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.
Unfortunately this Wednesdays weather looks awful for the QC Quadcopter demo and whilst we could try a small demo inside, the real power and speed of this craft will only be appreciated outside, so after chatting with Geoff this morning we have decided to postpone this weeks presentation and will announce a new date soon and put an order in for better weather with Jim!
The good news is that some time ago Ian G0YAP lent me a DVD for just such an occasion...
It is for a Channel 4 programme called CQ from some years ago starring Michael Elphick (Boon), all about life changing dramatically for radio amateur Norman when he gets in touch with a round the world yaughtsman who introduces him to a different way of life - and a taste of fame. So we will be showing this hour long film from 8 until 9pm. I can't promise popcorn, but tea, coffee and biscuits will certainly be there so I hope you will join us.
I am proposing to arrange a coach trip to the National Hamfest in Newark on Friday 25th September with pick ups in the usual places, but I must be sure of the trip being viable before booking a coach.
Therefore I am taking names early in order to ascertain interest and when we reach 25 I will book a coach, though we will need around 30 to make it viable. Cost will be around £20-25 a head including entrance ticket, but the more that come the cheaper it will be so please start asking around!
Deadline to reach at least 25 people is Wednesday 1st July, but dont leave it that long and forget!
Thanks to those who have provisionally booked places so far.... please keep them coming.
John G8VPE x 2
The last CC contest was the data one and Norfolk ARC submitted nearly 20 logs, so many thanks to those who took part. NARC also achieved another record for us because in the QRP section it was a 1-2-3 victory. Paul G3SEM came first, with Chris G0DWV second and yours truly G3LDI third, so that should add quite a few points to the scores. Congrats to Paul and Chris. Paul also had the honour of coming first in the SSB QRP session in April too.
This Monday, unfortunately a bank holiday, sees the SSB session again so hopefully we will see a large number enter that. Most people can speak, so SSB should pose no problem. It does not matter if you work only a dozen or so Qs, they all count! So, please try to get on and join in. We have lost a number of regulars as I said last time and I am hoping that some of those may come on again this time. If you need a hand with set-up problems, or operating tactics etc., don't forget the contest net on 145.250 at 2000 local time on Fridays.
The 6m UKAC activity night was on Tuesday and I worked several locals in that. I finished with a total of 35 Qs and among those were G8VPE, GH3PXT, M0DZB, G3YLA, M0JKB and M1AFQ. All these are members of NARC so I hope they will submit a log, despite few Qs. It will all help NARC.
VHF Activity contests take place every Tuesday evening throughout the year 20:00 to 22:30 hrs. (local)
1st Tuesday in the month is 144MHz
2nd Tuesday in the month is 432MHz
3rd Tuesday in the month is 1.3GHz
4th Tuesday in the month is 50MHz
when there is a 5th Tuesday, as in some months, look for activity on 70MHz.
Read the "Sport Radio" pages in Rad-Com for UKAC and other VHF/UHF contest deta
The BARTG 75 Baud Sprint was on Sunday evening and despite poor propagation I did mange Qs on all the HF bands. I finished with 165 Qs, so not too bad, although only 3 continents, no SA at all, quite strange. However, we are on the downhill slope of cycle 24 so we must expect to see decreasing activity on 10 and 15m.
Hope to see some of you on Monday evening on 80m.
73 de Roger, G3LDI NARC Contest Group
On the face of it this is a natural and of course devastating disaster which may not appear to have much to do with amateur radio. But in fact our hobby is being used in much of the relief effort as provides vital and reliable links where traditional communication infrastructures have broken down. Like Roger G3LDI you might even be able to hear some of the traffic on HF on 14.205 and 14.215MHz But why am I including it in this newsletter?
A few members have suggested that NARC should make a modest club contribution... But its you the members money so we should ask you what you all think...
Next week we will have a short discussion about it after the quadcopter demonstration outside and ask for your feelings and a simple show of hands vote on whether NARC should contribute towards the Nepalise relief fund...
73 David G7URP
Very sadly it looks like two events we have organised have to be cancelled because of, frankly, lack of support.
Our coach trip to Bletchley Park on May 16th has had just 14 people book by the deadline of April 29th, even though we were specifically asked to arrange it as last years Forum where 30 hands went up, which with partners and other members (it is open to all) should have comfortably enabled us to run the trip and fill 30+ seats it takes to be viable. I picked mid May as weather is better and is nothing like as busy as June-August with other events and family holidays etc. At just £15 return it was offered at literally cost price (specifically £485 for a 33 seater coach!) with 4 pick up points over the county and open to anyone, NARC member or not, so for me it is hard to see what was so wrong and it does make me question the viability or point of organising other trips.... I will extend the deadline by just a few days to Bank holiday Monday evening to anyone who may have forgotten to book, but unless we can get close on 30 people sadly I will have to cancel this trip and of course will refund everyone who has booked - sorry to those who supported us. (NB A suggestion was made to the possibility of an even smaller coach or self drive minibus which we will investigate for other trips to specific date events, but given that people can go to Bletchley Park any day to suit them with their own transport it seems to makes sense to cancel the trip on this date unless numbers are made up to 30 within the next few days).
Chris G0TZZ has organised another really good special event at Wicklewood windmill on May 10th for Windmills on the Air. This special event is especially ideal for newcomers and families with a much more relaxed approach and emphasis on quality of QSO's rather than quantity and a BBQ etc to make it a friendly informal event. But as of 29th April after a month of campaigning we had just one name down on the roster and one added on the night! At last years forum we were actually asked for more special events and ones which had no pressure for beginners and this was most definately one of those. So again, over to you, if we can get another 5 or 6 to make this special event viable and use our GB0WWW call please drop either Chris G0TZZ or me an email before Monday night..
Do you want me to organise a coach trip to Newark on Friday 25th September this year? If you would drop me a quick email with a Subject Line 'Newark Yes please'...
And finally RadioActive... some weeks ago I asked for ideas, requests and suggestions for workshops, kits, demonstrations, anything for this years family weekend event on 6th and 7th June. No response from anyone.
Sorry that this part of the newsletter is unusually downbeat, but it is frankly rather disheartening to me and others and I feel I should be honest and share the facts with you all. You choose and elect the officers and committee to serve you and organise events and manage the clubs affairs, but if we are not arranging the things that you want then you need to tell us.
73 David G7URP
|Lottery funding enabled NARC to purchase direction finding equipment for training, competitions and as a fun family introduction to amateur radio|
20th April "Help the committee to provide what you want from the radio club"
In readiness for the Forum on 29th April John G8VPE hosts tonights net to find out what you want from your club.
Waiting for others...any licensed amateur can run the net! Please support