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Roar Nets July 3 2005

Propagation still rather fragile.  K= 2, Flux 124.
0630z - 0730z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0630z - G4HMG John in Devon 3/4 here,
0630z - CT1BJZ Victor from Ordivelas 5/8
0649z - HB9CQS Klaus from Obwalden up to 4/5
0650z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 1/1 here.
0650z - VK5CV Bill from Waikerie 2/1 here
0714z - EA7GSU Pete from Fuengirola 5/8
0730z - EA5FJF Steve from Calig 5/6
0735z - G4JVW Bill from Barnstaple 2/1 here
0742z - Net ended.  I did not really get in to this net.
Many thanks to Klaus for the following report : -
"Since propagation between VK and UK was very poor this morning, here is my report:
Started listening at UTC 0630, but unfortunately on wrong antenna.
0652 - CT1BJZ, Victor, variable up to a 59/59. Victor uses vertical antennas.
0654 - VK4ZD, Bill, 55/55. Almost disappeared for 10 -15 minutes, but came back 56/56 at end of net. 
0656 - VK5CV, Bill, 57. Got me 53. Continuously good signal here. R5/R5 until end of net.
0703 - G4HMG, John, got him 44. Never very strong here.
0715 - EA7GSU, Pete, mostly 56 here, got me 59.
0718 - G4YZE, Bill, 45 here with conditions improving until net closed
0728 - EA5FJF, Steve, british, visitor, 1kW into 4-elements
0728 - G4JVW, Bill, 59/59. Fine signal here.
Net closed 0742.  -   73  -  Klaus
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre net on 3,693.
G4HMG John in charge from Clayhidon, Devon.
Seventeen on the net in fair conditions. Noisy & much qsb!
1130z - 1230z  International net on 14,293.
1130z - G4HMG John from Devon 3/4 here
1130z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/9
1130z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9
1132z - G4MVV Diana, with G4HMG 3/4
1137z - SM4CSF Nils from Falun 5/9
1141z - W0TBC Joe from Stillwater MN 1/1 here
1141z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 2/1
1220z - Net ended.
Again the noise came up and the signals went down forcing us to close the net early.
It was great to hear Coos on the air once again, first time for about twelve months
after recurrent problems with a hip joint replacement and a long and painful
convalescence preventing him reaching his radio station.
Coos reported he was "still a bit wobbly on the right leg" but coping quite well now.
Coos congratulated Nils on the appointment of a Swedish Rotarian Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammer
as President of Rotary International.  Coos's club appointed two Paul Harris Fellows this week.
Nils SM4CSF was his Club President "many years ago". He has been in Rotary 23 years.
Jim,  although totally blind remains very positive and is having full day sessions with the specialists
involving trials with a helmet equipped with sensors and cameras. There is still hope they can
enable Jim to read something.  We wish them, and you, every success Jim.
1800z - 1900z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,693.
Six on the net in rather noisy conditions.
Messages received.
From Max Raicha 5Z4MR in Kisumu.
The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!
This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest
approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that
Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years
before it happens again.
The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and
will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will
appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification By August 27, Mars will look as
large as the full moon to the naked eye. Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise
in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. By the end of August when the two planets
are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty
convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar
at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.
Share this with your children and grandchildren.
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