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Nights are getting longer, days are getting shorter, it's time to warm up the shack now that Autumn is officially here!
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John talks frequently about the Autumn Series. NARC contesters have not taken them as seriously as perhaps they should, certainly not with the same spirit that they've applied to the 80m CCs over the past 7+ years.
The Autumn Series was introduced only 2 years ago in 2017 to replace the 80m Sprints contests and tailored to provide a path to encourage new or recently licensed Radio Amateurs, especially Foundation and Intermediate Licence holders, giving them an introduction to contesting under the guidance of more experienced operators from the 80mCC series. It has been nigh impossible to attract any 'new blood' into this series, certainly not from within the vast ranks of Norfolk ARC - even some of the 'old hands' are showing indifference and apathy towards continuing along a similar path to the 80mCCs.
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More News and results from the Sunny Shores of Filby Broad.
The Famous Filby Floral Displays have wilted and the 80m contests are heading the same way.
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80m AUTUMN SERIES - Results were published recently for the SSB session (Monday (09/09/19) and CW session (Wednesday 18/09/19) with NARC finishing 3rd in SSB and 5th in CW. NARC are in 4th position overall .
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80m Band conditions seemed to be very good for inter-G contacts, with relatively low background noise on Thursday evening (26/09/19) for the Autumn Series DATA contest which I forgot to report on last week.
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Make the most of the evening 80m propagation in October while it lasts, November may not be so good based on the last two years experiences, it is also noticeably poor in February most years for the start of the 80m Club Championship contests.
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NARC had 7 logs submitted with some really excellent contesting for this DATA event.
Alan G8OO topped the whole of the 100W entries with a raw score of 93 Qs. I hope he hasn't attracted too many dupes and UBNs because there are a couple of other stations snapping at his ankles with raw scores of 92Qs each.
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Lorna 2E0YAO had 46 Qs plus she worked G6XX for 4 more bonus points. Under the contest rules Intermediate Licensees scores are doubled. If its another 'clean log', you'll join the "ton-up" club Lorna !
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Roger G3LDI wasn't too far out of the running with 79 Qs using his temporary 80m dipole whilst his main antenna work and repairs continue. Jim G3YLA found time to notch up 65 Qs and Chris G4CCX added another 40 with Mike G4KQY's 13 Qs and my 51 Qs, we had a slightly better outlook.
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Taking a look at a few provisional RAW results:

De Montfort University ARS has 6269 points from 9 logs. (They're back in force).
Norfolk ARC has 4730 points from 7 logs.
Kings Lynn ARC has 2024 points, 4 logs.
Bristol CG has 1860 points from just 2 logs.
Verulam ARC has 1613 points, 3 logs.
RSGB Contest Club has 1226 points, only 2 logs.

The additional bonus points for contacting G6XX have not been taken into account and the deductions for UBNs will change things when we see the final adjudicated results.

Adding in the RAW scores from DATA to the current 4th place, NARC might improve their position to 2nd place overall, but still more than 5700 points behind De Montfort group.
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The next DATA event unfortunately happens to coincide with a formal Wednesday club meeting on 23rd October, they're having a talk by G4SWX on the subject of COAX. Once again NARC entries for the DATA contest are expected to be minimal.
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Well done and thank you to all those who made the effort to support this Autumn Series.
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Future dates for the Autumn Series:

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Monday 14th October 2019 CW.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 DATA. (Formal G4SWX-coax).

Thursday 31st October 2019 SSB.

Monday 11th November 2019 DATA. (PSK63 and RTTY only).

Wednesday 20th November 2019 SSB. (Formal-pending).

Thursday 28th November 2019 CW. (Last Gasp!)

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I hope we can continue to put in a good effort for as many of the above events as possible, fitting in around club nights and CW tuition nights where needed.

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The next event that I hope club members will support is the Autumn Series CW event on Monday 14th October.

Monday evening is traditionally the CW "natter-night" net using only CW for extra practice in net protocol and sending/copying under rag-chew conditions - more taxing than a quick contest exchange like G9BFF de M4ZZZ 5NN 2NA QRZ?

Anyway, they may experience a bit of QRM on 80m with the rest of the contest all around them.

Maybe they'll join in the contest for NARC instead and have a CW net on another evening - I look forward to hearing their views.

G3PDH is back and hopefully will compete for the club in the Autumn 80m contests along with a few others.

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CQ WW DX RTTY contest on 28th/29th September saw some high scores all around.
It is quite a marathon contest over 48 hours, midnight Friday to midnight Sunday, not something one normally expects to see are single operator stations with very high scores.
Locally the most outstanding result came from Lorna 2E0YAO. She was looking forward to this mammoth contest so much that she was itching to get started and turfed her OM Tony out of bed at about 2 am Saturday to make a start on her favourite RTTY mode.
Their real-estate is such that they're limited to a vertical antenna for all HF bands, so the Hustler 5BTV had to suffice.
As if that limitation wasn't enough in a major worldwide contest, Lorna's licence restricts her to using 50 Watts maximum power output. Lengthy spells at the keyboard and a few hours kip in between saw Lorna back on the air again and again for the whole weekend dedicated to RTTY.
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It concluded with:
436 QSOs plus the multipliers below,
116 DXCC points
27 different CQ Zones
16 different States& Provinces in NA.
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At the end of it she was understandably totally "cream-crackered", but she's recovered enough for Tony to take her off a well earned break. Look out on HF for 2W0YAO - Yes, she even took the radio with her! Well done Lorna!
Since then GW0OOR has been worked on Friday evening (6/10/19) in CW on 3.545MHz, first by Jim G3YLA and the pile-up began with Roger G3LDI following Jim and then G8VPE using the keyboard and CWGET reader! If that wasn't enough Tony was immediately called by another station from Devon (I think a YL called Lindy?). He jumped into the Lion's Den that evening - good practise Tony, so they tell me.
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Latest:
RAW results for CQ WW DX RTTY have been made available by CQ WW RTTY.
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It shows Lorna as provisionally #1 in ENGLAND ! (Low Power, Assisted, All Bands)
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Raw scores before log checking. Last updated: 2019-10-09

 

 

 

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