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Roar Nets September 18 2005

HF propagation very poor.  2.8GHz Solar Flux = 74.  Geomagnetic K-index = 4.
0630z - 0830z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0630z - HB9CQS Klaus from Obwalden 2/1 here. (Noise S5 here.)
0630z - EA/G4HMG/p John from Calpe 2/1, up to 4/3 later.
0630z - EA5ALK David from Calpe 2/1, up to 5/6 later.
0630z - VK2GWK Henk from Nelson Bay 2/1, up to 3/2 later.
0630z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 1/1 but John got him 5/5
0642z - G0JWE Don from Derby 1/1 but John got him alright.
0700z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 2/1 here got Henk alright.
0711z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 2/1 here but got David and Pertti alright.
0715z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil, near Fuengirola,4/5 here.
0730z - Net ended.  No real contact here, much noise from SW into
my beam on Long Path and my northerly location did not help.
Our worst day yet and perhaps a taste of sunspot minimum conditions.
A special welcome to Martti OH6SM, first time on the net.
It is seldom so bad Martti so please keep trying !
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694.
G3LUW Brian in control from Lifton, Devon.
Fifteen on the net in fair conditions.
1130z - 1230z  International Net on 14,293.
1130z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/8 at first.
1130z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 3/2 at first.
1135z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 4/3 but did not get me.
1135z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 2/1 here
1138z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/7 at first
1138z - SM0DMJ Karl from Nyneshamn up to 5/9
1145z - SM4CSF Nils from Falun only 3/4 today
1150z - WB7RQG Bob from Virginia 2/1 here.
1152z - W0TBC Joe from Stillwater MN 1/1 today but Jim heard his call.
1205z - Net ended - or rather abandoned - due to falling signals and qrm/qrn.
Jim W1QUO came in well at the start. Reported a "happy two days" visit
from Bob Butler WB7RQG. Bob has now moved on to Virginia.
Nate and Coos sounded viable initially and I thought I also heard VO/GW4KVJ/p
call in. Maybe I imagined that !  Pertti opened with 5/7 but I did not hear much
of him later. Karl SM0DMJ did pretty well.
Bob WB7RQG came on the land-line to Jim at the end saying he could just
about hear us and wishing best 73 to all.
Not the best of days !
1800z - 1900z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694.
Seven on the net in good conditions.
Messages Received.
From Coos VE2GTI
Sunday 11.50 GMT
Could hear the voices of you, Bill, and Jim and LUW but nothing intelligently.
Also could not make myself heard, not even with 1,500 watts.
Ah well......  Signed off at 11.45 as it was useless
Next week????   VE2GTI
From Jim W1QUO
Dear Bill,

September 4,2005 11:30 net high noise and rapid QSB but did manage to copy G4YZE. 
Varying from 3x3 to 5x7.  G3LUW good 5x7 most of the time.  Vo1NP readable 50% of
the time, VE2GTI call sign only readable, SMODMJ 5x7 down to 3x3, SM4CSF call sign
readable only. WB7RQG, Bob Butler and Alpha Jane, at W1QUO QTH.  Eyeball QSO
Aug. 30-31.  WB7RQG tried to join Sunday 11:30 UTC net but no propagation from his
mobile Fredericksburg, Va. QTH.
                                                                  73, W1QUO
From Bert VE3BGG  Still up in the North.  West of Ottawa.
Hello Bill,
Your weekly reports on the Sunday nets have been very welcome, keeping me up to date
on our fellow Roar mates. I  look forward to them, isolated as I am at the cottage. My rig
here is an old Icom 745, putting out 100 watts (or thereabouts) into a G5RV at 30 feet
above the ground -strung between two cedar trees!
With propagation the way it currently is, my setup here rarely receives stations outside
North America ; much less reaches them.
However Margaret and I will be returning to Cambridge later this month and I look forward
to joining in on the Sunday 12:30 net.
We've had a marvelous summer although very hot at times. Thank goodness we installed
an air conditioner in June! The 6 grandchildren were all with us for three-four weeks and
we had a great time with them.
Take care of yourself and I look forward to talking to you soon.
73,    Bert
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