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Roar Nets December 18 2005

Propagation only fair though K-index = 1 and Solar Flux 85.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
Band began opening here about 0830z.
0835z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 3/2 here.
0842z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 3/2, up to 4/5 by 0900z.
0850z - VK5CV Bill from Waikerie 2/1 here
0850z - VK3KCD Peter from Flinders 1/1 here but Bill ZD go him alright.
0912z - Net ended. It was quite a struggle and many thanks to Bill VK4ZD for
being there and working so hard.  Bill is going to join daughter Alizah
in Brisbane next Sunday and will not be back in time for the net.
Meantime best 73s and Seasons Greetings to all from Bill and Diane.
Klaus also found conditions difficult and reports as follows : -

"Greetings Bill
On Sunday morning conditions were very poor on 14 MHz. I started calling CQ RI Net at 08:05z,
but it took until 08:48z before I was able to raise Bill, VK4ZD. He was briefly 55, but 44 most of
the time. Bill had heard or worked Peter, VK3KCD and Bill, VK5CV, and we both called them, 
but to no avail. None of the European stations were heard here. I did not hear Henk, VK2GWK
and Bill and I agreed that he was not on. If I can work into Queensland, I can certainly also put a
readable signal into Henk's wonder antenna at Nelson Bay. Incidentally, I had a brief QSO with 
Henk on Friday morning at 09:48z, his/mine 58/58.
During the 14 MHz International Net, I worked Jim, W1QUO, 59/59 and also Laszlo, CT/AD6XX,
variable, but up to 59/59 when I was beaming towards CT-land. No other stations readable here,
but I understand that you managed to work Jim.
Bill, VK4ZD, will not be QRV next Sunday. I will do my best to be QRV, but we have visitors from
Denmark and I may not be able to spend a full hour on the net.
Since you and I may have had our last QSO this year, I take this opportunity to send you my best
Season's Greetings, - at the same time thanking your for a great job done in controlling the ANZO
and International Nets on 14 MHz. I look forward to meeting you in Copenhagen.
73   Klaus, HB9CQS "
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre net on 3,694.
John G3JJR in charge from Wolverhampton.
Seventeen on the net in deteriorating conditions.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster 5/9+ here as always.
1233z - CT/AD6XX Chairman Laszlo from Lagos, Algarve 4/5 at best with qsb
1242z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sechseln only 3/4 here, Jim gave 5/9+
1245z - GW4KVJ John from S.Wales 1/1here but Jim got him fairly well.
1302z - W0TBC Joe from Stillwater MN 1/1 here but Jim got him, slightly.
1315z - LA5HE Rag. from Telemark 3/4 here but Jim got him 5/9.
1315z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 3/1 here, but Jim worked him well.
1315z - UX4UA Nick from Kiev 5/9 here, doing well with a kilowatt from his high antenna.
1353z - Net ended. A very lively net despite fragile conditions.
Jim reported ice on top of snow with minus three Celsius. (He will have family there next Sunday
Xmas Day, but hopes to be on the International Net).  He also rleports that his son James Moran Junr.
(Professor of Radio Astronomy at Harvard) has completed his assignment to the Mauna Kea
sub-millimetre project - which is now "up and running". A great achievement !  He is now  going to
Lawrence Berkeley Labs in San Francisco for six months.  
Rag. reported he may not be able to get to Copenhagen but will give any assistance he can.
Rag. knows Copenhagen very well having lived there for 25 years !
N.B. In case anyone is still in doubt I confirm Rag's new e-mail address is
Chairman Laslo has lodged all the necessary applications for the stand at Copenhagen.
He will be going "Flat Out" on this Convention project after the Xmas holiday.
Nate reports that he has been appointed a General Director of his new Rotary Club
of Waterford Valley.  They will surely benefit from Nate's 40 years experience of Rotary !
1900z - 2000z  UK evening Net on 3,693.
Band very noisy and much Euro-qrm.
I got no response after several calls and gave up about 1915z.
Messages Received.
From Communicator Editor Don G0JWE
"I am pleased to see that Bob has sorted out the Paypal system of collecting contributions. 
It should solve the problems for countries where we only have a few members. 
Laszlo has said that John Swartz suggested at the AGM that the Communicator be published -  (only) -
on the web site.  It will save a lot of money and will only leave the Directory to be paid for.
It will cut out those who do not have Internet connection but I'm sure we could produce a copy from a PDF
version.  Those overseas who do not have a computer probably do not contribute to ROAR, Hi Hi.

73 de Don"

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