NFD 2018

posted 6 Jun 2018, 02:37 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 02:38 ]

Members of Essex CW Club were active during NFD over the weekend of 2nd/3rd 

June 2018 using G4C/P from a new site in Heybridge, Essex.

Equipment used included a K3, manual ATU and doublet antenna. The group  logged in

excess of 800 QSOs.

Operators were G4WQI, G4ZUL, G3XLG, G0JYI, G4PVM, M0ICH, G0DVJ & M0KCP.

Our thanks to all the people that turned up to help setting up and running the station. 

NFD 2018

posted 30 Apr 2018, 08:45 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

ECWARC are pleased to announce that we have once again formed a team for NFD (the RSGB National Field Day event), which takes place on June 2nd/3rd this year.  It starts at 1500 GMT (4 pm local time) Saturday June 2nd and concludes 24 hours later on the Sunday afternoon.

The QTH will be:

Via Daisy Meadow Car park,

Basin Road, Heybridge Basin, CM9 4RR

Grid:  TL870069

The site will be continuously manned by the ECWARC Committee. 

All ECWARC and other CW operators are invited to participate.  You can stop by to operate for a spell, or just to say hello and share a coffee.

For those stopping longer, we will have a BBQ available. Please bring your own food.

NFD is always a fun event whether operating or not.  And it provides a great opportunity to see CW contesting in action and even try your hand.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Chris G0EKN S.K.

posted 27 Mar 2018, 01:12 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

We are saddened to learn that Chris G0EKN became SK during March 2018.

All members of ECWARC send their sincere condolences to his wife Stella G0EKP,

ECWARC member 337

Essex CW Club Boot Camp 2017 - video

posted 29 Jan 2018, 08:19 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

Essex CW Club Boot Camp 2017 video is now available via the below link:

RadCom feature January 2018

posted 14 Dec 2017, 00:59 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club   [ updated 18 Dec 2017, 06:07 ]

The January 2018 edition of RadCom features Essex CW Club on Page 88, this can also be viewed via the resources page.

Boot Camp 2017 - Report

posted 25 Oct 2017, 05:42 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

Essex CW Club (ECWARC) held their CW Boot Camp at Witham in Essex on October 21st, and people travelled from all over Southern England to attend.  It was kindly sponsored by Martin Lynch & Sons, who donated two PK-4 Electronic Keyers.

Experience has shown that just undertaking Morse all day is too tiring for this kind of event so the program included a variety of activities to enable attendees to enjoy their day better and to get more out of it.

During the introductory speech, a prize was offered for the candidate who had travelled the furthest.  This turned out to be John/M6KET, who had travelled all the way from Redditch.  He was presented with one of the PK-4 keyers.

Three different CW speed groups were organised, slow, medium and fast.  During the next 90 minutes every attendee was assessed for both sending and receiving.  Each was critiqued on formation of characters, spacing and sending style.  For receiving, speed was gradually increased and many found that this technique helped them to receive at faster speeds.

After coffee the next item was a group session introducing Morse keys.  This included demonstrations on pump and bug keys and a tutorial on how to set them up.  Then a comprehensive talk with slides was given entitled “The Paddle Key” which answered many questions about the different types of key including the touch key, squeeze keying, Iambic A and B, the role of the keyer and good techniques.

At mid-day a second Morse assessment and practice session started with the same speed groupings and ran until lunch at 1300.  ECWARC had also provided hot soup and sausage rolls, so all delegates were well fed.

After lunch a slide-show talk was given on the design and build of a low-cost device to measure the Morse speed of a paddle key, followed by several short talks on various ham software and contesting techniques.

Afternoon coffee was followed by a combined group receiving session in which the speed was gradually increased.  The trick was to stay with it to as high a speed as possible.

With the day drawing to a close, a wrap up speech was given during which the second PK-4 was presented.  One of the seats in use had a sticker concealed underneath it.  The lucky occupant was the winner, who turned out to be Nigel/M0ICH.

Two attendees had their own epiphanies during the day.  Mick/M0GWD achieved his first-ever on-air CW QSO, and Nigel/M0ICH logged only his second HF CW QSO.  They were both delighted.

Every attendee said how much they enjoyed the day and how much they got out of it personally.  The event was voted an outstanding success, and the ECWARC team feel they achieved their goal: to preserve and widen the use of CW operating, and to help raise operating standards.

Founder member Rick G3YEC (SK)

posted 2 Oct 2017, 03:30 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

We are saddened to learn that founder member Rick G3YEC became SK recently.Rick was ECWARC member number 003. All members of ECWARC send their sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Morse Classes Start 7th September 2017

posted 9 Aug 2017, 02:25 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

Morse classes will be starting again at Danbury Village Hall, 7pm, on Thursday, 7th September, 2017.These classes are designed for the complete beginner or, if you have a little experience, we can help to build up your speed and confidence on the key. Instruction is also given on the use of the twin paddle key. Within 8 weeks - if you do your homework - we can get you on the key. Your instructors will be Andy, G0IBN, Oliver, M0WAG and Dean, G4WQI. Just bring yourself, a pen and an A5 size note-book. It's a fun night and you'll be made very welcome. Contact Andy, G0IBN on 01621 868347 or email

Class 1 ECWARC Award issued to Ron DL5CL

posted 22 Dec 2016, 05:02 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

Congratulations to Ron DL5CL, member #77, for being issued with an ECWARC Class 1 operating certificate.

NFD report 2016

posted 21 Aug 2016, 13:28 by Secretary essexcw   [ updated 26 Aug 2016, 05:50 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club ]

The old doublet which we had used for years on NFD did look a bit sorry for itself with the ladder feed having numerous joins.

Comments were made on its suitability for the task in hand. After listening to many derogatory remarks I eventually gave in and Steve, G4ZUL's, lovely looking aerial ,with its shiny cable and fancy connections ,was eventually hauled aloft - "I'll eat my hat if it does not work" Two hours later, having checked all the connections, 5 minutes before the start of the contest, the old 270ft doublet was hoisted to the maximum allowed height of 11 metres and worked fine for the 24 hours of the contest !!

ECWARC members, Andy,G0IBN, Rob, M0KCP, Steve, G4ZUL, Dave, G4AJY, Dean, G4WQI and Jonathan, G0DVJ operated over the 24 hour period with the help of Oliver, M0WAG.  Visitors included  Steve, G4WHO, Liz,G0MDL, Tony,2E0FTQ and Bill, G7LAX. The group enjoyed the day and each others company ending up with a score of 2826, 14th place,compared with 2278, 18th, in the last NFD.

Regarding the "Eating of a hat!" We are still waiting!  Motto of the story: scrape and tin the end connectionsof the aerial before you crimp the connections. Having done this you MUST also solder the crimped connections.

Andy G0IBN in charge of the station.
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Dave G4AGY relaxing while Dean G4WQI does the paperwork.

Steve G0ZUL enjoys the scenery

"There's a bad connection somewhere..."

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