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
Video of Wednesday
You may have noticed Robert G4TUK filming Geoff G4ODC's Quadcopter Demo on Wednesday and as he has just finished editing it for us and I thought you would like to see it before next weeks newsletter, so here is the link:
Once again thanks to Geoff G4ODC for the demonstration and to Robert G4TUK for this video.
Also more pictures have been added to the NARC gallery today by Sonny 2E0SYW and Tammy M3PLU - room for more!
Lets talk Models on air!
Now as so many of us are clearly interested in models I thought it would make a great subject for a chat on air, so I will run this Mondays net on models - radio controlled or otherwise - trains, planes, automobiles or anything else.
Why not join me from 7.30 on repeater GB3NB this Monday 3rd August?
Wishing you a good weekend.
73, David G7URP
As you may know last November NARC invested in a second generator, a Clarke 2.2kW IG2200 suitcase style generator. It was to supplement our main Honda 4KW generator for running multiple stations at Field Days and being smaller and carriable by one person much more suited to smaller special events etc. We bought it from Machine Mart in one of their special 'VAT free Sales' at the VAT exclusive amount of £395 inc delivery (list price £468).
It is an Electronic Inverter generator so produces a nice stable regulated sine wave output with both mains (2 standard 13A sockets) and 12 Volts DC and whilst it works well and does what it says, what we could not have known before we bought it is that it generates quite a lot of electrical noise at HF frequencies making it virtually unusable for the amateur radio purpose we bought it for - we have tried using ferrite cores etc to suppress, but still it produced unwanted noise on HF bands.
So we have decided that it would be most sensible to sell it now 'as new' having had only around 20 hours of running last month (6th & 7th June) and with 3+ months of its manufacturer guarantee remaining. As a club asset we feel we should offer it to club members first and invite offers to be made for the generator which can of course be viewed and tested on request - we even still have its original box. We should stress it is a fine generator for the purpose most people want; camping, caravanning and a backup for home mains, and being an Inverter regulated model will also safely run televisions and computers - we just cannot recommend it for HF amateur radio use.
You can see the generator here - there is also a video:
To make an offer please email or write your bid on a note inside a sealed envelope and give to Mark G0LGJ or me at the club. Closing date for club bids Wednesday 12th August when we will sell to the highest bidder who offers a realistic bid for this nearly new equipment, or if we do not feel we have received a fair bid we will sell it through other channels. Please let me know if you would like me to bring it to the club on 5th or 12th August to look at.
We have decided not to buy a replacement at the moment and will trial and/or rent others and test carefully with all HF bands before purchasing another.
73, David G7URP
If you would like to learn Morse, I am hoping to start another Raw Beginner's class in the autumn. A preliminary list of students would help at this stage, then I can plan for a start from scratch. There will be some prep work for YOU to do well before starting the course, so the earlier that you get on the list the sooner I can plan for it.
If you are interested in working HF DX, then Morse is going to be a prime mode in the future decade or so, as we approach sunspot minimum. Don't rely on readers, they are so impersonal, and you cannot get a feel for what is happening on the band by using a reader. You could be causing a lot of unnecessary QRM. It's fine to use them in contests, albeit again very limiting.
If you are interested and ARE PREPARED TO PUT IN 30 MINUTES PRACTICE PER NIGHT, then email me and I will add you to the new list. Beats the hell out of talking about the price of fish on 2 metre FM!
I look forward to some new students.
73 de Roger, G3LDI, RSGB GB2CW Coordinator
A page of nets happening around Norfolk and open to all
Saturdays & Sundays 20.00-21.00 Beginners Morse CW GB2CW net on repeater GB3NB with Malc G0EGA Everyone welcome! (GB3NB - 145.625MHz receive)
19.30: NARC Monday night voice net on repeater GB3NB - everyone welcome! (GB3NB - 145.625MHz receive)
20.30: NARC CW net on HF 3.545MHz
19.00: GB2CW Roger G3LDI Beginners CW Morse class (145.250MHz)
20.00: Jim G3YLA with an Intermediate CW class (145.250MHz)
20.00: GB2CW with Malc G0EGA - Morse for beginners and intermediates (145.250MHz)
20.00: GB2CW Malcolm G3PDH with the Advanced CW Morse class (145.250MHz)
19.30: Beginners voice net on GB3NB - informal help and chat for newcomers to the hobby (GB3NB)
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
This Sunday sees the 26th Kings Radio Rally full details can be found at :-
Regards Mark G0LGJ
Planets and all things space have been in the news a lot lately, so its timely that Jeff Lashley is coming to tell us how we can study Meteors by Radio.
As usual we meet in the 6th form common room of CNS School between 1900 and 2200 and Jeffs talk starts straight after notices at 19.45.
73, David G7URP
|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)