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Look East have been featuring things which people have been doing during the lockdowns, and NARC member Steve G3EVA contacted them and they have filmed a piece with him talking to Jim G3YLA on the radio... Not sure if Jim was delivering a weather forecast?!

Anyway well done Steve and hopefully plenty will see the piece promoting our hobby tonight, Friday 15th January at 6.30pm on BBC1

73, David G7URP

Hi everyone, we're all suffering this year because of the virus, but there is a place where you can forget all about that for a while.
 
Since March 2020 we have been holding a net on GB3NB repeater on Mondays at 19.30 where we discuss anything and everything,  it's been an excellent way to keep in touch with fellow radio enthusiasts whether club members or not. We've found out a lot about each other and heard some very interesting stories over the preceding months. There can be anything from four to twenty participants on the net ..... but we need you to join us.
Remember everyone has something interesting to share so please put it in your diary now and I'll see you there
 
73, Steve G3EVA
 
PS - We always welcome stories and pieces for our newsletter - just send them to David by tea time on Thursdays so that they make the weekend newsletter

LOCKDOWN again!
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We are in a more restricted time yet again for a few more months. What better time could you wish for to learn Morse? Why should you do it? Well, one good reason is that you are missing out on lots of things:
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1 47% of the amateur radio frequencies that are available.
2 A lot of fun which can be had every day.
3 A lot of contests, activity periods, DX-peditions, IOTAs, SOTAs, etc.
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You will also be able to listen to the CW end of the band and not hear just a load of interrupted tones at varying speed. You will hear people, even friends, and make new friends. It will all come to life once you have mastered the learning of the code.
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But hey, you DO have time now. Stop the frivolous activities, such as watching TV, and join one of the classes locally. You will not regret it if you are interested in global RADIO communications.
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We do it, not because it's easy, but because it's hard, but the rewards await you.

 

 

CW 80m Net
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Norfolk Amateur Radio Club CW Net.
This is an informal net, to enable people to become familiar with operating in a net, netting properly and being short and to the point overs.
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NARC Net: 3545kHz plus or minus QRM.
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The Net Controller, normally Malcolm G3PDH, will call CQ at 8.30 p.m. local time on Monday evenings. Call with just your call sign once until he acknowledges you.
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1 Keep a note of the order. This will be sent.
2 Net on to the Net Controller to the nearest Hz if you can.
3 Keep overs short with brief comments, no waffling, and pass transmission to the next on the list.
4 There is a 2m discussion after the Net on 145.250MHz
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We had nine people on the net this week. Great result! Thanks for joining in the fun.
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Morse Classes for winter 2020 are going well.
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Report from G3LDI, the Bad Cop, on the Monday QSO format session. 145.250MHz / 3.521MHz 1000 local time.

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The New Year started well. I did normal headcopy practice this week with speeds starting at 25 wpm and finishing at the end of the session at 30wpm. There were three taking part, Phil G4LPP, Chris G4CCX and Les G0DFC. Mark G0TMT was in listening mode only because his speed is not up there at the moment
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Join in and see how well you can do. We have a lot of fun and laughs on there, especially with the EISH5 groups!
You will be most welcome.
73 de Roger, G3LDI
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Report from Jim, the Good Cop, on his 25wpm session. GB3NB repeater 2000 local time Tuesdays
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Beginners CW 25wpm 8pm GB3NB Tuesday 12th January 2021

This was the first meeting of the New Year and represents a great chance to make a big New Year’s resolution come true. Learning CW is not easy and at 25wpm it sounds like it should be very difficult indeed, but this is not so. Its all about recognising sounds of characters and not about counting dots and dashes.

The group on the repeater consisted of Tony, M0XTF, John, G8VPE and Thomas M0TEO plus others who already are at a reasonable speed, so they were listening in only and perhaps a few secret listeners as well!

We covered five characters, C N Q 5 9 and with these we can send early reports like 559, 599 or 5NN using cut numbers and that standard CQ which we hear daily on the bands. Its all about learning the sounds and even after this first lesson some of the commonly heard reports or CQs will hopefully ‘pop off the page’ when you tune across the CW end of the bands.

Worth emphasising that this does not work unless the characters are practised during the week. There are MP3 and text files on the NARC website to allow you to go over the new set of characters until they are second nature.

Until next week…

73 de Jim
g3yla

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Morse with Anubis - Tuesdays 1000 on 145.250MHz. Thursdays on GB3NB 1000 local time.

Anubis

GB2CW Report 14-01-21

Two sessions of GB2CW this week, and very successful sessions.

The Tuesday session was attended by Phil G4LPP, and Tony G0OOR. We ran plain language to start, and increased the speed to 23wpm. The next phase was QSO format, and first we ran QSOs at 23WPM, just playing the file once. The results were very good, so we tried QSO format at 26wpm, playing the QSO twice. To finish, there was callsign practice, finishing at 25wpm.

Thursday's session was attended by Phil G4LPP, Robert G4TUK, and Alex 2E0FHF. A little different this time. The first exercise was radio and TV valves, in groups of five, at 21wpm. Essentially mixed groups, which are very difficult, but with the possibility of the valves being recognised. Once everyone got 'dialled in' the results were very good.

Then number groups, up to a maximum of 28wpm. 100 percent copy from everyone.

Then, to finish QSO format at 25wpm, played once only. This went very well with some 100 percent copy.

So, a really enjoyable session, speeds are going up all the time.

73 de Chris G4CCX

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Morse with Doctor Phil.

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Report from GB2CW beginners class, Friday evenings at 8pm on 145.250MHz.
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The raw beginners CW class is starting again at 8pm this Friday 8th January on 144.250MHz with week 11.
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We are now past the learning of the alphabet and numbers and are starting to practice callsign recognition, Q codes, numbers and short words. Character speed is 14 WPM with word speed 7 WPM. At this level we’re about right for new members who took their CW certificate back in the day to get an A licence but have never used CW since!!

Looking forward to seeing you all there again.

Happy new year and 73 from Phil G4LPP / GB2CW.

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Phil's email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Email him if you wish to join in.
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By the way, Phil is a GOOD cop, so you will be treated kindly!
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Report from the Executive Club, Malcolm G3PDH - Thursdays GB3NB 2000 local time.

The Ultimate aim for all CW OPS
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Advanced CW session.
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The higher speed session took place on Thursday night over GB3NB with speeds ranging from 27 to 29 on plain language, 5 letter groups, mixed groups, call signs and short QSO formats.
This session was joined by Pete G4RAV, with a much improved signal into the repeater, Chris G4CCX, taking it down directly on to a keyboard and Paul M1AFQ, managing to copy increasing amounts despite speeds being higher than his comfort zone.
It is interesting to note how receiving a known format such as call signs is easier than randomised mixtures of letters and figures and how double word spacing between groups provides sufficient milliseconds thinking time to make a difference. You don’t have to be fully conversant with copying such speeds to join in, a partial copy will still bring your average speed up.
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73
Malcolm G3PDH

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The CWOPS CWT activity periods are still as popular as ever.
There will be several medallions heading this way in the spring, of varying colour, several gold, silver and at least one bronze.
If you aspire to join CW OPS, prove your worth with a few >20wpm QSOs, chatty ones, and you can get in! It is a lot of fun operating in the CWTs, and terrific practice too.
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The link below is to FAV22. THis is a military station on 3881.00kHz and runs at varying speeds with groups of letters, numbers, punctuation and procedural signals. It is on 24/7 so take a look It is well worth the practice.
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https://www.r-e-f.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=715&Itemid=444
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Another freq to check is 6.825MHz.
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If you look up this link in Google Chrome, it will translate into English for you.
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Another interesting video is the link below. Paul G4ZBA kindly sent this in. Sadly it demonstrates that those mostly interested in CW are of a certain vintage!
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Email me with input, queries, keys, paddles, classes and so on. Hopefully I can help or know a man that can!
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.

 

 

This is our first Interactive night of the year and we ask you to help us by sharing pictures, a story or a video of a recent gift you have received, or maybe something you have just bought for yourself. It doesnt have to be necessarily radio and it does not have to be a fresh unboxing, but already Ken M0KJW has sent us in a lovely video of an electronic nixie tube clock kit he is making and David will be unboxing and trying (for the very first time!) his christmas present from Tammy, a live map of the London Underground train network. 

Tammy does not know it yet but she will also be receiving a surprise gift from David live on air to unbox... I wonder what she will make of it all?! 

So please join in the fun and share with us something you find interesting, clever or fun either live by emailing us a video or pictures and words, or joining us live via the Goto meeting video link (see below).

All this plus your news and one of Tammys 'Little People' and make sure you send in your guesses for 'Who works from a shack like this'. 

Please drop us a quick email with your news, stories and pictures and anything else for the show to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NARC Live starts at 19.30 on Facebook:  (Facebook also has ALL previous episodes of NARC Live to play back)

www.facebook.com/norfolkamateurradioclub

 

or BATC:

https://batc.org.uk/live/NARC 

 

Or even better join us live on Goto Meeting with your tablet or PC with camera and microphone:

NARC Live Interactive! 
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (GMT) 

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone - just click here:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/143324829

Access Code: 143-324-829 

(New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/143324829)

 

 

Januarys interactive special needs you to share something you find clever, interesting or fun with us...

 

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HF News

Well, no one predicted last week’s geomagnetic disturbance. In case you missed it the Kp index rose to four on Monday the 11th February. This was caused by the arrival of an interplanetary shock wave from a coronal mass ejection on the Sun, which occurred on Thursday the 7th.

NOAA had been predicting a settled Sun, which shows just how unpredictable our nearest star can be.

The CME’s effects on the ionosphere were quite startling. The Chilton Digisonde data, as plotted at propquest.co.uk, show the predicted MUF over a 3,000km path dropped to below 14MHz by 1530UTC, although it did recover to more than 18MHz within an hour.

That night there were widespread reports of visible aurora, but the ionosphere had recovered by Tuesday afternoon with the Kp index back to one by 1500hrs UTC.

Other than that element of ionospheric excitement there has been little to report, with the solar flux index down as low as 72 by Thursday the 14th with zero sunspots.

The only other noteworthy event has been widespread winter Sporadic E, which saw 12, 10 and six metres become wide open to Europe this the week.

Next week, NOAA predicts that the solar flux index will remain in the mid to high 70s. The STEREO spacecraft shows a coronal hole is about to rotate into view around the Sun’s eastern limb.

The high-speed solar wind from this, and other polar coronal holes, may cause the Kp index to rise to four by Sunday 17th and we may not see a recovery back down to two until the 21st.

As such, it looks like the latter half of the week may be best for HF DX.

VHF and up

The current unsettled spell of weather should have taken a brief pause on Friday, but may have returned this weekend, with an active front crossing the country, followed by a transient ridge in the second half of the weekend. These ridges are rarely good for widespread Tropo and the unsettled regime returns for the bulk of the coming week.

Strangely enough, you can find temporary enhancements of Tropo conditions parallel to, and just ahead of, approaching weather fronts, it's marginal but can make a difference to scores in the UKAC VHF/UHF contests.

GHz band rain scatter is probably a more reliable mode for the next week.

The unsettled story also implies some strong jet stream activity, so it's still worth a look at the usual Sporadic E bands of 10m and 6m for one more week, although this is probably our last chance before the mode returns in force in April.

Moon declination turns positive again on Tuesday, so we’ll have increasing Moon windows and peak Moon elevations this week.

With apogee on Thursday though, path losses will be high. This trend of high declination and path loss only starts to reverse from May 2022, so get used to it! 144 MHz sky noise is low.

There are no significant meteor showers this week so continue to check pre-dawn for the best random meteor contacts.