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

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Roar Nets April 2nd - April 4th 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 2nd and 4th April 2017
 
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Phil VK2MCB
Good conditions today on 40m. Bill VK4ZD was 59+10 and gave me 58 and Peter VK3KCD was the same. John ZL2JPM came up at 0648Z with a 53 signal and gave me 51.
 
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 58 and gave me 59+
Peter VK3KCD was 58-9 and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was 57 and gave me 55
 
0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Phil VK2MCB on April 1st (while G3OKT was en-route to Switzerland)
You may have noted that with the move in Europe to Daylight Saving Time, there is a clash on Sundays between the 20m ANZO net on 14292Khz and the European 80m net.
This was discussed between John G3OKT and VK/ZL ROAR members.
We have done some research and believe that propagation will allow bringing forward the 20m net by one hour starting on 2 April. If the move is successful the Tuesday net will also shift to 0700Z. Therefore the 20m net this Sunday will move one hour earlier to 0700z (0800 BST) start time. The EU 80m net will remain unchanged.
The ANZO 40m net on 7110Khz will also start one hour earlier at 0630z.
As it turned out conditions were not very favourable but I did manage a number of contacts.
Klaus HB9CQS was a creditable 59 and gave me 57
Bill VK4ZD did not get above 53 and gave me 43
Pertti EA7GSU was initially quite low but built rapidly to 55. He also gave me 55
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 42 and I believe copied me 54
Nick G4HCK was 51 and gave me 52 which I was very pleased with
Lastly Peter VK3KCD was very weak at 31 but he did not copy me at all
 
From Nick G4HCK
Could hear Phil today (VK4MCB) at time 5.2 and also heard Klaus from time to time and that all. I also had to contend with some other stations which when they appeared were 5.9 on 14.292. It was an interesting morning with signal up and down in strength.
 
From Malcolm PA3AHC
Well, I heard zilch, and even had S7 noise on 80m !
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
This Sunday’s net was small and difficult in spite of SN 77, K 2 and prediction for 30 M and 20 M: Day / Night - Good / Good.
At 07:00z I heard 2 or 3 stations on the frequency, none of them readable.
Then at 7:05z Phil, VK2MCB, called me. Phil was 42 and increasing steadily to 57. I got 53 for a start and later 59. At 07:50z fading signals forced us to send 73s. Phil did a great job supporting the net on this Sunday.
At 07:18z Peter, VK3KCD, had reached 54 and gave me 44. Peter was troubled by noise. We had just this one contact.
It wasn’t until 07:30z that Bill, VK4ZD, was readable here. He didn’t fare much better with the other Europeans or with the VKs for that matter.
No ZLs were heard. Worse, I never overheard the VKs working ZL either. With the new starting time I had hoped to meet the ZLs.
Around 07:22z Jean Pierre, F1CFA, was 54 here and I called him, but he never came back to me.
I learned that Nick, G4HCK and Pertti, EA7GSU, were on the net. They were never heard here.
The only G-station heard was G0EGW, Vernon, who gave Bill a call shortly before we closed, but Bill was unable to read Vernon’s call sign. Vernon was 21 here.
The net closed at 07:55z
 
From Bill VK4ZD
Propagation seemed very selective at the new time.
Peter VK3KCD was 55-7 and gave me 59+20
Phil VK2MCB was 44-55 and gave me 53-5
Pertti EA7GSU was 44 peaking 55 and gave me 53 building to 57 before I dropped to 54
Klaus HB9CQS was 44 building to 55-6 at the end of the net
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 11 here
Vernon G0EGW was 33 and gave me 51
 
I went QRT at 0755z
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G7OAI (who was net controller)
Well that was a bit strange! I spoke to G0VXG, as usual at 0730Z, in Ironbridge. 5x9+10 both ways.
Both commented that there seemed to be little else about...
My turn to run the net, so at 0759z I started calling. No response. By 0810 I was wondering where everyone was, when Tommy called CQ, only 5x3 with the preamp in, but he came back to me OK. He called again for any other stations, & I heard no one so went back to him. When I finished I was surprised to hear Bob talking to Tommy....
I tried several times to get back in without success, so called it a day at 0725z and went home. The radio SWR was good, and it was putting out full power according to the bar graph.
According to the internet, condition on 80 were classed as 'fair' with geomagnetic activity low.
 
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 3,694 MHz
 
2200z – 2230z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287, 7188, 14.284
 
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 4th April 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 4th April 2017 EUR net on 14,292
From John G3OKT
From QSL at 0605z : SFI 108 A 4 K 4 sunspots 97 (rising)
At 0650z the band was noisy and clear of any signals. At 0657 and 0708 I called CQ but no received no response.
At 0702 a Russian station came up on 14.292 at 5.7/8 and stayed there to become a major source of QRM.
No ROAR stations were heard until 0717z when I recognized Peter VK3KCD and then Phil VK2MCB, but neither got stronger than 1/2.1, though there seemed to be an opening of sorts at 0720z.
G0EGW Vernon was recognized at 1.1 at 0721
HB9CQS Klaus was just recognized here 1.1 at 0725z, called in by Phil.
EA7GSU Pertti was referred to by Phil VK2MCB but was not heard here.
F1CFA got 5.5 from VK2MCB but Jean Pierre was not heard here.
G3OKT got 4.3 from VK2MCB (?) but Phil was 3.1 at best
I gave up at 0733 because of strong Russian QRM.
Woodpecker came up at S8 with QSB at 0703 and 0732
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Very varying signals today from poor to very good and propagation was amazingly different between SE Queensland, where Bill had poor propagation into Europe whereas Peter at Flinders VIC and I in the ACT region had pretty good conditions.
Klaus HB9CQS was 59 with me and gave me 58 for much of the net but signals started to fade in the last 10 minutes or so
Pertti EA7GSU built quite quickly to 57 and gave me the same.
Jean-Pierre was 52 with me and gave me 42 but was not heard from 0715 onwards
Bill VK4ZD was 55 with me and Peter VK3KCD was 42, better than normal
The big story from my perspective was Vernon G0EGW who was 58 and gave me 58
Also, I copied John G3OKT with a 42 signal at about 0730Z.
The great disappointment was of course, the absence of ZLs from the net. We need to keep working to find a time that works for them, possibly earlier.
 
From Bill VK4ZD
Again Propagation seemed very selective at the new time.
Peter VK3KCD was initially 22 and then popped up to 57-8 building to 59 and gave me 59+20
Klaus HB9CQS was 55-6 by the end of the net and gave me 33 building to 57 at the end of the net.
Phil VK2MCB was 55
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 58-9
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 22 here
Vernon G0EGW was 33 dropping to 22 here
John G3OKT 11 here.
 
Phil VK2MCB fared much better and Peter VK3KCD also had some contact into Europe.
 
That’s all for now.
73s from John G3OKT
6th April 2017

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