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What is Amateur Radio?
Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications. Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty. As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.
Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:

Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships
Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you are as an operator
Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)
Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to ensure you keep the capability to do so.

There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur. A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century.

Getting Started in Amateur Radio.
Anyone can listen in to amateur radio transmissions. If you’re new to amateur radio, then listening-in for a while is a good way to get a feel for what is going on.To become a radio amateur, licensed to transmit, you will need a brief period of study, and to pass a simple practical and theory examination. The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) provides the examinations to enable you to become a radio amateur and then to progress through the various levels of licence — three in all. Study for the first level is straightforward and can often be accomplished in a weekend.  More details about the exams can be found here or contacting the committee via the contact us page.

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Monday Night Net

An informal net open to anyone to run or participate and which NARC is happy to publicise.
It is on Monday evenings from 19.30 on repeater GB3NB and open to all!
There are no rules to this net as such as everyone has a right to use the airwaves as much as each other, however to get a more interesting and interactive conversation going, where everyone can be regularly involved, we ask everyone to keep overs down to a maximum of 2 minutes or so.
 
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the Monday night net please contact
 
Mark G0LGJ
David G7URP
Stuart M0JKB

Any licensed amateur can run and take part in the net - everyone welcome!

Beginners Net

The Beginners net will restart on Friday 2nd December at 19.30 organised by Simon M0LDK and Julian 2E0DJR. They would also like a few others to help them so if you can help them run an occasional net to help beginners to our hobby please let me know and I will put you in touch. Thank You

David G7URP

 

Note

GB3NB is a 2 metre repeater which you can hear on 145.625MHz and transmit to on 145.025MHz.

You can find out more about many of the Norfolk repeaters from http://gb3nb.org.uk/wp/

 

Club meetings...

The club meets virtually every Wednesday throughout the year in the sixth form centre of the City of Norwich School, Eaton Road, Norwich, NR4 6PP from 1900-2200.

We welcome anyone of any age, gender or ability and who enjoys experimenting with radio and electronics to come and meet us and see what we do in our hobby.

Please see above ONLINE tab for details of the club programme and below this piece for contacts of club officials.