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Morse Classes for winter 2020 are going well.
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Report from G3LDI on the Monday QSO format session.
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Monday mornings is now a QSO format on 80m and with talkback from G3LDI on 2 metres. This enables me to do two things:
1 Hear where you are going wrong and
2 Letting you know immediately on two metres so that you can correct it there and then, and send the corrected version until you have it right. Doing it like this gets it done rightaway instead of waiting until we finish the QSO. It's a bit like being at a music lesson!
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Report from G3YLA of the Tuesday evening 25wpm session of GB2CW on repeater GB3NB Tuesday 24th Nov 2020

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It was another useful session on the repeater GB3NB on Tuesday at 8pm with good company from Tony G0OOR, David M0WEL, Alex 2E0FHF and Paul M1AFQ.

We covered some seasonal QSOs taken off air which were very conversational in style and included lots of interesting detail about heavy snowfall in parts of the Mid-West. Well worth learning how to cope with non-standard content and not be too worried by missing the odd word or two.

The art of head copy is usually easier at the faster speeds, say around 25wpm, and this means that you can hear and process the whole word rather than one letter at a time. It is a long game moving away from writing at all down verbatim, but well worth the effort.

Keep up the good work…

73 de Jim
g3yla

 

 

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Morse with Doctor Phil.
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Report from G4LPP of the Friday evening session at 2000 local time on 145.250MHz.

morsekey2
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Hello from Sutton where we have, at the time of writing, completed 7 weeks of the new beginners CW class.

Regular attendees have been Nick M0NVT, Martin 2E0MSY, David G0ELJ, John G8VPE and more recently joining us we have had David 2E0DBS. Others have been listening!
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Apart from David G0ELJ who did his 12WPM certificate many years ago and has never used it in anger all are fairly raw beginners. All are making steady progress and have gone from barely knowing any letters or numbers in some cases to reading short words, abbreviations and callsigns so excellent work so-far. CW is being sent at a character speed of 14wpm and a word speed of 5 wpm, the aim being that as people progress to gradually close up the gaps to a true 14wpm and then onwards from there! Very pleasing to see the excellent progress all are making and glad to see the enthusiasm they all show. Keep it up lads!
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It’s not too late to join the class although may require a little extra practice to catch up!
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The class is on Friday evening at 8pm on 145.250MHz FM immediately followed by the NARC contest net on the same frequency at 9pm
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73
Phil G4LPP

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Phil's email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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By the way, Phil is a GOOD cop, so you will be treated kindly!
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The CWOPS CWT activity periods are still as popular as ever.
There will be several medallions heading this way in the spring, of varying colour, severl gold, silver and at least one bronze.
If you aspire to join CW OPS, prove your worth with a few >20wpm QSOs, chatty ones, and you can get in! It is a lot of fun operating in the CWTs, and terrific practice too.
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The link below is to FAV22. THis is a military station on 3881.00kHz and runs at varying speeds with groups of letters, numbers, punctuation and procedural signals. It is on 24/7 so take a look It is well worth the practice.
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https://www.r-e-f.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=715&Itemid=444
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If you look up this link in Google Chrome, it will translate into English for you.
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This is from Tomorrow's World, a popular TV programme (a long time ago however!). I wonder how many would use such a system now?
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https://youtu.be/ZKCNnzP1xr4
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Email me with input, queries, keys, paddles, classes and so on. Hopefully I can help or know a man that can!
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.

 

 

HF News

Last week represented a good example of how solar cycle 25 is progressing.

We started the week on Sunday 22nd with a solar flux index (SFI) of 88 and a sunspot number of 35. Just to recap, that doesn’t mean there were 35 sunspots as we count each sunspot group as “10” and spot as one. But by Thursday the SFI was up to 104 with a sunspot number of 40, with three large groups visible on the Sun.

As well as pushing up the SFI, the spots have been very active on the solar flare front with daily B- and C-class flares being emitted, although their effects on the ionosphere have been minimal luckily.

With the CW Worldwide CW contest occurring this weekend this SFI does bode well for HF propagation.

With zero coronal holes appearing, at least on Thursday, and the possibility that the SFI could rise even further in the coming days, this looks like a good combination for one of the best CQWWs we’ve seen for a few years.

An SFI of more than 100 virtually guarantees some F2-layer propagation on 10 metres. These openings may be short-lived as the MUF drops a little, but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on 28MHz at times, especially near noon on Noth-South paths.

If you are planning to take part it is a good idea to plan your activities using a tool like predtest.uk.

Typically, on the higher bands, such as 20, 15 and perhaps 10 metres, you will work stations to the east of the UK in the morning. As noon approaches, propagation will swing south. And the afternoon will be optimum for contacts with the USA.

For 40 and 80 metres the opposite is generally true, where you should be looking for a nighttime path between you and the station you wish to work.

Even if you hear this broadcast on Sunday it isn’t too late to take part as the contest runs until midnight. Do get on as there is usually a lot of activity and it is a great opportunity to increase your country score.

VHF and up

The background weather pattern is again looking like high pressure will predominate with a good prospect for Tropo. It will be a typical spell of November quiet weather with frost and fog overnight, perhaps lasting through the day in a few places.

This prevalence for cool moist air near the surface makes for good Tropo, since you will often find the high pressure has produced a layer of warmer and drier air above the inversion. It's the contrast that changes the refractive index of the air and can create ducts for VHF/UHF DX propagation.

I should point out that some models allow the high to collapse in the second half of next week, so it's worth following the daily forecasts as we go through the week.

Just one minor meteor shower this week. The Phoenicids peaks on the 2nd with a variable zenith hourly rate but it’s radiant is not visible from the UK.

The Moon reaches maximum declination on Wednesday, so we have long visibility windows all week with falling path losses. 144 MHz sky noise is moderate to low all week, but rising up to 500 Kelvin on Tuesday.

The CQWW CW HF contest takes place this weekend. 
 
CW: November 28 - 29, 2020

Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday
Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday 

The exchange is signal report and CQ zone for the UK, which is “14”. So a typical exchange is "599 14” . Yes, that simple.
There will be stations on from around the world.
The best thing is, they want to work you. You can find all the rules at:
 

Morse Classes for winter 2020 are going well.

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25wpm beginners CW report for 17Nov20

telegraphiste

The gang assembled again on GB3NB on Tuesday evening at 8pm and I was joined by David M0WEL, John G4PFZ, Alex 2E0FHF, Tony G0OOR and Paul M1AFQ.

The group listened to 6 typical overs from the archive and wrestled with the details like QTH, names and rigs etc. plus all the non-typical wordage that pads out the conversation. It takes a while to get the hang of this head copy malarkey and its a slow job, so count hearing the odd word as a win at 26wpm and please keep doing it. Over time you will hear without focussing and just pick out the essential ‘nuggets’ of the conversation.

Another session next week, so hopefully you’ll have been able to listen on the bands in the meantime to keep the ‘long game’ going.

73 de Jim
g3yla

 

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Morse with Doctor Phil.

morsekey2
Friday evenings at 2000 local time on 145.250MHz.
The contest net is now on Fridays on 145.250MHz following on from Phil's class. This will enable those in the class - and Phil himself - to join in. Hope to see you there.
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Phil's class now has FIVE new students! How pleasing that is! It is still not too late to join Phil on a Friday evening. So, really good to see some are learning the code and gaining a new mode to use on the air.I hear there is another joining this week too! ALL GOOD!

If you are interested, please email Phil and let him know. He will contact you and give you more details.
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Phil's email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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By the way, Phil is a GOOD cop, so you will be treated kindly!
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The CWOPS CWT activity periods are still as popular as ever.
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The link below is to FAV22. THis is a military station on 3881.00kHz and runs at varying speeds with groups of letters, numbers, punctuation and procedural signals. It is on 24/7 so take a look It is well worth the practice.
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https://www.r-e-f.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=715&Itemid=444
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If you look up this link in Google Chrome, it will translate into English for you.
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Email me with input, queries, keys, paddles, classes and so on. Hopefully I can help or know a man that can!
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.

 

WHATS IN MY (B)LOG (#3)

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I have been using PSK reporter quite a bit to see how far my CW CQs were getting. It really is a brilliant tool and really intuitive as many of you will know. But for the uninitiated even though its called PSK reporter you can set filters and just see CW or SSB or FT8 etc reports from far afield in a very well presented layout. I had just been keying with Tim G0OOD just up the road on 20 meters.( He was very patient with me and my broken Morse ! thanks Tim) When I checked PSK Reporter I found I was heard in New York. Pretty good going from my 20m vertical and 100 watts. That got me to wondering about RBN (reverse beacon network) and its connection with PSK reporter. I had been blindly using RBN for a few years but was curious as to when it was first developed and why ? All I knew was a user interface called TELNET RBN with lots of useful CALL SIGNS streaming in ready to be pounced on ! . Some Googling took me to “ www.reversebeacon.net ” web site where its history under “about” menu can be found.. Something called Skimmer software to monitor the bands , was released in 2008 primarily as a DXing tool to spot CQs and update the RBN list. However contesters saw it as a very useful tool to increase their scores. Telnet capability was later added enabling fast real time update of spots streaming to our computers. So now when I log into RBN and see that stream of data I can appreciate all the time and trouble that has gone into its design.. TAKE A LOOK at
www.reversebeacon.net select “main” enter your call sign and see where you have been spotted , your SNR and speed etc. It’s a great tool for testing and comparing antenna adjustments or better still seeing how the “big boys” signals in contests stack up against yours ! Please take a few minutes out and let us know how you got on.
AND I now know where PSK reporter gets it information from. I now need to find out why they use SNR and not a S meter reading ! Do you know ? …

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Not much to add this week but some European stations have some interesting call signs ~:

OT5ALIVE Willfried , learning morse abt 14 WPM but very nice morse. From their QRZ page “Unfortunately due to the covid pandemic we had to skip both contests this year, but we wanted to keep our call sign OT5A alive, and want to spread a positive message so that's why we decided to ask the for the callsign OT5Alive.”

OH1VR/60 I couldn’t figure out the 60, some anniversary from 1960 ?

OL700CO A special event station for the first written mention of city Dobruska.

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PT8DX A neat call sign worked on 40 meters at 11am mid November

Plus many more.
If you find an interesting call sign email me for the next (B)log
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Every week we show you the shack of a NARC member and ask you to guess whose shack it is.

So who do you think works from a shack like this?  You could say that this is well easy - alls well that ends well...

 

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If you think you know whose shack it is (or just have a guess!) please email David & Tammy with your guess to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - the Deadline for answers is 3pm on Wednesday and be sure to watch NARC Live on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm to find out who's it is!

After a different shack on every show since late March we are now running low, so if you would like us to feature your shack on this fun quiz please send it to us as soon as possible as we will be changing to a different type of competition once we have used the last shacks....  

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