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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets December 14th - December 16th 2014

ROAR Nets Report for 14th and 16th December 2014
 
0645z-0730z ANZO Net on 7118
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was initially 56-7 building to 59 and gave me 58-9
Cam VK3ADU (visitor) was 58 from Coonabarabran and gave me 59 from his
portable location
Noel VK2IWT was 59+20
Doug ZL1BFS was 57 and gave me 59. He was suffering a 130km/h gale
 
From Phil VK2MCB
The net consisted of myself - Phil VK2MCB, Bill VK4ZD, Noel VK2IWT, Doug ZL1BFS and a visitor Cam VK3ADU who called in for a signal report from a camp site in Coonabarabran in Northern NSW.  Peter VK3KCD had given his apologies to me when we met for dinner with my XYL in Melbourne on Friday evening.
Conditions were good for me with the Australians but not so good over the Tasman.
VK4ZD was 5/9 and gave me 5/9
VK2IWT was 5/7 and gave me 5/9
VK3ADU was 5/7 and gave me 5/3
ZL1BFS was 3/1 and I did not receive a signal report
The later start was well worthwhile as conditions for Europe on 20m were much improved over the previous week.
 
0730z - 0830z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From QRZ  :  SFI 160   A 6 (down from A21 previous night!)   K 3   Sunspots 121
From Bill VK4ZD
Klaus HB9CQS was initially 59+5 and built to 59+20 at 0812 - he gave me 59
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 56 peaking at 58 and gave me 59
Noel VK2IWT was 54 and gave me 56
Phil VK2MCB was 59 here in excellent condx and gave me 59+
Rob ZL1RD was 59+20 here and gave me 59+, consistently being heard very
well in Europe
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+5 and gave me 59+10
John ZL2JPM was 58-9 and gave me 59+
Hermann DL6LW (visitor) was 57 building to 59 and gave me 59+
Pertti EA7GSU was 58 and gave me 59+.
Coco YO9BC was 59+5
John G3OKT was initially 44 building to 56 and gave me 59
Malcolm PA3AHC was 43 building to 54 and gave me 42 then 56
Brian G3LUW was 55 and gave me 59
Henk VK2GWK was 59+10 and gave me 59+, being heard well in Europe
Serge UR8ES (visitor) was 58 and gave me 59+5
Nick G4HCK was 56 and gave me 58-9
I closed the net at 0837z and was called by Slav LZ1ZJ (visitor) who was 57-8 and gave me 59
 
From John G3OKT (running 70W without HPA)
Background random noise at S3, band lively with broadcast music (!) and other activity. VK/ZL generally not strong; many reports were missed in QSB and noise. Apologies had been given by Peter VK3KCD.
At 0728, HB9CQS was 2.2 – 3.4 here getting 5.9+10dB from VK4ZD and ZL1RD. (By 0830 Klaus was 5.9+25dB here!)
ZL1RD was 5.9 here at 0747, reaching 5.9+10dB at 0808, and was 5.9+20dB with VK4ZD. Rob said later that F1CFA was very strong, and heard Brian at 5.2/3.
ZL1BFS Doug was peaking 4.6 in QSB. Doug was 5.6 with Klaus who also heard John ZL2JPM at 5.5/6 and Phil VK2MCB at 5.7/8.
I initially had no copy of VK4ZD, but Bill came up to 5.7 at 0734 and 5.9 by 0750.
F1CFA was 5.5/9 with ZL1RD and gave G3LUW and G3OKT 4.2. By 0750, Jean Pierre was 5.9+10dB here and 5.8/9 with YO9BC
VK2IWT Noel was just heard here at 0800 and got 5.4/6 from ZL1RD.
VK2MCB Phil was not heard here until later and then with slow QSB to 3.5.
EA7GSU was 5.9+10dB here at 0742, got 5.8 from Bill and gave 5.9 to Bill and Klaus; had no copy of F1CFA, gave ZL1RD 5.9+10dB and ZL1BFS 5.6; gave VK2IWT and VK2MCB and ZL2JPM all 4.1. Pertti heard Coco at 5.9+20dB.
YO9BC Coco was 5.9+15dB here and gave EA7GSU 5.8/9, and was 5.9 with VK4ZD and 5.7 with ZL1BFS. Coco gave Doug 5.5.
PA3AHC was 3.5 QSB here and exchanged 4.3 b/w with VK4ZD, gave G3OKT 2.1 and ZL1RD 5.5
G3LUW was “bursty” here at 1.2 at 0747. Brian gave Bill 5.9 in exchange for 5.5.
VK2GWK was 5.6 with Pertti and gave 5.5. Henk peaked 5.9+10dB here, and gave me 5.5/6
UR8EC a visitor Serge was 5.9+15 here
DL6DW a visitor Herman at 0815 was 5.9+5 here and heard ZL2JPM at 5.6
G4HCQ Nick was 5.8 here and gave ZL1RD 5.9, ZL1BFS 5.3, EA7GSU 5.9, G3OKT 4.1 (later 5.5/6), PA3AHC 3.1, VK2GWK 5.9 and UR8EC 5.9.
ZL2JPM got 5.5 from G3LUW, 5.3 b/w with F1CFA, was 4.1 with Pertti and peaked 4.5 here in QRM.
EA7GSU at 0816 reported 5.9 for PA3AHC, G3LUW and DL6DW; gave 5.5/6 for ZL1BFS and got 5.5 from Brian, 5.5 from Herman whom Pertti heard at 5.6.
 
From Doug ZL1BFS
Just as a matter of interest, the 130km/h storm brought down my 20m Collinear aerial about an hour before the net.  I wasn't expecting much, but I entered the net on my "emergency" aerial - a 43 foot monopole.  I could hardly believe how well it worked!
 
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT
G3LUW Brian was net control at 5.9+30dB, G7OAI John was 5.9+25dB, G3JJR John, G0PCF Bruce, G2FUU Tommy and G0SQH Derek were all 5.9+20dB and G3SZF Bob was 5.9+15dB. All stations therefore riding over my S9+10dB noise level! John OAI suggested taking a portable rx on walkabout to see if the noise was locatable due to my new faster broadband.
Bruce heard G3LUW and G3OKT at 5.9+20dB but said that G7OAI was unreadable under his S9 noise.
G3OKT will be available for net control next week.
The net closed at 0950.
 
1800z – 1830z  RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
Tommy G2FUU and probably G3LUW had said they would check this frequency for any callers.
 
2000z - 2030z  N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
 
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 16th December 2014  NZ  40-m net on 7117
 
0730z – 0800z Tuesday 16th December 2014  EUR net on 14,2952
From Bill VK4ZD
Pertti EA7GSU was 56-7 - and gave me 58-9
Malcolm PA3AHC was eventually 53 and gave me 54
John G3OKT was 54 when propagation emerged building to 55 and he gave me
57 building to 59+10 at 0803.
Brian G3LUW was initially 32 building to 54 and gave me 55
 
From John G3OKT
Band noise only S2 but QRN S7-9. Storms affecting Queensland, Spain and UK!
EAGSU was 5.5 here and gave me 5.7/8 (only 70W “barefoot”). Later Pertti came up to 5.9+10dB with slow QSB down.
VK4ZD was 5.8/9 with Pertti but hardly heard here at 0737
PA3AHC could just be heard but no copy here; Malcolm was 5.3 with Pertti building to 5.8 at 0745. Malcolm heard Brian at 5.4.
G3LUW was 5.2 with Pertti and gave 4.4. Brian was 3.2 here under QRM and QRN. By 0748 Brian and Pertti exchanged 5.9!
F1CFA had given apologies for this net.
We had a discussion on how shifting between 40 and 20m during the net might involve more of Eu and ANZO stations.
The net closed at 0810.
 
That’s all for now,
73’s John G3OKT
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