RSGB CC tests
The NARC AGM stole several committee members from the SSB CC contest. Even so, NARC were still represented by 9 logs. There were some very good scores there too, with PBs from Chris G4CCX with 57, Phil G4LPPwith 83, Mike G4KQY with 91 and John 2E0TWQ with 29. Peter M0RYB/P had a super score of 138 with QRP. Congrats to those and thanks for keeping NARC on the map. Looks like we have dropped this one to DeMontfort however, but we do have a great lead.

Lorna 2W0YAO ( she was operating on holiday) did miss the deadline, due to Internet beng down. The adjudicator accepted this and allowed her log. This was great because Lorna had a PB of 50 Qs! Well done Lorna.

That makes 5 PBs this time!!  Super job!

Malcolm commented:

SSB results have been published and we only dipped a small amount leaving us with a 10k overall lead still, so well done to those that took part. Peter kept up his winning streak in the QRP. I still haven’t quite worked out how the Assisted category works in SSB though.

We need to get back on the case on Thursday 25th with the Data and show them that we haven’t given up, as they might be hoping!

Get your data set up well before the event. If you have a problem, don't forget the contest net - see below.
If you are availabe on Sunday April 28th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. take a look at the BARTG 75 Baud Sprint. RTTY only but at 75 Baud. It's fast and furious, so hope for some good propagation. If you are attending Bootcamp, you might just make it home in time.
The contest net is on Friday evenings, 145.250Mhz at 2000. If you require help please call in.
NEWS AND COMMENTS ( AND PICTURES! Come on, everybody likes pictures! ) PLEASE TO ME: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
That's it for this time. 73 de Roger, G3LDI



This is the latest list:
Tony G0OOR, Mui M0MUI
Paul G3SEM, Donard M0KRK
Chris G4CCX, Ted G4OZG
Paul G4ZBA, Alan G8OO
Phil G4LPP, Mike G4DYC
Ian G4IQT, Stephen M6KYF
Les G0DFC, Robert G4TUK
David M0WEL Bill, G4NOL
Kevin G8MXV
Malcolm G3PDH, Jim G3YLA, Chris G4CCX, Roger G3LDI.
It is looking doubtful if everything will be completed, but enough room will be available for Bootcamp. However,
these things do have a habit of dragging on. Unfortunately the builders have been called to other jobs but it should not affect Bootcamp at all.
Bootcamp will take a slightly different format this spring, in that we will be conducting some tests in the afternoon for those that want it. Please give some thought to the speed at which you will be comfortable and you can end up with a Proficiency Certificate - pictures for Radcom!
Starting to learn Morse?
Phil G4LPP is he only attendee in the beginners class and it won't be too long before he moves up to the Intermediate Class with Jim G3YLA. Even if you have not started to learn the code, call in on 145.250 on a Tuesday evening at 1900 local time. I can talk you through what you should do, and thus get you started in the right way.

Beginners on the air net.
Classes will finish at the end of April. Chris G4CCX will still carry on with his however so please do your best to attend his classes.
I received a big fat zero to my request last week regarding ten metres. I have had input from Robert G4TUK and Paul G4ZBA however. Both are keen on the ten metre QSO. We have decided to adopt 28.053 for these. I will monitor that freq when I am in the shack, so if you want a QSO, please put out a CQ on that frequency, whatever time you get. You never know who might be listening! David G3MPN and Jim G3YLA will also be monitoring. Speed will be adjusted to suit the individual. During the summer period you may find some sporadic E appearing too.

Marconi Daymorse key 2
This is now looming so please email Steve if you wish to operate for Marconi Day at Caister Lifeboat Station. This is Saturday April 27th, the day before Bootcamp. It is a fun day, and there is a cafe nearby where we usually have lunch. Laura M0LJD usually brings a couple of cakes too! Although it is mainly a CW event, we do run SSB and Data as well. If you are interested enough to operate for an hour, please let Steve G0KYA know and he will add you to the list.
Email Steve on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also book a slot on line.
Unfortunately Ian VK3MO is away on tht day this year, bu Lyn VK4CE will be looking out for us. Don't hold your breath however!
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.
73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.

Tonight is an informal social evening with opportunities to use the Clubs radio shack and construction tools and equipment on request.

Please note that Bright Sparks are taking a break for Easter and will return on 29th May.

As usual we meet in the 6th form common room of CNS from 19.00-21.30

73, David G7URP

HF News

Last week was a little better propagation-wise. The Australian IPS T index, as used by the ASAPS computer program for predicting HF propagation frequencies, turn positive again after a week of being at zero or even negative.

The T index can be best regarded as an "equivalent sunspot number" - the sunspot number which would best match the observations made by ionosondes.

IPS has a network of ionosondes located in the Australasian region and can derive the most appropriate T index. This can then be used by IPS customers to get best results for their HF communications.

The better T index may be due to better geomagnetic conditions, or the increased solar flux index caused by sunspot number 2738.

Next week NOAA has the SFI falling away again to 68 due to a lack of sunspots. The Kp index is predicted to be around two to three as there were no visible coronal holes on the solar equator as this report was being prepared.

Next weekend is International Marconi Day, and the money bands will no doubt be 80, 40 and 20m. I would put my money on 40m as being the liveliest band with contacts aplenty available around Europe.

VHF and up

It’s another high-pressure week, with the main high over Scandinavia, linking to another over the Azores in some models, while others leave room for a trough of low pressure near to western areas.

This will mean a continued chance of Tropo, although again somewhat less than ideal conditions, despite high pressure on the charts. The better periods will be when there is moist air near the surface.

Some of the models are starting to hint that there may be an increased shower risk from about mid-week, which at this time of the year can mean some heavy thundery showers, and may be good for rain scatter.

As we head towards the end of April the chances of Sporadic E increase rapidly and this would be a good time to get into the habit of checking the 10m and 6m bands routinely for those chance openings.

The typical times are usually late morning and particularly late afternoon and early evening. If you have never worked it before, just do this one thing and check 10m and 6m each tea time and you’ll have your first Es in the logbook well before September.

Remember do keep overs short and listen to the bands to find out how the old hands are operating before jumping in.

The Lyrids meteor shower will peak on the 23rd April. This shower, associated with comet Thatcher can occasionally produce some very strong reflections.

Meteor bursts and pings associated with the Lyrids should be detectable most of this week.

The moon is waning this week. It reaches its maximum declination, of this cycle, on the 25th. Maximum path loss is reached on the 29th with the largest libration on the 26th.

This does not look like a great week for EME operation. However, there will probably be lots of activity and if you are looking to make your first QSO off the moon, earlier in the week is probably best.

We are grateful to Stuart G7KBF who links us to the the following story from the ARRL regarding Amateur radio in Space pioneer Owen Garriott who has just passed away:


73, David G7URP

NARC Training 2019

Training is very important to us as we realise that is how new people can come into the hobby and attain their Foundation, Intermediate and Advance Amateur Radio licenses.

The Syllabus and Exams for all levels is changing significantly from August 2019 and so like many other clubs we need to take a break from running courses from August to give us time to research, prepare and plan courses based on all three levels for 2020. However we will be running three courses before August; A Foundation course in April, an Intermediate course from March - May and another Foundation course in June - July. So if you would like to take either of these exams with NARC in 2019 you need to book your place as soon as possible by emailing Exam Secretary David G7URP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.