Apologies for my absence but we had a great holiday in France,
returning late on 19th.
After several attempts I did succeed in contacting the Rotary
International Convention Station W9R at Chicago,
with the very active assistance of Jack KF5BD and Jim W1QUO on the
last day Wednesday at 1506z.
John Maier W8AUV operating gave me 4/5 but reported very noisy
conditions at the site.
W9R was about 5/7 in the clear here but mostly about 3/4 in
close-in qrm and qrn.
John reported they achieved about 65 contacts during the event
Chairman Laszlo was on station
but I did not get a good contact with him. Laszlo intends to visit
Jim after the convention !
Thanks to Brian G3LUW for the following net reports : -
June 20m VK net Only G3LUW & EA7GSU No propagation to
80m net G3LUW in control 16 on the
net. Condx fair
20m International net W1QUO 5 & 9
LA5HE - Rag
EA7GSU - Pete
& K7BVB not heard here
80m evening net G3LUW in control 5
on the net - condx good
VK net Klaus HB9CQS in charge (VKs unable to read me )
Very poor propagation
to VK but EA7GSU reading
VK2GWK & VK5CV both unreadable here -
EA5ALK, GW4KVJ, G4JVW,
(David/EA5ALK & Valerie
move into new apartment on 4th.July)
80m net G3JJR in charge in difficult
condx (changed freq. twice)
11 on the net, inc. HMG/p (Defford)
& GW4FTA/p (Haverford)
and Marie G7WGJ
20m International net W1QUO 5 & 8
5 & 4
80m evening net G3LUW in control in
noisy condx. 7 on the net
VK net Klaus/HB9CQS & David loud & clear. Unable to copy G4HMG/P
Worked VK5CV (3&3) VK6ZD inaudible.
80m net controlled by Tony GW4FTA/P
Haverford West using
his dipole. Poor condx. 13 members
20m International net W1QUO 5&6 both
ways. Laszlo at W9R
worked Jim, but could not be heard
in Europe or at VO1NP
Also on the net : CT1BJZ, HB9CQS,
W9R should be workable later this
80m evening net. Only 5 on the net
including our two mobiles
Heavy styatic crashes made it
quite unpleasant. G3LUW in charge
Thanks also to Klaus/HB9CQS for the following report : -
Answering a CQ call from Brian, G3LUW, I joined the ANZO net on
Together we tried to raise our VK-friends, but to no avail.
One by one the UK stations came in, all with excellent signals
Good for me since the QRM became heavy at about 07:00z with
jamming stations unwilling to QSY.
With Brian being unable to copy most UK stations because of skip
distance, it came naturally for me to take over as net
We all missed our usual anchors.
The following stations joined the net, more or less in the
Since I was not prepared for this my notes on their entry time
G3LUW - Brian. Fine signal here as usual when the band is open.
G4HMG/P - John and Diane from the air show at Defford. Had a
fine flight Saturday with a Cessna.
EA5ALK - David. Moving from house to flat. The good news is that
David will get an antenna in the new place.
GW4KVJ - John. Fine signal, but I was hampered by heavy QRM.
G4JVW - Bill. Fine signal, but I need to train with that suffix.
It breaks my tongue. My fault of course
VK2GWK - Henk. 56 here. Got 55. Henk was unable to copy UK
stations and vice versa.
Henk reported having worked VK3KCD, but Peter was not readable
here. Same with VK4ZD, if Bill was on at all.
EA7GSU - Pete. (or should I say Pertti?) Fine signal, also with
Henk at Nelson Bay. A good help in raising the VKs.
VK5CV - Bill. I had given up working Bill when he came in 56
here. Got 54. I appologize for giving up too early, Bill.
Net ended at 07:30z.
After net closure, I was called by EA5EMH, Peter (British, I
believe), in Alacante who wanted to learn the address of David,
I gave David's QTH as Moraira.
Finally an interesting item from Max Raicha / 5Z4MR
FYI from a fellow Rotarian in India.
AG - Max Raicha
I am pleased to share with you the outstanding news that the
Flag was hoisted on top of Mount Everest at 11 AM (Nepal Time)
(30 May 2005). This feat was achieved by three Nepalese
one girl and two boys. The expedition was lead by Rotaractor
Mohini, who is also one of the summiteers, as part of the
I am also informed that the summiteers have spoken to
Estess from the summit of Mount Everest via satphone.
I have spoken to Rtn Gopal Sundar Lal Kakshpati, Coordinator,
Centennial Everest Expedition 2005 and have conveyed the
Congratulations and Blessings of all Rotarians round the
expedition will be returning to Kathmandu by 2 Jun.