Monday’s ‘NRN’ CW Fun

My homebrew Ameco AC-1 clone



A weekly CW operating activity that seems to be growing in popularity is the Monday “NRN”.





The NRN get-togethers are an offshoot of the annual “NRR” or Novice Rig Roundup. Monday’s “Novice Rig Night” gradually grew from those that wanted to see the NRR fun continue, in one form or another, without waiting an entire year for the event to roll around again.

Operating times run from sunup on the east coast to midnight on the west coast ... but basically, people just get on the air whenever they can on Monday and call “CQ NRN”. I suspect that most of the activity takes place between late afternoon and bedtime, with 40m probably seeing the most action. As winter arrives, we may see more activity on 80m but these are only my personal observations from the west coast.

Most folks are using typical Novice-era transmitters and / or receivers, with the Drake 2NT, early Heathkits, Eicos, homebrews and Hammarlunds being popular. The previous Monday I was active with my homebrew Ameco AC-1 clone, a 6V6 crystal power oscillator, at about 6 watts out. Good contacts were had with several eastern stations. There are several AC-1s around and there has been at least one suggestion of an 'AC-1 Night' ... what fun that would be as well!

For last night’s NRN, I brought out my homebrew Paraset.


Once again, good contacts were had with the easterners on 40m: W9BRD in NJ, W3NP in WV,  KD2E in NJ and VE3LYX using his No.19 tank radio ... two WWII radios talking to each other in 2018, one real and one a reproduction!



VE3LYX's No.19 set operating position
The Paraset uses a two-tube regenerative receiver and, like the AC-1, a single 6V6 crystal controlled power oscillator. It's always difficult to judge propagation conditions when listening with a regen ... are conditions as bad as they seem or is it just my simple receiver making the band sound poorer than usual? Such was the case for me last night so next week I will spark-up the Paraset once again for another round of NRN fun. As promised on the NRR Facebook page (now at 1600+ members!), all Paraset contacts will be confirmed with my mid-30s styled QSL and these will be going out this week. 




Here is the formal announcement for the Monday events, with a few additional details. Hopefully you can join the fun (any rig is fair game!), next week.
Steve McDonald, VE7SL, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from British Columbia, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Monday’s ‘NRN’ CW Fun”

  • Randy Haus KB2PLW:

    Wow, this is fantastic! Many thanks to Dan Sands for letting me know about this. Like (apparently) many other ‘Novices’ I am always sad to see the NRR end. It is my flagship event of the year. My main station rigs are an 80 meter 6L6 at 12 watts and a 40 meter 6L6 at 8 watts. I will be hanging out at 7110 and 7115 on Monday nights, scanning up and down 5kHz with my Realistic DX-160 and DX-150B receivers. People ask me if I mind all the inconvenience of my station and I tell them that I enjoy it BECAUSE of all the inconvenience. A Novice forever, Randy KB2PLW

  • Randy Haus KB2PLW:

    I worked NRN on 7115 and 7110 last night (5/13/2019) and amid much digital QRM was able to reach KP4Q on 7110. I run my first Novice rig, an 8 watt 6L6 and plan to be on each Monday night XYL permitting. Hope to get at least one station each NRN. Thanks to the Novice Rig Round Up for spreading the word on Monday night NRN.

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