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.
The relaunched Friday night Beginners net was run by Julian 2E0DJR with Simon 2E0ZZC taking over about half way through – we were pleased to hear six radio amateurs calling in, both the very experienced and the very new, with one from the recent Foundation course. There was a wide geographic coverage with amateurs from Brandon and Stowmarket, as well as a number callers from in and around Norwich.
Various subjects discussed including low power (QRP) transmitting, tropospheric conditions and HF contacts.
The Friday night team will be back next Friday and Simon 2E0ZZC will be calling CQ at 7.30pm on GB3NB. Please do feel free to join in and don’t be afraid to call in especially if you are new to the world of Amateur radio. Its especially for you!
Simon 2E0ZZC and Julian 2E0DJR
Plans are all made for the NARC party on 14th December but so far I have only received bookings for 57 people - normally around 90-100 people come.
It is FREE to all NARC members (full or associate) and their immediate families, but PLEASE book as Tammy and I do a large wholesalers shop for drinks, mince pies, party and vegetarian food etc etc - we also need to know how to set out the room on the night with numbers of tables and chairs.
John G0MXN has asked me to publicise the following which is relevant to any amateur who consider using a 2m or 70cm radio near medical equipment! It is relevant to amateurs as well as anyone you know who has medical implants - please forward to them;
And a PS;
I have had further information about radio waves and 2 items which surprised me, that I would like to share with NARC.
My contact asked if I had a wireless router, and a tablet or Ipad. He said if I had, I should read the small print. I did so, and was shocked to read that the information given is that the router must be at least a metre away from the body of a person who has a pacemaker or battery operated drug syringe, and that the Ipad/Tablet must not be held within 15 cms of a pacemaker, as the units transmit radio waves which are capable of interfering with the operation of the devices.
Thanks to John for alerting us to this
73, David G7URP
Starting Friday 2nd December, this new net especially for newcomers to the airwaves and bring organised by Julian 2E0DJR and Simon 2E0ZZC.
So whether you are one of the new M6's from our recent foundation course or have had your license for a while but not really done much this net is especially for you. It starts at 19.30 and on repeater GB3NB so that hopefully most Norfolk amateurs have a fair chance of getting in on their new but maybe modest radios and aerials.
GB3NB is a repeater based at Stoke Holy Cross and has an output on 145.625MHz and its input on 145.025MHz so you need to set your radio up to 'split' by - 0.6MHz when transmitting and also set the CTCSS tone to 94.8Hz. (The instruction manual for your radio will help with this or NARC club members happy to help)
Information regarding all the repeaters in the area can be found at http://www.gb3nb.org.uk
73, David G7URP
Last week was a mixed bag in terms of HF propagation.
The solar flux index hovered around the 80 mark and the K index was poor at the weekend, although a little more settled later in the week.
Last weekend saw the CW leg of CQ Worldwide and the consensus was that conditions weren't brilliant. We said that 20 and 15m would be the optimum HF bands with occasional 10m openings. This turned out to be true as Roger G3LDI proved by only working 67 stations on 10 metres in 48 hours.
Roger said that they were mostly weak and watery European contacts, despite using a three-element SteppIR.
The days of extensive DX openings on 10m may, alas, be behind us for a few years.
Back to the Sun, there have been three visible sunspot groups with region 2615 generating (up to) M-class solar flares. So watch out for potential coronal mass ejections and flare-induced blackouts or sudden ionospheric disturbances.
As we head into December now is the best time for the low bands, especially Top Band and 80m. You may find that the evening critical frequency drops so much that 40m struggles to open to DX at times.
With a typical critical frequency of around 3MHz at 2000hrs even 80m may struggle at distances less than 300-400km.
Unfortunately, geomagnetic conditions are also predicted to be unsettled from December 7th to the 11th due to recurrent coronal hole effects.
VHF and up
High pressure will continue to provide slightly improved tropo conditions on the VHF/UHF bands at the beginning of the week, but there is likely to be a slow decline later as pressure falls to the north of Britain.
Although lift conditions could affect much of the country at first, these will become confined to the south by midweek and all gone soon after.
Don’t forget to try the multimode part of the bands with CW or SSB and do call CQ and announce your activity in advance on email reflectors, DX chat such as ON4KST.info and social media if the bands seem quiet.
The Moon is at lowest declination today and path losses are still high, but declination goes positive late on Thursday 8th and losses are lower. Look out for GHz bands EME operation from Jericho from that day until the 13th of December with E44QX and E44HP
The big Geminids meteor shower is now only a week away. The zenithal hourly rate for this shower is up to 120 meteors per hour, so a really good one. We’ll have more information next week as to the best times to operate.
Look at dl1dbc.net for “Virgo” a Java real-time meteor tracking web page to help you.
THis week Steve G3PND comes to tell us how the Reverse Beacon Network is an invaluable aid to testing your station and antenna when you do not have humans around to give you signal checks! As usual we meet from 19.00 to 22.00 in the 6th form common room of CNS School and Steves talk starts straight after notices at 19.45.
73, David G7URP
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Any licensed amateur can run and take part in the net - everyone welcome!
The Beginners net will restart on Friday 2nd December at 19.30 organised by Simon 2E0ZZC and Julian 2E0DJR. They would also like a few others to help them so if you can help them run an occasional net to help beginners to our hobby please let me know and I will put you in touch. Thank You
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.