CW Morse Classes

Each 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, but who's? Plenty of clues...   and who enjoys Cors lager...?!


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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 for answers is 3pm on Wednesday and be sure to watch NARC Live on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm to find out who's it is!


How about your shack?

Incredibly we are still using NARC members Shacks sent to us from when we first started NARC Live in March, but we are getting down the list now, so if you have a picture of your shack you can share for this competition please send it to us. Try and hide anything with your name or callsign on it otherwise the Photoshop will have to come out!


David G7URP & Tammy M0TC


Last weeks shack belonged to Chris G4CCX



Monday Night net - 17th August

Tonight our regular net starting at 19.30 on GB3NB - everyone welcome!

We need people to run the occasional Monday night net too - please let us know if you would run one.

Thank you


NARC Live! with Ed Muns W0YK - Wednesday 19th August

Ed is a keen DXer and contester who especually likes RTTY and the new FT digital modes.

An ex engineer and executive with Hewlett Packard, Ed now farms 13 acres of his own Vineyards at 2600 feet in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California about 60 miles south of San Francisco and it is from there that he will join us live by video link. 

There will also be Who's shack and please send us your news, pictures, stories and views to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3pm Wednesday - Thank you :o)


73, Tammy M0TC and David G7URP


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NARC Live on Wednesday with Ed Muns W0YK live from his home and vineyard in California.....



 The CWOPS Open September 5th

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The CW Open for 2020 is now just around the corner. This year might be a record setter for both participation and for QSO counts. If the weekly CWTs, ARRL Field Day, the IARU contest and more are any indication, it should be CW Open – 2020
a great time. Hopefully the propagation will also be favorable and the bands will be filled up with GLOBAL signals from all three ITU Zones.
As in the past, the CW Open is scheduled for the first weekend of September. The three sessions are as follows:
Session Date Time
1 Sept 5 0000 – 0359z
2 Sept 5 1200 – 1559z
3 Sept 5 2000 – 2359z

We all probably have more time on our hands this year, so hopefully participation will be up for all three sessions. However, should your schedule not allow three session participation, please jump in for 1 or 2 sessions. It is also a great time to start thinking about putting your 2020 teams together. The website has been updated for 2020 (Thanks Theo – SV2BBK), so if you have your team feel free to get it registered. Just follow the instructions on the CWOps web site on the CW Open drop down.

The rules this year will be the same as for the 2019 CW Open. The only change for 2019 (that will remain for 2020) will be the elimination of the 100 QSO rule to qualify for a Regional award. It has always been easy for Region 1 and 2 to qualify for the awards, but the propagation makes it hard to impossible for Region 3 to reach the old 100 QSO minimum. With that award qualification rule once again eliminated the Region 3 disadvantage is gone!

I am also very pleased to report that ICOM will once again be the CW Open Awards Sponsor. If you have previously won one (or more) of these trophies or plaques you know they are really outstanding. I have not yet been so fortunate but will be trying to qualify again this year.


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In the high summer months when folk are taking holiday and the weather attracts everyone to be productive outside, I think its only fair to give a free pass from turning up each week for CW practice.

So, the 25wpm sessions on the repeater each Tuesday are suspended until September, exact start date to be confirmed later. Even though its holiday time, practice can still happen, so just idle away those deckchair hours listening to fast CW and try to head copy the occasional word, phrase or callsign. Doesn’t matter if you cant remember it, just try to get the idea that you can read CW without writing it down, it unlocks so much down the line.

Until the autumn sessions begin…

73 de Jim


This also now applies to other courses, but if the weather is inclement they may take place. They will be intermittent however, as we all have other things to do.

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Listen to the Grumpy Old Man's net at 0830 on the day in question and a decision will be made then. We all lead busy lives in the summer but QSO tuition can take place at any time when appropriate people are available. In the meantime, keep up the practice!

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

Contest Nooze from a village East of Norwich.

contest over
80m Club Championship:

The 2020 80m CC series has ended and the final results are still awaited for the last DATA event.
The next CC contest will provisionally be SSB on Monday 1st February 2021, starting a new 80m CC series.
RSGB 80m Autumn Series:
Beginning on Monday 7th September and running through to Thursday 26th November the Autumn Series of nine contests will be held for the 4th year.
NARC finished 3rd in 2017 and 2nd in 2018 & 2019, totally unable to match the large effort put in by the De Montfort University ARS team who have romped away with colossal scores each year.
Getting off to a good start in September will be of paramount importance, when the 80m propagation still favours inter-G working.
Later, especially in November, past experience shows that evening propagation on 80m is very far from ideal and generally the foF2 Critical Frequency is well below 3.5MHz. It is not the best time to try catching up with the other teams.
If you make use of Jim's excellent Propquest website you may be able to follow the decline in evening time 80m performance as the rest of the year progresses.
The Autumn Series rules are very similar to those for the 80m CCs, but be wary of the special rule additions, including a 5 point penalty for transmitting during the 2 minute quiet zone prior to the start of the contest.
A reminder that Intermediate Licence holders have their scores doubled and Foundation Licensees scores are tripled.
Amazingly in past years this dangling carrot has not been a large enough motivation to encourage more Foundation and Intermediate licensees to participate. The Autumn series was conceived in 2017 with the hope of introducing new operators to become involved with contesting, it does not appear to have happened yet.
September dates:
7th September SSB.
16th September CW.
24th September DATA.
Rules at:
There are no RSGB HF Contests during August.
For other HF contests during August, organised by other national societies visit the website below for the
Contest Calendar by Bruce WA7BNM.
This Weekend: SARTG WW RTTY Contest.
Scandinavian Amateur Radio Teleprinter Group.
15th & 16th August. In three separate 8 hour periods:
0000 - 0800 UTC Saturday.
1600 - 2400 UTC Saturday.
0800 - 1600 UTC Sunday.
Keep safe.
73 John G8VPE

HF News

Sunspot region 2770 will have just about rotated out of view by the time you hear or read this. After a promising start it quickly faded away, but there is more hope as active region AR2771, belonging to Cycle 25, is forming in the Sun’s southeast quadrant.

A secondary plage region is also now turning into view off the southeast limb although it appears to be spotless for now.

This is very encouraging as we think it shows that Sunspot Cycle 25 is ready to get under way.

On Thursday the solar flux index was 74 with a sunspot number of 24.

Please note that on, the feed from the Chilton ionosonde has been down for a few days, but if you switch to FF051 Fairford you’ll find that feed is working.

Daytime critical frequencies have generally been in the range 4-5.3MHz, which means that 40m remains unsuitable for close-in NVIS contacts around the UK.

You may find 60m or 5MHz more reliable for inter-UK contacts.

But critical frequencies are generally staying higher just after sunset, which can be good news for stations chasing DX. The charts suggest that 20m or 14MHz is remaining open to contacts over 3,000km until nearly local midnight.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain at around 72 with the largest Kp index being two. This reflects the fact that there are no Earth-facing coronal holes at present, although this can change without much notice.

Active region 2771 could develop further, as could the plage area in the Southeast quadrant. It really is guesswork at this point.

VHF and up

The weather pattern is changing into something much more unsettled generally, and not just in isolated instances of severe thunderstorms as we’ve seen recently.

Tropo conditions have been good in parts as last week came to an end. It's easy to get Tropo over sea paths at this time of the year, and whilst there could still be some opportunities across the North Sea early next week most areas will be in the realm of low pressure, so no more Tropo.

The Sporadic E season has had a little boost by the recent meteor input from the Perseids so it's still worth looking at the usual times mid morning and late afternoon/early evening. The season can last into early September, so there’s still time.

Rainscatter should be the mode of choice this coming week, with a slow-moving area of low pressure over the country bringing thundery showers and spells of heavy rain to many places. A good time to use one of the many radar displays available online to track the heavy rain cells and try some GHz rain scatter.

Mid-August is a good time for meteor scatter, so keep that on the list as the Perseids meteor shower declines. Opinion was that this year was not a vintage one, with many reporting poorer performance than last year. That said, the website showed hourly rates at over 100 around 0600 on the 12th and 13th.

The Moon was at peak declination yesterday and path losses are falling as we approach perigee on Friday so a good week for EME. 144 MHz sky temperatures are low.