Welcome to week forty six of NARC’s contest news.

Last year we came first in the local club section of the CC contest series and also first in the RSGB Autumn series. Having now won every leg so far with only one to go in the CC series this year we hope to make a clean sweep.


No RSGB contest results have been received here this week so far.

Futher results for the CDXC LF marathon on 160 and 80m this year saw Andy M0NKR win salvers for 160m and 80m as well as 3rd place certificate for MGM modes.


Andy M0NKR entered the IOTA contest achieving 900 QSOs.

The 144MHz Low power test ran on 6th August and the 70cm one ran the next day. I believe I was the only entry for NARC with 40 QSOs on 2m and 22 on 70cm.

The 432MHz UKAC ran on tuesday 9th August. Conditions were quite good with tropo and activity was high with 183 logs submitted. There were 4 entries from NARC.

The 50MHz UKAC ran on Thursday 11th August. At the time of writing there had been 61 logs received. 10 stations were active from NARC with 9 who will be entering logs. Conditions were annoyingly poor with the good Es opening to Italy fading here just as the contest began. It faded just a bit later elsewhere allowing some outside our area to work one or two long haul stations. 9 NARC entries is, I believe, a new record for this contest.

There have been no RSGB HF contests this week.

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.

Note, 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.

Contest reports are always appreciated from any club members.

The CW open series of championships is due on the first Saturday in September. It is, as the name implies, open to all amateurs. It would be great if as many of us as possible can take part to put the club on the map!

See below for an email from the contest manager, Bruce N1LN :-

Here is information about the upcoming CWOPS open championship, open to everyone, not just CWOPS members:-

Get ready for one of the most TIME FLEXIBLE and fun CW contests of the year. The CW Open contest is managed by the CWOps club with Trophies and Plaques sponsored by ICOM America. The CW Open contest is comprised of three individual sessions, each four hours long. These sessions are all on September 3, and spread across a 24 hour period so as to level the propagation playing field globally. Here is the schedule for the three sessions.

Session 1: Sept 3 (00:00 – 03:59 UTC)

Session 2: Sept 3 (12:00 – 15:59 UTC)

Session 3: Sept 3 (20:00 – 23:59 UTC)

Below are a few of the contest details, but for a complete description go to: https://cwops.org/cwops-tests/cw-open/

Each session is separately logged, checked and awarded. 3 separate contests!
Who: Open to all amateur radio operators, worldwide
Modes: CW only
Operator categories: Single operator
Power categories: HP (more than 100 watts); LP (more than 5 watts up to 100 watts); QRP (5 watts of less)
Use of spotting: No limitations on using clusters, RBN or skimmers, but please, no self-spotting.
Exchange: QSO number + given name (e.g. 12 John).
Scoring: 1 point per QSO per band (each session); 1 multiplier for callsign the first time it is worked (each session). Scores start at 0 for each session. Work someone once per band per session.
Reporting: Separate logs for each session. Logs must be in Cabrillo format and may be submitted via https://cwops.contesting.com/ Paper logs are NOT accepted!
Logging: CW Open is supported by many logging programs. See https://cwops.org/cwops-tests/cw-open/
Teams: Team competition is supported (see https://cwops.org/cwops-tests/cw-open/#team for signup). No geography limitations.
Trophy, high score, each session, each ITU Region (max of 9 trophies)
Trophy, high combined score (all sessions), each ITU region (max of 3 trophies)
Plaque, high score, each of HP, LP and QRP, each session, each ITU region (max of27 plaques)
If the same entrant wins multiple awards, the awards may be combined.
Minimum of 100 QSOs (after log checking) is required to qualify for and win an award in each session

Thanks in advance for your participation. Hope you will have fun!!


Bruce N1LN
CW Open Manager

I received an e-mail from Jim G3YLA alerting me to the results of the RSGB international LowPower HF contest of 17/7/22. I'm pleased to report several successes for NARC members. Jim G3YLA came 7th in the UK 5w Fixed section, Peter M0RYB came 3rd with a certificate in the same section, Dick G3WRJ came 5th in the UK 5w portable section and Mark G0TMT was portable in this test achieving second place in the UK 10w portable section and gains a certificate. Congratulations to them all.

I received this e-mail from the organisers of the WW Digi DX contest, worth a mention here for those with an interest in such things - 1200 Sat August 27th for 24h:-

Please consider participating in WW Digi DX Contest.

FT4 and FT8 are used, with separate contest subbands as described in
https://ww-digi.com/ .

Normal FT8 QSOs are valid in the WW Digi contest, so you can
give points and multipliers on standard FT8 frequencies:
please allow stations already worked to call you again and
answer CQ with TX1 (giving your locator).

We kindly ask you for your LOG even if you made just few normal QSOs in
contest 24 hour period.

Adif format can easily be converted to cabrillo format on
https://ww-digi.com/adif/ page.

Thanks a lot, 73 and CU contest

Don, AA5AU
Ed, W0YK
Iztok, S52D


Note that the Autumn series of 80m club contests will begin shortly after a 1 month break. We are hoping many club members will wish to join in. Rules at RSGB contest site.

Upcoming contests in the next 2 weeks:-


Before each of the 2m and 70cm UKACs there is an FM leg starting 1 hour before for 55 minutes. I hear almost no activity in this from here but others may have more luck! Rules etc on RSGBCC site.

* Fri 12th August 1500 to Sun August 14th 1459 MMMonVHF/DUBUD 144MHz MS sprint contest - see WA7BNM
* Sun 14th August 1400-1600 70MHz Cumulatives #5
* Tue 16th August 1900-2130 1.3GHz UKAC
* Thu 18th August 1900-2130 70MHz UKAC
* Tue 23rd August 1830-2130 SHF UKAC

Also of interest for some on the vhf / uhf bands are the EU FT8 activity tests - see the following link for more information. These are on the first (144 MHz), second (432MHz) and third (1.3GHz) Wednesdays of each month. 1700-2000 Hrs EU FT8 series website https://ft8activity.eu/index.php/en/


* Sat 13th August 0000 to Sun 14th August 2359 WAE DX CW contest - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 1200 to Sun 14th August 2400 SKCC Weekend Sprintathon - CW - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 1200 to Sun 14th August 1200 Keyman's club of Japan Contest - CW - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 1200-1300 SARL Youth sprint - 40m SSB - see WA7BNM
* Sat 13th August 1600-1800 FISTS Saturday sprint - see WA7BNM
* Sat 20th August 1800 to Sun 21st August 0559 North America SSB QSO party - see WA7BNM

Wednesdays throughout the year, CW ops 1 hour mini tests 13:00, 19:00, Thurs 03:00 and 07:00, exchange Name and G if not a member or CWOPS number if you are a member.
See CWOPS website for more details.
Also on Fridays 2000 to 2100 and Mondays 0000 to 0100 each week CWops runs the K1USN slow speed CW contests. Any speed up to 20wpm is acceptable. For rules see :- CW OPs SST page this contest is open to anyone.

All RSGB contest rules and further details plus log submission at RSGB contest site
Look to WA7BNM’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

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73 until next week,

Phil G4LPP