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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets April 8th - April 10th 2014

ROAR Nets Report 6th April 2014
SFI 142 A 14 K 3 Sunspots 172 (high)
Excellent signals from ANZO and then Europe as the dark line progressed

0615z-0700z ANZO Net on 7118
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57 building to 59
Noel VK2IWT and I exchanged 59+20 reports
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 58
Ray VK3NBL from Nelson (visitor) was 57-9 and gave me 58
Diane VK4DI called in at 0637z
Peter VK3FPSR was 57-9
Phil VK2MCB was 59

From Peter VK3KCD
Nothing to add to Bills Report and I shall be absent next week.

Pertti EA7GSU
….said later that he heard VK4ZD at 5.5.
G3OKT could also hear Bill at 0640 at S8 but blotted out by a continuous Polish contest caller who was S9+25dB here!

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Miika OH2BAD and many others were already on frequency - summer time in Europe and everyone got caught : We exchanged 59+10 reports
Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports
John EA/G4HMG was 55 and gave me 58
Malcolm PA3AHC was 57 and gave me 55
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+20
Noel VK2IWT was 53 and made many contacts
Phil VK2MCB and I exchanged 59+10 reports
Klaus HB9CQS was 59+5 and gave me 59
Vitor CT1BJZ was 59+5 and gave me 59
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 57-9 and gave me 59+
Pertti EA7GSU was 57-8 and gave me 59
Coco YO9BC called in briefly and was 59+
Brian G3LUW was 57 and gave me 58
John G3OKT was 59 and gave me 59+10-15
The net finally closed at 0800z

From John G3OKT
Several Eur members were in QSO already when I joined the net at 0654z.
OH2BAD was 5.9+20dB here and was controlling this end of the net.
John EA/G4HMG was 5.9+10dB here and 5.8/9 with Miika. John was getting me at 5.9 under high noise which prevented him hearing any other than Miika. He gave Pertti 1.1 and Brian 2.2
PA3AHC had started the net at 0630 and was now 4.5/7 QSB with me, 5.7 with VK4ZD and gave VK3KCD 5.3. Peter said Malcolm was 5.4/5
VK4ZD was 5.9+10dB with Miika and me, increasing here to +20dB by the end of the net! EA/G4HMG gave Bill 5.8. Bill gave G3OKT 5.9.
F1CFA reached 5.9+ here but was blotted out when he gave a sequence of reports.
CT1BJZ was just hearable at 1.2 here early in the net and got 5.7 from Miika, but came up to 5.9+10dB here later. Vitor gave 4.3 to VK2IWT, 5.9 for VK4ZD who gave him 5.9+5dB
HB9CQS was also just hearable here at 2.3 early in the net, but came up to 5.9+30dB at 0754! Barely heard by EA/G4HMG under the noise, Klaus got 5.9+5 from VK4ZD and gave VK2IWT 5.6/7. I could just hear Noel at 2.2
Klaus and Doug ZL1BFS exchanged 5.7 bw.
Phil VK2MCB and G3OKT exchanged 5.7 bw; Phil was 5.9 with VK4ZD and got 5.4/5 from OH2BAD. Phil gave PA3AHC 5.3, Miika 5.7, Klaus 5.7, Jean Pierre 5.5, EA/G4HMG 4.2, Vitor 5.7, Pertti 5.5, Coco 5.7 G3LUW 5.5 and Noel 5.3.
A mobile visitor OE5XTM called in but never came back
EA7GSU was 5.9+5dB here and gave me 5.8, gave VK4ZD 5.9, later 5.8; gave 5.3 for VK2MCB and VK3KCD, 5.9+ for Klaus;
G3LUW was 4.6 here, got 5.9 from Pertti; gave me 5.5, gaveVK4ZD 5.8 in exchange for 5.7, and was 5.9+ with EA/G4HMG. Brian couldn’t hear Malcolm.
YO9BC was 5.9+ with VK4ZD and was 5.9 with both OH2BAD and G3OKT. Coco left early.
VK3KCD was up to 5.7 in QSB with G3OKT, gave PA3AHC 5.5 but Malcolm couldn’t hear Peter. Interrupted by high splatter Peter gave OH2BAD 5.9, F1CFA 4.5, Noel 5.8, VK4ZD 5.9 and YO9BC 5.9.
High splatter around 0730z also interrupted ZL1BFS here but Doug gave Miika 5.5, VK3KCD 5.6, PA5AHC 2.3, Klaus 5.7, Jean Pierre 5.5, EA/G4HMG 4.4, Pertti 5.7, Coco 5.8 and G3LUW 5.5.
G3OKT gave Doug 3.7 and VK4ZD said he was 5.9+20dB
VK2IWT came up to 5.6 here (both ways?), gave both Pertti and EA/G4HMG 5.6 , HB9CQS 5.9, ZL1BFS 5.9 and was 5.5 bw with G3LUW. Pertti gave Noel 4.2
VK4ZD said he will establish who will attend the AGM and the Monday evening IFROAR dinner in Sydney by e-mail. Bill had also made significant acquaintances for the following two RI Conventions in Sao Paulo and Seoul. Bill closed the net at 0800z

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G7OAI/P
80m net opened at 0759Z, with G3LUW. Soon we were joined by five others. The conditions were good, but some deep QSB occurred during the last 5 minutes.
G3LUW - 5x9+20
G3OKT - 5x9+40
G2FUU - 5x9+10
G3JJR - 5x8
PA3AHC - 3x6 signed after his 2nd over, as only OKT could hear him well, and he couldn't hear me.
G0PCF - 5x8
Net closed at 0858Z.
Weather was kind to me, being dry for both setting up and taking down the antenna, with a couple of hefty showers whilst operating. The local mollusc rally was still going well as I left...
Thanks to all who came on today and made it all worthwhile!
I'll not be on the next two Sundays, but the 3rd probably OK.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,292
From Pertti EA7GSU
We were three musketeurs: Mike, N4PF who started with a good 58 signal
giving me 56/7. Malcolm was 57 and gave me also 56/7. Mike and Malcolm
did not have the line open but heard each other's voice. The prop's
deteriorated towards the end which took place at 1227z.

1800z – 1830z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,692

2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
I acted as net control today. We only had three of us; Jack, KF5BD and Joe, W0TBC. We tried to contact Pertti but no success.

From Pertti EA7GSU
I was on the frequency listening but did not hear any traffic on the qrg. I called a couple of times but band was quiet. It made me think
of the summer time change. Was I late?

0700z – 0730z Tuesday 8th April 2014 NZ 80-m net on 3693
(SE Australia and NZ go off summer time on April 6)


0700z – 0730z Tuesday 8th April 2014 EUR net on 7150
From QRZ : SFI 140 A 11 K 2 Sunspots 106 (dropped)
From Pertti EA7GSU
Opening my RX I heard Brian G3LUW calling. He was 56 and gave me 55 in
return. Band was nearly empty (apart of a EA/ syn nearby). Brian
called to get more members but no luck. So after "Good Morning" salute
we left the frequency at 0704z
Would it be better earlier or move to 14MHz?
(Greetings from summery Andalusia. Temps suddenly rose to abt. 25ºC !)

From John G3OKT
Sorry, couldn’t join the net today. I think we have agreement that next week the sked should start at 0700z.

From Jean Pierre F1CFA
I was on frequency this Tuesday morning...But, except the QRM...Nobody from the Roar....
I left to 8h15 Z - you are 1 hour late :) VK4ZD
Better luck next time


That’s all for now,
73’s
John G3OKT
Weekly Report