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.
This past week was more settled geomagnetically, with the K index generally staying around zero or one. This was thanks to a lack of solar coronal hole activity and the associated high-speed solar wind streams.
The solar flux index declined from the high to mid 90s as large sunspot 2546 rotated out of view.
This has left a rather sparse-looking solar disk with only one sunspot group visible.
As a result the solar flux index is predicted to remain around 90 in the coming week. NOAA has the geomagnetic K index rising again to an unsettled four on Monday and Tuesday.
Looking further ahead it doesn't look good for next weekend's HF CW National Field Day as plasma from a recurring solar coronal hole could push the K index up to five. This could see the HF bands become noisy and maximum usable frequencies fall away.
Apart from occasional short-skip sporadic E openings on 10 and 15m, the highest “money” band for Field Day is predicted to be 20m, with 15m perhaps struggling to open to DX.
Forty metres may give consistent openings around Europe, with DX being workable at night. Eighty metres may give good openings around Europe after dark, but is unlikely to yield much DX.
VHF and up
Next week sees high pressure between Iceland and Scotland with low pressure over the near continent.
This will mean a north-easterly flow of air from the North Sea. In the summer months, this can lead to extensive mist and sea fog along eastern coasts and give some good Tropo conditions from East Anglia to Aberdeen and Lerwick.
This type of Tropo depends upon warm moist air blowing off the continent and out across the cool North Sea to give longer DX paths to Denmark, for example.
However, with a north-easterly wind it usually means dry cool air gets folded into the mix, and I suspect we may be limited to paths up and down the east coast.
Last week saw some excellent Sporadic E openings on 6 and 4 metres, the one on Wednesday extended from Scandinavia round to the Balkans and central Mediterranean.
For next week it's not a good sign that there seem to be few suitably-placed jet streams, often involved with Es formation.
They are mostly located over Spain and the Mediterranean and therefore a bit too far away.
EME conditions will improve next week with increasing declination and the moon at perigee on Friday.
We now have several from the GB2CW classes taking part in the NARC net on 3547KHz on Monday evenings. Gaining experience on the air with local stations is more comfortable for nervous souls! We also have a de-brief net afterwards on 145.250MHz.
Still a lack of beginners in the Thursday night class. However, some of this could be due to other things like holidays, gardening etc., and we are considering having a period of summer quiet so that we too can take care of business out in the garden! More on that later.
73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Co-ordinator
The next RSGB CC event is on June 6th, just after NFD and it is data so make sure your software is doing what it should be doing and hope to see you on both modes, RTTY and PSK. I won't be around to help as I shall be in Ibiza for five days of frantic non-stop clubbing. Well, maybe not then, but I shall be at my son's wedding. So, if you have any problems, Malcolm should be around for consultation! However he is busy organising the rotas and stations for NFD, and I shall be back for that myself so hope to see you there.
Just one contest to mention this week:
SARL Digital Contest: 1300Z-1600Z, May 29
Mode: PSK, RTTY
Bands: 80, 40, 20m
Exchange: RST + QSO No.
Work stations: Once per mode per band
QSO Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: (see rules)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: June 5, 2016
E-mail logs to: contest[at]sarl[dot]org[dot]za
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at: http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/Members/DoDocDownload.aspx?X=20151130131559djqp8afPgb.PDF
The 6m UKAC contest took place Tuesday evening and I noticed Andy M0NKR was back from Dayton because he was on for a while. I also heard Mike G4DYC and with me that makes three! Alec G3YOA was also on for Bittern. No Es I afraid, but I managed 42 UK stations and didn't start until 2115 local time because I was doing both sessions of GB2CW.
That's it for this week. 73 de Roger, G3LDI
We have come across a collection of QSL cards from one of our past Presidents, Peter G3ASQ and would like to find a good home for them.
Although obviously a QSL card is a rather personal thing there are amateurs who collect especually unusual ones and looking through this collection there are some especially nice ones from France, where Peter liked to correspond and visit. So if you or someone you know collects QSL cards and would like part or all of this collection, including the storage box, please let me know as it would be shame to lose them to recycling...
73, David G7URP
Its nearly here, next weekend is the 10th RadioActive Event bringing together practical radio with portable field radio stations and most importantly partners, families and friends to see what our hobby is all about. You are welcome to drop in from 5 minutes to all weekend including camping or caravanning overnight if you wish, and its all free to NARC members, their families and friends.
Summary of event:
Friday 3rd June
14.00 - 17.00 Help with setting up the 3 Field radio stations - please contact Malcolm G3PDH or Roger G3LDI if you can help this afternoon
SATURDAY 4th June
10 on Workshop with construction tools, test facilities and help available throughout the weekend - bring your projects or gear to test or order kits using order form
10 on Data Modes Nev M0NFY and friends shows you how make a simple interface to link your radio to your computer for Data modes SSTV, RTTY etc. NB parts will be available to make interface cables but please give us notice of your radio type
10 on Go Compare Digital Radio: D-Star vs DMR vs Fusion - equipment setup to try
11.00 SDR - Software Defined Radio: Jim Bacon G3YLA explains why he believes SDR is the future of amateur radio & David G7URP shows a low cost way to start experimenting with SDR using your PC for just £6!
13.30 APRS - Kevin M0UJD shows how to connect a GPS to your mobile VHF radio to allow live tracking and messages etc to be sent directly over the air
16.00 CW Contest starts! Support your colleagues start the 24 hour marathon
17.30 Time for Tea Ordering fresh cooked pizzas, fish & chips, kebabs, jacket spuds delivered from Attleborough cafe approx £4 - £6 depending on what you choose!
21.00 DRIVE-IN MOVIE! Watch Big Movie style under the moon - includes popcorn!
SUNDAY 5th June
08.00 BBB Bacon Butty Breakfast by David G7URP for overnighters and early visitors!
10 on Workshop with construction tools, test facilities and help available throughoutthe weekend - bring your projects or gear to test or order kits using order form
10 on Data Modes Nev M0NFY and friends shows you how make a simple interfaceto link your radio to your computer for Data modes SSTV, RTTY etc. NB parts will
be available to make interface cables but please give us notice of your radio type
11.30 Friendly Foxhunt on foot! Locate the hidden beacons around the venue with Paul M0PEW & friends
13.30 Sunday Lunch for everyone! Roast Carvery Bap (or Vegetarian alternative)
15.00 Super Raffle draw - Every penny to Cancer Research & Norfolk Big C fund - Thanks to BHI, DCP, Gaugemaster, Icom, JPR, Martin Lynch, Plummer Electrical
16.00 Contest ends & Tidy up - all hands on deck to finish packing everything up
Please note changes to Digital ATV and Sunday foxhunt from the schedule on the paper guides given out last Wednesday
There are also many tools, components and kits which I have negotiated special deals on with my professional supploers and they can be ordered for RadioActive or collection afterwards. Particular highlights include these specials - thanks to JPR Electronics for supporting the Hobby and this event:
• Antex Toolkit including one of their XS25W irons with silicone cable & plug, extra bits, solder, cutters, pliers, knife, solder sucker, multimeter, tape, hexagon keys etc all in a tough tool wallet for the special price of £30! (Maplin price of soldering iron alone £27.00).
Toolkit details as RS http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/soldering-iron-kits/8856135/
• MultiMeter with Voltage and Current ranges to 10Amp, Resistance, Transistor & Diode testing plus tone continuity for £4!
Theres lots more details on the comprehensive guide and booking form is available now by clicking here
This year really is a super raffle with over £350 worth of prizes to be won including Gaugemaster Radio Control Drone with camera, BHI 10 watt Active DSP speaker, £75 and £25 Martin Lynch & Sons 60th Birthday vouchers to spend on whatever you want, Ninco 2.4GHz Helicopter, Icom Briefcase and calculator, JPR Electronics Antex Toolkit, Large solar charger and Multitester, Plummer Electrical Chrome floor fan and Umbrella and many more tools and equipment. With over 30 prizes theres a great chance of winning and tickets are just £1 each and will be drawn at 3pm Sunday, but dont worry if you are not there as all prizes will be honoured. Massive thanks to all of the sponsors named here and all proceeds will go to Cancer Research and Big C to try and do our bit to better cures and help for those with the disease. Thank You.
And its all free to NARC members, families and friends. Hope to see you over our place!
David G7URP & Tammy M3PLU
PS - Although it is all free to attend please book Sunday lunches and let me know if you are staying overnight so we can prepare. Thanks
Some of the prizes received for the SuperRaffle so far:
As you may know NARC received the RSGB Regional Large Club of the Year award at the AGM and we are going to receive it from sponsors Waters & Stanton at their Annual Open Day this Saturday 28th May at their store in Hockley Essex.
We would love to have as many members of possible celebrate the occasion with us so if you would like to join us at Hockley this weekend the award is at 12.10 and be great to have you there for the photo. There are many other talks and attractions with a raffle in aid of British Wireless for the Blind Fund.
For full details about the 2016 W&S Open day see this link: http://hamradiostore.co.uk/open-day-2016
73, David G7URP for NARC
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 Nev M0NFY, 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.