Nights are getting longer, days are getting shorter, it's time for the shack!
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John talks about the autumn eries. NARC have never taken them too seriously but they would provide some really good practice for those just starting into contesting. They are specifically aimed at those new Foundation and Intermediate Licence holders. More locals are now participating when the club programme allows. On Informal evenings, some can take part. The CWOPSmembers will also be takingpart in the CWT period, which is only an hour, 1900- 2000. Then we can get set up for the autumn series test that appears on the same evening.
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News of Contest Activity from the Sunny Shores of Filby Broad.
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RSGB IOTA Contest results have been published. This is a truly world-wide event and this year attracted 2364 log entries, 1988 of which were from single operator stations. Many teams specifically activate remote and rare islands for this contest which aids the collectors of IOTA island numbers and awards. Mainland UK is classified as EU-005 and appeared many times in the final listings.
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Andy G1A was placed in 133rd position with 550,220 points from 610 QSOs in the 12hr section.
Not far behind was Chris G0DWV in 170th place on 568Qs (12hr).
Further down came Alan G8OO at 1280th position and G8VPE in 1353th place -but not last!
Well done to all those who took part - where were the rest of NARC contesters?
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Lots of Contests Awaiting Adjudicated Results:
2m UK Activity Contest, Tuesday 03/09/19, 5 logs uploaded by NARC members, not an enormous score but it all helps to keep the Norfolk name alive.
Just to show how popular 2m UKACs are, this event had 247 logs submitted - more than any of the 80mCCs this year. It does beg the question as to why 2m contests are not more popular with NARC members - or is it an age thing?
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144MHz Trophy Contest, Sat+Sun 07+08/09/19, Raw scores indicate that our vhf team were pushed down to 11th place by some last minute entries in the MO category. It may be quite a few weeks yet before official results are published.
However, with Camb-Hams down in provisional 7th place they had better watch out if we compete in this event next year(TIC).
The hardware was all in place, just need to refine the operating and manning levels with perhaps more time spent calling CQ rather than tuning up and down the band - the station was very difficult to find on a relatively uncrowded band whenever I looked for them.
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HF SSB FD contest, 7th & 8th Sept, provisionally in 4th place now that all entries are logged in, a last minute entry pushed us from 3rd to 4th.
The 2nd place to 4th place are only 27 points apart - all very close in Raw points, so UBNs may alter the order in our favour - or not.
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Autumn Series SSB 1st event of the year on Monday 9thSeptember, just after everyone was tired out from the big weekend.
7 logs submitted with some good scores even from our 3 part-timers who retired after 30 minutes to join the CW natter net.
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6m UKAC Thursday 12th Sept, just Phil G4LPP and myself in this one. There was generally a lack of good propagation but Phil managed to score 22 contacts with a flourish near the end when things picked up a bit and I missed it, having given up earlier.
At least we tried and maybe the club name will rise up a bit higher from near the bottom of the cumulative table on 50MHz.
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70MHz (4m) AFS, Sunday 15thSept, no entries from NARC members as yet!
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Wednesday 18th Sept. was also club night with the popular SDR talk by K5SDR.
The club attendance depleted our entry in the Autumn Series CW event, our entries were down to 5 logs for the CW event, but it was better supported than I expected.
On behalf of NARC, well done and thank you to all those who made the effort to support NARC contesting.
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G4ARN, the Norfolk club station was active for a short while and logged 10 contacts - it all helps!
Another surprise entry was from Mui M0MUI with 56 Qs, I didn't even notice her on the band, well done!
Lorna 2E0YAO had another go at using a CW reader, supervised by Tony G0OOR. She made an excellent score of 44 (doubled up to 88 under Intermediate rules) plus she contacted G6XX, the 'bonus' station.
At the moment Lorna is the only Intermediate Licence holder to put in an entry in this session, she's well and truly cementing her position at the top of the 2Es.
I worked Peter M0RYB (not /P) very late on in the proceedings, he finished with 48 contacts.
G8VPE (me) ended with 65 QSOs - an all-time personal best (PB) score for a 90minute CW contest solely in S&P mode.
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The band conditions seemed quite favourable on Wednesday evening for inter-G contacts, with relatively low background noise.
The foF2 frequency held up above 3.8MHz for the whole of the contest, I expect that will not be the case in the November events so make the most of 80m propagation in September and October while it lasts.
Most other stations were well spaced out helping to minimise mutual QRM.
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Entries for the Autumn Series CW event do not close until 23:59 on Saturday 21st Sept.
Positions could change dramatically but at present Verulam ARC are ahead of De Montfort University ARS with RSGB Contest Club following behind. NARC appear to be holding onto 4th place.
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Future dates for the Autumn Series:

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Thursday 26th September 2019 DATA (PSK63 and RTTY only).

Monday 14th October 2019 CW.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 DATA.

Thursday 31st October 2019 SSB.

Monday 11th November 2019 DATA.

Wednesday 20th November 2019 SSB.

Thursday 28th November 2019 CW.

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I hope we can continue to put in a good effort for as many of the above events as possible, fitting in around club nights and CW tuition nights where needed.

The next event that I hope club members will support is the Autumn Series DATA event on Thursday 26th September.

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If you're keen on using RTTY in contests then the 28th and 29th September will be a major event with the CQ WW DX RTTY contest providing plenty of world-wide activity and maybe a few new DXCCs for some.

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Hopefully next week we may have more adjudicated results to report.

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73 John G8VPE

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The CWOPS are still managing to get up at 4 a.m. for the early bird session. 40m is quite good at that time with a good supply of US stations. 80m is not too bad either, but you do need a decent antenna to break into the US wall. Most of us ony run Low Power, so that is difficult.

 Enjoy your contesting!

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73 de Roger, G3LDI