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RSGB CC tests
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The CW session took place on Wednesday evening. The FO/F2 stayed above 3.5MHz for the duration this tme so there was a lot of activity. Thanks to all who took part, and there were a lot. We had 21 logs in total, and within that lot there were four new PBs. They were Paul G4ZBA, who was taking part as a solo effort for the first time and ended with 41 Qs, very well done! Phil G4LPP on his second foray made 32, Mui M0MUI finished with 21 and Chris G4CCX bagged 61. Sonny M0SYW managed to operate from G4ARN and with some assistance at the club managed 35. I think that mus be a PB for Sonny too.
That should put us in a good position, but the fat lady has not sung as yet.
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The next one is the shouty shouty and that's on Thursday 28th March. Hope we get just as many logs again then!
We need to keep our lead especially as we are going to miss one on the night of the AGM.
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NARC was also well represented in the BERU last weekend. Several locals took part and despite poor propagation, a lot of DX was worked. I enterred the 100w and single wire section and even with that made quite a few VK/ZL Qs on 80m and 40m and also on 20m. Peter M0RYB/P was even more masochistic and entered the 5w QRP section and had a very good score, but he was using a beam. Steve G0KYA also used 5w with a wire antenna, not quite so successful as Peter!
Anyway, a great contest, always one of my favourites, dating way back to the 1960s, when a good friend of mine Al Slater G3FXB used to win it every year.
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BARTG HF RTTY Test
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It's this weekend! Do some data practice. This is a very well attended contest and there will be lots of RTTY on most bands for the whole weekend. I shall not be taking part as I will be involved with a tower restoration with my son, weather permitting. Google the name for the rules.
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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 ( 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.
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That's it for this time. 73 de Roger, G3LDI

STEREO Shows Comet ISON Approaching the Sun

Image ©NASA 2019

 

As far as I can recall we have never had a guest speaker from NASA before, and so it is particularly exciting to welcome tonight Dean Pesnell who is the project scientist of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, a special satellite which has been sending important data on solar activity back to earth for over 7 years.

Dean will tell us all about the SDO and how the data from it helps understand solar activity, including his well informed forecast on where we are on the current sunspot cycle.

We will be hearing and seeing Dean Live from his lab at Nasa via Skype, and the contact will be straight after notices at 7.30.

Tonight is the deadline to hand in your booking for your place on our only Intermediate course of the year or the April Foundation course - email David G7URP for booking forms.

Also your chance to vote for your favourite Speaker of the Year 2018 and nominate who you want to run your club after April. Only two more Wednesdays to do this before the AGM after tonight.

Thank you

73, David G7URP

 

CNS School - House rules

I have been asked to emphasise a few house rules for our venue, CNS School:

• No drinks must be consumed or put on desks in the computer room - please consume drinks in the common room and dispose of any cups or cans in the bins in that room.

• Any smoking or vaping must be done completely off school premises, so please walk outside the school gates if you wish to smoke or vape. This rule applies to all school staff, students and visitors.

 

                                                                       SPRING BOOTCAMP APRIL 28TH 2019

This is the latest list:
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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
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Tutors:
Malcolm G3PDH, Jim G3YLA, Chris G4CCX, Roger G3LDI
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If you wish to attend, please email me - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and I will add your name. I have added Bill G4NOL to the list as he requested, but I have not received an email from him yet. I checked QRZ.COM and no email address on there so Bill, please email me ASAP if you wish to attend. I shall send a round robin out very soon now regarding the day.

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!
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                                                                        Beginners on the air net.

Morse sweat
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We are looking to run a series of QSO contacts on the air, especially for those who are nervous about making a first QSO, but also for those who would like a few practice runs before actually taking the plunge. The suggestion is to operate local CW on 10 metres with a talk back freq of 145.250mHz. If you are interested in doing this, please let me have a few times/days that you would prefer to use and we can then arrange a schedule. The intention is to have several taking part from the tutor side and only having one QSO at a time. I do understand that some are nervous about operating in a Net situation, so this will NOT be a net. Send your list to me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can then set something up on a regular basis.
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                                                                        Marconi Day
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Operators are still needed for Marconi Day at Caister Lifeboat Station. This is Saturday April 27th, the day before Bootcamp. It is a fun day however, and there is a cafe nearby where we usuall 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.
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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
 
There is life in the old dog yet! The lone spotted region on the visible disk of the Sun managed to produce a minor C1.3 flare on March 8. 
 
Although not a noteworthy event as far as peak X-Ray strength, the flare was associated with an eruption and what appears to be a faint coronal mass ejection (CME). 
 
Although much of the plasma was likely reabsorbed, some did manage to escape the sun when viewing coronagraph imagery, courtesy of the STEREO Ahead spacecraft. 
 
This wasn’t directed at Earth and we seem to have missed it.
 
This week has been characterised as relatively settled with the Kp index mainly in the zero to two range. There have been no sunspots since the disappearance of the sunspot we mentioned last week. 
 
So overall, not good conditions for radio, as was witnessed by last week’s Commonwealth Contest. The consensus was that it was one of the worst yet. Nevertheless, some high scores were presented.
 
Stars like 3B8XF, ZF2CA and 9J2BO, plus many VK and ZL stations, were worked from the UK.
 
Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux will remain at about 79. The Kp index will also remain relatively settled at 2-3. The next big unsettled session is due on March 26, thanks to a coronal hole, with the Kp index predicted to hit five.
 
So look out for aurora and make the most of the settled conditions this week. 
 
VHF and up
 
After a week or more of very unsettled weather with strong winds testing your antennas, its shaping up to be much quieter in the coming week as high pressure returns. 
 
After this weekend, the pressure will start to build over the south of the country and develop a strong ridge. High pressure will drift northeast from the Azores and across the southern Britain, to finish over Germany by the end of the week. 
 
The effect of this will be a welcome return of Tropo lift conditions, although not especially strong all the time. A good visual indicator may be a layer of stratocumulus cloud at 1-2km above the ground, which will be at the height of the temperature inversion formed by sinking air (subsidence) within the high. 
 
These can extend over hundreds of kilometres to give paths well into northern Europe. 
 
It could be a good week to test the other modes on VHF/UHF, try a CW/SSB QSO for a change and if calling CQ remember to say what square you are in.
 
The Moon reached peak declination last week and is at perigee on Tuesday, so it's a good week for EME with low path losses and high elevations.  
 
There are no meteor showers this week, so again we’ll have to rely on random meteors around dawn for the best chance of meteor scatter DX. 
 

Chris G0DWV asked me to post this on our web site. You may remember we had a talk from him a few years back.

From the CDXC reflector

R I P G3RJV (Rev. George Dobbs) who became an SK @ 04.00 this morning.

I met George many times in my travels, usually in Dayton, he was a quiet person, very personable, knowledgeable and a great ambassador for the hobby, he was Mr QRP…

He will be sadly missed

RIP George.

73, Chris, GoDWV

I am sure we all echo the sentiments from Chris, from Roger G3LDI

 

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.