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Monday evening this week was straight key night. Five took part, Jim G3YLA - Net controller, Mike G4DYC, Les G0DFC, Chris G3XVL and Donard M0KRK. The net was quite successful and it was Donard's first attempt at joining a net, so he was learning a whole new skill, accurate netting, Net protocol, and trying to turn it all into a conversation. First time is always the worst and I am sure he will be fine after some practice.
Some people think it's simple to participate in a net, but it isn't!
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CW OPS is a Morse club that encourages QSOs, short QSO parties and also longer contests as well. Prior to the CW OPS Open contest, which consists of three separate contests, all four hours in duration, and all on the same day, some of the UK ops formed Team UK. An entry can be made using a team of several Ops. SOme of us met up at Newark for a group photograph, seen here.
L/R Jim G3YLA, Ray G3XLG, Roger G3LDI, John G4DRS, a Scottish op and I cannot remember his call, with Phil G4NVR on the end.

 CW OPS at Newark

Morse at the Club takes place in the computer room and is quite well supported. If you would like to join, you are most welcome. There is a need for some to join the beginner's class. I have nobody at all at present, so if you are starting from scratch, now would be a good time. Failing anybody for the beginner's class, I will play to anybody who decides to call in. Stuart M0JKB had a good session this week, so if you wish for an extra class, do call in.
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Next Monday evening the Club Net has been cancelled as several ops won't be around, and there is an autumn series contest on so a good exercise would be to try to take part in that!
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Just to remind you that if you still need to do any studying:
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You can find your study course here:
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http://www.hamuniverse.com/qsignals.html
or here:
https://www.wattpad.com/478101276-codes-ciphers-morse-code-abbreviations
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After that do take a look at how to construct a QSO:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=ZqPQE1D8gfw
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From October onwards we hope that some of you will be taking a Proficiency Certificate:
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GB2CW Certificates.
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We have several in the various classes that could be eligible for a Proficiency Certificate. Without being pushed, please just consider taking a test locally. Malcolm G3PDH is the Assessor and Phill G4NZQ is the Adjudicator. If you are interested in taking a test, please remember that there is no pressure and the speed can be as low as even 5 wpm, because you can then upgrade as you feel capable. Please let Malcolm know and he will make the necessary arrangements. It would be nice to have several at one session if possible.
With a few local passes, suitable pictures could be published in Radcom to further the purpose of the GB2CW training scheme. As CW is no longer part of the Amateur Licence this will also increase your spectrum capability, because without CW you lose 40% of the available amateur bands. CW readers are fine, but no replacement for a brain!
Remember that Malcolm is away for September, returning beginning of October, so I would suggest as much practice as possible between now and middle of October, when he will be making arrangements with Phil G4NZQ to set up the tests. They will probably take place here, QTH G3LDI, for the sake of peace and quiet. PLEASE EMAIL MALCOLM OF YOUR INTEREST AND INTENTIONS. HERE:
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"Malcolm Prestwood, G3PDH President NARC" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

                                                                                           morsekey2
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The schedule for Morse tuition locally is:
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Tuesdays:
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 145.625MHz - in other words on GB3NB repeater,
Thursdays:
1000 - 1100 Coffee Break Morse with Chris G4CCX on GB3NB
2000 - 2100 Advanced Class with Malcolm G3PDH on the GB3NB Repeater.
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The Tuesday class is well attended, as is the Thursday class on GB3NB.
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INFORMAL evenings at the Club will still have Morse in the Computer Room with Paul M1AFQ and Chris G4CCX. Jim G3YLA will also be taking the Persuader's Class in the main room.
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Norfolk Amateur Radio Club CW Net.
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This will remain as part of this GB2CW CW Corner, just to remind you of the net. Hopefully some of you will join in.
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NARC Net: 3545kHz plus or minus QRM. 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. Once all check-ins have been established, a list will be sent of the order. Make a note of this because you should know your place on the list and each operator will take his turn, passing it to the next call on the list. Short overs are needed with quotes on salient points, and sending your news at the same time. Make notes as the net progresses and comment on just the point(s) that you wish to address.
Speed will not be a problem because that is adjusted to the lowest speed on the net. Two things are practised here. One is conversational Morse, and the other is Net Protocol. It should provide both confidence and impetus for you to make more QSOs on the air. We look forward to hearing you.
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.
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