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Provided by John Thompson G3OKT
(In memory of Bill Learmonth .. G4YZE .. SK)

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Roar Nets August 17th - 19th 2014

ROAR Nets Report for 17th August and 19th August 2014
 
0515z-0600z ANZO Net on 7118
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57 later peaking to 59 and also gave me 57-9
Peter advised he will be absent from the next net
Phil VK2MCB and I exchanged 59 reports
 
From John G3OKT
40m seemed good at 0535 when I heard a “lighthouse station” EG1LWI giving a ZL 5.8 on 7120 (the ZL was 5.6 here). No sign of ROAR. I had already received from John ZL2JPM “Alas, I’ll not be on air tonight – the family call. Hopefully the flux readings of 112, 3 & 1 will be enough for many of us.”
 
0600z - 0700z  Europe - ANZO Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From QRZ   :  SFI  112   A 3   K 2  Sunspots 99 (low but rising)
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 58-9 and gave me 59+10
Jean Pierre F1CFA was 57 and gave me 58-9
Coco YO9BC and I exchange 59 reports
John G3OKT was 53 initially then 55-7 and gave me 47 at the start building to 59+
Brian G3LUW was 54-5 and gave me 57-7
John EA/G4HMG was 43 with QSB building to 55 and gave me 57
Malcolm PA3AHC was 32 to me
Peter VK3KCD was 57-9 and gave me 58-9
Phil VK2MCB was 31
Miika OH2BAD was 55-7 and gave me 54-7
Pertti EA7GSU and I exchanged 59 reports
Greg VK8GM (visitor) called in to enthuse over the cooperation between the Ham Radio community and the 3 Rotary Clubs in Alice Springs where the Henley on Todd Regatta took place with the (Non) Lighthouse on Todd as a community fund raiser. Well done.
Alain F4GHB was 55 and gave me 57
I went QRT at 0653z
 
From John G3OKT
I called Brian G3LUW, he was 5.6/7 (unusually strong) and gave me 5.5. Brian gave
EA/G4HMG 5.5 but John was 5.9+10dB here.
YO9BC was 5.9+10dB here. Coco gave G3LUW and G3OKT 5.8; gave EA/G4HMG 5.7/8, F1CFA 5.8, PA3AHC 5.9 and VK4ZD 5.9.
I could not hear John Pierre but he was 5.8 with OH2BAD and 5.9 with PA3AHC.
VK4ZD was 4/5.7 here and gave me 5.3; gave G3LUW 5.4 and got 5.6; gave F1CFA 5.7. Bill later gave me 5.5 when he was 5.8. Bill came up to 5.9 at 0650 and gave 3.2 for PA3AHC and G3OKT 5.7. By then Pertti gave VK2MCB 5.4 and got 5.7/8 from VK4ZD.
Miika OH2BAD was 5.9+20dB here; was VK4ZD 5.7 b/w with Bill; gave both G3LUW and G3OKT 5.9 and gave Peter VK3KCD 5.5
PA3AHC Malcolm was just a voice here, not touching the S meter; was 3.2 with VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 3.4 QSB here, gave OH2BAD 5.7, VK4ZD 5.8, gave 4.3/4 for G3OKT(?) and gave Pertti 5.4. Peter was 5.5 with EA7GSU.
EA7GSU was 5.7 b/w with  Phil VK2MCB; Pertti was 5.9 here and exchanged 5.9 b/w with VK4ZD; Pertti gave ZL1BFS 5.7; gave G3LUW and G3OKT 5.9; gave F1CFA 5.8,  up from only 1.1 earlier!, gave Coco 5.8/9; gave EA/G4HMG 1.1 and gave PA3AHC 5.8 QSB.
VK2MCB was 5.1 with OH2BAD and 3.1 with VK4ZD. Phil was not heard here; neither was ZL1BFS, though Doug was 5.5 b/w with EA7GSU.
EA/G4HMG gave VK4ZD 5.7 and got 4.3 from Bill; John gave F1CFA 3.3 and said Coco was peaking 5.9.
At 0702, Greg VK8GM a visitor, called in from the Todd River Lighthouse, Alice Springs. Greg was 4.8 here (in QRM), gave G3OKT 5.9, and ZL1BFS 5.6. F4GHB gave Greg 5.8 and received 5.5 from Bill. Alain was 5.6 QSB here.
G3LUW gave VK3KCD and VK4ZD 5.6; could not hear F1CFA but was getting EA/G4HMG and EA7GSU at 5.9+
I left the net at 0708
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT who was net control.
G3LUW, G7OAI/P, G3JJR and G2FUU were all 5.9+20dB here.
G0PCF Bruce and G3SZF Bob were close behind at 5.9+15dB
John G3JJR was 5.9+5dB with Bruce; Bruce gave me 5.9+20dB.
G0PCF was 5.7 with G7OAI/P who was a little lower than usual sheltering from the weather under a dam wall!
John agreed to be Net control next week and Bob expected to miss the net because of visiting family (a Bank Holiday w/e in the UK).
Brian and John asked to be kept informed of the visit of Peter VK3KCD to London during the week of October 5 – 10th
Some Rotary activity was discussed and the net ended at 0855.
 
From Malcolm PA3AHC
I've still got the Dutch at 692 and the Belgians at 700, so remain sandwiched ! There's also now a dreadful local (?) noise in the top half of the band which doesn't make things easier. Maybe when the times change around again I'll have better access.
 
1700z – 1730z  RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT
I believe Tommy G2FUU and Brian G3LUW kept the sked.
 
2000z - 2030z  N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Pertti EA7GSU
I was there and thought (again) that I heard Bob's voice. I stayed on
QRG until at 2013 Joe, AF1E called Bob. We changed 58/57 reports and
now I heard Bob 44. Joe told the net was cancelled and QRM was massive!!
Prop's shifting Westwards, Bob was 33 a week ago!
 
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 19th August 2014  NZ  80-m net on 3693
 
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 12th August 2014  EUR net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Brian G3LUW was 55 and gave me 57
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 58 and gave me 59
John EA/G4HMG was 55-6 and gave me 56
John G3OKT was 55 and gave me 57
Malcolm PA3AHC was 53-4 and gave me 55-6
John G3JJR was 11 to me
Pertti EA7GSU was 57-8 and gave me 58
The net closed at 0741z
 
From John G3OKT
From QRZ :  SFI  111   A 5   K 1   Sunspots 92 (down)
In agreement with the QRZ figures, 20m seemed rather “soggy” this morning, though I now discover that the white noise that was limiting on all signals up to S6 was due to a hard drive left running on my shack computer! Even so, VK4ZD who was 5.9 at this time on Sunday never rose above 5.7 and was gone into my “noise” by 0725.
EA7GSU was the best signal at 5.9+10dB though EA/G4HMG was also strong here at 5.9+.
Pertti gave me 5.8/9, G3LUW 5.9+, PA3AHC 5.9,  and G3JJR 5.6.  I had no copy of John G3JJR here.
G3LUW got 5.5 from VK4ZD and 5.9+20dB from EA/G4HMG. Brian was 4.5 here and gave me 5.5
F1CFA was 5.8 with VK4ZD who was 5.9 with Jean Pierre; Jean Pierre was not heard by G3LUW or G3OKT, and got only 1.1 from Pertti.
EA/G4HMG got 5.5 from G3LUW and was 5.5/6 with VK4ZD
VK4ZD was 5.8 with G4HMG and gave John 5.6; got 5.5 from PA3AHC and gave Malcolm 5.3/4.
G3JJR (though line of sight here, was under my noise) was 5.8 with EA/G4HMG.
PA3AHC was under my noise but was touching the S meter 1.5?
 
From Pertti EA7GSU
Net started with Brian, G3LUW who was 59+10db and spoke with John,
EA/G4HMG whom I did not hear. Bill, VK4ZD came 58 and spoke with Jean
Pierre. J - P's new antenna is so selective that his signal past my
house by about 200m! He was 11.  Bill gave me 57/8 which I found good
using only ground plane antenna 4m up. John, G3OKT with strong 58
giving 59 to me and John, G3JJR was 56 giving 58. Malcolm was good
59/59 but he neither heard J - P.
A good net with 8 members!
 
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
This morning I was just playing in a different room...Or like as a schoolboy put in a corner to punish him !
A special thanks to Bill VK4ZD which was giving me five, instead of Pertti, John, Brian, Malcolm, Spanish John who ignore me, sending the ball to each other, even if sometimes, with the QSB, I heard someone dealing with a new recipe for the kitchen !!! ( HIRS ).
I'll report this to my club !
 
That’s all for now,
73’s
John G3OKT
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