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Welcome to week fifty three of NARC’s contest news.

Results:-

No RSGB HF contest results this week.

Two results came in in this week for VHF contests.

The result 50MHZ UKAC of 08/9/2022 came out on 23/9/2022. You may remember conditions were abysmal and I, for one, lost two good distance QSOs to poor copy. NARC entered 8 logs for this one which led to our moving up to 4th position in this series.

The results of the 432MHz UKAC of 13/9/2022 were released on 24th September. Conditions were fairly good for this one and 7 logs had eventually been submitted by NARC members. As a result of this we have moved up to 9th place in this series.

We currently remain in 9th place in the overall UKAC series in the General Clubs section.

The NARC UKAC contest team is growing in numbers, thanks to all who are helping out.

Contests:-

There have been no relevent RSGB HF contests this week.

At least three club members took part in the CQ WW RTTY contest on 24th/25th September. Activity was high with some good DX about.

I received this report from Peter M0RYB:-

"I hadn’t particularly planned to do much in the CQWW RTTY test, but on Saturday morning I received an email from a Chilean ham who had read an enquiry I had put on the N1MM forum 4 years ago. The ham asked if I had resolved the problem of getting RTTY out to the antenna, as he had recently purchased a K3.

Well, I had, but that was 4 years, another rig, and a different RTTY engine ago.

So I dug out the K3 and loaded the MMTTY engine, and although I had the *.ini file in N1MM for the K3, it refused to work. However with some memory bashing all 3 entities (the rig, N1MM and MMTTY) finally agreed to talk to each other.

Further email correspondence to Chile ensued, and after some final tweaks, Fernando reported a completed qso.

I had been testing how the rig etc was behaving by having qsos with other contestants, and as Fernando had mentioned 10m was open, I had a look there. Indonesia and South America (not Fernando, though, that would have been nice) were there, so I thought I would do a bit more, ending up with:

M0RYB CQWW DX RTTY results

Peter
M0RYB

My own rather casual effort looked like this:-

Contest: CQWWRTTY
Band QSOs Pts ZN Cty SP  Pt/Q
3,5    20       38    3   16    0   1,9
7       12       29    7   11    1   2,4
14     35       94    8   14  15   2,7
21       9       22    7     9    0   2,4
28     26       76  11   13    0   2,9
Total 102    259 36   63  16   2,5
Score: 29.785

On VHF and up on Tuesday 27th September the SHF UKAC took place. Our only club member currently doing stalwart battle in this one is Graham G3SGC. He tells me conditions were very poor with no tropo enhancement but depite this he managed 5 contacts on 2.3GHz with best DX G8CUL at 233 Km. He is currently only running 0.6W to a 67 element beam but is working on a PA.

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.

You may remember that Gordon G3PXT won the Tindle cup for MGM modes with 131 DXCCs in the CDXC 2022 LF challenge. Here is a picture of his cup:-

 tindle cup winner 2022 Congratulations Gordon.

Upcoming contests in the next 2 weeks:-

On VHF / UHF / SHF

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.

* Sat 1st October 1400-2200 1.2GHz Trophy - part of RSGB VHF championship.
* Sat 1st October 1400 for 24h - 432MHz to 245GHz Contest.
* Sat 1st October 1400-2200 2.3GHz Trophy - part of RSGB VHF championship.
(The above 3 contests coincide with the Region 1 UHF/Microwaves Contest - see WA7BNM)
* Tue 4th October 1900-2130 144MHz UKAC
* Wed 5th October 1900-2100 144MHz FT8 AC
* Tue 11th October 1900-2130 432MHz UKAC
* Wed 12th October 1900-2100 432MHz FT8 AC
* Thu 13th October 1900-2130 50MHz 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/

On HF

* Sat 1st October 0600 for 24h - Oceania DX phone contest - See WA7BNM
* Sat 1st October 0600 for 24h - Worked all provinces of China contest - see WA7BNM
* Sat 1st October 1600 to Sun 2nd October 2200 - California QSO party - See WA7BNM
* Sat 1st October 1600-1800 (80m) and Sun 2nd October 0900-1100 (40m) Hell contest - see WA7BNM
* Sat 1st October 1800 for 24h - SKCC HF CW contest - see WA7BNM
* Sun 2nd October 0600-1800 RSGB HF DX Contest - part of the HF championship.
* Mon 3rd October 1900-2030 Autumn series CW
* Sat 8th October 0600 for 24h Oceania DX contest CW - see WA7BNM
* Sat 8th October 1200 to Sun 9th October 2400 SKCC CW contest - see WA7BNM
* Sat 8th October and Sun 9th October several USA state QSO parties will be running - see WA7BNM
* Wed 12th October 1900-2030 Autumn series DATA

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 these contests are 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

Morse Classes 2021

HF News

The HF bands have been really humming this week, making up for the Summer doldrums. A lot of this is due to the seasonal change in the ionosphere that results in more monatomic species and fewer diatomic ones.

These are easier to ionise, which is good news for radio amateurs everywhere as the MUF rises.A quick check shows that all the HF bands up to 10 metres have been serving up DX, so make the most of it. There have been 10m openings to as far as Wyoming and California.

The solar flux index has been static at 135, and that may not change too much as we enter next week with the return of old sunspot region 3098, which still appears to be active.The Kp index reached six on Tuesday due to the impact of a coronal mass ejection on the Sun. This resulted in widespread visible aurora.

Unfortunately, a large coronal hole will become Earth-centric on Friday 30th, which may result in a high-speed solar wind stream that is expected to reach Earth beginning late on September 30th and into October 1st.If the stream’s Bz is pointing south it could result in minor (G1) to moderate (G2) geomagnetic storming.

Visible/radio aurora at higher latitudes may be possible heading into the new month as well.NOAA predicts that the solar flux will remain around the 130 mark, but that the Kp index may elevate to five or even six over the first half of the week.So we may have seen the best of the DX for the time being, at least until the Kp index recovers.

VHF and up

The current period of weather is fairly typical of autumn with a mix of fine, settled ridges of high pressure interrupted by some passages of low pressure with their attendant fronts and bands of showers.These can be very vigorous systems with scope to bring gales to some areas making this a good time of the year to make those final checks of antenna guys and fixings before winter comes.In terms of propagation, there will be some active rain bands crossing the country, plus a chance of a few showers.

This raises the possibility of some rain scatter on the GHz bands, although less intense than summer events.The shower part of the story tends to favour the seas around our coasts, but in stronger autumn winds you will need to keep on top of the tracking rate which can be quite brisk.The occasional periods of high pressure bring a good chance of Tropo at times, especially towards the continent from Biscay and France across to Germany and Poland.

There will be some overnight mist and fog, which usually gives a boost to Tropo for part of the day at least.Other exotic modes, like aurora, are certainly worth consideration after recent examples, plus of course, the chance of some random meteor scatter.The daytime Sextantid meteor shower is still active through to the 9th of October although we are past the peak.

The Moon is at minimum declination today (Sunday) and at perigee on Tuesday. Path losses will be low and Moon windows will lengthen as the week progresses. 144MHz sky noise is high today, but low from Tuesday.

An occasional series on 'matters-antenna'  please jump on board with any of your own tales as they happen.
This one is a brief note to say that the G3YLA Hex Beam was successfully re-installed on Thursday with much help from a selection of ‘destruction crew’ types who happened to be available.  Phil, G4LPP, Mike G4DYC and an after work Sonny, M0SYW were in attendance for the task of squeezing the Hex beam plus two beams for VHF/UHF into my small garden space. The Hex Beam from Ant MW0JZE and mast from Gary MM0CUZ were the principle components, both excellent people to deal with and very supportive, plus the two VHF/UHF beams from Dual via Nevada for 2m and 23cm.
This was a long and tiring day and its amazing how unwieldy these things are when trying to manhandle the complexities of a Hex Beam into the air.  Started at 10.30am and finally done at 5.30pm.  The nice thing about the mast with an electric winch is that the beam can be raised/lowered by remote control from the shack for contests etc. and the rest of the time sits at minimum height; the Hex Beam is a great performer at low heights. It covers all bands from 20m to 6m and adds 40m with an extension set of wires.
Big thanks to Phil, Mike and Sonny
73 de Jim
G3YLA
 
 
 
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