BARTG 75 Baud Sprint
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Propagation was awful, but I managed 3rd place. Haven't heard from any other locals.
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NARC VHF/UHF Contests.

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There will be a Contest Group meeting to discuss participation in VHF/UHF events at the NARC. The date has yet to be confirmed and will be announced on the contest reflector and also here if there is time. If you are interested in taking part, please come along. Rod G0CBO is organising a list of participants. Malcolm G3PDH will chair the meeting.
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John G8VPE continues to push for the autumn series! >>>
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News on the 80m Autumn Series contests:
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The 80m Autumn Series 2018 started with the first SSB session on Monday10th September.
The series comprises 9 contests with 3 of each of SSB, CW, and RTTY/PSK63 along similar lines to the 80mCCs except there are a few important rule changes to check out on the RSGB contest website.
The start features a "Le Mans" type start with a 2 minute period of on-air silence prior to the contest - it is still being ignored by some stations but the RSGB contest committee have vowed to monitor this with a view to penalties or exclusion.
Another unique feature is a QRS 15 wpm CW corral from 3565kHz to 3570kHz where NO signals must be faster than 15wpm, also note the expanded CW frequency to 3570kHz. Many stations have been seen to slow down when in QSO with a 15wpm station - it's only a common courtesy anyway.
Stations that adhere to sending 15wpm or less throughout the contest (any frequency) will be tabulated in separate results tables for both QRS10W and QRS100W, winners in each of the 4 tabulations will receive 1000 normalised points.
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Intermediate Licensees have their scores doubled and Foundation Licensees will be credited with 3 times their score - so a M3 or M6 theoretically could be top of the listings if they scored 40+ QSOs in a session!
An example of this is that Lorna 2E0YAO heads the NARC scores totals at the moment and as far as I can make out, leading Intermediate Licensee overall !
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The visitors from the Koblenz Radio Club are possibly going to attend the NARC club meeting on Wednesday 17th October, the same evening as the 80m Autumn DATA contest. It might be nice for them to see that the club shack and rigs do get used sometimes, if someone could activate the club callsign G4ARN in RTTY/PSK63 mode, even for a short while (say half an hour). Assuming that the rigs/interface/laptops are connected up and N1MM+ operable.
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For those who haven't seen any Autumn results so far:
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The results are published for the CW leg (19/9/18), NARC were placed 5th with only 4 logs entered.
De Montfort University ARS 7711 points
3As CG 3449 pts
RSGB Contest Club 2993 pts
Verulam ARC 2773 pts
NARC 2142 pts.

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The results are published for the SSB leg (10/9/18), NARC were placed 3rd with 6 logs.
De Montfort University ARS 3331 pts
RSGB Contest Club 3185 pts
NARC 2887 pts.
Verulam ARC 2193 pts
3As CG No SSB entry.
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Overall, NARC are narrowly in 3rd place ahead of Verulam(St.Albans) ARC and we're eagerly awaiting results for the DATA leg (27/9/18 with 6 logs submitted).
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Based upon my calculations of the raw data scores, NARC could be in 2nd place in the DATA contest and might just scrape 2nd position overall ! (fingers crossed).
Roger G3LDI was taking part in this event and boosted the score with 87Qs, Peter M0RYB QRP with 47Qs and Lorna 2E0YAO will most likely come out top overall again with 35Qs (doubled to 70). Good to see Gordon G3PXT managing to spare a few minutes in between visiting his XYL in hospital and working DX in FT8 mode, he made 17 Qs in just a short while and the supporting cast were G0TZZ and G8VPE.
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The next Autumn Series event will be Monday 8th October and it is CW again - just before Malcolm returns.
This clashes with the NARC Monday CW net on 3.545MHz starting at 8:30pm local.
There's going to be 80m CW contest activity (3510 to 3570kHz) either side of that net frequency and maybe some DQRM to the net from contesters -- it's usually the other way round!
Perhaps some CW net participants might consider joining the contest before and after their net to boost the NARC entry.
The contest runs from 8:00pm local until 9:30pm, plenty of time to get a couple of dozen contest QSOs logged either side of the net time.
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Here are the remaining Autumn Series dates for your diaries.
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Monday 8th October CW 2000-2130 local time (CW club net)
Wednesday 17th October DATA 2000-2130 local time (Informal club meeting)
Thursday 25th October SSB 2000-2130 local time
Monday 12th November DATA 2000-2130 local time (CW club net)
Wednesday 21st November SSB 2000-2130 local time (K5AC, Skype talk about FLEX)
Thursday 29th November CW 2000-2130 local time (Final chance!)
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Some other recent activity:
CQ WW RTTY: (48hrs)
This was last weekend 29/30th September. Activity was very busy on the lower frequency bands, 20m to 80m, at all times of the day and night. I spent some time flitting in and out of the contest on the three lower bands, I didn't even look on 10m or 15m but I finished with 261QSOs.
A few other club members also had some fun over the weekend; known to have been active were Tony G0OOR (181 Qs) and Gordon G3PXT.
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144MHz UKAC Tuesday 2nd October:
Three club members are known to have been active, Rod G0CBO, Mike G4DYC and myself G8VPE.
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The next 2m UKAC events are on Tuesday 6th November and Tuesday 4th December.
6m UKACs are all on Thursdays 11th October, 15th November and 13th December.
70cm (432MHz) UKACs are on Tuesdays 9th October, 13th November and 11th December.
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Looking ahead to the RSGB DX Contest:
Sunday 7th October 0500-2300utc. CW and SSB, 12hour or 18hour, 400W, 100W or 5W and assisted/non-assisted sections.
The individual results count towards the final tally of the RSGB HF Championship and Roger G3LDI who is in currently in 4th position is in the process of dis-assembling his shack.... so nil points for Roger!
Peter M0RYB is in 5th position and Malcolm G3PDH is in 6th, but that could all change after this weekend.
G8VPE is not a threat in 78th position !
This DX contest has replaced the 21/28MHz CW/SSB contest of previous years but now includes 3.5, 7 and 14MHz, added during the recent years of low solar activity and minimal propagation on the higher bands, except that any contacts made on 21 & 28MHz will score higher.
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Two weekends further ahead on the evening of 21st October it is the RSGB ROLO CW (formerly ROPOCO) rotating locator contest, 1900 to 2030utc, also adding points towards the HF Championship.
The morning of the 21st October will see the first of seven events of the 2018/2019 AFS Super League with the 6m (50MHz) AFS contest, 0900 to 1300utc.
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Remember: Read the contest rules.
Read the rules again!
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Hope to see more of you in the QRM.
73 JOHN G8VPE
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That's it for this time. 73 de Roger, G3LDI