Membership

Tonight it is special thanks to a NARC member for stepping up to the plate to bring us a talk!

Steve G3EVA will be talking about how valves have shaped his life and career, from his early days as a radio and television engineer to the 37 years he spent as a production engineer in the high frequency welding industry.  He will look at the development of RF heating and the profound effect it has had on our lives in the past eighty years.

As usual we meet in the 6th form common room of CNS from 19.00 and Steves talk starts straight after notices at 19.45.

73, David G7URP

As mentioned last month, Super Science Saturday is on 14th March and we are supporting CNS with many displays in a large classroom to ourselves. The event is open to the public including children and will hopefully inspire with science and technology demonstrations from 11-3pm. Would anyone who has something they would like to demonstrate or contribute which is Radio-Electronics-Science related please let me know by Monday 2nd March.

Thank you

 

73, David G7URP

25wpm CW Week8 Report

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.Nearly there folks, we have got just five more letters to do, then its time for continuous practice sessions. This week there were seven call-ins plus at least two secret listeners.

Progress is good and we added the letters K, J and H plus . ? = as the last three punctuations. As mentioned in all these lessons so far, the real work is done by your time spent practicing and its now a case of looking back at all the previous weeks. I do hope that you are able to give some time to this because it will make a world of difference to your enjoyment of CW.

You know the drill; practice the letters/figures and punctuation using CWPlayer or any program that gets you to identify a letter on the keyboard upon hearing the sound. As a reward give yourself some time on the CW end of the bands to see if anything seems familiar.

We are going to be looking at abbreviations a lot in the coming weeks. These are important because most QSOs are 75% abbreviations, so its very important to get them into your memory bank of sounds. One way of attacking this can be trying to send the abbreviation using a paddle or straight key and using the common CW readers to see how well you’ve done it. Once you have spent 10mins sending a phrase, it becomes firmly fixed… try it.

Either way, practice is the word. We don’t want Roger to turn down the cooker where his hat is simmering gently, do we?

 73 de Jim
g3yla

Comment from the bad cop:
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My hat is still on simmer! Now the call for constant practice each day will sort the men from the boys!
But hey, great to see you stick the course thus far! Good luck with the practice, but remember, it does tak time,so don't expect instant results.

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BOOTCAMP is Sunday April 19th.
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The mention of the torture chamber did not deter anybody! I now have eleven people booked in. If you decide to join them:
Email me to reserve a place in the torture chamber! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Still room for a few more!
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MARCONI DAY

morsekey2
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As usual Marconi Day takes place at the Caister-on-Sea Lifeboat Station. The date is Saturday April 25th. For those that don't know:
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IMD is a 24 hour amateur radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi on 25 April 1874. The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi's birthday and in 2020 it will be held on 25th April, Marconi's birthday.
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Although predominantly a CW event, for obvious reasons, SSB and Data are also used. We normally have 2 stations running simultaneously, both using the Call GB0CMS. There is a schedule for operating, so if you wish to book a time, please contact steve G0KYA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will book a slot for you. We have a fun day, lunch at the cafe, lots of banter and chat and you can go for a walk along the beach, and even go for a swim if you are brave enough!
Incidentally, I have set up a tentative sked with Ian VK3MO. If he can't make it with his antenna nobody can!
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Headcopy Class is going well.
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Some groups are proving to be difficult, mostly due to memory recall than copying ability.
E I S H and 5 are causing a bit of grief, but the thing to remember here is that you are very unlikely to hear those in one group at any time! It is merely to concentrate the mind on patterns. So don't despair, even the most skilled have problems with groups like this.
However, it is all good Practice, that Big P word again!
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So, join us at 1000 on Monday mornings and have some fun.
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The K9YA Telegraph
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K9YA publishes an interesting Newsletter on CW matters. You can subscribe to it with this link:
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mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/k9ya_telegraph
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Great to see the support that Paul M1AFQ is receiving at the Club with his Morse in the Computer Room practice sessions. Try it! It really is fun.
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.
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HF News

Interest in the VP8PJ DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands remains high. The team has now been on the island for one week and many UK amateurs have worked them.

At the moment it looks like beams and linears are the norm for a reliable contact, although they have been heard in the UK on 17 and 20 metres FT8 at -10db SNR in the afternoon using just loft-mounted dipoles.

As they work their way through the pile ups more opportunities to work them may become available. They are currently due to remain on the island until March 5th.

As always, the point-to-point facility at rsgb.org/predtest will give you an indication of the best times to work VP8PJ from the UK.

Conditions have been quite settled with the Kp index moving between one and zero. The Sun continues to remain spotless with a solar flux index of 71.

As this report is being prepared there are two small coronal holes on the Sun that are rotating into an Earth-facing position. If these develop they could cause the Kp index to rise this weekend due to their associated high-speed solar wind streams.

This may result in a pre-auroral HF enhancement.

Otherwise, NOAA predicts the Kp index may rise again to four on March the 4th and 5th, presumably due to a returning coronal hole.

We are now heading towards the Spring equinox, which is a good time for north-south HF contacts.

With the Commonwealth Contest on Saturday the 14th of March this may be a good time to try as you won’t have any competition from continental contesters.

VHF and up

It feels like 'groundhog day' for the VHF/UHF propagation prospects with another week of unsettled weather on the way. There are likely to be several occasions when low pressure systems pass by northern Britain, thus bringing strong winds to Scotland again, but with some windier spells in the south too, though mostly not as strong.

The principal outcome of this weather pattern is that it leaves no room for high pressure to develop over the UK and therefore no chance of Tropo for yet another week.

As before, that means that potential exists for some rain scatter activity on the GHz bands using the heavy rain, hail and snow as good scatter points. Sometimes individually from fast-moving small shower clouds, but also from larger areas like active weather fronts making it easier to latch onto the scattering area.

The upper air patterns continue to show strong ‘winter’ jet streams nearby or over the country, so this leads to the slim chance of ‘out-of-season’ sporadic E on 10m and 6m, especially if using the digital modes and, if forced to pick a favoured direction, it would probably be south towards EA and CT.

Moon declination reaches maximum mid week and path losses are falling with perigee a week on Tuesday, so a good week for EME. 144 MHz sky noise reaches 500K on Tuesday, but is generally low for most of the rest of the week. There are no meteor showers peaking in the coming week, so keep looking for random meteor scatter QSOs around dawn.

It feels like 'groundhog day' for the VHF/UHF propagation prospects with another week of unsettled weather on the way. There are likely to be several occasions when low pressure systems pass by northern Britain, thus bringing strong winds to Scotland again, but with some windier spells in the south too, though mostly not as strong.

The principal outcome of this weather pattern is that it leaves no room for high pressure to develop over the UK and therefore no chance of Tropo for yet another week.

As before, that means that potential exists for some rain scatter activity on the GHz bands using the heavy rain, hail and snow as good scatter points. Sometimes individually from fast-moving small shower clouds, but also from larger areas like active weather fronts making it easier to latch onto the scattering area.

The upper air patterns continue to show strong ‘winter’ jet streams nearby or over the country, so this leads to the slim chance of ‘out-of-season’ sporadic E on 10m and 6m, especially if using the digital modes and, if forced to pick a favoured direction, it would probably be south towards EA and CT.

Moon declination reaches maximum mid week and path losses are falling with perigee a week on Tuesday, so a good week for EME. 144 MHz sky noise reaches 500K on Tuesday, but is generally low for most of the rest of the week.

There are no meteor showers peaking in the coming week, so keep looking for random meteor scatter QSOs around dawn.

Tonight is a social informal evening plus Bright Sparks for our younger memebers.

As usual we meet from 7pm at CNS Sixth Form Centre.

 

73, David G7URP