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.
2nd Aug Kings Lynn Radio Rally
5th Aug Studying Meteors by Radio by Jeff Lashley
10th Aug Koblenz sked 7135 1000 12th Aug Visit by Elaine Richards G4LFM - RSGB Radcom Editor
15th / 16th Aug Happsiburgh Lighthouse
19th Aug Computer logging featuring N1MM + by Malcolm Prestwood G3PDH
26th Aug Informal
A much-needed drop in the high-speed solar wind failed to materialise this week. It is still being driven by major coronal holes on the sun.
These are areas of weaker magnetic fields that let plasma escape from the sun's surface. The Kp index has hit six at times, bringing very unsettled geomagnetic storm conditions and poor HF DX in general, apart from auroral conditions on the higher bands.
There have been a few glimmers of better autumnal HF conditions, but there have also been some very noisy bands, completely devoid of signals. The outlook for the next seven days is likely to be similar. Sunspot region 2403 will be rotating out of view and the rest of the sun is virtually spotless. NOAA says we can expect the solar flux index to be in the range 100-115 next week, but high-speed solar wind effects from coronal holes may continue, with high K indices.
Scientists say that coronal holes are a feature of where we are in the current sunspot cycle and they are long-lived as they form near the solar equator.
We could be in for more of the same over the coming months, so take the chance to work any DX as and when you hear it.
73 de Roger, G3LDI
If I have no raw beginners, I shall revert to catering for those wishing for an extra hour of tuition at any speed.
73 de Roger, G3LDI - RSGB GB2CW Coordinator.
For the coming week there is likely to be low pressure dominating at first and, since we are still getting some very warm days, there is scope for large showers and thunderstorms to develop, which raises the prospect of good rain scatter at times.
Later in the week, high pressure moves in towards the western side of the country and could bring slightly enhanced conditions, but the flow underneath the high is not especially moist, which is the preferred condition, so it may not do much for dx. If you do notice any lift conditions, please try the simplex channels and multimode options on SSB and CW, rather than worry about co-channel interference on repeaters.
Sporadic E is even more sporadic once we move into September, so don’t expect much and if you are searching, then the best thing you can do is look for strong jet streams on the upper air weather charts on the RSGB forum.
73 de Jim
Not much to report this week. I did not take part in the SARTG HF RTTY test last weekend, but understand that there were a couple of locals taking part. Andy M0NKR reported that he entered the RSGB SSB Sprint test this week. I have my grandson staying with me this week, so activity on the air is limited. The next major NARC event is HF SSB FD and the 2m open, taking place on the same weekend at the DCP ranch. We would like to see more people taking part in these annual events so if you are interested, please consider putting your name forward. I was taking both Morse classes this Tuesday evening and was late entering, but I managed 15 contacts. Chris G0DWV was on using high power and made over 70 Qs, so he really put Norfolk on the map. It was mentioned by a few contestants that this contest had more Norfolk entrants than normal, so more people are now starting to turn their rotators to Norfolk. I think they had to check their maps to find out where Norfolk is situated!
VHF/UHF This piece from John G8VPE:
The results for the 432MHz UK Activity Contest (held on Tues 11/8/15) have been adjudicated and published.
This is just the second time that Norfolk ARC has competed in the 70cm section of the UKACs, this time with two more combatants joining G8VPE, namely G0DWV and G3LDI - first-timers on 70cm UKAC and they are both planning station/antenna improvements already.
The results reflect the extra effort, pushing us up the 70cm table from 74th out of 75 entrants(nearly bottom) to an amazing 61st (out of 78). Perhaps we can expect another good 70cm entry on 8th September to put us in an even higher position - although we could all still be recovering from the weekend's activities (5/6Sept) of HF SSB FD and 144MHz Trophy contests.
The overall UKAC table, covering 50MHz to microwaves, shows NARC has moved up into 55th place (previously 57th) out of 125 competing clubs, hopefully this will be further improved after Tuesday's results.
Tuesday 25th August brought forth a grand total of 7 (Yes! - seven) contestants from NARC in the 50MHz UKAC. I hope this means a good combined score for Norfolk, Chris G0DWV made 73 contacts (his first time in 6m UKAC, I believe) followed by Andy M0NKR with 30. It was very gratifying to see so many competing for the club including Mike G4DYC, Roger G3LDI, Gordon G3PXT and myself G8VPE with a special welcome again to Keith M0DZB who has posted quite a few QRP entries for NARC in the past.
I wonder if this is setting a trend, with 7 entrants could this be the start of a strong entry into the 50MHz AFS on 18th October 2015.
A pleasing anecdote from the evening - I heard a throwaway comment from Camb-Hams (G3PYE/P) , "The whole Norwich Club must be on tonight!". They'd probably heard JO02 rather frequently.
Diary dates: 1st September 144MHz UKAC
5/6th September HF SSB FD and 144MHz Trophy Contests
8th September 432MHz UKAC
73 Have a good week - John G8VPE.
Looking at these comments, it could be quite easy for some of those with small gardens etc., to take part. I even surprised myself with my 70cm entry with just a colinear! A 70cm or even a 2m beam is not a huge antenna and can easily be erected just for the contest. Have a go, and you might get a nice surprise.
That's it for this week. Plan to be at HF SSB / 2m Open!
73 de Roger, G3LDI
An informal evening where we invite you to bring a really useful or hopeless, interesting or boring piece of technology from the past to informally display for the evening. It could be a 50's radio, a 60's TV, a 70's calculator, an 80's computer, a 90's chess computer or one of those 'must have gadgets from KTel or Ronco....or how about some old toys........ Its upto you! PS - No Flares or Kipper ties please!
A Reminder that Railways on the Air is on the weekend of 26th and 27th September at the North Norfolk Railway - can't wait!
|Lottery funding enabled NARC to purchase direction finding equipment for training, competitions and as a fun family introduction to amateur radio|
GB2CW every Saturday and Sunday beginner's broadcast schedule between 2000 & 2100 hrs local time on 145.250
Check the Diary for actual schedule.
Contact Malc G0EGA for further details (you can call Malc afternoons to 8pm only please on 01986 782444)