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Details for this years Newark Hamsfest click image below for booking form.

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Following Joe NJ1Qs fascinating Live tour of the ARRL Memorial Station W1AW on Wednesday he has sent me some pictures of the incredible 'all bands' antenna arrays and the building itself so that you have a complete picture of the Station.

73, David G7URP


NARC Activates Happisburgh Lighthouse with special event call GB0HL.


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NARC will again activate Happisburgh Lighthouse during this weekend in common with many other lighthouses around the world. The purpose is to support the work of the lighthouses and lightships whilst simultaneously promoting Amateur Radio. Contact will be made with stations seeking to communicate with lighthouses worldwide.

Happisburgh is the only independent lighthouse in the UK although operated within the UK lighthouse system.

NARC will operate an HF station using SSB & CW using the club IC7300 radio and computer logging system.

A 2m/70cm station will also be established on Saturday only in the upper gallery by M0XTA.

Setting up will start at 0830 BST on 18th with operation through to approximately 1700 BST

The lighthouse will be open to the public on Sunday 19th Aug with NARC operation from 0900 to approx 1600 BST. 

It is not a contest but contact style will vary according to activity levels.

Toilet facilities and a cafe are available close by at the Lighthouse/beach main car park.

Club members are encouraged to visit and in particular operators are sought for the Sunday when the lighthouse is open to the public.  Parking is available on the approach track up to the Lighthouse

For any further communication associated with this event contact

Malcolm  G3PDH

Tel: 01603 721110

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Kings Lynn Club Activates Hunstanton Lighthouse

King’s Lynn Amateur Radio Club will be activating Hunstanton Lighthouse GB2HLH again this year as part of the International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August.
Everyone is invited to come and join in membership or experience is not necessary. Please encourage anyone who may be interested in our hobby to visit, Club members will be available to assist less experienced operators.
The aim is to make contact with as many other stations as possible worldwide using different modes. Of particular interest will be other Amateur Radio activated Lighthouses.
We will be operating an HF and a VHF/UHF station - GB2HLH
The Plan is to operate as much as possible over the weekend between 09:00 Saturday 18th to 16:00 Sunday 19th (Depending of course on volunteers!) 

This week a live Skype link with Hank W6SX in the USA who will give us advice for improving our antenna and showing how just a few dB can make a lot of difference to operating.


Booking forms for our trip to the National Hamfest will also be available.

As usual we meet from 19.00 and Hanks live link starts straight after notices at 19.30.


73, David G7URP

HF News

Matter from a solar coronal hole sent the K index to four on two occasions last week. This adversely affected the ionosphere and on Thursday morning the maximum usable frequency over 3,000 kilometres was struggling to get much above 10 MHz.

Earlier in the week conditions had been much better. In fact, there were signs we are now moving towards more equinox-like HF conditions and away from the summer doldrums.

Chris G0DWV reports working a number of Japanese stations on 17 metres last week, while Andy M0NKR worked as far west as Montana in the USA.

Checking the bands before retiring on Wednesday evening, Steve G0KYA was surprised to hear a loud XQ3SK in Chile at the bottom end of 20 metres at 22:30Z.

This does bode well for HF over the coming weeks, as long as geomagnetic conditions can remain quiet.

There was one tiny visible sunspot group last week that pushed the sunspot number to 12, but there are no signs of any others coming around the sun’s limb.

Consequently, next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be around 68-70 again with minimal or zero sunspots. It also predicts unsettled geomagnetic conditions on the 20th and 21st due to a high-speed solar wind stream from a coronal hole.

Conditions should be more settled after that, so we may expect better HF conditions from Thursday onwards.

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This weekend a weak low over the country may lead to some short sharp scattered showers setting up conditions for rain scatter on the Gigahertz bands.

The many weather radars available online will allow you to follow these large highly-reflective cumulonimbus clouds to set up those longer-range microwave paths.

Subsequently, southern Britain will have a ridge of high pressure pushing in from the Azores high and this will re-introduce the prospects of some Tropo, especially to the south into the continent and across Biscay to Spain or even beyond, as we’ve seen this last week.

There will, however, be a tendency for lower pressure to the north of Scotland, keeping winds stronger and curtailing the chance of Tropo.

Lastly, Sporadic E has been looking a bit thin recently, although a few openings were seen at the end of last week.

Unfortunately, any favourable placements of jet streams this weekend will soon be displaced and the next week is showing only limited potential with a very weak upper air flow over Europe for much of this week.

The Moon is at minimum declination on Wednesday and at its apogee of 405,700km on Thursday. This means the worst EME conditions of the lunar month this week with highest path losses and very short, low-elevation moon visibility windows.