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This is due to problems with our hosting company and the shared ip address we use to host our email server.
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Regards Mark G0LGJ

We are very sad to bring news of yet another amateur and long time member of NARC passing on, Doug Mallet G3HUL.

Doug passed away on December 7th after several years of illness, but was a former Train Driver and in his hobby was a keen constructor and EME man - Roger G3LDI alone knew him for 64 years.

I will personally remember Doug mainly for his enthusiasm for Direction finding and was indeed the circuit designer for the clubs DF100 - all I did was engineer it into a kit. I recall Doug coming to one foxhunt having removed his cars glass sunroof panel and replaced it with a hardboard panel which had a small 2m beam on top rotatable from a handle inside the car!

We will add details of Dougs funeral as soon as we have them, but meantime our thoughts go with his wife, family and friends.

Rest in Peace Doug

David G7URP


The picture below shows Doug at Barford in 2006.


This week saw a new contester take part in the two metre SSB event. Roy G3ZIG decided to have a go with part of his EME array, linear and Gsfet masthead preamp. He managed 116 contacts, a worthy effort. Roy, from the G4ANT contest group that was, did say he actually enjoyed it and might do some more! Watch this space.....

(  That Graecian 2000 certainly works well Roy! )



The next three major events are the AFS contests in early January, not so far away!
AFS CW - Sunday 7th January 2018, 1400-1800 UTC
AFS SSB - Saturday 13th January 2018, 1400-1800 UTC
AFS Datamodes - Saturday 20th January 2018, 1400-1800 UTC
Yes, there are three this year, all four hour events, on Sunday afternoons. Forget that BBQ out on the terrace, or that swim in your new outside pool. Much warmer and more comfortable in the shack!
Rules for each can be found here:
Sort out your station for the BARTG Sprint contest in January.
12:00z on Saturday 27th January to 11:59z on Sunday 28th January.
Rules can be found here:

NOTICE: The WA7BNM Contest Calendar has permanently moved to: http://www.contestcalendar.com/ Please update any links to the calendar.
The web versions of this contest calendar can be found at: http://www.contestcalendar.com/ You can also access a text version of the weekly calendar at: http://www.contestcalendar.com/weeklycal.txt

Other Contests:
That's it for another week! 73 and happy contesting, de Roger, G3LDI

HF News

Last week, the effects of the high-speed solar wind from another coronal hole saw the K index climb to five on Tuesday and remain relatively high throughout Wednesday and Thursday.

The ionosphere took a hit and daytime maximum usable frequencies struggled to exceed 18MHz at times. By Thursday, conditions were starting to improve a little, but the HF bands were still noisy with a distinct lack of signals.

The solar disk also remained fairly unblemished by sunspots, other than one very tiny group of three that saw the solar flux index climb, if that is the right word, to 68. This will most likely be the trend for the next 18 months or so as we experience the end of solar cycle 24.

Daytime critical frequencies have been around 5-6 Megahertz, which means 60 and 80 metres remain the best bands for UK-wide short skip in daylight.

Night-time critical frequencies of around three Megahertz mean 80m is largely closed to short skip, although both it and 40 metres are potentially open to longer distances.

This weekend, another coronal hole is rotating into an earth-facing position and NOAA predicts we may have disturbed geomagnetic conditions from Monday the 11th through to Wednesday the 13th. Conditions should then be more settled through to next weekend.

The solar flux index is predicted to continue to hover around the 68-70 mark and with such a poor prognosis for HF propagation it might be worth concentrating on night-time DX, or looking at using more efficient data modes, such as PSK or FT8 on the 20 and 30 metre bands during daylight.

VHF and up

This week, the nights of the 13th and 14th see the peak of the Geminids, one of the largest meteor showers of the year.

The Zenithal Hourly Rate, or ZHR, is an idealised number for the visually-observed meteors seen under a moonless sky with the radiant at the zenith. There will be many more radio meteor reflections observed than this number.

The Geminids has a ZHR rate of 120, so look for plenty of good, strong meteor bursts on the lower VHF bands.

As well as the usual digimodes, SSB and CW QSOs can often be made in this shower, if you get your operating technique nice and slick. There is no moonlight on Wednesday night, so, if the skies are clear, go outside and take a look for bright meteors.

We are in a cold northerly weather pattern for this week and with minor troughs running south and small lows developing, this type of weather is very poor for Tropo.

That leaves us just a hope for some rain/snow scatter on the Gigahertz bands from some of the heavy wintry showers, which will be fairly commonplace near the coasts.

More organised areas of rain and snow may affect some areas during the week. As usual, use the various radar visualisation tools online to track the precipitation.

Moon declination goes negative on Monday night and losses are rising as the Moon moves away. Due to this, EME opportunities will be shorter and signals lower.


We are still looking for beginners. A few more are now signing in following the Bootcamp but we could use even more. It makes a good winter project for continued learning so why not give it a whirl? There will be a report in the February edition of PW on the successful Bootcamp held by Essex CW Club. Hopefully the idea of Bootcamps will catch on nationally.
Paul G4ZBA and Sonny M0SYW have both joined the beginner's class on Tuesdays. Both are doing well, but Sonny was slightly ahead of Paul this week as he had done more practice. Competition is healthy!
Following a request from Rod G0CBO, there will be an additional Coffee Break Class on Tuesday mornings, on 145.250MHz. This will be run by Chris G4CCX. It is hoped that by running a class on a simplex channel, it might attract a few more students. REMEMBER however! It does you no good to remain a "listener" only. You must be a member of the class if the tutor is to adjudicate your progress, weaknesses and strengths. We will NOT broadcast to fresh air.
The start date for this new Class will be Tuesday January 2nd.
Schedule will now be:
1000 - 1100 Coffee Break Morse with Chris G4CCX on 145.250MHz
1900 - 2000 Raw Beginners with Roger G3LDI on 145.250MHz
2000 - 2100 Intermediates with Jim G3YLA on 145.250MHz
1000 - 1100 Coffee Break Morse with Chris G4CCX on GB3NB
2000 - 2100 Advanced Class with Malcolm G3PDH on 145.250MHz
Again this week, there were NO raw beginners, so to those that have just become licensed, please consider joining the Morse classes. It's painless and fun. Yes, you do have some studying and practice to do, but nothing worth doing is without effort! If you want a book on Morse, then try Morse Code for Radio Amateurs from the RSGB. That gives you all the information you will need. Email me for information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.

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