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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets October 15th - 17th 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 15th and 17th October 2017
 
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 58-9+5 and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCD was 56-7 and initially gave me the same, later giving me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 57
John ZL2JPM was 57 and gave me 52-3 then 57
Paul VK3SS (visitor) was 59+10 and gave me 59+30
 
From John G3OKT
From the QSL website at 0305z : SFI 69 A 31 (red) K 4 sunspots 0 for 4 days!
The 40m band was very busy with a Scandinavian Contest - a Finnish station at 5.9+30dB was in contact with VK3KRH of whom incidentally there was no trace!!
I called CQ Rotary from 0630 until 0646 but had no response.
 
From Pertti EA7GSU
It was an unusual net from my angle. On 40m was SAC contest going and on “our” qrg I detected three different nets running at the same time, Russian, English and Spanish. In the bottom I heard Doug and Bill and some more but too weak to identify. No QSO made. I heard briefly also Vernon, G0EGW but lost him in the QRM.
 
0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 33
Doug ZL1BFS was 56
Pertti EA7GSU was 33-55 in QSB and gave me 53-55
John ZL2JPM was 55
Miika OH2BAD was not actually heard but I knew he was there
Klaus HB9CQS was 55-6 peaking 57 and gave me 54-5 peaking 57
 
From John G3OKT
OH2BAD called me at 0705 but Miika was only 5.3.
HB9CQS Klaus was heard by Miika who gave me 5.9; he was 5.7 to 5.9
PA3AHC was just heard in the noise
Miika said F1CFA had heard VK
G4HCK and G3OKT exchanged 5.7 b/w
G3LUW was just recognized at 0720
G0EGW Vernon was also on frequency.
Miika said at 0726 that EA7GSU was running the VK net (not heard here).
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
Exchanged a brief ‘Good morning’ with Miika, OH2BAD, at 07:04z - our only contact this Sunday.
At 07:06z a whisper from Doug, ZL1BFS, Les, PA0SDZ and Bill, VK4ZD. Much too weak to work.
At 07:16z I heard John, G3OKT 44.
Doug, ZL1BFS, kept increasing. When finally worked at 07:27z Doug was 57. Got 54 - 56.
Worked Bill, VK4ZD, at 07:29z. Bill was 54-55 and gave me 55. Bill asked Phil, VK2MCB to call me. No copy b/w.
Around 07:43z Bill had increased to 57. He reported poor or no copy on the Europeans and went domestic.
I did not fare well in the resulting European net and never logged any Gs, PAs or OH.
Signed with Pertti at 07:57z.
 
From Pertti EA7GSU
20m was an unusual net from my angle
When I switched to 20m, the first was Doug with good signal (55 and grew to 58). Bill was somewhat weaker and was at the end 55. I made contact with both and to my surprise, the pipe was open to John, ZL2JPM as well and we changed 41/31. Phil, VK2MCB came up little later and was 56/57 at the best. The only EU stations were OH2BAD (no QSO) and Klaus HB9CQS 59/56. There were more ROAR members but in the black hole, absolutely nothing heard of them!
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT (who was net control)
PA3AHC Malcolm was 5.9 here, gave me 5.9+20dB!
G3LUW Brian was 5.9+20-30dB here! Brian was already planning to take down aerials for a forecast hurricane.
G7OAI/P John was 5.9; gave me 5.9+40dB!, G2FUU +10dB and G0PCF +20dB. John invited callers to his B in Law Richard EA6/G0VXG in Menorca at 1400z on 14.315 MHz
G3JJR was 5.6 here
G2FUU was 5.9+10dB
G0PCF was 5.9
G4LXD was 5.9+10dB
F/G0EGW was heard from 0902 until 0908z using a G5RV from a campsite in France. Vernon was 5.5 here
And from a recent email from Brian G3LUW - There is a fair chance I will be missing on the nets. I am taking my aerials down today due to the persistent forecasts of high winds.
and reply from John OAI - Yes, I took mine down last week, but they are now re-instated; winds up here don't look to be too bad, so I expect to be on on Sunday, but probably from home, as WX looks to be wet. (Not much fun on an exposed moorland!) Hopefully Hack Green will allow me to hear what's going on.
 
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
G3JJR and G2FUU had said earlier on 80m that they would listen for any callers on this net.
 
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QRM
From Ed N4EDT
North American Transcon net 7.188MHZ 2230Z, 14.288MHZ 2300Z
The 40 meter net participation was light but the propagation was good. The 20 meter net was a bust as propagation was ling and most of the earlier net participants were in the 20 meter skip zone.
 
id callsign checkin name state city remarks
1 N4EDT 42 Edward H AL Pell City PRESIDENT ELECT 20 M
2 W8VR 1 ATLEE S MI FARMINGTON FIRST TIME CHECK IN
3 WA1SJG 20 Susan J MA East Longmeadow ROAR
4 AI4JU 1 David J FL CAPE CORAL FIRST TIME CHECK IN
5 N9HWO 21 PHILIP B IL CANTON ROAR SEC
6 W8SOO 9 KEN R MI Brimley ROAR
7 WA3JAX 1 George H MD Preston FIRST TIME CHECK IN
8 K5ZG 1 WAYNE R CO Lamar FIRST TIME CHECK IN
9 K4VDB 1 VICTOR D TX San Angelo FIRST TIME CHECK IN
10 N0UQ 1 KENNETH F UT OREM FIRST TIME CHECK IN
 
 
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 17th October 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 17th October 2017 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Again this week the first station off the rank was Les PA0SDZ, He was 33-44 and gave me 53
Klaus HB9CQS was 55-6 and gave me 54
Peter VK3KCD was not heard but Klaus had a good contact with him. Peter was using his IC-706 while he decided how best to proceed with repairing his IC-7700
Phil VK2MCB was 33
Pertti EA7GSU got the prize this day. He was 57-8 and gave me 59
Vernon G0EGW was portable in France (he advised by skype) but was not actually heard here
Nick G4HCK was 33 on my 160m loop which was quieter than my quad in the current wet weather
John G3OKT was 22 on the big loop
Peter reported (by SMS) that Jean-Pierre F1CFA was on frequency but by the time I was able to pass that on he had gone QRT
 
From John G3OKT
From the QSL website at 0305z SFI 71 A 9 K 2 sunspots 0
I fortunately escaped worse damage from Hurricane Ophelia than drive to my rotary beam.
HB9CQS was heard at 0705 in contact with VK3KCD; Klaus got 4.3 but was only 4.1 here.
EA7GSU got 5.3 from Klaus
VK4ZD gave Klaus 5.7; Bill was just detectable here
PA0SDZ was 2.1-2 here; Lez got 5.3 from Klaus
VK2MCB Phil was on net but there was no trace of Phil here
VK4ZD was 5.9 with Pertti who varied between 5.1 and 5.9 here. Pertti now heard Klaus at 5.7
G4HCK Nick hit 5.9 here but then 2.1 - sounded like he was on a roller coaster! Nick just heard Bill at 3.2. Nick was 5.6-8 with Pertti
G3OKT was "not strong" with HB9cqs - 3.4-2
EA7GSU gave Klaus 5.8 QSB and G3OKT 5.9. Pertti was 5.9 when pointing here and 5.7 when pointing LP to VK
G0EGW in France was 5.5 with Pertti/ hardly heard here
4X1OM a visitor called in - gave Pertti 5.4/5 and got 5.7.
F1CFA was on net according to Pertti; Jean Pierre was not heard here.
VK4ZD was 2.1 here at 0728; gave Pertti 5.7 who also heard VK2MCB at 5.6/7
PA3AHC got 5.1 from Pertti and gave 5.7
G3OKT was 5.9+10dB with Pertti as I closed at 0738z.
 
From Nick G4HCK
Needless to say the band was interesting today. One minute EA7GSU was 5.9 and the next he had gone. As the time went on the band did improve. However an article in the Practical Wireless magazine stated that the solar minimum isn’t expected to occur until 2020 – so things could get worse. How I wonder? Never mind we will keep the net going one way or another (perhaps we should try smoke signals)
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
Got the VKs quickly after the net had started.
Bill, VK4ZD, 54 gave me 54 – 56 QSB.
Peter, VK3KCD, mostly 53. Peter was hampered by a high noise level and gave me 47-48.
Phil, VK2MCB 53 gave me 57.
The Europeans were weak here. Pertti, EA7GSU 53 // 58, - Nick, G4HCK 52-53 // 58, – John, G3OKT 32 – 42 // 51.
I QSYed at 07:24z
 
 
That's all for now;
73s John G3OKT
21st October 2017
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