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Roar Nets September 14th - September 16th 2014

ROAR Nets Report for 14th September and 16th September 2014
0545z-0630z ANZO Net on 7118
From Bill VK4ZD
I called every few minutes again this week and had a number of visitors call me and then our 2 ZL regulars.
Brandon VK4FABB/m was 53 from Biloela and gave me 57 initially building to 59
Gary VK4FGZA was 58-9 from Marsden
Jeff VK4ABJ is a past Rotarian and past ROAR member (1995 - 1998) from North Rockhampton. He was 59+10 and gave me 59+20
Doug ZL1BFS was initially 57 building to 59 and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was initially 55 building to 57
0630z - 0730z  Europe - ANZO Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From QRZ   :  SFI  145   A 13   K 1  Sunspots 165 (rising)
From Bill VK4ZD
Brian G3LUW and I exchanged 59 reports
John G3OKT was initially 57 building to 59+5 and gave me 59 building to 59+15.
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 57 and gave me 59
John EA/G4HMG was 53-5 and gave me 54
Klaus HB9CQS was 59+10-15 running his new amplifier and gave me 59+5-10
Doug ZL1BFS and I exchanged 59 reports
Malcolm PA3AHC was 42-53 running 60w and gave me 55-6
John ZL2JPM was initially 41-53 and briefly was 57 - He gave me 54 peaking 59
Pertti EA7GSU and I exchanged 59+5 reports
Diana G4MVV was 55 when she spoke with Brian - a better signal than John on the same microphone much to his chagrin :)
I went QRT at 0732z
From John G3OKT
Absorption high with low noise and good DX propagation
Bill VK4ZD was on frequency at 0630 with fine signal at 5 .9+5dB which just got stronger! 5.9+15dB by 0715.
EA/G4HMG was also 5.9+5dB, initially saying that Bill sounded 5.9 but only read 5.4 on the meter. John had no copy of F1CFA; gave G3LUW and G3OKT 5.7 and heard PA3AHC at 5.5. I heard nothing of Malcolm throughout the net.
G3LUW exchanged 5.9 b/w with Bill and was hearable as a “hollow” 5.5 here. Brian had no copy of Jean Pierre or Malcolm; gave John and Pertti 5.9+
F1CFA was a poor 1.3 here but was peaking 5.7 with VK4ZD. Jean Pierre was 3.3 with HB9CQS.
ZL1BFS was only 1.3 here, but was 5.5 b/w with EA/G4HMG; Doug came up to 4.3 here at 0725; was 5.9 with Bill and 5.7 with Klaus. Doug gave G3LUW 3.4?
PA3AHC was nil copy here; gave Bill 5.5 (linear not working) and got 4.2 from VK4ZD, rising to 5.3 by 0725. No copy of Malcolm by Klaus.
Klaus initially had a hollow 5.7 here but climbed to a good 5.9 later. Klaus could initially copy G3LUW and G3OKT; he got 5.9+10/15dB from VK4ZD who gave 5.9+10dB. Klaus gave G3OKT 5.8 at 0730.
At 0700 VK4ZD gave G3LUW 5.9, G3OKT 5.7/9, F1CFA 5.7, EA/G4HMG 5.3-5, HB9CQS 5.9+10-15dB, ZL2JPM 5.7 (was 4.1), EA7GSU 5.9+5dB and ZL1BFS 5.7.
ZL2JPM was only 1.2 in my noise but got 5.4 from G3LUW. VK4ZD gave John 4.1 growing to 5.7! John was 5.7 with Klaus. John had disappeared completely by 0726
EA7GSU was 5.9+10dB here, gave G3LUW 5.9+ and VK4ZD 5.8 to 5.9+5dB; Pertti gave EA/G4HMG 1.1, G3OKT 5.8, PA3AHC 5.7, ZL2JPM 5.5, F1CFA 5.7, HB9CQS 5.9 and ZL1BFS 5.8. Pertti was 5.9+5dB with VK4ZD.
At 0700 a station broke in at S9+10dB here but audio uncopiable. We had been expecting Lee VK9NT to join the net from Norfolk Island but we decided this was not Lee
EA/G4MVV used the EA/G4HMG station at 0710. Diana was welcomed and gave news from Spain. John was teased by compliments of Diana’s better quality audio and 5.5 signal in VK4.
EA/G4HMG later gave reports 5.9+ for VK4ZD, F1CFA and EA7GSU just detectable, PA3AHC 5.5, HB9CQS 5.5, ZL2JPM 3.2, and ZL1BFS 5.5 b/w.
Bill said that news had been received from Gustavo in Brazil but it was still to arrange a radio sked. Pertti said he will also listen.
G3OKT will miss this net next week for grandson’s christening.
Incidentally, On Sept 15th I received an e-mail from Peter VK3TQ of Rotary Club Of Woodend  D9800.  He is President Victorian D-Star Users Group Australia :
 “have you ever thought about using D-Star using a specific gateway reflector ? Clear world wide digital communications !”
Bill has replied : “Unfortunately we can’t use it if it isn’t available here.
Maybe in a few years time when it is more widespread.
It would be great to hear you on our existing HF nets in Australasia and
into Europe on Sundays”
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT
G3OKT was initially net control. G3LUW took over at 0918.
John G7OAI/P, John G3JJR and Brian G3LUW were all 5.9+20dB here.
Bruce G0PCF got 5.9+15dB from G3LUW who got everyone else at 5.9+20dB.
Bruce said John was under his S9+10dB noise. G3JJR was over the noise and Bruce copied Brian with difficulty.
Tommy was also 5.9+20dB here.
John G7OAI/P will be net control next week on September 21st
1700z – 1730z  RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
I believe G3LUW and G2FUU kept this net.
2000z - 2030z  N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Pertti EA7GSU
I was waiting to hear something. There was a contest running but qrg
was quite quiet. At net time nothing heard and I called few times on
CW but there was no reply. At 2015hrs another net controller started
to call his troops and I switched off my tcvr.
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 16th September 2014  NZ  80-m net on 3693
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 16th September 2014  EUR net on 14,295
From Bill VK4ZD
Brian G3LUW was 59 and gave me 59+10
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 58
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 59 and gave me 59+10
John G0ICT (visitor) was 54 and gave me 55 at the end of the net
From Pertti
I gave my call once at the net opening time and Brian, G3LUW came back
with 59+/59+. Shortly after Bill, VK4ZD and Jean-Pierre, F1CFA
appeared as well. Propagations very good, Bill was 58/9 and gave the
same. J - P peaked up to 20dB over S9. We were longing for Malcolm,
PA3AHC and John, EA/G4HMG but neither was available.
Bill had callers after we closed the net at 0734hrs.
From Brian G3LUW
We started with very heavy QRM from a Spanish special event station, but he was persuaded to move. Pertti was 5&9 plus 20db and Bill VK4ZD also 5&9. I was unable to hear Jean-Pierre, but he was given good reports by the other two. Bill might be absent on Sunday morning as he is going with a friend to visit a Buddist temple, but he hopes to get back in time for the net. Jean-Pierre started to appear near the half-hour, and we exchanged 5&4 reports. Only 4 of us, but a very enjoyable net.
From John G3OKT
It was with great sadness that I heard today from Mike G8LES that John EA/G4HMG had a severe stroke and passed away on Wednesday night. John will be greatly missed in these nets and deepest sympathy goes out to Diana EA/G4MVV.
That’s all for now,
John G3OKT
18th September 2014
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