At NARC we cater for a wide variety of interests within the hobby of Amateur Radio and our membership ranges from complete beginners to those experienced in operating and building electronic equipment.
Beginners have the opportunity to participate in courses run by NARC for all three licence levels. The Social aspect of the club is thriving with family events such as Radio by the Seaside and Radio Active weekend, NARC also operates in various contests and in the last two years we have won the RSGB Club Championships on 80m.
We have a comprehensive club programme running throughout the year, the complete list can be seen on the diary page. We also try to cater for youngsters with our "Bright Sparks" evenings when we dedicate an evening to assist the younger members in construction and operating techniques. We offer club trips and also run the annual Barford Radio Rally which falls on July 3rd 2016
We have a shack at NARC which has HF, 6M , 2M and 70cm along with laptop for data modes and CW on HF along with D-STAR on 70cm the shack is open on informal evenings. We also have a comprehensive loan system available to members including TX/RX, Test Equipment and a library. We run nets on GB3NB on a Monday evening and HF nets with our Twinned Club in Koblenz.
So take look around and we look forward to seeing you at the club one evening.
This weekend 24th & 25th September NARC will be setting up a special event station at the North Norfolk Railway on Sheringham station.
We will be setting up from 0900 on Saturday and running the special event callsign GB1NNR. A wonderful mix of railways and radio, do come and join us anytime over the weekend until 5pm each day to help set up, operate or work Loco-mobile!
73, David G7URP
Tonight an informal meeting with beginners Morse class, Bright Sparks for our younger members and a social evening for all. Also your last chance to buy a seat on our Hamfest coach for Friday at £20 return.
As usual we meet in the 6th form centre of City of Norwich School between 7-10pm.
A summary of events and activities organised for NARC members in August and September - please support them as we organise them for you.
Even if you dont want to commit to a time or day now, please contact each organiser to show your interest.
September 24th & 25th September: Railways on the Air from the North Norfolk Railway at Sheringham.
October 22nd & November 12th: Foundation Course (revised date)
Winter 2016: Advance course
And if you are organising something radio related you would like us to publicise just let me know.
September 3rd and 4th: SSB Field Day - CANCELLED
We regret that this event has been cancelled through lack of interest and support (just 2 members volunteered to help set up and operate the station).
Last Wednesday we held an impromptu Raspberry Pi workshop and display - special thanks to William, Nev, James, Phil, Bruce and Tammy for bringing their projects in to display and discuss with members.
As promised I have put together a buying guide of some of the most common Pi components and as well as the handouts I printed I have shown the main contents below.
On wednesday our thinking was that we will have an infiormal Pi and Chips evening to bring projects together each month on an informal... let me know you think?
Raspberry Pi & chips group - NARC group buying
The following is a list of popular Pi products and software from a selection of suppliers which I am offering to buy as a convenience and service for members for a limited time. Everything is offered at cost price given a few pence either way, but some prices fluctuate daily so I reserve the right to increase or decrease if that happens when I place an order. Many of them i will order through my trade suppliers like Farnell and RS and of course you are welcome to look at their range and prices, but note most web prices for them are exclusive of VAT which I have added to the prices below. I only want the money for them when I give them to you but please pay in cash by exact amount as a business has to pay fees on cheques (£1.50) and credit cards (typ 3%) and as I said these items are being charged at cost. I also dont mind ordering a few different bits and pieces at the same time as long as you give me details of part number and price and they are all together.
Of course if you are happy buying on the web then I would encourage you to order online and get them delivered direct to your door - I am purely doing this to help those who can’t and also to take advantage of some quantity buying prices we can do as a group.
Ucreate starter kit: Pi3, 16GB card, keyboard, mouse, case, PSU, HDMI & network cables CPC £62
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B 1GB RAM R/F £34 each or £31 if 5 or more ordered
Raspberry Pi camera V2 R/F (state IR or NoIR) £22.80
Raspberry Pi 3 + V2 camera bundle F £48.00
Official Raspberry Pi 2A power supply R £4.80
Official Raspberry Pi 3 case - Raspberry & White £6.60
Raspberry Pi 3 case black with clear top for HAT etc £5.70
HDMI monitor lead - cheapest place I have ever found bar none is Poundland (yes £1!)
Mike Richards G4WNC gave a talk on using the Pi with radio at the club and the following are his SD/MicroSD cards preloaded with the application and Pi operating system where appropriate. Instructions will also be supplied. You can order direct from Mike at £8 each or club bulk orders of 10 or more mixed cards he will supply to one person at £6 each. They are all supplied as 8GB MicroSD cards inside an SD card adapter they will work with various Pi’s and as the price of blank cards alone are £4 or so represent great value even if eventually you decide to wipe part or all of the card and use it for something else!
FLDIGI – Digital modes software (latest version). I have two versions. One is configured to work with the lower powered Pi 1or Pi Zero and so only supports PSK operation. The second version supports all the FLDIGI digital modes and works on the Pi-2 and Pi-3.
RTL Dongle Server – This is a single SD card that works across all the Pi models and allows you to remotely locate a Pi and a DVB/T SDR dongle and relay the IQ data back to SDR# via an Ethernet connection. It can work with a Wi-Fi link but I don’t recommend that as you have to slow the IQ rate down to the minimum.
PiAware – A variation on the RTL Dongle server but in this case it runs ADS-B software to receive position reports from aircraft and report the results to the FlightAware site. You can also access the Pi locally to see activity. This needs an Internet connection to operate.
MotioneyeOS – This software allows the Pi- & Pi camera to operate as a remote security/wildlife movement triggered camera over network. 3 different cards for Pi1/Zero, Pi2 or Pi3
Some popular Raspberry Pi Suppliers
www.cpc.co.uk thepihut.com rapidonline.co.uk www.uk.farnell.com rswww.com
NARC members who are using Raspberry Pi and may be able to help - have a chat!
Nev M0NFY / Phil G6AIO / William M1BKF / James M0UKS / Mark G0LGJ / Bruce G6OUM / Tammy M3PLU
73 G7URP V1 21.9.16
Hopefully most club members will be aware that Norwich and Koblenz are twinned cities and to help perpetuate the good relations that we enjoy, there is a regular amateur radio sked each month. This occurs on 7.135MHz, plus or minus QRM, on the second Saturday of the month. The time is 1000hrs local time with check-in or talk-back, if necessary, on 145.250MHz. You will, no doubt, have seen pictures on the Club web site in the Gallery, showing the gathering we had with visitors from the Koblenz amateurs. If you haven't, take a look on the web site and you will see them there.
The latest sked was last Saturday and unfortunately, G3LDI was the only attendee from the Norwich side. We had a very good QSO however, and it would be nice if a few more of the NARC members ( committee members too? ) took part. There were four on from Koblenz. During the contact Ralf DM5RS told me that they were considering another visit to Norwich in 2017. He said that they would like to visit the Club and may also be able to provide a talk for us. Dates have not been suggested as yet but they will inform us as soon as they know.
Ralf has sent some pictures from their Field Day contest and they will be in a folder on the NARC web site soon. The next sked is on Saturday October 8th at 1000 as usual on 7135KHz. Please try to join in.
This week saw the solar flux index increase from 80 to 86, but poor ionospheric conditions due to a high-speed solar wind stream dominated the earlier part of the week.
The K index hit five on the 20th but, as predicted, geomagnetic conditions improved slightly towards the end of the week.
On the bright side, while some days have seen very poor HF conditions there have been highlights. The Chilton ionosonde has indicated that the maximum usable frequency over a 3,000km path has exceeded 21MHz at times.
And better autumnal conditions mean that there is DX around. This is an ideal month for working South Africa and South America on 18, 21 and even 24 MHz at times.
East-West paths may be better on 14MHz, and will improve as we head into October. And don’t ignore 30m at the moment, which may deliver some surprises.
Eighty and forty metres are also starting to come into their own at dusk and after sunset.
Our best advice is look for days that are geomagnetically quiet. That is, when the K index is zero, one or two. This may be tricky as NOAA predicts very unsettled geomagnetic conditions for eight days from September 28th. So work your best DX in the first half of this week.
VHF and up
Prospects for tropospheric openings are poor this week with low pressure near to the north and west of Britain bringing autumnal weather.
For much of the period this will mean some quite strong winds at times and little chance of tropo developing. There may be some rain scatter options, although this could be difficult with fast-moving weather systems.
There is likely to be high pressure over the continent and this will place the better tropo conditions over the near continent and across Biscay at times, and probably not accessible for most of the country.
The Sporadic E season seems to be over, so it’s back to random meteor scatter as the main DX mode on the lower VHF bands.
Moon declination is heading negative again later this week so EME moon windows will shorten as the week goes on. Losses are also increasing as the moon heads out to apogee.
But don’t despair of the poor VHF conditions. There are plenty of workable satellites in orbit to give you your fix of VHF DX, so why not give them a try? Go to the Amsat-UK website for information.
|Lottery funding enabled NARC to purchase direction finding equipment for training, competitions and as a fun family introduction to amateur radio|
Any licensed amateur can run and take part in the net - everyone welcome!
The Beginners net is now taking a break but will return afer our next Foundation course in the Autumn.
GB3NB is a 2 metre repeater which you can hear on 145.625MHz and transmit to on 145.025MHz.
You can find out more about many of the Norfolk repeaters from http://gb3nb.org.uk/wp/
The club meets virtually every Wednesday throughout the year in the sixth form centre of the City of Norwich School, Eaton Road, Norwich, NR4 6PP from 1900-2200.
We welcome anyone of any age, gender or ability and who enjoys experimenting with radio and electronics to come and meet us and see what we do in our hobby.
Please see above ONLINE tab for details of the club programme and below this piece for contacts of club officials.