacts on nearby roads which may affect the way you get to NARC for the next few weeks. There are many websites which show details and updates including the following:

https://www.trafficdelays.co.uk/a47-traffic-delays/

 

Nights are getting longer, days are getting shorter, it's time for the shack!
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John talks about the autumn eries. NARC have never taken them too seriously but they would provide some really good practice for those just starting into contesting. They are specifically aimed at those new Foundation and Intermediate Licence holders. More locals are now participating when the club programme allows. On Informal evenings, some can take part. The CWOPSmembers will also be takingpart in the CWT period, which is only an hour, 1900- 2000. Then we can get set up for the autumn series test that appears on the same evening.
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News of Contest Activity from the Sunny Shores of Filby Broad.
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RSGB IOTA Contest results have been published. This is a truly world-wide event and this year attracted 2364 log entries, 1988 of which were from single operator stations. Many teams specifically activate remote and rare islands for this contest which aids the collectors of IOTA island numbers and awards. Mainland UK is classified as EU-005 and appeared many times in the final listings.
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Andy G1A was placed in 133rd position with 550,220 points from 610 QSOs in the 12hr section.
Not far behind was Chris G0DWV in 170th place on 568Qs (12hr).
Further down came Alan G8OO at 1280th position and G8VPE in 1353th place -but not last!
Well done to all those who took part - where were the rest of NARC contesters?
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Lots of Contests Awaiting Adjudicated Results:
2m UK Activity Contest, Tuesday 03/09/19, 5 logs uploaded by NARC members, not an enormous score but it all helps to keep the Norfolk name alive.
Just to show how popular 2m UKACs are, this event had 247 logs submitted - more than any of the 80mCCs this year. It does beg the question as to why 2m contests are not more popular with NARC members - or is it an age thing?
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144MHz Trophy Contest, Sat+Sun 07+08/09/19, Raw scores indicate that our vhf team were pushed down to 11th place by some last minute entries in the MO category. It may be quite a few weeks yet before official results are published.
However, with Camb-Hams down in provisional 7th place they had better watch out if we compete in this event next year(TIC).
The hardware was all in place, just need to refine the operating and manning levels with perhaps more time spent calling CQ rather than tuning up and down the band - the station was very difficult to find on a relatively uncrowded band whenever I looked for them.
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HF SSB FD contest, 7th & 8th Sept, provisionally in 4th place now that all entries are logged in, a last minute entry pushed us from 3rd to 4th.
The 2nd place to 4th place are only 27 points apart - all very close in Raw points, so UBNs may alter the order in our favour - or not.
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Autumn Series SSB 1st event of the year on Monday 9thSeptember, just after everyone was tired out from the big weekend.
7 logs submitted with some good scores even from our 3 part-timers who retired after 30 minutes to join the CW natter net.
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6m UKAC Thursday 12th Sept, just Phil G4LPP and myself in this one. There was generally a lack of good propagation but Phil managed to score 22 contacts with a flourish near the end when things picked up a bit and I missed it, having given up earlier.
At least we tried and maybe the club name will rise up a bit higher from near the bottom of the cumulative table on 50MHz.
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70MHz (4m) AFS, Sunday 15thSept, no entries from NARC members as yet!
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Wednesday 18th Sept. was also club night with the popular SDR talk by K5SDR.
The club attendance depleted our entry in the Autumn Series CW event, our entries were down to 5 logs for the CW event, but it was better supported than I expected.
On behalf of NARC, well done and thank you to all those who made the effort to support NARC contesting.
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G4ARN, the Norfolk club station was active for a short while and logged 10 contacts - it all helps!
Another surprise entry was from Mui M0MUI with 56 Qs, I didn't even notice her on the band, well done!
Lorna 2E0YAO had another go at using a CW reader, supervised by Tony G0OOR. She made an excellent score of 44 (doubled up to 88 under Intermediate rules) plus she contacted G6XX, the 'bonus' station.
At the moment Lorna is the only Intermediate Licence holder to put in an entry in this session, she's well and truly cementing her position at the top of the 2Es.
I worked Peter M0RYB (not /P) very late on in the proceedings, he finished with 48 contacts.
G8VPE (me) ended with 65 QSOs - an all-time personal best (PB) score for a 90minute CW contest solely in S&P mode.
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The band conditions seemed quite favourable on Wednesday evening for inter-G contacts, with relatively low background noise.
The foF2 frequency held up above 3.8MHz for the whole of the contest, I expect that will not be the case in the November events so make the most of 80m propagation in September and October while it lasts.
Most other stations were well spaced out helping to minimise mutual QRM.
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Entries for the Autumn Series CW event do not close until 23:59 on Saturday 21st Sept.
Positions could change dramatically but at present Verulam ARC are ahead of De Montfort University ARS with RSGB Contest Club following behind. NARC appear to be holding onto 4th place.
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Future dates for the Autumn Series:

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Thursday 26th September 2019 DATA (PSK63 and RTTY only).

Monday 14th October 2019 CW.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 DATA.

Thursday 31st October 2019 SSB.

Monday 11th November 2019 DATA.

Wednesday 20th November 2019 SSB.

Thursday 28th November 2019 CW.

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I hope we can continue to put in a good effort for as many of the above events as possible, fitting in around club nights and CW tuition nights where needed.

The next event that I hope club members will support is the Autumn Series DATA event on Thursday 26th September.

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If you're keen on using RTTY in contests then the 28th and 29th September will be a major event with the CQ WW DX RTTY contest providing plenty of world-wide activity and maybe a few new DXCCs for some.

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Hopefully next week we may have more adjudicated results to report.

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73 John G8VPE

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The CWOPS are still managing to get up at 4 a.m. for the early bird session. 40m is quite good at that time with a good supply of US stations. 80m is not too bad either, but you do need a decent antenna to break into the US wall. Most of us ony run Low Power, so that is difficult.

 Enjoy your contesting!

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73 de Roger, G3LDI

 

BOOTCAMP NOVEMBER 17TH 2019
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Latest update is 14 booked now for the Bootcamp. Email me if you wish to attend! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Only two months to go. Get your call booked in soon!
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Anyone interested in testing their CW copying skills at various speeds and SNR ratios might have fun with this website being developed by AG1LE:
https://deepmorse.com/
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Head copy Class moves date and time
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This new technique is proving very useful and thos that have attended are quite pleased with the way that this approach is helping. This week saw Phil G4LPP finishing at 28 wpm with good results. With no beginners coming along for the new autumn classes, I shall be continuing with this approach.
If you wish to join, email me and let me know roughly what speed you are at. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Headcopy Class will now be on Monday mornings at 1000 local time.

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Other classes will restart in October:

Morse Classes

Morse sweat
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These will start again as per the RSGB schedule at the end of September, beginning of October.
Email me if you wish to join or indeed have any comments. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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I now have three signed in for the beginner's class:
Steve G3EVA who usedto be M7EVA. Congrats to Steve on his new call, a nice one for CW too!
Martin G8WSH, who has learned CW in the past, but is renewing his interest.
Martin Smith M7MJS. Martin lives in Gt. Yarmouth and has problems hearing me simplex.
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I shall therefore run the Beginner's class on GB3NB at 1900 - 2000 - local time on Tuesday eveings.
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Great to see the support that Paul M1AFQ is receiving at the Club with his Morse in the Computer Room practice sessions. Try it! It really is fun.
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.
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HF News

We had a relatively settled week with the Kp index remaining at or below four. The high-speed solar wind was the reason for the K index increase, but it really had little bad effect on HF propagation.

We are seeing a change to more autumnal HF conditions with North to South paths opening up quite regularly. The summer doldrums are also now fading as we see an increase in daytime critical frequencies.

This is probably the best month for working into the Southern Hemisphere.

A 10 metre FT8 opening at around 1500Z on Monday saw the Falklands Islands being very workable on 10 metres. Both Mike VP8NO and Bob VP8LP were active on the mode giving many people a chance to get VP8 in their logs.

Other South American stations active this week on 15 and 10m last week FT8 included Argentina, Brazil, Columbia and Paraguay.

It does seem that a lot of DX stations have moved to FT8 and FT4 for contacts, a mode that works well under poor conditions due to its lower required signal to noise ratio. So if you haven’t tried it why not give FT8 a whirl?

The Chilton ionosonde shows that daytime MUFs over a 3,000km path are now exceeding 18MHz and even touching 21MHz at times. There are also signs that limited Sporadic E openings are still occurring on 10 metres.

Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain pegged at about 68 with zero sunspots. Geomagnetic conditions will remain mainly settled, at least until the weekend of the 28th/29th when the Kp index may rise to six due to a solar coronal hole making its return after its transit around the Sun’s surface.

VHF and up

The coming week is looking like almost the exact opposite of last week. The high-pressure systems will move away east by the start of this weekend and allow Atlantic lows to dominate the weather over the country for much of the coming week.

This means any Tropo at first to the east across the North Sea into the Baltic will soon fade and we’ll be left with unsettled, wet and rather breezy weather. As for propagation, there will be a chance for rain scatter on the GHz bands for Tuesday night’s Super High Frequency UK Activity Contest.

Other modes are always worth a look, even the odd fleeting bit of sporadic E on 10m perhaps. But it also worth mentioning that the autumn months are always a good time to be alert to the prospects of aurora.

The Moon reaches maximum declination tomorrow, and Perigee on Friday, so EME conditions should be good all week with falling losses.

Sky noise on 144MHz is mainly falling, but this coming Saturday the Sun and Moon are close together in the sky from mid-morning to Moonset, so noise levels will make EME very difficult apart from for GHz band stations with very narrow antenna beamwidths.

The daytime Sextanids meteor shower, with a Zenithal Hourly Rate of five, peaks this coming Saturday, but is not a very big one. Continue to check the early hours before dawn for the best random meteors.