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Even though our AGM is postponed indefinately we still need members votes for their favourite talk of 2019 and as we can no longer hand out physical ballot papers Sonny M0SYW has devised a nice online form for you to do it on. We thought we should do this now before 2019 seems too long ago....

So if you are a paid up member of NARC (family memberships have one vote) and attended some of our talks last year please visit the link below and cast your vote.

https://forms.gle/MLttonySQjpYXhqc6

Your vote really will count in this and mean a lot to the recipient(s). Voting ends on April 10th so do not delay!

Thank you

73, David G7URP

Please join me for the Monday night net, tonight from 19.30 on repeater GB3NB with a subject of 'My other hobby is' and hope you will call in and share with us another favourite hobby of yours which is helping you keep occupied in these days where we cannot go out. (mine has wheels and runs on a track ;)

Monday, 7.30pm, GB3NB (listen on 145.625MHz)

Newsletter problems this weekend

If you did not receive your regular newsletters last week (many Plusnet, Virgin Media and other ISP customers did not) our apologies. ISPs can be fickle with their mail filtering to try and prevent spam and sometimes change their 'rules' about mass mailings and we unwittingly fell foul of this last week with some Internet providers. Our webmaster Mark G0LGJ has now changed our mailing settings and we hope everyone will be back to receiving them now, so on this newsletter I am also including several items from last Fridays newsletter for those who did not receive the original. Please note that all newsletter pieces are always on our website so if you want to see anything you can always refer there.

 

Take care, stay safe

73, David G7URP

Monday night net - My other hobby is........

Last Mondays net was very popular so we will continue it on Monday nights from 19.30 on repeater GB3NB, so accessible by the most people.

But I would really like to encourage different people to come forward to run it each week to keep it fresh and interesting, so I am happy to run it this Monday but please can I have volunteers for future weeks please....  

So this Monday, the subject to get our teeth into is 'My other hobby is' and hope you will call in and share with us another favourite hobby of yours which is helping you keep occupied in these days where we cannot go out. (mine has wheels and runs on a track ;)

Monday, 7.30pm, GB3NB (listen on 145.625MHz)

 

A generous offer from one of our members.....

David,

In case NARC members are bored and in need of something to read I am giving a list of some books below.  
These are normally offered on Amazon, but are available for free download to NARC members in the present crisis.
 
Donard M0KRK
 
 

 

 

New talk on FT8 and FT4 data modes

These new computer based modes are amazing in how they can pick data out of so much noise and FT4 is now adopted as a contest mode. Ray G3XLG has asked us to arrange a talk on setting up and using these modes. Do you use them, could you help others with it online? If you would rather not do a structured talk I can help you share it with NARC. Please drop me a line    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Keeping cheerful...

Whilst most of us have plenty of things to do and sources of entertainment, lets bear in mind that some people are not well, have birthdays or anniversarys which they cannot celebrate, or maybe just feeling completely overwhelmed and isolated with this lockdown. Now more than ever a greeting card can really make someones day, so if you know anyone who might really appreciate a card I will be happy to arrange and send on behalf of the club. Just drop me an email with details....

 

Talking of birthdays, congratulations to Paul G3VPT who was EIGHTY on Thursday! He sent me this pic with a caption saying that he is waiting for his wife to bring him his birthday cake!

Very best wishes from NARC Paul, a suitable card for your humour is already on the way ;)

 

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WAYS YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HELP FIGHT THE VIRUS....

 

I-Project: Engineering a Covid-19 safe way to test peoples eyes

A strong team of 6 people from NARC have showed interest to get involved and the first fact finding meeting by Zoom was on Thursday evening with clinicians live at N&N. Peter Richmond is coordinating the NARC team to see if we can contribute:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Can you 3D Print?

Our new Bright Spark young member Sam asked me to share these links to interesting local ways you may be able to help the efforts against coronavirus - thanks Sam!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/university-of-east-anglia-call-for-help-to-start-printing-3d-medical-equiptment-1-6573097

https://theuserstory.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=c879c3f7447301f69551fe3de&id=b19befb01a 

 

 

Thats all from me for now - contributions for the newsletter always welcome on any radio & technology related issue, or just if we can help...

Take care, stay well, stay inside.  

73 David G7URP  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

With over 60 people watching last weeks SDRplay talk on NARC Live! I feel sure we should try and 'meet' online most Wednesdays and do something.

This coming Wednesday should have been our AGM which of course has had to be postponed, so I am asking for ideas on both what we should do and how we should meet...  We could meet on the radio, but then thats what the Monday net is ideal for, so I wondered if we could try a Zoom get together. Zoom is a system similar to Skype but can apparently cope with a large number of people visually on screen and easy to set up and share with invited guests - you!

So what do you think? If you would like us to try something else please let me know by Sunday, otherwise I will put something together together with a subject and let you know with another email early next week. 

Please feel free to come forward with ideas for talks etc - maybe you could do a talk for us from home? 

Please let any of the committee or me know your thoughts and ideas, its your club.

73, David G7URP   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jim G3YLA's class is still going strong!

25wpm CW Week12 Report

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Another good week of progress on the 25wpm ‘beginners’ CW class on GB3NB at 8pm on Tuesday evening. We are now on week 12 and four new sets of 10 useful phrases and abbreviations were covered. This is only scratching the surface and much of the hard work comes from practice you you have to do in your own time.

So… give yourselves a pressure-free half hour on the CW ends of the amateur bands and try to pick out some of the abbreviations and just the odd letter. Its all practice and as such is never wasted! Sadly, many of us find occupying our time more of a challenge at the moment, but it could provide space in your busy worlds to gain some solid CW experience.

Hope you all stay well and look forward to another session next Tuesday.

73 de Jim
g3yla

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BOOTCAMP will return in November, all being well.. In the meaantime, you now have lots of time for the big P word!. I will keep the distribution list and send another round robin nearer the date.
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In the meantime, with self isolation, what a great opportunity to get some practice in. Lots of choice:
Morserunner
RUFZxp
G4FON
CWplay
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All of the above, plus many more, can give a varied amount of practice.
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Try a few CQ calls on the FISTS frequencies, nothing quite like a REAL QSO, plus the sending practice too!
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Headcopy Class is going well.
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EISH5 These groups are just a bit of fun really. It concentrates the mind on patterns.If you have problems with this mix, don't worry too much because it is highly unlikely that they will ever be sent in general covesation. 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!

The main amount  of time will  be going over QSO format.
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So, join us at 1000 on Monday mornings and have some fun.
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.