Welcome to week forty five of NARC’s contest news.

Last year we came first in the local club section of the CC contest series and also first in the RSGB Autumn series. Having now won every leg so far with only one result to go in the CC series this year we hope to make a clean sweep.


In the RSGB FT4 Contest Alan G8OO came 1st in the 100W open section of 18/7/22 and is in 3rd place overall in this section.

Gordon G3PXT has won the Tindle cup and salver in the MGM section of the CDXC LF challenge on 40m this year having worked 131 DXCCs. http://www.cdxc.org.uk/page-1861465

There have been no other results this week so-far.


Colin G0ODR has entered the 2m FT8AC this week. I didn't spot any other NARC entries, apologies if I've missed any.

There were 7 NARC members active in the 144MHz UKAC of Tuesday 2nd August. So far 4 of us have entered logs. I hope the others soon will! Both John G4PFZ and Mike G4KQY scored 36 claimed qsos a PB for each of them. Conditions were moderately good and activity was high with a total so far of 212 logs received.

The IOTA contest ran on Saturday 30th July. 2084 logs have so far been received by RSGB. I remain uncertain whether or not any NARC members submitted logs.

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.

Note, 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.

Contest reports are always appreciated from any club members.

The CW open series of championships is due on the first Saturday in September. It is, as the name implies, open to all amateurs. It would be great if as many of us as possible can take part to put the club on the map!

See below for an email from the contest manager, Bruce N1LN :-

Here is information about the upcoming CWOPS open championship, open to everyone, not just CWOPS members:-

Get ready for one of the most TIME FLEXIBLE and fun CW contests of the year. The CW Open contest is managed by the CWOps club with Trophies and Plaques sponsored by ICOM America. The CW Open contest is comprised of three individual sessions, each four hours long. These sessions are all on September 3, and spread across a 24 hour period so as to level the propagation playing field globally. Here is the schedule for the three sessions.

Session 1: Sept 3 (00:00 – 03:59 UTC)

Session 2: Sept 3 (12:00 – 15:59 UTC)

Session 3: Sept 3 (20:00 – 23:59 UTC)

Below are a few of the contest details, but for a complete description go to: https://cwops.org/cwops-tests/cw-open/

Each session is separately logged, checked and awarded. 3 separate contests!
Who: Open to all amateur radio operators, worldwide
Modes: CW only
Operator categories: Single operator
Power categories: HP (more than 100 watts); LP (more than 5 watts up to 100 watts); QRP (5 watts of less)
Use of spotting: No limitations on using clusters, RBN or skimmers, but please, no self-spotting.
Exchange: QSO number + given name (e.g. 12 John).
Scoring: 1 point per QSO per band (each session); 1 multiplier for callsign the first time it is worked (each session). Scores start at 0 for each session. Work someone once per band per session.
Reporting: Separate logs for each session. Logs must be in Cabrillo format and may be submitted via https://cwops.contesting.com/ Paper logs are NOT accepted!
Logging: CW Open is supported by many logging programs. See https://cwops.org/cwops-tests/cw-open/
Teams: Team competition is supported (see https://cwops.org/cwops-tests/cw-open/#team for signup). No geography limitations.
Trophy, high score, each session, each ITU Region (max of 9 trophies)
Trophy, high combined score (all sessions), each ITU region (max of 3 trophies)
Plaque, high score, each of HP, LP and QRP, each session, each ITU region (max of27 plaques)
If the same entrant wins multiple awards, the awards may be combined.
Minimum of 100 QSOs (after log checking) is required to qualify for and win an award in each session

Thanks in advance for your participation. Hope you will have fun!!


Bruce N1LN
CW Open Manager


Note that the Autumn series of 80m club contests will begin shortly after a 1 month break. We are hoping many club members will wish to join in. Rules at RSGB contest site.

Upcoming contests in the next 2 weeks:-


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.

* Sat 6th August 1400-1800 144MHz Low Power Contest (RSGB VHF championship)
* Sun 7th August 0800-1200 432MHz Low Power Contest (RSGB VHF championship)
* Sun 7th August 0600-1359 144MHz ALPE-ADRIA VHF contest SSB/CW - see https://www.alpe-adria-contest.net/rules-vhf/ - and hope for good conditions!
* Tue 9th August 1900-2130 432MHz UKAC
* Wed 10th August 1900-2100 432MHz FT8 AC
* Thu 11th August 1900-2130 50MHz UKAC
* Fri 12th August 1500 to Sun August 14th 1459 MMMonVHF/DUBUD 144MHz MS sprint contest - see WA7BNM
* Sun 14th August 1400-1600 70MHz Cumulatives #5
* Tue 16th August 1900-2130 1.3GHz UKAC
* Thu 18th August 1900-2130 70MHz UKAC

Also of interest for some on the vhf / uhf bands are the EU FT8 activity tests - see the following link for more information. These are on the first (144 MHz), second (432MHz) and third (1.3GHz) Wednesdays of each month. 1700-2000 Hrs EU FT8 series website https://ft8activity.eu/index.php/en/


* Sat 6th August 0000 for 48h Batavia FT8 contest (Indonesia) 80m to 10m contest bands - see WA7BNM
* Sat 6th August 0001 to Sun 7th August 2359 10-10 Int. Summer contest - SSB 10m band - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 0000 to Sun 14th August 2359 WAE DX CW contest - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 1200 to Sun 14th August 2400 SKCC Weekend Sprintathon - CW - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 1200 to Sun 14th August 1200 Keyman's club of Japan Contest - CW - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 1200-1300 SARL Youth sprint - 40m SSB - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 1600-1800 FISTS Saturday sprint - see WA7BNM

Wednesdays throughout the year, CW ops 1 hour mini tests 13:00, 19:00, Thurs 03:00 and 07:00, exchange Name and G if not a member or CWOPS number if you are a member.
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 WA7BNM’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

GB2CW Morse Corner Week ending 05.08.22

The NARC SK Net.
"I suggest that we treat the SK night as a "Beginner's Night" in that most start on a straight key and this would serve as an introduction to having QSOs on the air. We could go one step further and try a Slow Speed night, to encourage use of a paddle and electronic keyer. So, I would appreciate your thoughts on this if you hear me on 450 or send an email."
This followed the email from David M7BLX regarding check-ins. Well, as expected, zero feedback as usual, so I guess David is about the only reader of this particular column; UNLESS you all think it a good suggestion to having beginners check in first, so I shall go with that, see further comments later regarding the schedule of Net controllers.

To add substance to the idea of "practice", take a look at this video. I know it is not CW, just typing, but the same principle applies. I was very impressed with this demonstration. Just shows what CAN be achieved! Practice makes Permanent. Yes, some plagiarism here. I heard this mentioned about "girls playing football" and thought it can be applied to CW too.
Ryan EI8KW

Following Megan EI5LA at 15 years of age is Ryan EI8KW. Ryan is only 12 and is also taking part in the CW OPS sessions, great stuff! The following is from his QRZ page.

 My name is Ryan Morrison I am now aged 12. I passed my Morse code exam in June 2020 and passed my radio theory exam and received my callsign in August 2020. I am currently Irelands youngest radio amateur.
The younger we can get 'em the easier it is!  Note - he passed his Morse test at 10 years of age!


Local Morse Classes

practised out

Classes will recommence on Monday October 10th. The first class will be my headcopy class at 1000 local time on GB3NB. I hope there will be more joining the class in October. This date is fast approaching so please think about it and email me if you wish to attend one or more of the classes. The same applies to the idea of a November Bootcamp. I have only had one response so far.
Nothing new to report this week so the table is as follows:


I guess everybody is too busy in the garden or doing antenna work to bother with sitting in the shack practising! The autumn term will find you out, so beware!


Send your new score to Jim G3YLA by Thursday evening at the latest. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It would be nice to see some more new entries in this table.



3543.00KHz 2030 local time on Monday evenings. Join us for a chat.
Net Operator's list:
Malcolm G3PDH
Chris G4CCX
Phil G4LPP
Dick G3WRJ
Roger G3LDI
This is the current list and for Monday 8th August the Net Controller will be Chris G4CCX. You can work out when it will be your turn and please let me know if you cannot do it on that particular night, in which case we will just follow through.
So, Chris, please call for beginners only to check in FIRST. If we have any, please adjust your speed to match theirs and we will all do the same. I shall highlight the next Controller in red for the Monday following the Newsletter.


That's it, open the cage, play the music.
If you have any input, please email me.

73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. May the Morse be with you.




NARC Live!

NARC Live is always broadcast live so that viewers can ask questions etc, but it is recorded and uploaded to Youtube within a few days of it being live-streamed.

And to watch any of these recordings of NARC Live or other video events please go to https://www.youtube.com/c/norfolkamateurradio/videos


Are you going to be building one of these new digital Transceivers as described by Hans Summers on a recent NARC Live? Mike M0TVG has just ordered one and thought it would be nice to share the experience with other NARC Members doing the same, so if you are going to be building one please email David G7URP and he will put everyone building one in touch with each other.



Do you live within approx 4km of Swardeston, NR14 8DU - if so please read...

If you live within 4km of this Swardeston area and are a radio amateur you might be affected by a new kind of electricity substation going to be based there. The developers Orsted are keen to engage with radio amateurs and find out what their particular needs or concerns are at this development stage, so if if you are within this area and you care about your hobby please get in touch with me and I will include you in the group.

They have told me that the closest post code would be Lakenham RFU, post code: NR14 8DU and the What Three words for the exact location is as follows:  W3W///finest.itself.heads

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As promised we have negotiated a special price to NARC Members for the Geochron featured on NARC Live a few weeks ago saving £36 inc VAT and also free delivery to your door worth £12, making a total saving of £48

If you are interested in buying one please contact David G7URP for details of how to order from the UK distributor. Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Road closures - update from Nigel 2E0NLK
St Giles and outside the police station will be closed from about 11.30 on Saturday as we are doing road closure - you will be able to get to St Giles car park and the forum car park.
As you know I work for Norfolk Recovery and we are doing the road closures so on September 12th St Giles Street and Bethel Street will be closed from 10.00 till 11.30 for battle of Britain remembrance parade 
From nigel 2e0nlk m.i.v.r 



  Please let me have any club news to put here and/or NARC Live:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Thanks  David G7URP


Regretfully I have to announce that the coach trip organised to the National Hamfest has had to be cancelled.

Despite widespread advertising through various channels, including Barford Radio Rally, 17 people committed to going but as our break even point to hire the coach was 25 this was a considerable way short. From talking to regulars who usually go on the coach there is understandable caution concerning Covid both at the event and on a coach so I feel sure this was a major factor.  I am especiually sorry to those who committed and depended on this as their way of getting to the show because they would not wish to drive this distance.

Whilst I have had to cancel the coach this does not stop the club acting as a 'middle-man' to put people in touch with others going, so nearer the time if you plan on driving there and are happy to give a lift and share costs with others please let me know your location and which day you are going and I will publicise. I will send a reminder nearer the time as October is some time away and this will give more certainty to how the Covid epidemic is.

73, David G7URP

I have been asked by the family of M6IWD if I can deal with the radio equipment.
I have created a website to show the items.


Items can be brought to Barford or collected from my home in Dereham Norfolk

Regards Mark G0LGJ

When the club meets at CNS school as well as a social gathering we want to encourage informal round table practical demos and discussions...
Jim G3YLA is co-ordinating a list of subjects to cover at informal ‘round table’ club meetings so that subjects reflect the gaps in knowledge which folk would like to fill.  After passing the exams, it can be hard for those new to the bands to get that fundamental background of the things older amateurs take for granted.  I hope that having a list of subjects will ensure that we cover most of these over a period of time. Imagine something that you might talk about in a QSO and not a full-blown talk with slides etc. Nothing wrong with bringing an item in to discuss either, but having a list will give some order to the process. If you feel there is something you would like to discuss, please drop me an email and I’ll add it to the ‘Elmer’ list.
73 de Jim, g3yla
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All these events

• Facebook Live:

• BATC Streaming service:

August 3: NARC Live online featuring Eric Schwartz WA6HHQ - the man behind Elecraft

August 17: NARC Live online featuring ‘The use of RIBs on Expeditions’ with Hal W8HC

August 31: NARC Live online featuring talk on Ham Radio Deluxe


August 10: Meeting at CNS School - social plus informal round table discussion (subject suggestions welcome!)

August 24: Meeting at CNS School - social plus informal round table discussion (subject suggestions welcome!)



NARC are afflitated to the RSGB
Regional and National Winners of Club of the Year 2015

Lottery Funded

Lottery funding enabled NARC to purchase direction finding equipment for training, competitions and as a fun family introduction to amateur radio

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Club meetings


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:

• BATC Streaming service:

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.

Please see above ONLINE tab for details of the club programme and below this piece for contacts of club official.


If you missed a NARC Live we now we record most shows in the studio and upload them to Youtube within 2 days. So you can watch almost any previous recorded NARC Live show by going to YouTube, searching for "Norfolk ARC", click on Videos and choose the programme you want to watch. https://www.youtube.com/c/norfolkamateurradio/videos