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Roar Nets September 4th - September 6th 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 4th and 6th September 2016
0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 58 and gave 57
Phil VK2MCB was 57-8, building to 59+10 and gave me 59+20
Pertti EA7GSU called in on CW and gave me 41; he was 5.3.9 to me.
John VK5PO (visitor) from Lewiston was 59+5 here
0630z - 0730z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 5 and gave me 45
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 58-9
Peter VK3KCD was 11 here
Coco YO9BC was 44 here
Klaus HB9CQS was 22-44 here
I went QRT at 0733z after we waiting patiently for the band opening which never came.
From John G3OKT
Sorry I missed this net : conditions were poor as Nick, Malcolm, Klaus, Pertti and Bill report.
G3LUW Brian reported later that he had reports from OH2BAD and YO9BC only, and left the net at 0650z.
Solar figures from QSL at 0605z were SFI 99 A 40 (red) K 4 sunspots 46 (falling)
From Nick G4HCK
Where was everyone ?? In the hour I did manage to establish contact with three people just. My wife thinks I am crazy sitting listening to a load of hissing noise coming from the radio with the occasional voice. I hate to say this but she may have a valid observation. But that’s one of the challenges of amateur radio!
From Malcolm PA3AHC
You’re not alone, Nicholas !
I had no sooner switched on my good old TS930S to monitor the band before erecting (by the Armstrong method) the single-element beam I use for our skeds on 20m, when it almost got blown off the shelf by a nearby lightning strike . Hence all to ground and I went inside to check the weather radar and saw a chance emerging around 0730z.
But then I could only hear Koko working Pertti whom I could not copy, but understood that d/u had been another washout . Actually , my XYL doesn’t visit the shack ever let alone at these ungodly hours , which is a good non-arrangement I think since if she did , the consequences would indeed be serious for my - shall we say - intellectual standing .
Once more into the breach next Tuesday !
PS : I also keep trying at 1300z on14.310 today (s) to cross the pond going westabout, but so far with similar luck reception-wise , but at least that nasty storm has gone to Germany by now..
From Klaus HB9CQS
Quite impossible this morning. No VKs and the few Europeans worked disappeared again almost immediately.
06:15z Coco, YO9BC 55. Got 54. Lost.
06:35z Heard Nick, G4HCK, in QSO with Pertti. No copy on Pertti.
06:49z Nick, G4HCK 56. Got 56. Lost.
~06:50z Pertti, EA7GSU, 51. Got 51. Lost.
Heard no other stations. Went QRT 07:51z. (Reading while listening).
From Pertti EA7GSU It was like without an antenna!
I made QSO’s on 7MHz with Bill and Phil with 41/31 getting 539/529 in return.
On 14MHz I heard Bill 21 but no QSO.
Miika was 57/56, Coco came like through cable 58/59 and Nick was 41 first growing to 58/9! Klaus was only 51 giving the same in return.
I thought I heard Doug but no confirmation received. Other stations non-existent!!
I continued to call on CW until 0740 without success.
There has not been as bad day yet! And we are not yet in the spot minimum!
From Bill VK4ZD: Hope it is better Tuesday.
0800z - 0908z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT (low signal from me to begin with – dry joint in tx?). Signals attenuated.
G3LUW Brian, Net Control, was 5.9+10dB – 10dB down on usual; reported on the memorial of Diana G4MVV and corresponding reunion of ROAR members.
G7OAI/P was only 5.7 here and 5.7 with Brian
G2FUU 5.9 here; couldn’t really copy John (JJR?)
G3JJR 5.8 only – found G7OAI just readable
G3SZF 5.9 here, found G3JJR difficult, G7OAI loud and clear, G3OKT not strong
G4LXD 5.9 here.
I left early at 0821z. John G7OAI will be net control next week.
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.310MHz
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693 MHz
2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287/8 or 14.310
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 6th September 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0630z - 0700z Tuesday 6th September 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 59
Klaus HB9CQS was 56-8 building to 58 and gave me 57
Phil VK2MCB was 55-7 and gave me the same
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 58-9
K4SEG called in but was very light. He was on 14.295 and did not net to our frequency.
Col VK4CC (visitor) was heard well by all and got similar reports to myself.
Vernon G0EGW called in at the end of the net and was 33 here.
From John G3OKT
Figures from QSL at 0310z : SFI 94 A 17 (red) K 3 sunspots 22 (falling)
G3LUW heard calling me at 0630z. I returned but was not heard by Brian who was 2.1
Several ”voices in the noise” heard 0632 – 0641 but no copy and no returns to my CQs
HB9CQS Klaus was recognized 1.1 at 0644z
Tried CW CQs at 0645 – no response so went QRT.
Apologies - will be off net due to holiday on Sept 11, Tuesday 13 and Sunday 18
That’s all for now,
73s from John G3OKT
8th September 2016

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