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 Welcome to week seventeen of NARC’s contest news.

If you would like anything mentioned or have any contest news please contact me on the email address at the end of this article.

NARC contest net takes place every Friday evening at 9pm clock time on 145.250MHz. This is a useful place to exchange contest information and get help with logging and station setup issues etc.

We are always on the lookout for new contesters to add to our team and welcome people of any ability who either wish to add their score to ours or develop their skills.

Last year we have won the local club section of the CC contest series which runs on 80m including CW, SSB, and RTTY/PSK modes. The new CC season starts on 7th February.

We have also come first by a large margin in the final results of the RSGB Autumn series of contests.

We hope to repeat these successes and add to them this year.

We are still waiting for the final UKAC results for 2021 (only the 1.3 GHz one is still due) but should have come in a reasonably respectable overall position.

The DATA AFS on 80m and 40m attracted 189 entries with 16 logs from NARC members with some excellent scores being obtained. Consensus seemed to be that it too was an enjoyable contest with reasonably good conditions particularly on 80m. An initial look at the scores suggests our 'A' team may have won this one.

The UKACs continues this week with the 1.3GHz contest on Tuesday night. 4 logs were submitted for NARC out of 106 logs in total. Thursday night saw the 70MHz UKAC with the promise of more good Tropo with high pressure over the west of the country. In the end conditions were reasonably good to the west. 3 logs will be submitted for NARC.

Dick, G3WRJ has been taking ADIF files from NARC members to look at performance in the last AFS contest (DATA). At the moment his graphs are quite busy and he's looking at ways of making them more readable. They are certainly interesting.

See my example below:- 

 RSGB AFS DATA G4LPP 16 Jan 2022sized

Dick writes - "Well the red (QSOs per 5 min rate) needs to have nice high peaks and valleys should trigger change of band, mode, or run/s&p to bring back up. The higher the average red the higher the overall score obviously. Peaks will get lower as contest progresses as available contacts are worked out – unless of course new ones are opened up by band or skip changes. Post contest analysis – are there any extended or deep valleys which did not trigger a change? The orange (Mins since last QSO) needs to be as low as possible and peaks should trigger change of band, mode, or run/s&p to bring back down. The lower the average orange the higher the overall score obviously. Peaks will get higher as contest progresses as available contacts are worked out – unless of course new ones are opened up by band or skip changes. Post contest analysis – are there any extended or high peaks which did not trigger a change?

I’m afraid the plots are getting quite busy now and the format is still a work in progress, but if you stare at it long enough you will get the gist! Any comments or observations are welcome."

 

Upcoming contests in the next 2 weeks:-

On VHF / UHF / SHF

Before each of the 2m and 70cm UKACs there is an FM leg starting 1 hour before for 55 minutes. I hear almost no activity in this from here but others may have more luck! Rules etc on RSGBCC site.

Tue Jan 25th 2022 2000-2230 SHF UKAC (I don't think any club members are equipped for this but please let me know if you are entering!)
Tue 1st Feb 2022 2000-2230 144MHz UKAC
Wed 2nd Feb 2022 1900-2100 144MHz FT8 AC

On HF

Sat 22nd Jan 1300-1700 RSGB AFS 80m-40m SSB AFS super league and HF championship.
Sat 22nd Jan 1200 for 24h BARTG RTTY sprint see WA7BNM for rules and exchange.
Fri 28th Jan 2200z for 48h CQ 160m contest CW see WA7BNM for rules.

Wednesdays throughout the year, CW ops 1 hour mini tests 13:00, 19:00, Thurs 03:00 exchange Name and G or CWOPS number.
From January the 7am session on the Thursday following will count towards awards. See CWOPS website for more details.
Also on Fridays 2000 to 2100 and Mondays 0000 to 0100 each week CWops runs the K1USN slow speed CW contests. Any speed up to 20wpm is acceptable. For rules see :- CW OPs SST page this contest is open to anyone.


All RSGB contest rules and further details plus log submission at RSGB contest site
Look to WA7BMN’s contest calendar for other contests and links to rules etc at WA7BNM weekly contest calendar
A link to John 2E0TWQ’s site’s Narc contest history page - 2E0TWQ's NARC contest results page

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73 until next week,

Phil G4LPP

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During the current Covid-19 pandemic when the club cannot physically meet, the club now broadcasts its own magazine show NARC Live! every Wednesday with news, features and guests.
It is streamed online live from 19.30 BST at the following places:

• Facebook Live:
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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 1900-2130.

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.

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