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Monday night net - with Mark G0LGJ

This week our Monday night net host is Mark G0LGJ with his subject 'What was your first or most memorable QSO'.

Please join Mark from 7.30pm on GB3NB to share your memories....


Help!  Mark is the last person booked for a Monday night net and its good to have someone different every week, so please let me know if you cna run just one net in the near future. Please email me:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks, David G7URP



Wednesday 3rd June 2020 - NARC LIve! at 7.30pm

NARC Live! is the clubs weekly streamed video magazine show which brings talks, news and views to NARC members and guest viewers from all over.


This week Carl K9LA talks to us live from his home in the USA with "Solar Minimum Continues - What Can We Expect?"

Carl K9LA is an acknowledged expert in Amateur radio propagation and will review the continued decline of Cycle 24 since his last presentation to the Norfolk ARC in June 2019. He will outline expected propagation at solar minimum. Cycle 25 predictions will be discussed. Additionally, Carl will present several other related topics and of course welcome live questions and points from viewers on BATC and Facebook.

Plus your news and views and the answer to 'Who works from a shack like this...."

It all starts live at 7.30pm on Facebook and BATC - everyone welcome!

Two places to watch:




Please let Tammy and I have your photos, stories and anecdotes, radio related or not to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


73, David G7URP

Each week we show you the shack of a NARC member and ask you to guess whose shack it is.

This weeks shack is not so easy, but we can tell you that this is one of the first shack pictures we received, is this persons only transceiver and in normal times they usually come to the club fairly often.......

If you think you know whose shack it is 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 is 3pm Wednesdays and watch NARC Live on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm to find out!


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And last weeks shack was clearly easy for many of you! It was David G3MPN's shack - thanks and congratulations to everyone who got it right!


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 Jim's HIgh Speed CLass


Jim's classes have now completed, but he will continue with revision if any of you are interested. This is what Jim says:


I shall probably carry on with revision sessions into the summer if there is interest. You can do a lot yourselves by using the text and MP3 files on the NARC website to reinforce the course material.

It is obviously ideal if you can listen on the bands and try to hear those phrases we have been learning and even have a go at head copying to get away from the physical pressure of having to write fast (and legibly) on paper.

73 de Jim
This link was sent in by David G3MPN and might help with your study:


Having come this far, hopefully you will want to continue. If so, please email Jim to let him know. This is not a good time to stop as you have already done a lot of the basics and it would be a shame to let it slip now.
"My Favourite Keys"

This week features a really old straight key, from Chris G3XVL.It is a Danish Marine key called an Amplidan. The other picture shows his shack with a selection of keys. Chris is an excellent operator and also takes a GB2CW class.

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xvl 2


I could use some more pictures to feature here please. It does not matter if you are not overly active, but just shows what key(s) you use. I am also hoping to make a feature on the Club web site of both a head shot of you and your keys, so please keep sending them.


Lockdown Morse is going really well with over 1000 people watching Matt.
Well done Matt! Way to go! About time you did some of the CC contests for the club!

CW Academy is another source of instruction. It's on line and is run by the CW OPS Club. Details can be found here:
Headcopy Class is going well.
EISH5 These groups are just a bit of fun really. It concentrates the mind on patterns.If you have problems with this mix, don't worry too much because it is highly unlikely that they will ever be sent in general conversation. So don't despair, even the most skilled have problems with groups like this.
However, it is all good Practice, that Big P word again!
This week we had 4 people taking part, still great fun however.
So, join us at 1000 on Monday mornings and have some fun. GOTA is the accronym to apply here, Get On The Air and make more Qs.
The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne (Chaucer)

73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.








HF News

This last week was dominated by a quiet Sun, but extensive Sporadic E openings.

We had a solar flux index hovering around 70 and zero sunspots, nevertheless we have had good F2-layer propagation on HF and multi-hop Es bringing DX excitement.

Last weekend saw FT8 openings on 10 metres to the Caribbean and South America, even after sunset.

Laurie G3UML reports working KL7KK in Alaska and KH6YY in Hawaii on 20m SSB, which just goes to show that you shouldn’t write off HF just because of a low sunspot number!

Laurie said: “There’s been quite a bit of Pacific activity on 20m in the mornings and lots of Gs working it. Jim E51JD on the South Cook Islands was a readable five and five this morning.”

The Sun is showing some signs of life. An active region approaching the north-east limb just produced a minor solar flare that may be associated with a coronal mass ejection or CME. The minor event registered as a long duration B-class solar flare.

An image from the STEREO Ahead spacecraft reveals a wave spreading across the far side of the sun, which can be indicative of a CME. But because of its position it should be directed completely away from Earth.

A small coronal hole was facing Earth on Thursday, which could mean a minor solar wind influence may be expected this weekend. A possible sunspot belonging to Cycle 25 may also begin to turn into view.

NOAA predicts the SFI will remain at or around 70 all week with a maximum Kp index of two. Sporadic-E conditions should continue, providing short-skip openings on the higher HF bands.

VHF and up

The long period of high-pressure weather is going to hang on, with some good Tropo opportunities, just through this weekend. Apart from a small hint of an isolated shower over this weekend, most places will stay dry until the middle part of next week.

On Tuesday a weakness in the high will allow isolated, but potentially heavy showers to develop with a chance of rain scatter. This shower risk then stays with us through the rest of the week, but always on the edge of high pressure to the east and west of Britain.

In the second half of the week a cooler northerly flow will bring an increased shower risk, some heavy and thundery, but confined to the south by the following weekend.

The Sporadic E prospects are usually at a peak around the early part of June, so expect to hear some of this fleeting exotic propagation mode on the bands from 10m up to 2m. If the skip gets shorter, say strong DLs on 10m, then check 6m and so on up to 2m for a really good opening.

Lots of factors influence its likelihood, but the best practice is to listen late morning and late afternoon / early evening. Check the Propquest website for daily blogs on possible Es hotspots.

Moon declination goes negative on Monday, but we are at perigee on Wednesday, so EME path losses are at their lowest. 144 MHz sky noise is low until Friday and Saturday but as peak Moon elevation is low ground noise will dominate.

June continues to be an active time for meteor scatter operations and the daytime Areitids shower peaks on the 7th.

Sonny M0SYW has access to some nice virtual video meeting software and we would like to use it on a future edition of NARC Live! 

If you would like to be part of a closed trial of this (not broadcast) and are available at 10am this Saturday 30th May please drop me an email and I will send you a few details of the app you will need to download to be part of it on Friday evening. You will also need a webcam if your tablet or computer does not have one built in.

Please reply by return as the trial is this Saturday morning - should be fun!

Please email me to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Friday and we will send you all the information you need to join us.

73, David G7URP