Advance Course Notes


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The Barford Rally
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The GB2CW Morse table generated a great deal of interest again, as well as adding an amateur radio ambience to the event! There was also the Wolfwave demonstration on the SOTA table too. I think the combination of the two encouraged a few sales of the Wolfwave for Richard too. Jim G3YLA, Chris G4CCX and yours truly were kept quite busy for most of the morning and we were all pleased with the result.

 

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Both Jim G3YLA and Roger G3LDI have persevered with the local Classes in addition to Chris G4CCX so there hasn't been much ofa break. Malcolm G3PDH is the only one who has taken the full break, but all classes will resume once again in late September.Hopefully we will have some new beginners wanting to learn. If there are any budding enthusiasts out there please email me NW, so that I can get you started with the learning process well before the classes start. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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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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RSGB CC Tests
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Wednesday was the last shouty shouty one of this season. Would you believe ( You probably woulld! ) that 7 minutes before the start, my computer shut down and decided to do an update! The air was veryblue, but nothing I could do about it but wait.Luckily it finished by 10 minutes past 8, but prevented me finding a run frequency. I had to S&P for about 20 minutes before finding a clear frequency and then ran until the end. Surprisingly I still made a resonable score!
Anyway, everybody did well and this week we have FOUR PBs:
Phil G4LPP made 91Qs,nearly up to the 100, and beyond!
Mike G4KQY did get over the ton and finished with 102 Qs. That was really good.
Mark M0UMG managed 47 Qs, and enjoyed that total.
Lorna 2E0YAO moved location this time and finished with 69, a terrific effort!
Congratulations to those with PBs and thanks to all who took part. G4ARN was alsoactive and made 34 from the Club with Sonny 2E0SYW operating. Sonny also had two others listening with headphones to experience an SSB contest. Hopefully they will be encouraged to taake part next year.
Only one more to go for 2019, and that is DATA on Thursday 25th July. Get your decoders at the ready, and let's make sure that NARC have a great show for the last one of the season. Hopefully some of you will make the RSGB Convention in October to take part in the presentation of the trophy.
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It' time for another oracle from the old Filby soothsayers almanac once again.
Full of good ol' Norfolk Contest squit as usual.
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80m Club Championship Updates:
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SSB Contest Thursday 27th June:
The Raw score predictions in last week's news seemed to be within reasonable statistical expectations of the actual published results below:
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8052 points for NARC with 18 logs - (8158 pts. predicted).
6140 points for De Montfort University ARS with 12 logs - (6312 pts.predicted).
So we came out of that with a net gain of 1912 points.
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Adjudication of the SSB contest was expedited very quickly by Ian G0FCT, so we had no waiting around in suspenders for our scores.
14 of our 18 logs showed that G6XX station (G4FNL) had been worked, so that was a very useful boost of bonus QSOs towards our overall score.
However, this was offset by 61 lost QSOs made up of 34 UBNs + 19 penalties + 2 stations lost 4 potential bonus points each for errors in contacts with G6XX ! - Oh dear!
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80m CW Contest Monday 1st July:
I must be getting the hang of this staterstistix thing, my Raw predictions once again proved to be fairly close to the actual truth.
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11262 points for NARC with 22 logs, good but still not our maximum - (11416 pts. predicted).
6859 points for De Montfort University ARS with 10 logs - (6877 pts. predicted).
A back-slapping humungous points difference of 4403 points, just like it used to be a few years ago.
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Adjudication of the CW contest was once more very promptly published by Mike G3VYI so very little waiting on tenter-hooks for results.
17 of our 22 logs showed that GW6XX station (GW4BVJ) had been worked, another very useful bonus QSOs boost of QSO points.
The bonus Qs were offset by the equivalent of 85 lost QSOs made up of 52 UBNs + 33 penalties.
Even so, the NARC team are at the moment gleefully 26,142 points in the lead in the General Section of the 2019 80m CCs.
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Peter M0RYB/P collected another 1000 point highest score in the 10W-Unassisted section, making 11 wins in 16 events so far this year.
Jim G3YLA has decisively won back the coveted Gammon Trophy in the friendly rivalry against his brother Dick G3WRJ, having lost it in spectacular fashion in the previous CW contest.
Maybe if Dick doesn't win it back in the final Data contest on July 25th then Jim will be able to gloat until the next opportunity in the 80m SSB CC on Monday 3rd February 2020.
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My notes last week on potential Lost QSOs as reported in the results emails sent to participants created a minor discussion and I believe that most people now understand that Penalty points are deducted in addition to the loss of each particular QSO.
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The list in last week's newsletter of the total logs submitted for each of the CCs this year aroused interest and provoked discussion and various theories and possible explanations have been put forward.
The numbers do appear to point to a decline in activity due possibly to factors such as finer weather, lighter evenings and family/holiday commitments in addition to perhaps some clubs feeling unable to submit sufficient numbers of logs to be competitive enough. But even in our own club it is only about 20% of members that ever compete in contests.
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The most recent of the CC tests was SSB held on Wednesday 10th July:
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RAW Scores :
9121 points for NARC with 18 logs.
3580 points for De Montfort University ARS with just 7 logs.
Difference of 5541 points - incredible !
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But not our largest margin on record.
In a DATA CC on Monday 5th June 2017 NARC scored 14519 points (24 logs) against De Montfort's 5186 - difference of 9333 Phew!
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After last week's CW result it would seem that a few stations have given up trying,
or have they found something better to do like having a holiday.
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Next and final 80m CC is on Thursday 25th July.
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Just before that there is the RSGB Low Power Contest from 0900 to 1600utc on Sunday 21st July.
CW only on 80m, 40m and 20m.
10 Watts maximum - or there's a 3 Watt max. category if you really like hard work.
Divisions also for Fixed or Portable stations.
This is a qualifying event for the HF Championship so make sure that you are active in some way.
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That's All folks !
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73 John G8VPE
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Talking of chasing special calls, look out for GB60ATG as from. It will be RTTY only and active for a whole year, celebrating the diamond Jubilee of BARTG. Special QSL cards and certificates will be available. Pulicity to come....
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The contest net is on Friday evenings, 145.250Mhz at 2000. If you require help please call in.
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NEWS AND COMMENTS 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

HF News

Last week saw poor geomagnetic conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Kp index hitting five. This was due to a weak coronal mass ejection followed by the onset of a solar wind stream from a coronal hole.

A solar wind speed above 650 km/s, coupled with a strongly south-pointing Bz field, led to geomagnetic unrest at higher latitudes.

The net result was poor conditions on HF, with even the Chilton ionosonde failing to show much of an ionospheric return on its plots.

The poor conditions continued on Thursday with 20m looking distinctly lacklustre and only one or two stations audible on the band.

Conditions are predicted to recover by the weekend.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux will continue to be around 67, with zero sunspots. Geomagnetic conditions are predicted to be settled with a maximum Kp index of two.

This means HF conditions may be better next week, although still subject to the summer doldrums.

We have probably seen the best of the Sporadic E season, but do keep an eye on 10m for short-skip openings. A long-term view is that we may not see better HF F2-layer conditions until the Autumn.

On the bright side, Sunday the 4th is the last day for the Cricket World Cup special event stations, so make the most of the final activity.

VHF and up

A period of high pressure is crossing the country this weekend, which should have suppressed the heavy showers of recent days in some areas. Thus rain scatter is now replaced by some Tropo, for a time at least.

Early next week the weather position gets very uncertain with weather models split. One version brings a low across northern Britain from the Atlantic, which brings a showery cold front south by the end of the week to offer a chance of rain scatter again.

The other model outcome is for low pressure to drift into southern Britain from the continent, leaving pressure higher in the north, but introducing showers to the south.

Either way, the end result is that the early week Tropo is replaced by the chance of rain scatter again.

As we move into mid-July, Sporadic E can become less commonplace, but still produce some good openings when they do materialise. The “FT8 factor” means there’s plenty of chance for QSOs via this mode if signals are too low for SSB and CW.

Moon declination is at a minimum tomorrow, Monday, and apogee is just a week away so path losses will continue to increase as the week progresses and Moon windows will be very short with the moon at low elevations.

There are no major meteor showers this week so continue to look for best DX opportunities via random meteors around dawn.

Tonight there are two options for the club meeting.

This is the night for the Trophy Foxhunt, where teams try to find a radio amateur fox transmitting from somewhere in Norfolk. The winning team will be the one who the fox (who are last years winners Sonny & Charlotte) in the shortest distance from the school. Usual rules apply, ie minimum of 2 people per team, at least one mobile phone in case of emergency and plenty of fuel!  You will also find a map (Land Ranger 134 ideal), compass, pencil and of course some kind of direction finding gear for 2 metres useful.

Foxhunters meet from 7pm at the rear of the school car park and the first transmission is at 7.30pm - if you are not sure what it is all about but would like to find out please come and watch from 7pm. The hunt will end when everyone has found the fox or at 9.30pm - if hunting in someone elses car please do not leave any cars inside the school premises once you leave as CNS will be locked at 9.30pm.

 

For the rest of the club it is a social informal evening with Morse practice and construction tools available.

 

73, David G7URP

This Saturday is our monthly Sked with our twin town and radio club in Koblenz.

The net will start at 10.00 am BST on 7.135Mhz SSB and the net controller will also be listening on 145.250MHz where you can contact to let the controller know you are there to call into the net.

73, Malcolm G3PDH