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GB2CW Morse Corner Week ending 22.09.22
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"Do today what others won't,
so you can do tomorrow what others can't."

The NARC Net.
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Well, regardless of SK night, we are now starting the NARC Net at 20 wpm. On a paddle, this provides reasonable speed and good Morse to encourage those trying out their skils for the first time, or even those not comfortable at higher speeds. This is what the Net was instigated for in the first place so please try to join in. The Net controller will call ON TIME at 8.30 and will listen ONLY for beginners to start with so please DO NOT call before time and DO NOT call until sufficient time has been given to those beginners. There must be dozens of them just busting to join in so let's hope this produces some results!
Once the Net controller has called for those beginners a couple of times, then we can also join in. Then, we can run at 20 wpm for the complete Net or if the controller wishes, he can increase the speed to a suggested level, say 25 wpm.
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Jim G3YLA has authored a very useful help file for those who would like to call into our net but are too nervous. It is worth not only reading but copying and saving. I shall repeat it for a few weeks.
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NARC Monday night CW net on 3543kHz at 20:30 ‘local’
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If you have thought that the NARC CW net sounds like something to try, but are not sure what to do when you get there, then this user guide is just for you.

This is a ‘USER GUIDE’ for the Monday night NARC CW net on 80m. It may all seem to be a bit of a mystery when you are new to CW and nets, so hopefully this informal net etiquette will help you to follow the goings on and feel at home once you join in. This is not a USA style ‘traffic net’ which you might have heard on the HF bands, which are very structured and use a subset of Q codes that apply specifically to traffic nets. The NARC CW net is an informal chat and designed to be as natural as a phone QSO on 2m, BUT noting a few conventions and etiquette rules will help you fit in.

Firstly, the net is designed to encourage newcomers to CW to join the regular Monday evening NARC net. This usually lasts for about an hour and then we QSY to 2m on 145.250 to discuss any follow-up points. Don’t be afraid of feedback, we all have bad CW habits or areas where we can improve and this net will help you do that.

The main ground rule of this net is keeping overs to a minimum (i.e. not a long ragchew) to keep it moving around, and two or three items are usually sufficient. Your contributions may be things that you want to mention, or a response to something others have said in their overs. Listening to the net will give you a better idea of what is discussed, but basically it is down to you.

A good tip is to prepare a template to note bullet points as the net progresses. Start off with a list of calls present, in the right order, then make four boxes to represent each over from that station and put down bullet points from their over as the net progresses. You can even preload your callsign block with bullet points of what you want to comment upon. Depending upon how many join the net, you will have between two and four overs.

The net control is rotated around the regular members each week, but don’t worry you wont be put into the ‘hot’ seat until ready and you agree to try it… it is not difficult, but can seem intimidating at first, so nobody will be forced to do net control. The list of net controllers is published in the NARC newsletter each week, so you know who to look out for. If the nominated frequency is occupied, then tune around a kHz or two and you should find us, and if that doesn’t work put out a call on 2m (145.450 or 145.250). Note that there are no nets on evenings when the club is taking part in one of the RSGB 80m CC or AS contests.

The net starts at 20.30 local time when the net control calls CQ NARC net at 20wpm and asks for newcomers to call in first. After any (or none) have called in, the net control will then call CQ NARC net again without specifying newcomers, but still at 20wpm. Depending upon whether there are any new CW ops involved, the speed may creep up to about 23wpm from about 9pm, but will always stay at lower speeds if slower ops are present. In fact ,if someone joins who is at 15wpm receiving speed we will match our speeds to their ability; it is what the net is for, after all.

Once the net call-ins have completed, the net control station will list those present in the order they called in. This becomes the template for the net. The control station passes it to the first on the list and they pass it to the next on the list until it gets back to net control again. If you want to call in once it has started you can interject your call as a station passes it on and net control will acknowledge you and put you after the last one on the list and then it’ll be you who hands back to the net control. If you know the net order then it is less confusing, and usually better, to call in at the end of the list and net control will pop it over to you for your first over; the net control station will usually leave a gap after the last over from the group in case of late joiners.

When passing it between members of a net like this you do not use ‘KN’ at the end of the callsigns, since it is open for others to call in. Typical handover is along the lines of G3LDI es (NARC) net de G3YLA k. I tend to just use net when taking it from previous op and probably better to include NARC when passing it to the next in the list, since joiners are more likely to call in at this point.

You don’t have to give everyone a report individually with callsigns unless you need to separate stations who might be weaker than the others. So saying everyone 599 except g3yla who is 569 wid QSB is quite sufficient. If its your first time give names and QTH etc. and perhaps some info on rigs and antenna, as in a normal QSO.

 

The net often gets to about 21:30 local and then net control will close the net by sending 73 and the list of participants, after which we usually (in net order) return with a brief 73 de callsign. If anyone calls in late at this stage it is the responsibility of the net control to pick it up or not depending upon choice and time. Thereafter, the whole group within 2m range then reforms on 145.250 MHz and the net control will pass it around for any follow-up comments or advice.

Some other points to note: the last Monday of the month is straight key night. This is usually much slower and typically 14-18wpm and provides a chance to maintain your pure CW hand-sending skills.

Try to net on frequency; we will soon nudge you in the right direction if off, although we do understand that some older rigs might not be so good at holding frequency, nonetheless a good goal to have. Don’t feel that you have to send quickly; it is much easier for everyone to send accurately, even if slower.

You might want to test your characteristic ‘fist’ by using one of the PC type morse readers to see if it can cope, or maybe record a test piece and play it back after a week has passed to see if you can read it! Try to practice sending as you think, so that you don’t need to write everything down first… takes a while but you don’t do it for FM so why do it for CW?

The NARC CW net is not designed to be a trial and it may seem stressful at first, but we have all gone through that process and it soon passes. Remember everyone on the frequency wants you to enjoy CW nets and we are there to help make that happen. We run the nets to help you get extra skills and become good net operators, not everyone can do it straightaway, but you can succeed if you decide you want to.

73 de Jim
g3yla
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Classes will recommence on Monday October 10th. The first class will be my headcopy class at 1000 local time on GB3NB. I hope there will be more joining the class in October. This date is fast approaching so please think about it and email me if you wish to attend one or more of the classes.
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CW OPS

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There are still a large number of locals taking part, with fewer in the 0300z session. I wonder why!! If you would like to be nominated for membership of CW OPS just let one of the local members know and we will do the necessary. The only pre-condition is that you are good up to 25wpm.
Phil gained a PB this week with 114 Qs in the hour, on the 1900z session. Congratulations Phil!

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The RSGB Convention will be very soon and if you are a member of CW OPS there will be a photo opportunity for all those present.
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BOOTCAMP 2022.

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The GB2CW Morse Bootcamp will take place on Saturday 12th Novbember. There will be several things going on, receiving practice at various speeds, sending practice with your own Morse key (Straight or paddle) so please bring your keys with you.
Memory receiving ( Head copy ) with no writing down except for notes will be used as well as proper copy on paper. We are now in the fortunate position of having several that can assume instructor role.
We start at 9 a.m. and finish around 4.30 p.m.

When you attend, please bring your lunch, tea coffee ginger beer and bikkies will be here. Also your own paper and pens and slippers if you wear them, just in case it's wet out there.( I have a very pale coloured new carpet! ) Don't forget your Morse key and if you have a keyer, that too.
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THE LIST SO FAR
Roger G3LDI, Malcolm G3PDH, Jim G3YLA, Chris G4CCX, Mike G4DYC, David M7BLX, Phil G4LPP, Robert G4TUK, Colin G4EYT, Les G0DFC, Mui M0MUI.
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Hopefully there will be some more that need practice? I look forward to hearing from you
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It's early days as yet, but it is advisable to get your name down ASAP. There is a limit to the amount of people I can host!
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Email me with your intentions! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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RUFZXP
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No further updates from Phil --- as yet!

RufzXP22Sep22

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Send your new score to Jim G3YLA by Thursday evening at the latest. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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It would be nice to see some more new entries in this table.

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NARC NET
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3543.00KHz 2030 local time on Monday evenings. Join us for a chat.
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Net Operator's list:
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Malcolm G3PDH
Chris G4CCX
Phil G4LPP
Dick G3WRJ
Roger G3LDI
Les G0DFC
Jim G3YLA
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This is the current list and for Monday 26th September the Net Controller will be Malcolm G3PDH.
Gyess what!! It will be Straight Key night. So get the limp wrist ready and join the fun.
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You can work out when it will be your turn and please let me know if you cannot do it on that particular night, in which case we will just follow through.
So, on Monday evening Malcolm will call, at somewhat less than 20 wpm, for beginners only to check in FIRST. If we have any, please adjust your speed to match theirs and we will all do the same. I shall highlight the next Controller in red for the Monday following the Newsletter.
On the 19th David M7BLX joined us again and is gaining confidence, so why not give it a try? You might just enjoy it.

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That's it, open the cage, play the music.
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If you have any input, please email me.

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.

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