Nits Archive

Tonight the rescheduled talk by broadcaster and astronomer Paul Money who comes to share more incredible images of Saturn and other planets in his own inimitable way.

We will also be collecting 2018 NARC subs from this evening and this is your last chance to book for your NARC Christmas events - the party is free to all members and their immediate family but must be booked so that we cater for everyone in terms of food and seating. (If you cannot come this evening just drop me an email)

As usual we meet from 7-9.30pm and Pauls presentation starts straight after notices at 7.30pm.

73

David G7URP

 

Golden record image © NASA

Voyager Golden Record Cover

 

 

 

 

I thought this piece on the famous BBC Radiophonic workshop would interest you...

https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/videos/482177565488612/

(You do not need a Facebook account to view it)

 

There is also the BBC Archive site, although, er, rather ironically that seems to be archived itself now!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/

Hope you enjoy

73, David G7URP

The RSGB 2nd top band contest went reasonably well. Several locals were on, me, Malcolm G3PDH, John G8VPE and even Jim G3YLA gave it a go with his limited antenna situation for 160m. It is not the easiest of bands to operate, but you will find that you can have QSOs by loading up an odd length of wire, so don't dismiss it out of hand.
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CQWW CW
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This is the big test for CW ops. N1MM caters for it, and the exchange is simple, so take a look. You will wonder why some people say that CW is dying out! Loads of interesting DX to work, and even if you have a tiny signal they WILL find you. Points mean prizes! Whatever takes your fancy, look at the rules as there are some nice awards to be had. YOu can enter as a Rookie, ( never entered the contest before ) single band, low power and so on. Heck, you even get a certificate for entering your log! What's to lose? Great chance to increase your country score, slot fill and so on.
Rules here:
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NOTICE: The WA7BNM Contest Calendar has permanently moved to: http://www.contestcalendar.com/ Please update any links to the calendar.
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The web versions of this contest calendar can be found at: http://www.contestcalendar.com/ You can also access a text version of the weekly calendar at: http://www.contestcalendar.com/weeklycal.txt
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Nooze from the East
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80m AUTUMN SERIES CONTESTS
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Most of the active club members will already be aware that results have been published for the Autumn Series ​DATA contest (13/11/2017).
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Imagine the very pleasant surprise which greeted me in the listings --- NARC are in 3rd place , a sudden jump from 5th place.
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Not much of that good score was contributed to by my meagre score of 10, beset by feedline problems just after the start of the contest,
I should have scored at least 5 times that without the curse of the 13th of the month! I had just 20 minutes left to catch up what I could after making temporary repairs.
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This amazing score reflects the achievement and dedication of those taking part, well done to all the supporters of the Autumn Series.
It's a bit different from the 80mCCs , the maximum number of logs submitted on any one contest has been just 7 on two of the contests,
but had on occasion dwindled down to 2 stations for two of the contests.
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Results so far with 2 contests left to compete in:

De Montfort University ARS team in 1st place with 49566 points
Verulam ARC team are in 2nd place with 22314 pts
Norfolk ARC are in 3rd place with 17101 pts
RSGB Contest Club are in 4th place with 16414 pts
Three As CG are in 5th place with 15722 pts
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With just 2 events left to contest out of the total of 9, that 3rd place is still far from "in the bag" so we need as much effort as possible to hold on to it as we finish the Autumn Series.
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Wednesday 22nd November is the SSB event. Yes, It's also Quiz night at the Club, so probably a small number of logs again.
G4ARN submitted a lot with 20 entries
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Thursday 30th November is the final CW event, 2000-2130utc.
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Please, let's have as many of the 80mCC stalwarts as possible on 80m CW for a brilliant NARC finish - it's only 90 minutes.
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Roger G3LDI and Malcolm G3PDH have pledged to be on for the final CW contest, all the more the merrier.
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RSGB AFFILIATED SOCIETIES SUPER LEAGUE
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The 1st event was 50MHz AFS (22/10/17), just 3 logs submitted, but at least somebody entered from the club.
We're still waiting for the results of this contest.
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Just to confirm that NARC has been entered into the Local Section for the AFS contests.
This means that our scores will be in the competition and our best team's 4 scores will automatically be entered into the Super League AFS.
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My lowly score of 18 in the 160m Club Calls contest (1.8MHz AFS) on 11/11/17 means that I shall be following up behind G4SGX in NARC Team 'B'.
NARC appears to have a good Team 'A' entry with G3LDI, G3PDH, M0RYB/P and G3XLG all with highly competitive scores.
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This is good PR for the club since no entry was posted for this 160m contest in 2016 and just 4 logs for 2015 - we're improving!
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The next event in the AFS series will be the 144MHz AFS on 3rd December 2017 at 1000 to 1600utc.
We shall need as many 2m VHF-ready stations to join in and make up a 4 member team on behalf of Norfolk ARC.
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RSGB 2nd 1.8MHz CONTEST ON 18/11/17
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This was much more active than the previous weekend on 160m, mostly due to there being at least 2 European contests on 160m at the same time.
VO1HP was heard here briefly - a few JAs were reported and worked by Roger G3LDI - real exotic DX for top band.
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I was pleased with my effort, using a poor excuse for a top band antenna and only 50Watts did make it difficult to be heard.
However, I managed 45 contacts and added 15 more top band DXCCs to my list for this year.
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This contest isn't a team event, individual scores combine with 8 other HF events and are entered into the RSGB HF Championship.
Some club members have done very well so far in the HF Championship, Peter M0RYB is in 4th and Roger G3LDI is in 6th.
G8VPE is way down in 141st out of 378. 2nd 1.8MHz is the last of the HF series for 2017 so we're just waiting for the final positions.
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The HF Championship starts again in January with the first of the 80m/40m CW AFS on 7th January 2018
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73
John G8VPE
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DON'T FORGET Thursday 30th November - 80m AUTUMN SERIES FINAL CW CONTEST - All Hands on Deck, Morse Keys at the Ready!
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Other Contests:
https://tinyurl.com/4mdvb
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That's it for another week! 73 and happy contesting, de Roger, G3LDI
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HF News

The Solar Flux Index remained in the 70s last week, reflecting the continued absence of sunspots.

Geomagnetic conditions were unsettled at the beginning of the week, but improved as the effects of a coronal hole passed. We were left with a mixed bag of HF propagation, with fair conditions at times and poorer ones at others.

Highlights were the J5T DXpedition to Guinea-Bissau, and the Polish TO2SP DXpedition to St. Barthelemy, with many radio amateurs filling much-wanted band slots. Other DX stations were on around the world as they prepared for this weekend’s CQ Worldwide CW contest.

Speaking of which, conditions look like they may be fairly settled on Saturday 25th, but another earth-facing coronal hole looks like it could threaten the ionosphere on Sunday 26th.

Saturday might be the best day for working DX in CQ Worldwide, whereas Sunday may be a little more unpredictable. If our prediction is correct, and solar matter impacts the Earth, there is the possibility of an initial HF enhancement, but then declining maximum useable frequencies as the K index rises.

Otherwise, expect 20 and 15 metres to be the main HF bands for DX, with good 10m openings being very thin on the ground.

Recently some days have also seen some Sporadic E responses on the ionosonde data, which can make a difference for local NVIS activity on 80m in the evening when the foF2 ionisation is usually insufficient for inter-G nets.

Since this may be related to jet stream activity, and there will be plenty of that this week, it’s certainly worth a check.

You can monitor the ionosphere using the daily graphs available on www.propquest.co.uk

VHF and up

The charts in both the primary longer-range models seem to be locked into a low-pressure story for next week, which can mean quite windy and often colder weather too.

There is little of cheer for the VHF/UHF bands in this pattern, except perhaps the odd bit of rain scatter as showers run down the coasts on northerly winds.

Both models do suggest a build-up of higher pressure to the west of Ireland later next week and this may give some prospects for Tropo as we move into the following week.

But otherwise it is looking like thin pickings for weather-related propagation this time.

However, we are now into the build-up to what is often one of the better meteor showers of the year. The Geminids have a broad peak, culminating on the 13/14th December, but with many meteors giving useful reflections throughout the shower period.

The Geminids are associated, not with a comet, but with the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

Minor shower Puppid/ Velids also starts around the end of this weekly report, with a peak around the 9th December. Moonlight may affect shower visual sightings, but will not affect radio reflections.

Talking of moonlight, the moon is waxing gibbous this week with the half moon this evening (Sunday) and full moon next Sunday.

As we move into the latter half of the week the moon-path degradation is very low and better suited to smaller EME station operations. For those early birds, the morning moon will favour paths to the west, whilst the early and later evening moon will be better for paths to the east of the UK.

                                                                           morsekey2

Bootcamp 2017
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Sunday was a very proactive day for CW! We had 16 people here in three separate classes, including several new calls. Paul G4ZBA, Robert G4TUK, Sonny M0SYW, Stephen M6KYF and Donard M6KRK were all new attendees. It was quite a success and great to see so many now interested in learning and using CW. Lots of keys, keyers and plenty of cake, apple strudel, sausage rolls, mince pies and biscuits, plus tea and coffee to keep us all going|!
Paul G4ZBA is signing into the Classes on the air, and hopefully Stephen will too when he gets an antenna and transceiver sorted. Sonny will attend as and when he can, ( he's a busy boy! ).
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Autumn Morse Classes
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We are still looking for beginners. A few more are now signing in following the Bootcamp but we could use even more. It makes a good winter project for continued learning so why not give it a whirl?
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The autumn series of Morse Classes started on Tuesday 17th Ocotber, as follows:
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Tuesdays:
1900 - 2000 Raw Beginners with Roger G3LDI on 145.250MHz
2000 - 2100 Intermediates with Jim G3YLA on 145.250MHz
Thursdays:
1000 - 1100 Coffee Break Morse with Chris G4CCX on GB3NB
2000 - 2100 Advanced Class with Malcolm G3PDH on 145.250MHz
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Again this week, there were NO raw beginners, so to those that have just become licensed, please consider joining the Morse classes. It's painless and fun. Yes, you do have some studying and practice to do, but nothing worth doing is without effort! If you want a book on Morse, then try Morse Code for Radio Amateurs from the RSGB. That gives you all the information you will need. Email me for information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.
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Christmas 2017

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