Barford 2018

Tonight we are delighted to have David Shoaf of Elecraft talk to us about his company's history and product range, including the very popular K3 line of Transceivers. 

We link to Elecraft live via two way Skype where you will also be able to ask David questions. As usual we open from 7pm and our link with Elecraft starts at 19.45.

Tonight is also members last chance to order a QCX Transceiver at the special price of £30 and NARC 2018 subs are now due - details on the website. 


David, G7URP

NB Venue note

Thanks to Stuart G7KBF who has advised that access to a part of Eaton Road will be limited from the end of the month. So far I have been unable to establish exactly which end will be blocked for access to the school, but I have asked NCC for details but meantime please watch out for signs. Eaton road will of course remain open for access to homes and the school, we are just unsure of which end of the road will allow access later in the month.

Contest Net is still on Friday evenings 145.250MHz at 2000 local time.
It's the last of the AFS tests this Saturday aftenoon. It's RTTY and PSK. If you need any help, see above, or call me on 145.450MHz during the day.
AFS Datamodes - Saturday 20th January 2018, 1400-1800 UTC
The SSB AFS is this Saturday afternoon, 1400 until 1800. Get your DVK working and see you in the QRM!
Rules 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: Please update any links to the calendar.
The web versions of this contest calendar can be found at: You can also access a text version of the weekly calendar at:
Other Contests:
That's it for this time. 73 de Roger, G3LDI


BOUVET 3Y0Z is underway at last!

NARC Contributed to this DX-pedition and it will be active at the end of the month, all being well.

Have a look at the videos that are already available, plus information about this inhospitable place. Track it as well and see exactly when it approaches the island. A very expensive expedition, using the ship and two helicopters to put an extremely rare place on the air. Make sure you are ready to work them.



We are still looking for beginners. Make a New Year's resolution to learn something! CW is a great choice.
You can't learn properly unless you join the class. Whichever one it is, it will not broadcast to fresh air. Raw beginners is just what it says. I don't care if you don't know one letter of Morse, JOIN THE CLASS if you want to learn.
The Tuesday class is well attended, as is the Thursday class on GB3NB.
The talk at the club by Jim G3YLA and Steve G0KYA was quite successful and generated a lot of interest. Hopefully it will encourage more people to learn CW and join the Club project. There is a very nice discount on the price too if we get over 20 people ordering the kit.
The schedule for Morse tuition locally is:
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
Besides these schedules, it will also be possible to learn on line using Skype. Classes will be held using that medium in the near future. Let me know if you are interested.
73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.

HF News

Last week saw unsettled HF conditions in the first half, but more settled ones later on. A high-speed stream from a coronal hole pushed the K index to four and five last weekend and maximum usable frequencies were depressed until at least Thursday.

The HF bands were often very lacklustre with even 20m struggling to show much DX, although the E31A Eritrea DXpedition was audible at times on bands up to 15 metres.

The lower bands were humming though with Andy M0NKR reporting that he had worked KH7 Hawaii on 40 metres.

Daytime critical frequencies are currently hitting a maximum of about 5.5MHz, which means 40 metres is not open to close-in contacts. For inter-G work we suggest 80 metres or 60 metres would be the best options.

Daytime maximum usable frequencies over a 3,000km path, derived from Chilton Ionosonde data and available at, are currently between about 18-22MHz around Midday.

The 4U1UN international beacon on 14.100MHz is currently being heard in the UK most afternoons, although the higher frequency 18.110 and 21.150MHz transmissions are generally more elusive.

Next week, we have the effects of another coronal hole to contend with. The high-speed solar wind, which may exceed 500 kilometres per second, is expected to impact the Earth by Saturday 20th, and we may see the K index rising to five.

After a potential short-lived enhancement, expect MUFs to be adversely affected through to around Tuesday or Wednesday. The rest of the week should be more settled geomagnetically.

NOAA predicts the solar flux will remain hovering around the 70 mark, as the only sunspot visible is a tiny fleck, which looks very unthreatening.

VHF and up

The unsettled weather will continue into next week, but at least it may provide some strong shower activity at times, which is good for Gigahertz band rain scatter.

As a matter of interest, as the winter progresses, the seas cool and eventually maritime showers around the coasts become less significant for this propagation mode. We then have to wait for the land to warm in the spring and give us the familiar April showers!

The other VHF interest may involve some marginal Tropo conditions over southern Britain later in the week as high pressure builds across the near continent. The effects may mainly be confined to southern Britain with paths to Europe and perhaps across the southern North Sea to the Baltic.

We are now in the annual “low” in sporadic meteor activity that lasts until the Lyrids shower at the end of April, so random meteor scatter contacts will be harder to complete.

The Moon’s declination is increasing this week and it is coming closer after last week’s apogee. With positive declination from Tuesday and falling losses, conditions will get better for EME as the week progresses. Lowest losses coincide with next weekend so get those antennas pointing at the moon.