CW Net Timetable

Tonight Alan Wolke W2AEW, a professional Test Equipment engineer, takes us around the kind of test equipment which is useful in any shack, highlighting especially how many things you can do with a multimeter and an oscilloscope. Alan will explain how to choose the right instrument for the job and explain how the radio amateur can get the best from it - it is amazing just how many things you can do with an oscilloscope! As well as his live presentation as usual you will also be able to send questions and comments on both BATC and Facebook.

Alans presentation will start straight after your club news and reveal what this weeks 'What on Earth is this' is!

Please contribute and send your news, views and pics for the show as soon as you can and by the latest 3pm Wednesdays to:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Tammy M0TC and David G7URP


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GB2CW Morse Corner Week ending 15.10.21
Join in with the class you think appropriate for your level of competency.
Morse classes will take a while to establish again. However, we would like everybody to attend them again. Those who improved in their class last year, can move into the one above their speed range. This is the way we would like it to work. It is the only way that you will improve your speed anyway.
Beginners are most welcome. Phil had only one in his class last week so we look forward to seeing some others. Don't worry if it "seems" too fast when you first listen. Phil may have a beginner from last year, but he will cater for the "raw beginner", so please join in.
Don't forget that ALL the work is down to you and the time you are prepared to donate.
Malcolm G3PDH had only one attend his high speed class and that was Chris who was practising his keyboard skills. This class is for the more advanced student, and we do have a few of those, so please try to attend. Classes are as below:

 Morse Classes 2021

The sending class is on Zoom. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sign-in string.
The Zoom class this week proved very useful for Les G0DFC. We adjusted his straight key technique and he is going to practice it from scratch again to get it right. Zoom is very useful for detecting bad habits etc.


The RUFzxp table has also started as below. 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.


Winter will be at least 6 months long so you have lots of dark evenings to practice.
Why not join the real world instead of the impersonal FT stuff?
Lets make it a record year for NARC!

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.

HF News

Last week saw a mixed bag in terms of HF propagation with good conditions at times, but horrendous conditions mid week after a coronal mass ejection saw the Kp index shoot up to six.

Matter from the CME, which was accompanied by an M1.6 solar flare on October 9, hit the Earth in the early hours of October 12.

A geomagnetic storm then ensued and widespread visible aurora were reported at high latitudes.

On Tuesday MUFs were affected adversely with maxima over a 3,000km path down from 28MHz to less than 14MHz at times during the day.

By Thursday, and with the Kp index back down to between zero and two, signals had recovered to near normal levels, with a maximum daytime critical frequency of 7.125MHz being recorded on the Chilton Digisonde, which equates to more than 27MHz over a 3,000km path.

This does go to show that we can expect more CMEs, and poorer conditions at times, as we head towards solar maximum in a few years time.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the range 85-90 with a maximum Kp index of four on the 19th.

So make the most of the Autumnal HF conditions and work as high in frequency as you can to minimise D-layer absorption.

VHF and up

The coming week’s weather will change to mixed and unsettled, with little chance of Tropo propagation, caused by periods of rain, showers and strong winds. At best we can hope for some rain scatter activity.

The exact time when these changes of type occur in our weather patterns is one of the hardest for the models to get right, but at the moment most suggest Sunday night into Monday.

Since the autumn is typically a good season for auroras, perhaps some warbling auroral notes will return again after last week when plenty of auroral QSOs were reported on 144 MHz. Sadly for the UK, they were almost exclusively for the more northerly Nordic countries. A few northern UK stations, namely G4KUX, MI0XXZ and GM4VVX reported a few auroral CW QSOs on the 12th.

The 21st sees the peak of the Orionids meteor shower with a ZHR of 15. Orionids are pieces of Comet 1P/Halley, famously known as Halley's comet. Add this to two small meteor showers, the Epsilon Geminids with a ZHR of three peaking on the 18th, and the Leonis Minoris with a ZHR of two peaking on the 24th, next week should be good for meteor scatter enthusiasts.

Moon declination goes positive again on Monday so we’ll see the Moon reaching higher elevations at its zenith. Path losses are still increasing as we are past perigee.

A seasonal reminder from the team to do your end of summer check on those antenna ropes and fixings before we see too many windy days.

Welcome to week three of NARC’s contest news. 
Firstly a reminder that the 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.
There have been several contests over the past week in which NARC members have participated.
I've had no input from anyone with news updates or requests this week. If you would like anything mentioned or have any news please contact me on the email address at the end of this article.
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.
This year we have won the local club section of the CC contest series which runs on 80m including CW, SSB, and RTTY/PSK modes.
We are active in the Autumn series of 80M RSGB contests at the moment and are currently in overall first place in the local clubs section having stretched our lead in thelast two sections.
Recent activity :-
On Wednesday evening we had a Data section of the Autumn contest series with 15 logs submitted. Excellent scores were had by all stations particular mention for Lorna 2E0YAO with 58 contacts and Peter M0RYB achieving 98 contacts with only 10 watts. 
On Tuesday evening we had the 70cm leg of the UKAC series, conditions were poor here but 3 of us have submitted entries. After the latest results of the recent 70MHz leg we've moved up to 22nd place in the General Clubs section for this band and in the 1.3GHz section we are currently lying 18th. The 50MHz leg took place on 14th October immediately prior to publishing this article, 5 stations from the club were heard on the band, G3YLA, G4DYC, G8VPE, G4PFZ and myself G4LPP. 
NARC is currently lying in 16th place out of 73 entries in the General club section for the overall UKAC.
Last weekend saw several USA QSO parties. I found the activity from Arizona and South Dakota parties interesting and managed to work many counties in each area on CW. The Oceania DX CW test was on last weekend but I have no reports of NARC members having participated.
Upcoming contests in the next 2 weeks:-
On VHF / UHF / SHF (all times in UTC)
Sun 17th Oct 0900-1300 50MHz affiliated societies RSGB contest
Tues 19th Oct 1900 to 2130 1.3GHz UKAC
Thurs 21st Oct 1900 to 2130 70MHz UKAC
Tues 26th Oct 1830 to 2130, SHF UKAK 
On HF (all times in UTC)
Sunday October 17th , RSGB ROLO (rolling locator) contest. CW 1900 to 2030 UTC 80M.
Sat & Sun 16/17 Oct, JARTS WW RTTY test and 10-10 Int. Fall CW contest (see wa7bnm for rules etc)
Also this weekend the New York and the Illinois QSO Parties
Mon 18 Oct 1900-2030, RSGB FT4 Contest
Wednesdays throughout the year, CW ops 1 hour mini tests 13:00, 19:00, Thurs 03:00 exchange Name and G or CWOPS number
Sat Sun Oct 23/24th, UK/EI Dx Contest SSB (see wa7bnm for rules etc)
Sat Sun Oct 23/24th, Stew Perry Topband challenge (see wa7bnm for rules etc)
Thu 28 Oct.1900-2030, Autumn Series SSB
All RSGB contest rules and further details plus log submission at RSGB contest site
Look to WA7BMN’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
Submissions or comments for this news to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
73 until next week,
Phil G4LPP
Monday night nets
2m FM Voice net on GB3NB:
Starts at 19.30 every Monday on Repeater GB3NB and everyone is welcome.
25th October Tim M1MIT
November - volunteers needed please
20th December Nigel  2E0NLK
If you enjoy this net, please volunteer to run just one net.
Please contact either Tim M1MIT or David G7URP.
CW net
Every Monday at 20.30 on 80m 3.543MHz (straight key operation on the last Monday of the month)
Wednesday 20th October NARC Live - Practical guide to Test Equipment for the shack from 19.30 on BATC and Facebook - links below
Recording of last weeks NARC Live 13th October
"In the shack - your HF Antenna..." was recorded and you can watch it here:
Recording ofthe Wednesday before NARC Live 6th October - Paul Money with 'Why are there no green stars'
This weeks NARC Live included a talk by Paul Money who is a professional speaker and understandably does not want his talk widely available on YouTube for anyone to watch as nobody would book him to give the talk for them. However after discussion he was happy for us to upload our digital recording of the show to a private link on YouTube which is available only to NARC members and friends on the link below. Please do not break this trust by sharing this link publically on social media etc.
DID YOU KNOW... That we upload our studio digital recording to YouTube on Thursdays in High Definition, but for you to watch in HD you have to wait until YouTube have finished processing it nd you also need to set your YouTube viewer to HD - usually located under the Cog Wheel at the bottom of the window. ou will see things in better quality than standard definition, especially talks which have photographs and other Hires images like last weeks show.
About NARC Live!
NARC Live! is a weekly amateur radio show which during the pandemic is how the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club gets together every week to keep everyone in touch.
It is broadcast live very Wednesday night at 19.30 and is hosted and produced by David Palmer G7URP and Tammy Palmer M0TC for Norfolk Amateur Radio Club as well as any other radio amateurs who are interested. For more details about our club please visit:
Contact details for anything for NARC Live: David G7URP & Tammy M0TC - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Watch live on either Facebook or BATC live every Wednesday evening - everyone welcome not just NARC members:

NARC Live starts at 19.30 on Facebook:  (note that our Facebook page also has every previous episode of NARC Live to play back)

and live on BATC:  


Recent recordings of some NARC Live, together with other NARC Videos are on our YouTube channel:


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David G7URP & Tammy M0TC  



Weekly CW Training by NARC, all on repeater GB3NB:

Mondays 1000 – 1100: Head Copy with Roger G3LDI. This will encompass a wide range of copying ability. i.e. 15 – 25 WPM.

Tuesdays 1000 – 1100: Higher Intermediate Class with Chris G4CCX 20 – 25 WPM

Tuesdays 2000 – 2100: Lower Intermediate Class with Jim G3YLA 10 – 15 WPM.

Thursdays 1000 – 1100: Intermediate Class with Chris G4CCX 15 – 20 WPM

Thursdays 1500 - 1600 Sending practice on ZOOM, NEW!! see below.

Thursdays 2000 – 2100: Advanced Class with Malcolm G3PDH 25 – 30 WPM

Fridays 2000 – 2100: Raw Beginners Class with Phil G4LPP which will be for just beginners, those knowing absolutely nothing up to 10 WPM