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HF News

What a great week it was for HF propagation. We started it off with the CQ Worldwide CW HF contest, which saw some DX openings up to 28MHz and solid DX being worked on 21MHz.

The only downside was an M-class solar flare, which was launched off the Sun on Sunday. It was a big one, but luckily it didn’t affect the UK. The eruption in the sunspot occurred when the sunspot was not pointed toward Earth. This does, however, serve as a warning that we can expect more solar flares over the coming years as Solar Cycle 25 progresses.

The rest of last week saw the Solar Flux Index decline slightly to 105 by Thursday. Nevertheless, daytime maximum useable frequencies were generally above 21MHz for a lot of the time, with occasional openings on 28MHz.

Next week NOAA predicts that the solar flux index will decline to the 90s and then the low 80s as the week progress.

However, active region 2790 has rotated to be Earth-facing and this may keep the SFI higher than predicted - only time will tell. On Thursday another potential active region was also coming into view. If it develops we could see the SFI in the high 90s or even topping 100 once again.

The good news is the Kp index is predicted to remain low, reflecting the more settled geomagnetic conditions. A large coronal hole will become Earth-centric by the 5th, which could result in an elevated Kp index at the end of the weekend - although this will be dependent on how the Bz field of any solar wind is oriented. A south-facing Bz field more easily couples with the Earth’s magnetic field, so letting solar particles enter the ionosphere. Only time will tell.

VHF and up

Not much terrestrial VHF propagation to look forward to this week with things looking cold and unsettled.

A slack low-pressure system will occupy the British Isles for much of the next 10 days, so I wouldn’t build up any Tropo hopes. The general unsettled nature of the weather pattern means that rain scatter could be the mode of interest for the GHz bands and you might also find some snow static raises noise levels a bit in some parts of the country.

December is a hot month for meteor scatter, the Puppid-Velids with a ZHR of 10 peaks tomorrow, and the Monocerotids with a Zenithal Hourly Rate of three peaks on Wednesday. These are just an “hors d'oeuvre” for the Geminids shower, just over a week from now on the 14th.

With a whopping ZHR of 150 the Geminids is usually the best one of the year. By now the meteor rates will be climbing so if you have reasonable power and a beam for 2, 4 or 6m get looking for JT mode DX.

It’s a good week for EME with Moon declination high but declining. We still have long visibility windows all week with falling path losses until perigee next Sunday. 144 MHz sky noise is low at the moment, not reaching 500 Kelvin until next Sunday.

Morse Classes for winter 2020 are going well.
Report from G3LDI on the Monday QSO format session.
Monday mornings is now a QSO format on 80m and with talkback from G3LDI on 2 metres. This enables me to do two things:
1 Hear where you are going wrong and
2 Letting you know immediately on two metres so that you can correct it there and then, and send the corrected version until you have it right. Doing it like this gets it done rightaway instead of waiting until we finish the QSO. It's a bit like being at a music lesson!

Report from G3YLA of the Tuesday evening 25wpm session of GB2CW on repeater GB3NB Tuesday 24th Nov 2020


It was another useful session on the repeater GB3NB on Tuesday at 8pm with good company from Tony G0OOR, David M0WEL, Alex 2E0FHF and Paul M1AFQ.

We covered some seasonal QSOs taken off air which were very conversational in style and included lots of interesting detail about heavy snowfall in parts of the Mid-West. Well worth learning how to cope with non-standard content and not be too worried by missing the odd word or two.

The art of head copy is usually easier at the faster speeds, say around 25wpm, and this means that you can hear and process the whole word rather than one letter at a time. It is a long game moving away from writing at all down verbatim, but well worth the effort.

Keep up the good work…

73 de Jim



Morse with Doctor Phil.
Report from G4LPP of the Friday evening session at 2000 local time on 145.250MHz.

Hello from Sutton where we have, at the time of writing, completed 7 weeks of the new beginners CW class.

Regular attendees have been Nick M0NVT, Martin 2E0MSY, David G0ELJ, John G8VPE and more recently joining us we have had David 2E0DBS. Others have been listening!
Apart from David G0ELJ who did his 12WPM certificate many years ago and has never used it in anger all are fairly raw beginners. All are making steady progress and have gone from barely knowing any letters or numbers in some cases to reading short words, abbreviations and callsigns so excellent work so-far. CW is being sent at a character speed of 14wpm and a word speed of 5 wpm, the aim being that as people progress to gradually close up the gaps to a true 14wpm and then onwards from there! Very pleasing to see the excellent progress all are making and glad to see the enthusiasm they all show. Keep it up lads!
It’s not too late to join the class although may require a little extra practice to catch up!
The class is on Friday evening at 8pm on 145.250MHz FM immediately followed by the NARC contest net on the same frequency at 9pm
Phil G4LPP

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By the way, Phil is a GOOD cop, so you will be treated kindly!


The CWOPS CWT activity periods are still as popular as ever.
There will be several medallions heading this way in the spring, of varying colour, severl gold, silver and at least one bronze.
If you aspire to join CW OPS, prove your worth with a few >20wpm QSOs, chatty ones, and you can get in! It is a lot of fun operating in the CWTs, and terrific practice too.
The link below is to FAV22. THis is a military station on 3881.00kHz and runs at varying speeds with groups of letters, numbers, punctuation and procedural signals. It is on 24/7 so take a look It is well worth the practice.
If you look up this link in Google Chrome, it will translate into English for you.
This is from Tomorrow's World, a popular TV programme (a long time ago however!). I wonder how many would use such a system now?

Email me with input, queries, keys, paddles, classes and so on. Hopefully I can help or know a man that can!
73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.



In this current climate, we cannot make plans for when we can start meeting on a Wednesday at CNS.
Although NARC Live! has reduced costs,  as a club, we still have some financial commitments to consider and meet, such as insurance and RSGB membership.
With this in mind, the committee has decided to make the membership just £5 across the board for everyone for the coming year which should cover these costs.
This will be the NARC "Online Membership” and we invite you to rejoin, although in the future when we start to meet again and have the costs of school hire etc, subsequent memberships will revert to the current rates.

So we invite you to rejoin (or join) NARC now for 2021 and pay us ideally by direct bank transfer (be sure to use your callsign/surname as reference) - please also complete and email the membership form if you are not a current member.

Mark G0LGJ - Treasurer

(After discussion and agreement by committee)



Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your interesting titbits …


I have been using PSK reporter quite a bit to see how far my CW CQs were getting. It really is a brilliant tool and really intuitive as many of you will know. But for the uninitiated even though its called PSK reporter you can set filters and just see CW or SSB or FT8 etc reports from far afield in a very well presented layout. I had just been keying with Tim G0OOD just up the road on 20 meters.( He was very patient with me and my broken Morse ! thanks Tim) When I checked PSK Reporter I found I was heard in New York. Pretty good going from my 20m vertical and 100 watts. That got me to wondering about RBN (reverse beacon network) and its connection with PSK reporter. I had been blindly using RBN for a few years but was curious as to when it was first developed and why ? All I knew was a user interface called TELNET RBN with lots of useful CALL SIGNS streaming in ready to be pounced on ! . Some Googling took me to “ ” web site where its history under “about” menu can be found.. Something called Skimmer software to monitor the bands , was released in 2008 primarily as a DXing tool to spot CQs and update the RBN list. However contesters saw it as a very useful tool to increase their scores. Telnet capability was later added enabling fast real time update of spots streaming to our computers. So now when I log into RBN and see that stream of data I can appreciate all the time and trouble that has gone into its design.. TAKE A LOOK at select “main” enter your call sign and see where you have been spotted , your SNR and speed etc. It’s a great tool for testing and comparing antenna adjustments or better still seeing how the “big boys” signals in contests stack up against yours ! Please take a few minutes out and let us know how you got on.
AND I now know where PSK reporter gets it information from. I now need to find out why they use SNR and not a S meter reading ! Do you know ? …


Not much to add this week but some European stations have some interesting call signs ~:

OT5ALIVE Willfried , learning morse abt 14 WPM but very nice morse. From their QRZ page “Unfortunately due to the covid pandemic we had to skip both contests this year, but we wanted to keep our call sign OT5A alive, and want to spread a positive message so that's why we decided to ask the for the callsign OT5Alive.”

OH1VR/60 I couldn’t figure out the 60, some anniversary from 1960 ?

OL700CO A special event station for the first written mention of city Dobruska.

PT8DX A neat call sign worked on 40 meters at 11am mid November

Plus many more.
If you find an interesting call sign email me for the next (B)log
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