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Our Weather guru Jim G3YLA sent me a note this morning to say that it is likely to be nice and warm at West Runton this Sunday - possibly even the last warm Sunday of the year...

So as promised we are going to have a Radio by the Seaside 2 at our usual place in the West Runton Beach Car Park at the end of Water Lane, which is the road just opposite the shops. As always bringing radio is optional but adds to the fun of being outside and portable. Jim mentions there will probably be a light warm breeze, so maybe even Kite antenna would be worth a go...

I will be arrive at around 10.30 or so but please arrive whenever you like and tell the person on the gate and they will direct you to the radio club area at the top - cost of parking £3 all day. Cafe and Toilets nearby...

 

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David G7URP for NARC

 

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Morse Classes for winter 2021 are starting very soon. This will depend on students of course. If you wish to learn Morse Code and become a proficient operator, the best way is to join a class. We cater from the raw beginner to the advanced operator wishing to increase speed levels, no matter what that may be.
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Obviously the Covid situation is affecting us all but if you are marooned at home and don't go far, look at it as a great opportunity to learn CW and see just what can be done with a great mode. You should be able to do at least 30 minutes practice per day in order to achieve a decent standard so if you cannot do this, please don't think that just attending a class once per week is enough, it isn't.
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We will also hopefully be running a sending practice class on Zoom. If you have a camera near to your key, this will be necessary so that the tutor can teach the correct technique, whether it is a straight key or a paddle. This will be a new venture but is the nearest we can get to the Bootcamp situation under the circumstances. We would also like to see you active on the air making real QSOs, not the rubber stamp 599 73 type, but with conversation involved, so the sending practice will be good for this.
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FIRST however, we need to know if anybody will be joining in, starting early October, so please email your name and call to me so I can see just how many are likely to be involved. This will include those that were on the courses last year, to confirm your continuing interest. We will set up classes depending on this information so please don't leave it, DO IT NOW!
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I look forward to hearing from as many as possible. If you would like to discuss things first, also email me, we don't bite!

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This was sent to the Newsletter and so far I have had five responses, so very pleased with that. Tutors will be having a Zoom meeting soon to discuss the coming winter schedule and classes will be announced on here as soon as they have been decided.

Even if you are NOT a beginner but would like to attend a class, PLEASE email me and get on the list. Let me know what speed roughly you are at so we can allocate you a class. The range has no limits so from zero to 30wpm will be accepted.

 

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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

This week saw the Sun more active with up to five sunspot regions in place. Two of the regions are quite large, pushing the solar flux index up to 89 on Thursday with a sunspot number of 76.

That should be enough to get the ionosphere up and running and we are also seeing early Autumnal HF propagation starting to take off.

Gary G0FWX reports working Central America and the Caribbean on 10 metres, namely Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Surinam. Brazil has also been logged, but we are still awaiting widespread reports of North American stations to be logged on 28MHz.

Geomagnetic conditions have been variable with the Kp index hitting four on Wednesday, thanks to material from a coronal mass ejection. This sent the solar wind speed up to more than 400km per second and it was still above 300km/s on Thursday.

There has been solar flare activity recently and we can expect it to continue. This could mean sudden ionospheric disturbances and HF blackouts if the flare is strong enough and occurs during daylight hours. There could also be associated coronal mass ejections to contend with.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain in the mid 80s while the Kp index should eventually decline to two after reaching five this weekend. This is due to a coronal hole which is currently facing Earth. A high speed solar wind stream flowing from this zone should reach Earth later this week and contribute to a geomagnetic disturbance at higher latitudes.

VHF and up

As predicted last week, we had a mix of weak Tropo and rain scatter modes, with an isolated report of the Cornish 10GHz beacon GB3MCB being copied for an hour by G4DBN in East Yorkshire at 460km overland.

This coming week the Tropo conditions will take a hit as low pressure becomes the dominant pattern for the coming week. This will take the form of active fronts crossing the country together with areas of showers, so at least there will be some rain scatter potential for the GHz bands.

At the moment, indications are that the return of any ridges, and hence Tropo, between the lows will be temporary and limited in scope, so best to think of other options like meteor scatter or aircraft scatter and possibly aurora to provide the unconventional modes this week.

There is one small meteor shower due to peak this week. The daytime Sextantids with a ZHR of five is due to peak on the 27th, but the timing of this peak is often uncertain. The maximum may occur even a day earlier than expected, so be alert and continue to check the early morning for the best random meteor scatter conditions.

EME path losses are at their highest this week with apogee today, (Sunday)
but with peak Moon declination coming up on Wednesday there is plenty of Moon visibility for Moonbounce enthusiasts. The Moon is at its zenith in the early morning.

 

This is our competition where each week we show an unusual object, tool, gadget or thing-me-bob from one of the NARC members and you have to guess (or you know!) what it is for...

 

Have a look at this weeks object - What on earth is this...

 

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Please email your answers with the subject 'What on earth' to David & Tammy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3pm on Wednesday and on NARC Live we will read out all of the entries and tell you what it is!

 

 

Whats your mystery object?

We also need your photos of unusual items from NARC members to feature in future weeks. To enter please send us a good quality photo of your 'What on earth is this' along with a brief description and ideally a second photo of it in use by email to the same email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Surely everyone has one of those 'must-have' kitchen gadgets they bought at a show or one of the strange inventions by Ronco or KTel that you just had to have at the time, but only used once! Please use your own photo if you possibly can, but if you do send us a photo from someone else please be sure to tell us who owns the © copyright.

 

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David G7URP & Tammy M0TC 

 

Remember please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. not any other email address or Facebook or David & Tammy will not receive it directly and may never receive it!  

 

 

Last weeks mystery was a Magistrates Wig and Gown Hanger kindly submitted by Gordon G0HQJ. What mystery object do you have that you can share?

 

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We are very sorry to share the news that Steve Appleyard, G3PND, has passed away.

As many of you know Steve had been diagnosed with Motor Nurone Disease some years ago, but has been incredibly courageous and strong in dealing with it, even learning to use his feet to type and send morse code as the disease progressed. He was also the founder of the Norfolk Coast Amateur Radio Society near Cromer.

Earlier this year we featured him on NARC Live in a 'Getting to know...'  with the story of his life in business, radio and electronics.

Our thoughts and prayers with his wife Alyson, his family and friends at this difficult time.

 

NB: Steves funeral is at Cromer Church on 20th October at 14.00. I wil be going to represent the club and hope that others will come too.

 

David G7URP

 

 

Monday night nets
 
 
2m FM Voice net on GB3NB
Starts at 19.30 every Monday on Repeater GB3NB and everyone is welcome.
 
27th September Mike M0TVG
 
4th October Ken M0KJW
11th October Dave G0ELJ
18th October 2E0SQP
25th October Tim M1MIT
November - volunteers needed
If you enjoy this net please volunteer to run just one net.
Please Tim M1MIT or David G7URP.
 
20th December Nigel  2E0NLK
 
 
 
CW net
Every Monday at 20.30 on 80m
 
 
 
 
 
Recording of NARC Live Wednesday 22nd September- Photography Special
 
This was our Photography Special where you sent us your favourite photos and videos to share on the show.
As well as your news, pictures and "What on earth is this..." competition.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
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: www.norfolkamateurradio.org.
 
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)

www.facebook.com/norfolkamateurradioclub

and live on BATC:

https://batc.org.uk/live/NARC  

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/user/norfolkamateurradio/videos

  

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Training is very important to NARC because we realise this is how new people come into the hobby and attain their Foundation, Intermediate and Advance Amateur Radio licenses.
We are pleased to offer courses which are based on demand and our programme of other events and activities. To register your interest for a course and exam please email your name and contact details, together with which level of training course you are waiting for,  to the Club Exam Secretary David Palmer G7URP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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During the current Covid-19 pandemic when the club cannot physically meet, the club now broadcasts its own magazine show NARC Live! every Wednesday with news, features and guests.
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The club meets virtually every Wednesday throughout the year in the sixth form centre of the City of Norwich School, Eaton Road, Norwich, NR4 6PP from 1900-2130.

We welcome anyone of any age, gender or ability and who enjoys experimenting with radio and electronics to come and meet us and see what we do in our hobby.

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