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Roar Nets April 17th - April 19th 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 17th and 19th April 2016
0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 59 and gave me 57-9
Pertti EA7GSU called in with a great signal 57 and gave me 57-8
From Phil VK2MCB
Sorry I missed the Sunday 40m net but was required to host a birthday party for my daughter in law. All went well!
0630z - 0730z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
Propagation Forecast at 0605z today : SFI 113 A 12 K 4 sunspots 57 (going down)
From Bill VK4ZD
Propagation was weird and very disappointing.
I used the IC-7300 for the first time on the net.
Peter VK3KCD was 59 and gave me 59+20
John ZL2JPM was 53-5 and gave me the same
Phil VK2MCB was 53 and gave me 54-5
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59 also
Klaus HB9CQS came thru at 0700z and was 55 with QSB and gave me 43
Pertti EA7GSU was 539 on CW and 52 on SSB. He gave me 51-55
I went QRT at 0737z
From Phil VK2MCB
07:12 F1CFA 14.295.200 41 31 Jean Pierre
07:08 HB9CQS 14.295.200 55 53 Klaus
06:57 ZL1BFS 14.295.200 59 58 Doug
06:56 VK3KCD 14.295.200 32 Peter
06:41 ZL2JPM 14.295.200 55 53 John
06:41 VK4ZD 14.295.200 45 55 Bill
From John G3OKT
Poor conditions today, worse even than could have been guessed from the forecast. Also, an over-modulated Italian station who was S9+20dB here sterilized over 8 kHz from 14,292 to 14.3 from 0607 until 0730. Apart from that, the band seemed dead, though woodpecker did appear at usual strength at 0700 and 0717.
OH2BAD appeared briefly at 5.6 at 0628. Miika gave me 3.1.
HB9CQS was 3.1 with QSB here briefly at 0643; Klaus was heard again at 1.1 at 0710.
EA7GSU was 5.2.9 at 0700 and gave me 4.7.9 in QRM. Pertti called PA3AHC on CW and I just heard Malcolm’s voice at 0703.
G4HCK was 2.1 “bursty” at 0658. Heard Nick “only just hear you”
EA7GSU was 4.1 at 0716; gave Klaus 5.6 who seemed to be talking to VK4ZD.
VK4ZD was mentioned by Pertti, who suggested we were too early?
The band did seem to be waking up at at 0730 ? – b’cast modulation was heard on 14.3.
From Nick G4HCK
I think I heard G3OKT this morning – just – I had another station close by running lots of power and spreading all over the place creating a real headache. Once or twice I thought I could hear Phil but conditions were bad for me so I gave up today
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
I was ready this morning to my ears are really well opened, I heard OH2BAD, HB9CQS, G3OKT, EA7GSU ( working in CW ), but no mention of VK4ZD.
At 0700z, I heard HB9CQS bursting 55, then VK2MCB ( We exchanged 42 ) and Bill VK4ZD 41. Pertti was still working in CW.
It was not a great ROAR Net. Moreover an Italian neighbour station was installed close to the frequency
From Klaus HB9CQS
Very poor conditions this Sunday morning. I started listening at 06:30z and soon worked Miika, OH2BAD at 57 QSB here, but within minutes he was gone again and the frequency was dead. Called Bill, VK4ZD, several times but to no avail. At 07:00z Phil, VK2MCB, was starting coming up and I worked him. Got 55. Phil was 43 here. After a few minutes Bill, VK4ZD, was coming in using a new ICOM TRX. Same thing: Got 55 from Bill who was 43 here. Unfortunately no improvements over time. Assisted by Phil and Bill I listened for the ZLs but was unable to copy anything.
Didn’t hear Pertti on SSB but he was active on CW and at one time called Malcolm, PA3AHC.
Kept going with Phil and Bill until 07:23 when I closed down
From Malcolm PA3AHC
Like John G3OKT, 20m was a washout for me, not hearing one single whisper from any direction , except of course for that splattering Italian on 14.296 which made bad things worse . Come on Tuesday!
From Peter VK3KCD
Very difficult conditions in VK - had good signal from Bill and variable from ZL. Briefly heard Klaus 22 just after 0700 and then nothing. However got 43 from Pertti on 40 but only 22 with me. As you say Malcolm, bring on Tuesday and someone please have a word with the sun!
From Bill VK4ZD
Bummer on the propagation. After finishing with the net on 20m yesterday I went to 14.156 to check on EA7BA and his group. He was 56-8 and gave me 58. They remarked that the propagation arrived 90 minutes later than on Saturday. It is really crazy.
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT who was net control.
G2FUU and G3OKT exchanged 5.9+10db b/w. Tommy said he was taking G3JJR at his best signal since the move (4.8/9 QSB)
G3JJR John was 5.8 here
PA3AHC Malcolm gave me 5.9 (?) – he was only 3.4 with QSB above and below my S6/7 noise level. Tommy could just tell Malcolm was there – no copy.
G3SZF Bob was 5.9+10dB; could hear Malcolm but under his S7 noise level. Bob could hear G3JJR OK in QSB. Both G2FUU and G3OKT were very strong.
G4LXD Bill was 5.9 to S9+10dB; gave 4.7 for G3JJR and was only just aware of Malcolm.
G3LUW Brian had given his apologies, and neither G3SZF nor G3OKT would be on net next Sunday. Tommy will be net control.
We had a good discussion – the net closed at 0950.
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.3115MHz
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287/8 or 14.310
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 19 April 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0630z - 0700z Tuesday 19 April 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
Propagation Forecast at 0605z today : SFI 95 A 5 K 1 sunspots 28 (low)
From Bill VK4ZD
I was late to this net and Phil VK2MCB had things well in hand - thanks Phil.
Phil VK2MCB was 55
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 56-7 and gave me 58
John G3OKT was 44 and gave me 55
Malcolm PA3AHC was 55 and gave me 54
Peter VK3KCD was 58 and gave me 59
Les PA0SDZ was 55-6 and gave me 57
Klaus HB9CQS was 58-59+5 with QSB and gave me 57-8
I went QRT at 0711z
From Phil VK2MCB
Much better conditions, a real pleasure.
Sunday was so, so; Tuesday was excellent. From VK, Les PA0SDZ was my standout signal, with Malcolm’s signal much improved. Excellent also to see John G3OKT a strong signal, in relative terms. Everybody was very readable from the Canberra region
06:53 HB9CQS 14.295.200 59 57 Klaus
06:45 VK4ZD 14.295.200 45 45 Bill
06:43 PA3AHC 14.295.200 53 53 Malcolm
06:38 VK3KCD 14.295.200 52 33 Peter
06:35 F1CFA 14.295.200 55 55 Jean Pierre
06:33 PA0SDZ 14.295.200 57 57 Les
06:28 YO9BC 14.295.200 58 57 Coco
06:27 G3OKT 14.295.200 55 55 John on a balanced doublet
From John G3OKT
YO9BC Coco returned to my CQ call. We exchanged 5.9+10dB b/w and Coco said he had been hearing strong VK’s for 1 hour already.
VK2MCB Phil and I exchanged 5.5 b/w, but Phil was down to 5.1 by 0657. Phil heard Coco at 5.7/8.
PA0SDZ was only just heard here (1.1?); Les and Phil exchanged 5.7 at 0655z; Les and G3OKT exchanged 3.2 .
F1CFA exchanged 5.5 b/w with VK2MCB; Jean Pierre was only a trace here, and then only hearable on the low spider antenna.
VK3KCD was 5.1/2 with Phil, a poor copy 2.1 here, and gave PA0SDZ 5.6/7.
PA3AHC was only 2.1 here, Malcolm gave Phil 5.3/4 (?) and got 5.3.
VK4ZD appeared here at 0644 with deep QSB; gave Coco 5.5 and 5.6/7 for F1CFA. Bill gave G3OKT 4.4 but was 3.2 at best on the spider. Bill gave Les 5.5/6.
HB9CQS found Les “weak” at 5.3 and got 4.1? VK2MCB heard Klaus at 5.9 and got 5.7. At 0655 Klaus got 5.7 from VK2MCB and gave 5.5, Klaus was 5.3 here; Klaus gave Bill 5.7/8, gave Les 5.3, and gave G3OKT 4.3.
VK3KCD appeared here at 0657, only 4.1 but interestingly much stronger on the spider beam; Peter gave Bill 5.9, Klaus 5.7, and Malcolm 3.3 in spite of woodpecker which appeared here at its usual S9+20dB at 0658z.
Significantly, no ROAR station moved my S meter after 0650z, but the rest of the band did seem to wake up with QRM from other stations, heterodynes and QRN.
HB9CQS was 5.8 to 5.9+5dB with VK4ZD at 0703.
VK2MCB gave F1CFA 5.3 at 0707; the net closed at 0712z, Phil having been a good Q5 throughout in spite of QSB.
From Peter VK3KCD
Propagation was better on Tuesday just a small correction I had very little from Phil VK2MCB but Bill VK4ZD was 59. Intrigued you could copy me all I heard from G3OKT was a whisper in the noise. It was the same for all those I did not exchange reports with.

That’s all for now;
Sorry I will not be on nets on Sunday 24th, nor Tuesday 26th April due to holiday in the UK Lake District , but hope to be back on Sunday 1st May and Tuesday 3rd May.
The ROAR AGM weekend will be 12-15 May when Tommy G2FUU may remain on the 80m Sunday net, and Nick G4HCK may be on 20m.
If you wish to make any comment on these nets I suggest you send directly to Bill VK4ZD for inclusion on the IRFOAR website. I am not taking a laptop with me! Doubt if there's much of a broadband signal where I'm going anyway!!
73s from John G3OKT
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