Advance Course Notes

 

Nothing new to report this week, except for the FT8 Roundup. Taking up a large percentage of each band, but that did not deter anybody! However, a few were quite upset to see that happen.
My shack is nearing completion so I shall soon be active once again. However, my scores will be depleted for a while until I become accustomed to a new regime. Fingers crossed!!

News and Comments from the Far East Correspondent:
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News of 80m Autumn Series contests:
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It's all over now for the 80m Autumn Series 2018. Final session was on Thursday 29th November using CW in the 9th event.
At the time of writing the results for this last event and the overall total scores and positions for all clubs are still unconfirmed.
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A very low f0F2 Critical frequency and some unpleasant QSB made CW scoring not so straightforward as at the beginning of the Autumn Series in September. Asking around for past experiences, from those who remember Amplitude Modulation and the birth of SSB, it appears that the winter doldrums is something of a repetitive pattern on 80m from November to February/March where inter-G working is difficult especially in the evenings and thus a migration to 160m for Winter evenings is popular.
That is something to remember for next year's Autumn Series and also to bear in mind for the first few events of the 80m CCs in 2019 (not that far away now!).
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Thanks to all those who competed in this final CW event, NARC competitors submitted a record of 14 logs, some with low-ish but hard won scores, but how did Malcolm G3PDH conjure up 94 QSOs - another mystery!
My own miserable score (4 Contacts) was down to wind damage and a broken coax centre core on the feeder of the 80m dipole.
I eventually loaded the 40m dipole with marginally better results. The fault must have happened between testing mid-afternoon and the start of the contest - darned Gremlins!!
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NARC went into this final session in 2nd place overall and with a good buffer of 3000+ points over the 3rd placed RSGB Contest Club, who gave us a creditable challenge for 2nd place throughout all 9 sessions. We didn't have every session go our way, they proved to be very strong in some modes returning quite high scoring logs in SSB and CW but NARC experience again showed our consistent prowess with DATA (RTTY & PSK63).
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Roger is still completing his shack rebuild, he might just be ready by the time of the AFS tests in January. (Unless you know different!)

 

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Forthcoming Contests:
No RSGB HF contests in December.
TRC DIGI contest on 8/9th December.
SKCC Sprintathon CW on 8/9th December.
OK DX RTTY on 15th December.
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VHF UKACs.
Last 6m UKAC is on Thursday 13th December.
Last 70cm (432MHz) UKAC is on Tuesday 11th December.
The FMACs are still active and commence at 1900utc, 1 hour before the UKACs at 2000utc.
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AFS Super League:
The AFS Super League comprises 7 contests, 4 HF and 3 VHF/UHF.
Sunday 2nd December the 144MHz AFS took place but no entries are apparent from NARC.
Similarly there were no entries for the 50MHz AFS on 21st October.
NARC are currently in 28th out of 47 clubs solely due to an entry in 1.8MHz AFS.
That position may hopefully improve with the 40m/80m AFS CW/SSB/DATA contests in January.
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73 JOHN G8VPE
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NEWS AND COMMENTS ( AND PICTURES! ) PLEASE TO ME: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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That's it for this time. 73 de Roger, G3LDI

Nothing new to report this week, except for the FT8 Roundup. Taking up a large percentage of each band, but that did not deter anybody! However, a few were quite upset to see that happen.
My shack is nearing completion so I shall soon be active once again. However, my scores will be depleted for a while until I become accustomed to a new regime. Fingers crossed!!

News and Comments from the Far East Correspondent:
.
.
News of 80m Autumn Series contests:
.
It's all over now for the 80m Autumn Series 2018. Final session was on Thursday 29th November using CW in the 9th event.
At the time of writing the results for this last event and the overall total scores and positions for all clubs are still unconfirmed.
.
A very low f0F2 Critical frequency and some unpleasant QSB made CW scoring not so straightforward as at the beginning of the Autumn Series in September. Asking around for past experiences, from those who remember Amplitude Modulation and the birth of SSB, it appears that the winter doldrums is something of a repetitive pattern on 80m from November to February/March where inter-G working is difficult especially in the evenings and thus a migration to 160m for Winter evenings is popular.
That is something to remember for next year's Autumn Series and also to bear in mind for the first few events of the 80m CCs in 2019 (not that far away now!).
.
Thanks to all those who competed in this final CW event, NARC competitors submitted a record of 14 logs, some with low-ish but hard won scores, but how did Malcolm G3PDH conjure up 94 QSOs - another mystery!
My own miserable score (4 Contacts) was down to wind damage and a broken coax centre core on the feeder of the 80m dipole.
I eventually loaded the 40m dipole with marginally better results. The fault must have happened between testing mid-afternoon and the start of the contest - darned Gremlins!!
.
NARC went into this final session in 2nd place overall and with a good buffer of 3000+ points over the 3rd placed RSGB Contest Club, who gave us a creditable challenge for 2nd place throughout all 9 sessions. We didn't have every session go our way, they proved to be very strong in some modes returning quite high scoring logs in SSB and CW but NARC experience again showed our consistent prowess with DATA (RTTY & PSK63).
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Roger is still completing his shack rebuild, he might just be ready by the time of the AFS tests in January. (Unless you know different!)

 

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Forthcoming Contests:
No RSGB HF contests in December.
TRC DIGI contest on 8/9th December.
SKCC Sprintathon CW on 8/9th December.
OK DX RTTY on 15th December.
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VHF UKACs.
Last 6m UKAC is on Thursday 13th December.
Last 70cm (432MHz) UKAC is on Tuesday 11th December.
The FMACs are still active and commence at 1900utc, 1 hour before the UKACs at 2000utc.
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AFS Super League:
The AFS Super League comprises 7 contests, 4 HF and 3 VHF/UHF.
Sunday 2nd December the 144MHz AFS took place but no entries are apparent from NARC.
Similarly there were no entries for the 50MHz AFS on 21st October.
NARC are currently in 28th out of 47 clubs solely due to an entry in 1.8MHz AFS.
That position may hopefully improve with the 40m/80m AFS CW/SSB/DATA contests in January.
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73 JOHN G8VPE
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NEWS AND COMMENTS ( AND PICTURES! ) PLEASE TO ME: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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That's it for this time. 73 de Roger, G3LDI

Nothing new to report this week, except for the FT8 Roundup. Taking up a large percentage of each band, but that did not deter anybody! However, a few were quite upset to see that happen.
My shack is nearing completion so I shall soon be active once again. However, my scores will be depleted for a while until I become accustomed to a new regime. Fingers crossed!!

News and Comments from the Far East Correspondent:
.
.
News of 80m Autumn Series contests:
.
It's all over now for the 80m Autumn Series 2018. Final session was on Thursday 29th November using CW in the 9th event.
At the time of writing the results for this last event and the overall total scores and positions for all clubs are still unconfirmed.
.
A very low f0F2 Critical frequency and some unpleasant QSB made CW scoring not so straightforward as at the beginning of the Autumn Series in September. Asking around for past experiences, from those who remember Amplitude Modulation and the birth of SSB, it appears that the winter doldrums is something of a repetitive pattern on 80m from November to February/March where inter-G working is difficult especially in the evenings and thus a migration to 160m for Winter evenings is popular.
That is something to remember for next year's Autumn Series and also to bear in mind for the first few events of the 80m CCs in 2019 (not that far away now!).
.
Thanks to all those who competed in this final CW event, NARC competitors submitted a record of 14 logs, some with low-ish but hard won scores, but how did Malcolm G3PDH conjure up 94 QSOs - another mystery!
My own miserable score (4 Contacts) was down to wind damage and a broken coax centre core on the feeder of the 80m dipole.
I eventually loaded the 40m dipole with marginally better results. The fault must have happened between testing mid-afternoon and the start of the contest - darned Gremlins!!
.
NARC went into this final session in 2nd place overall and with a good buffer of 3000+ points over the 3rd placed RSGB Contest Club, who gave us a creditable challenge for 2nd place throughout all 9 sessions. We didn't have every session go our way, they proved to be very strong in some modes returning quite high scoring logs in SSB and CW but NARC experience again showed our consistent prowess with DATA (RTTY & PSK63).
.
Roger is still completing his shack rebuild, he might just be ready by the time of the AFS tests in January. (Unless you know different!)

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Forthcoming Contests:
No RSGB HF contests in December.
TRC DIGI contest on 8/9th December.
SKCC Sprintathon CW on 8/9th December.
OK DX RTTY on 15th December.
.
VHF UKACs.
Last 6m UKAC is on Thursday 13th December.
Last 70cm (432MHz) UKAC is on Tuesday 11th December.
The FMACs are still active and commence at 1900utc, 1 hour before the UKACs at 2000utc.
.
AFS Super League:
The AFS Super League comprises 7 contests, 4 HF and 3 VHF/UHF.
Sunday 2nd December the 144MHz AFS took place but no entries are apparent from NARC.
Similarly there were no entries for the 50MHz AFS on 21st October.
NARC are currently in 28th out of 47 clubs solely due to an entry in 1.8MHz AFS.
That position may hopefully improve with the 40m/80m AFS CW/SSB/DATA contests in January.
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73 JOHN G8VPE
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NEWS AND COMMENTS ( AND PICTURES! ) PLEASE TO ME: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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That's it for this time. 73 de Roger, G3LDI

Kings Lynn Radio CLub
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I gave a talk at Kings Lynn on Thursday evening, mainly on contesting. However, there was quite an interest in learning |Morse, which pleased me considerably. Included in the group was a YL, Sarah, who was keen to learn the code. The YLs are catching up! Great to see Marshall too. He says that he will definitely come to the spring Bootcamp.

Morse sweat  I AM practising!!  I AM Practising!!  Can't you see?

 

NARC Morse Tuition
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Morse at the Club takes place in the computer room and is quite well supported. This week I counted at least 12 people in there all doing a variety of things, including paper copy ( needed for obtaining a Certificate of Proficiency ), head copy and repeating it back as quickly as you can, recognising abbreviations, all at various speeds. If you would like to join, you are most welcome. Rumour has it that Paul M1AFQ has bought another key! This time it's the Begali Magnum. Yes indeed it was and after trying it I could tell immediately that it was a twin lever paddle. I must admit I could not use it well at all, being used to a single lever, so I shall stick to that. I was impressed with the weight however. This paddle will not need anything laid on it to keep it to the desk!
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There is a need for some to join the beginner's class. I hope we have not reached saturation for those wanting to learn Morse. It is a skill very worth while having. The younger you start the easier it is. Again on Wednesday evening I was encouraged to meet Mina, who is a 6th form student at the CNS. She is studying A-level chemistry, physics and maths and has just also passed her Foundation licence. Mina is also interested in Morse, so we are trying to keep that interest going. It is very pleasing to see a 17-year old interested in the hobby, so perhaps Mina can influence some of her class to take a look at it too.
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Just to remind you that if you still need to do any studying:
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You can find your study course here:
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http://www.hamuniverse.com/qsignals.html
or here:
https://www.wattpad.com/478101276-codes-ciphers-morse-code-abbreviations
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After that do take a look at how to construct a QSO:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=ZqPQE1D8gfw
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I CANNOT EMPHASISE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO LEARN AS MANY ABBREVIATIONS AS YOU CAN. ONLY THEN WILL YOU UNDERSTAND THE "LANGUAGE". YOU MUST BE COMPLETELY FAMILIAR WITH THEM.
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GB2CW Certificates.
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These will now take place in the new year, so watch this space.
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We have several in the various classes that could be eligible for a Proficiency Certificate. Without being pushed, please just consider taking a test locally. Malcolm G3PDH is the Assessor and Phill G4NZQ is the Adjudicator. If you are interested in taking a test, please remember that there is no pressure and the speed can be as low as even 5 wpm, because you can then upgrade as you feel capable. Please let Malcolm know and he will make the necessary arrangements. It would be nice to have several at one session if possible.
With a few local passes, suitable pictures could be published in Radcom to further the purpose of the GB2CW training scheme. As CW is no longer part of the Amateur Licence this will also increase your spectrum capability, because without CW you lose 40% of the available amateur bands. CW readers are fine, but no replacement for a brain!
Remember that Malcolm is away for September, returning beginning of October, so I would suggest as much practice as possible between now and middle of October, when he will be making arrangements with Phil G4NZQ to set up the tests. They will probably take place here, QTH G3LDI, for the sake of peace and quiet. PLEASE EMAIL MALCOLM OF YOUR INTEREST AND INTENTIONS. HERE:
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"Malcolm Prestwood, G3PDH President NARC" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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The schedule for Morse tuition locally is:
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Tuesdays:
1000 - 1100 Coffee Break Morse with Chris G4CCX on 145.250MHz
1900 - 2000 Raw Beginners as first choice with Roger G3LDI on 145.250MHz
However, there seems to be no beginners joining at this time, so IF no beginners check in at the start of the session, I will then "play to the crowd". In other words, whatever speed you wish to practice with, so please call in!
2000 - 2100 Intermediates with Jim G3YLA on 145.625MHz - in other words on GB3NB repeater,
Thursdays:
1000 - 1100 Coffee Break Morse with Chris G4CCX on GB3NB
2000 - 2100 Advanced Class with Malcolm G3PDH on the GB3NB Repeater.
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The Tuesday class is well attended, as is the Thursday class on GB3NB.
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INFORMAL evenings at the Club will still have Morse in the Computer Room with Paul M1AFQ and Chris G4CCX. Jim G3YLA will also be taking the Persuader's Class in the main room. I am not sure quite how this is progressing, so will wait for Jim to update us!
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Norfolk Amateur Radio Club CW Net.   bug key
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This will remain as part of this GB2CW CW Corner, just to remind you of the net. Hopefully some of you will join in.
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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. Once all check-ins have been established, a list will be sent of the order. Make a note of this because you should know your place on the list and each operator will take his turn, passing it to the next call on the list. Short overs are needed with quotes on salient points, and sending your news at the same time. Make notes as the net progresses and comment on just the point(s) that you wish to address.
Speed will not be a problem because that is adjusted to the lowest speed on the net. Two things are practised here. One is conversational Morse, and the other is Net Protocol. It should provide both confidence and impetus for you to make more QSOs on the air. We look forward to hearing you.
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.
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Tonight our annual christmas party, funded by the profits from the canteen sales and DX Squares.

Doors open at 7pm sharp with a welcome drink followed at 7.30pm by "something & chips" supper which have been preordered the previous 3 weeks on the party booking forms. There will be free tea, coffee and squash the rest of the evening but you may bring some other alcoholic drink of your own if you wish.

At 8pm we start an evening of fun including SingalongaRog, 2 surprise entertainers and the Secret Santa raffle all money raised will go to NARCs adopted charity of the year Prostate Cancer UK!  *Please bring one small wrapped present for this raffle*

The evening will end at 9.30pm and we have an extension to clear the school by 10pm - all hands on deck to help clear up please and if you can bring any decorations to help festivise the room they would be most welcome.

If you have not booked for this party yet I am afraid you are too late to order hot food, however you are most welcome to still come and enjoy the evening - there will be sweets, crisps and mince pies.

Tonight is also the deadline to book our christmas dinner on 19th December at the Village Inn - booking form on front page of NARC website and in previous newsletters. I would really appreciate 4 more people booking so that we can have our private room at no surcharge. Thank you

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS THE LAST MEETING OF THE YEAR AT CNS

Any queries please contact the organiser David G7URP  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HF News

We had a new sunspot group, Region 2729, appear this week, although it is a member of the weakening Solar Cycle 24. The region formed fairly quickly in the Sun’s southwest quadrant and at the time of writing was producing only very minor B-Class solar flares.

It is unlikely to do too much for the solar flux index though, which was at 70 on Friday morning.

“The Independent” reported that the Northern Lights might be seen in the UK on Wednesday the fifth, but this proved to be over optimistic. Meanwhile, “The Express” said the Earth could be “plunged into darkness, with the solar wind having the power to affect satellites, knocking out GPS navigation, mobile phone signals and satellite TV”.

This was even more apocalyptic and shows what the mainstream media often report when they get fed up writing about Brexit!

The reality is that the large solar coronal hole MAY cause the K index to rise, but the effects were more likely to be felt late on Friday 7th and the weekend.

Next week, NOAA has the K index at two, thanks to a lack of coronal holes, and the solar flux index at 68.

We’d like to reiterate that this is a good season for low-band propagation though, with 160 and 80 metres coming into their own. Even 40m can be open to longer distances, even before sunset, so do keep an eye on the lower bands.

VHF and up

The Es-Hail2 satellite launch went well and the bird is slowly moving to its final geostationary slot at 26 degrees East. Stations are already reporting reception of the commercial beacons with amateur equipment so check social media and the Amsat site for details.

The night of the 13th and morning of the 14th of December sees one of the largest meteor showers of the year, the Geminids. With a zenith hourly rate of around 120 the shower can give excellent meteor scatter reflections on the low VHF bands up to 144 MHz, and for EME-class stations even on 432 MHz.

144MHz stations with a small Yagi and a quiet site should be able to work plenty of stations using the MSK144 digimode.

The weekend starting this period off will have windy and unsettled weather, so there may be no Tropo around. Active systems like these may provide a few heavy showers to add rain scatter to the propagation on offer.

The glimmer of hope with the next week is likely to be the appearance of a weak ridge of high pressure until mid-week. The second half appears to be a slide back into low-pressure weather, especially in the northwest of Britain, although high pressure remains just to the east.

This may allow paths across the North Sea for a few more days, but none of these indicative weather types look to be really stand-out affairs.

Meanwhile, the Moon is at minimum declination today and reaches apogee this Wednesday, so concentrate on meteor scatter rather than the short Moon windows and high losses that will characterise this week on EME.

This coming Saturday 8th December is the next sked with our friends in Koblenz.    This will take place at 1000 UTC on approx 7.135kHz =/- QRM on SSB.  Stations from Koblenz will be DM5RS, DM5ML, DL1PBC, DK6PD.   A watch will also be kept on VHF 145.250 for anyone having difficulty getting in to the net directly on 7mHz.

Malcolm G3PDH