Frequencies:  PSK on 3580 – 3585 USB,  set dial freq to 3580 but also move to 3582.5 to cover whole of band.  Note that most people have gone over to psk 63 but there may still be a few stations using psk31.  Be ready to switch between if necessary and in particular if conditions are such that there is a lot of phase distortion which will impact psk63 first.

RTTY,  do not go below 3585 and the band goes up to 3620 but most people tend to stop at 3600 in line with the traditional band limit, and you may run into SSB qrm above 3600, but take a look up there as there could be people operating in the 3600 – 3620 sector.  Note for those operating RTTY with AFSK the mode is LSB

PSK/RTTY split:   In order to maximise your overall score it is best to try to balance up the number of contacts in each mode if possible.  Usually done by operating about three quarters of an hour in each mode as you see best.

Mode:  Make sure that you set the mode in the contest set up window to ‘Mixed’ so that when you work the same station again on the other mode your program will not show it as a ‘dupe’, only if you try to work them for a third time.    You can work any station once per mode.

Log:  when checking your Cabrill log at the end ensure that all PSK contacts are marked  as PS and RTTY ones RY.

Call signs:  It is sometimes confusing as to the station you are working in Data modes so try to be sure as far as you can but problems do occur where someone calls you thinking that you are the station you just worked and such similar things.

Checks:  Check out you systems as early as possible before 8pm.

Roger and I will be listening on 145.250 from about 7pm tonight in case anyone needs any last minute info or signal check on 80m.

Good luck and hope you antennae stay up ok in the pending winds.


Malcolm G3PDH

NARC Training 2019

Training is very important to us as we realise that is how new people can come into the hobby and attain their Foundation, Intermediate and Advance Amateur Radio licenses.

The Syllabus and Exams for all levels is changing significantly from August 2019 and so like many other clubs we need to take a break from running courses from August to give us time to research, prepare and plan courses based on all three levels for 2020. However we will be running three courses before August; A Foundation course in April, an Intermediate course from March - May and another Foundation course in June - July. So if you would like to take either of these exams with NARC in 2019 you need to book your place as soon as possible by emailing Exam Secretary David G7URP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.