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 6th 2014.
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.
We ask someone to step forward and run this Mondays net which will start at 19.30 on repeater GB3NB 145.625MHz
The net is open to all and run by amateurs for amateurs and we try to vary the people running it to add interest and freshness.
Its a friendly net and very easy to run - you just need a pad and pen.
This week is the annual Trophy Foxhunt where teams of 2 or more try and find 'The Foxes' (last years winners) hiding somewhere in Norfolk sending out radio beacon on 145.350MHz every 5 minutes.... your job is to find them using the shortest number of miles from the school....... And the winner receives the Trophy!
To take part you need....
Car with good tank of fuel
At least 2 people per car/team
A charged mobile phone
Water if a hot day
Direction finding equipment
Map of area around 30 miles around school - Land Ranger 134 or similar ideal
We register, prepare and leave from the back of the school
The first transmissions are at 19.30 but its not a race against time so you can leave any time after this.
And if it sounds like fun but you have never done it before come to the back of the school and see what its all about - maybe scrounge a lift in a foxhunters car!
Please note - do not leave any cars at the school which will be there after 10pm!
For those who do not want to do the foxhunt there is a regular social / construction evening at the club (refreshments available until 20.30).
IMPORTANT - this is deadline day for National Hamfest applications - so far we have sold 16 tickets but we need to sell around 30 to make the trip viable.
Its just £22 including entrance ticket - details and booking form on the website which can be posted to me or brought to the club next week.
Please support this trip - it does intend to make any money for the club (coach cost us £525 + £4 entrance ticket) but we cannot run a large coach for so few and make a loss....
Four things tonight....
• Construction and social informal evening
• Bright Sparks for our young members
• Contest workshop discussing SSB Field Day and RSGB contest proposals: http://www.rsgbcc.org/whitepaper2014.pdf
• Test your Fox hunt equipment - Trophy foxhunt next week 30th July!
As usual we meet at City of Norwich School from 1900-2200
73 David G7URP
There will be a Contest Group Meeting on July 23rd in the back room to discuss the recent White Paper issued by the RSGB Contest Committee. They are looking for Club responses and also your own personal views, should you wish to send them.
The White Paper can be found in PDF format at: http://www.rsgbcc.org/whitepaper2014.pdf
Please try to attend and offer suggestions.
73 de Roger, G3LDI
The Worstead festival is a wonderful traditional summer fair and NARC have again been invited to put on a display to show what amateur radio is all about. We are looking for volunteers to come and man the stand and to bring with them the things they most enjoy about the hobby to share with the public. So whether you are interested in construction, vintage radios, CW, data modes, computing, ATV bring it along and help us make a really varied display.
We have around 10 free passes for volunteers who come with items to display and we will be taking the MAC radio van, mains generator and club gazebos with tables so all will be safe if summer showers hit.
Passes are limited so if you are interested please contact me as soon as possible with details of which day(s) you would like to come and what you will be displaying.
More details on the festival can be found here
Thank you David G7URP
Most radio amateurs register themselves on QRZ.com so that their details can be looked up and QSL exchanges can be done etc, but it can be a daunting task and so John 2E0TWQ has offered to help anyone set their own page up online on a one to one basis with pictures etc at the club on an informal evening when we can use the computer room.
Thanks to John for this excellent idea and please see him at the club or email John 2E0TWQ