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.
Those who came to the club on Wednesday 27th will know we had quite a challenge because we came to a completely locked and closed CNS with none of my usual contacts to or from the school available to find out why. But the Dunkirk spirit lives on and a very understanding nearby Pub, The Oak Tree, kindly gave us free use of their conservatory and facilities and while Nev rushed home to bring us a large screen monitor for the talk we hurridly stacked tables to make a meeting room for Don G3BJ's talk on E6GG DXpedition.
On speaking to the school the next morning I discovered that the school had a power outage for 3 days and we were meant to be told but probably failed as the school winds down for the summer holidays now and staff away.... they offer their profuse and sincere apologies.
To those who came and then left before we had the alternative arranged, and to the young Bright Sparks and instructors who we were unable to give appropriate tools and facilities too, again apologies from CNS and myself. And to those who helped me organise traffic, parking and the conservatory before and after the meeting, a big thank you for your support and understanding.
The final word on this is with very special thanks to Manager Claire and the Staff of the Oak Tree for being so kind and understanding - I dont mind saying here that I have been there for a few meetings as well as dinner previously and have no hesitation in recommending it as a great place to meet or eat, but they were extremely kind in letting us take over part of their premises for no charge last night. Thank you
The nearby Oak Tree pub on Ipswich Road kindly gave us exclusive use of their conservatory as a makeshift meeting room for the night:
We needing a quick solution as we were causing major holdups with 30+ cars making Eaton Road effectively single carriageway:
This week we have been looking once again at a blank solar disk. The spotless sun offered a solar flux index of 72 on Thursday, just six points up from a typical solar minimum figure.
Unfortunately, the bad news doesn't stop there. There were poor geomagnetic conditions last weekend thanks to the effects of a coronal mass ejection.
And conditions worsened again on Thursday morning when the K index hit four, due to incoming plasma from a coronal hole. The net effect has been a reduction in maximum useable frequencies and poor daytime HF conditions, thanks to D layer absorption.
Next week another solar coronal hole will rotate into position. This may mean poor geomagnetic conditions and an elevated K index of up to five on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th.
As we are now entering August, you should really be using the smoothed sunspot number of 35 for your VOACAP-based prediction programs, although with the actual sunspot number being zero, predictions may be optimistic.
NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain in the 70s this week, although sunspots can suddenly appear.
This weekend's RSGB Islands On The Air contest may see 14MHz being the “money band” during daylight hours, with 80m and 40m coming into their own at night. There may be occasional F layer openings on 15m and short-skip Sporadic E openings throughout HF.
VHF and up news
For much of next week there will be low pressure near northern Scotland with a showery weather pattern producing the possibility of rain scatter on the Gigahertz bands.
At times a weak ridge close to southern Britain may allow some limited Tropo openings across sea paths to the Low Countries and south across Biscay.
There is still time in the 2016 Sporadic E season for jet streams to make the turbulent gravity waves, which may be part of the formation process for Es.
The good news is that we have a weak jet stream over the British Isles and into northern Europe for much of next week. This will favour paths into the Baltic and probably towards Italy and Spain if the jet stream is a little to the south of the UK.
It is also worth looking for the occasional path to North America, since the jet stream covers much of the width of the Atlantic.
The beginning of August sees the Perseids Meteor shower building gradually to its August 11th and 12th peak. So don’t wait, you should see meteor scatter conditions improving throughout the coming month.
The Moon is at its highest declination today and losses are low so another good week for EME.
And that’s all for this week from the propagation team.
As many of you know Jim Whiteside M0HPJ is a keen and active member of many voluntary organisations such as 4x4 response (where he is chairman) who actively use amateur radio to enable essential communications in times of trial or emergency. Tonight Jim comes to tell us about the Lowland Rescue Digital Radio network which is based on a new Motorola system and has a repeater based in Hethersett.
We will be meeting in our usual venue at CNS school tonight from 7-10pm and Jims talk will start straight after notices at 7.45pm.
73, David G7URP
Nets happening around Norfolk this week and open to all
19.30: Informal net and chat on repeater GB3NB - everyone welcome! (GB3NB - 145.625MHz receive)
20.30: NARC CW net on HF 3.545MHz +/- QRM
21.00: Raynet net on 144.650MHz FM - open to Raynet members & anyone wanting to find out more
19.00: GB2CW Advanced CW Morse class (145.250MHz) Roger G3LDI
20.00: Intermediate CW class Jim G3YLA (145.250MHz)
20.00: GB2CW Beginners CW Morse class (145.250MHz) Malcolm G3PDH
19.30: Beginners voice net on GB3NB - informal help and chat for newcomers to the hobby with Simon and Nigel
20.00: NARC Contest net (145.250MHz)
If you would like details of any other Norfolk net published here just let me know date, time, frequency, mode and subject and we will be happy to publicise...
73 David G7URP
It has been agreed with Happisburgh Lighthouse that NARC may activate the Lighthouse again this year for International LH weekend on the 20th/21st August.
NARC will operate an HF station mainly on 80m, 40m and 20m to participate in this event where stations make contact with as many LH stations as possible. Contacts will be a mixture of SSB and CW. The station will be set up on Saturday morning at 0830 and operate through until approx 1800 local time then again on Sunday until approx 1700. The public will be visiting the LH on Sunday.
As I will not be at the club for a couple of weeks I am asking operator/helper support via the contest group initially in order to process the GB0HL licence NOV. It will also be announced at the club this next Wednesday.
If anyone can help and intending to be present on site for most of one of the days and willing to be one of the NOV licence holders could you please let me know soonest so that we can submit the documents together.
Last year the NOV holders were myself G3PDH, Steve G3PND, Stuart M0JKB and John G8VPE. The reason for having several holders is to ensure that an NOV holder is always present on site throughout the weekend.
Once I know who is willing to assist as an NOV holder I will provide the necessary information for the NOV application form.
The form is available on the OFCOM site at http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/spectrum/amateur-radio/apply-for-a-licence/ofw287.pdf
If you would like to help us operate or set up on Saturday or Sunday please tell David or Kevin who will update the Roster or contact me - my details are on the form below.
73, Malcolm G3PDH
They were once the essential presenters tool for lectures and talks where the contents of a clear acetate sheet placed on top of the projector is projected onto a screen or the wall - a great advantage is that you could also write or draw on the sheet and have it projected too.
NARC has a 3M Model 1708 in excellent condition which I have had in storage for many years and since for us video projectors have taken over I feel it is time this finds a nice home. Its in very good condition in original 3M box.... Looking on ebay they sell for £40 to £50 second hand but would like to find it a home with a member who would find a good use for it or maybe a volunatry organisaton like Raynet or 4X4 for training etc....
73, David G7URP
This is specifically for new licensees who are just getting started in the hobby and want a bit of help and a friendly ear.
It does not matter whether you are a member of NARC or not, we would just like to help.
So just join us each Friday from 19:30 on repeater GB3NB
With Simon M0TRJ and Nigel 2E0NLK
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.