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At 19.30 its the informal NARC Monday night net on repeater GB3NB.

 

At 20.00 there is another programme in the RSGB Tonight @ 8 series, tonight starting with a preview of the RSGB Online Convention on Saturday October 10th followed by a talk by Tim Kirby on 'My world of VHF' which is live and which you can interact with during and after the talk.

Both Tonight @ 8 and the 2020 Online Convention are completely free events for both RSGB members and non-members.

For more details about the Tonight @ 8 series and how to watch please visit

https://rsgb.org/main/tonight-at-eight-live-webinars/

 

David G7URP

More from Tonys Radio Repair shop.....

Thank you for all the feedback on our first Radio Repair shop with Tony G0MQG last week.

If you would like a free pdf of his ham radio Microphone wiring guide just drop an email either to Tony or us and we will be pleased to forward it to you. We also also grateful to Ian G4GBT of Gt Yarmouth amateur radio club for sending us another pdf of useful microphone cables and connectors and again if you would like a pdf of this please drop us an email.

 

Do you have any feedback or tips for NARC Live? If so please drop them to us to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will feature them on the next show!

 

 

Ian G4RRD - Silent Key sale

As you may know Ian passed away earlier this year and we are helping his wife to sell his amateur radio equipment.

Julian 2E0DJR has valued and photographed the equipment and Mark G0LGJ has set up a special website for it so please have a look at the following and contact Julian if you are interested in anything - his contact details are on the same sale items website.

https://markg0lgj.wixsite.com/g4rrd-sk-sale

 

 

 
Best Wishes from NARC....
 
We have created a special card from Norfolk Amateur Radio club featuring pictures of club events and people.
If you know anyone who is unwell or just feeling fed up in these strange times and would be cheered by receiving one of these cards from the club (amateur or not), drop David & Tammy a line with the recipients address and we will be pleased to send one.
 
 
 
 
If you have any other news for this spot, just drop it on an email to David G7URP:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Thank you

We are pleased to bring two NARC events this Wednesday! 

19.30 NARC Live Mini

Tonight a shorter version of NARC Live featuring your news and views plus a piece all about the new Sunspot Cycle which NASA has announced - our resident Propagation expert Steve Nichols G0KYA will be with us live to tell us what it means for amateur radio. Everyone welcome!

Please let David & Tammy have your news, views, Whos shack guesses and anything else for the show emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember this is your radio club and its great to meet every Wednesday...don't forget to let us have an email if you would like us to send a special NARC greeting card to help make someones day...

Watch live here:

www.facebook.com/norfolkamateurradioclub 
 
https://batc.org.uk/live/NARC

 

 

20.00 NARC members virtual meet up!

Tonight we are also arranging a real online get together for NARC members, to meet up, have a chat and also tell us your thoughts and ideas of what NARC could do in addition to NARC Live in these Covid times.

Joining is completely free and is being arranged for us by Sonny M0SYW using his GotoMeeting software which you will be able to join from your computer, tablet or smart phone from 19.30 on Wednesday and the meeting will start at 20.00 after NARC Live.

It should be quite easy for you to join using the information below, but if you have any questions or queries you can either email Sonny ahead of the night using  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Sonny on repeater GB3NB from 19.30 on Wednesday.

 

Video meeting joining details valid from 19.30 on Wednesday:

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/742515109

Or you will be able to also dial in using your phone. 
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.) 

United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011 
- One-touch: tel:+442037135011,,742515109#

The meeting cccess Code: 742-515-109 

 

 

73, David G7URP & Tammy M0TC

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

Below is a picture from this weeks shack who is a NARC member, but who works from a shack like this?! 

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!

NB - is that a Chelsea pennant on the wall...? 

Whos Shack 23.9.20.jpg 

 

 

Last weeks shack (below) belonged to Peter G0PEQ - well done if you guessed correctly!

Who's shack 16.09.20.jpeg

 

  

Historical Video.

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Commercial Morse Code is relegated to history with the advent of satellites, Internet, and so on. KPH is still on the air amateur wise though and can be worked most weekends on 14MHz.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzN-D0yIkGQ&ab_channel=ABC10
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Amateur Morse Code or CW is obviously still a very popular mode as can be witnessed by listening in any CW event on the HF bands.
If you don't use Morse Code, you are missing out in two ways:
1 A great deal of pleasure and fun events.
2 You cannot use over 40% of the HF bands due to your lack of knowledge and ability.
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Lockdown provides you with a huge amount of time. Devote some of it to learning a new skill. You cannot learn to be an operator in a week or even ten, but dedication will provide you with a hugely useful tool with which to work DX and keep the brain active.
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Those that do it can vouch for that, and we do it, not because it is easy, but because it is hard!

begali magnum favourite
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Locally in Norfolk our numerous classes have trained lots of new operators who are enjoying the mode, operating in the contests too, as can be seen by the number of logs submitted.
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Classes will be starting again soon, indeed Chris G4CCX is still taking his. So, if you are thinking of learning CW, now might be a good idea to sign on for one of the classes locally. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you can do it all by yourself. You will develop bad habits, probably poor sending and then wonder why you don't have any QSOs. It's muc better to join a class and learn properly. This applies particularly to sending.
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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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Short version this week. Or as Jim wold say, 12 words, end of message!
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.

 

 

 

HF News

We finally broke our long-running record of zero sunspots last week thanks to active region 2773.

This new solar cycle 25 spot appeared over the Sun’s limb and pushed the solar flux index to 73.

The end of the week also saw unsettled conditions due to a high-speed stream from a coronal hole. The hole in the Sun’s North-Eastern quadrant pushed the Kp index to four on Wednesday evening and five by Thursday morning.

A pre-auroral enhancement on Wednesday saw MUFs rise to nearly 21MHz over a 3,000km path, but by Thursday morning they were struggling to reach 14MHz.

As the month has moved on we have started to see an improvement in HF conditions generally. Laurie G3UML reported working ZL4RMF in New Zealand on 40m SSB at 0645UTC on Tuesday and Andy G3SVD worked FK8IK New Caledonia at 10:06 UTC on 20m CW.

If you are looking for South Pacific contacts, Rob F5VHN reports that Jim E51JD on the South Cook Islands is often on around 14.225MHz SSB most mornings.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be around 70 again. The week may start unsettled thanks to a coronal hole, but the Kp index should improve as the week goes on.

We expect HF DX conditions to improve as we move towards October and hopefully, we can expect to see some more sunspots from solar cycle 25 as well.

VHF and up

The weather patterns at this time of the year can be very fickle as the major driving jet streams can be seriously distorted by former-hurricanes from the USA side of the Atlantic. The predicted return of Tropo after midweek in the week just gone, was a bust for that reason.

Other major distortions of the driving jet stream pattern are likely in the coming week, so the story is one of unsettled, changeable weather with periods of rain or heavy showers. That should mean another good week for rain scatter on the GHz bands, but tropo will not get much chance during this period.

Moon declination is rising this week, going positive late on Thursday night, so we’ll see longer Moon visibility windows as the week progresses, reaching a minimum, on Thursday.

Path losses are still increasing until we reach apogee on Saturday. 144 MHz sky temperatures are low all week, but low peak Moon elevations early in the week won’t help.

The daytime Sextantids meteor shower peaked today but should still be active until the 9th of October. Continue to check around local dawn for the best random (non-shower) meteors.

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Amateur Radio Training with NARC

Training is very important to NARC because we realise this is how new people come into the hobby and attain their Foundation, Intermediate and Advance Amateur Radio licenses.
We are pleased to offer courses which are based on demand and our programme of other events and activities. To register your interest for a course and exam please email your name and contact details, together with which level of training course you are waiting for,  to the Club Exam Secretary David Palmer G7URP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Club meetings

 CLUB MEETINGS - NARC Live!

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:
www.facebook.com/norfolkamateurradioclub/

• BATC Streaming service:
www.batc.org.uk/live/NARC

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.

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