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Roar Nets December 17 2006

Propagation very variable.  K=1 falling to zero. Flux=82,  A=10,  35% chance of storms in mid-latitudes.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
Nothing heard here until 0830z
0830z - PA0SDZ Les in Zwolle 3/3
0844z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 3/4, up to 4/5 later.
0845z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 2/3, slowly up to peak at 5/7 by 0920z.
0845z - VK3KCD Peter from Flinders 1/1 here but Bill got him OK.
0854z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 4/5, up to 5/9+ by 0920z.
0858z - DU/G4UNL Roy from Mindanao 2/1, up to 4/5 by 0925z.
0930z - Net ended.   A bit thin in the late end-of-year propagation but
great to hear everybody trying.
Bill VK4ZD busy with Christmas functions.  Might not be on the radio next Sunday !
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre net on 3,694.
John G3JJR in control from Wolverhampton.
Fifteen on the net in fair conditions.
N.B. Our veteran member John Goldsmith G4KTX has dismantled his antennas in preparation
for moving to a bungalow nearby on January 15th.  It may be some time before he gets an
antenna up at the new location.  His telephone number will remain un-changed.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9
1230z - CT/AD6XX Laszlo from Lagos 4/5 with qsb.
1230z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 3/2
1237z - SM0FCX Rune from Hudiksdall 5/9
1246z - G0JWE Don from Derby 1/1 here, got 3/3 from Jim.
1251z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 3/3 here
1258z - SM4CSF Nils from Falun only 3/4 today but Jim got him well
1258z - YO9BC Coco from Ploeste 5/9+
1303z - 4X4FR Rafi from Tel Aviv 5/9
1327z - G4HMG John from Devon 3/3 here
1332z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 5/5 today
1339z - Net ended.  Propagation fitful but Nate came through well at the end.
Jim had zero Celsius but no snow.
Laszlo doing much better with 16.9c.  And feeling fine !
Coco had been to a great Rotary Ball celebrating 70 years of Rotary in Romania,
(apart from its interdiction during the 1940-1992 period.)
There is a brochure about it.  Coco will make a translation for the Communicator.
4X4FR Rafi is not in Rotary but knows several Rotarians and will tell them about Roar.
I did not hear Coos VE2GTI but he sent the following by e-mail :-
"Sunday 12.42 ZULU   Dear Bill, 
Was QRV but heard absolutely nothing. Pity. I'll try again next week.
Temp. 2.8 C going up to 10. Grey sky.   Rain expected.
Forecast: no snow at Christmas. Unheard of.
73's to all   Coos VE2GTI "
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,692.
Nothing heard here but noise and Euro-qrm.
Messages Received.

From Peter VK3KCD
Dear Bill
Unusually short skip during net times these past 2 weeks reminiscent of Copenhagen in June!
As a result only signals from Europe in the noise except for Marti OH6SM last Sunday who was copyable.
Did manage to hear a bit more the week before. It has certainly been a terrific year and the Rotary Convention
was a highlight. I really enjoyed operating OZ5PD and wish to thank all the organisers and hands to the wheel
who got the station set up. Per's organisation bore fruit.
May I take this opportunity to wish all members of the ROAR nets a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
and may our sunspots be on the increase!
73   YIR    Peter Lowe VK3KCD
From Berton Grapes VE3BGG in Cambridge, ONT
Hello Bill,
It's been six frustrating weeks since propagation was good enough to allow me to QSO with the 12:30 ROAR group.
It was my hope this morning that we could exchange Christmas greetings with everybody but unfortunately it was not to be.
Hopefully Santa will bring us some sunspots soon! The weather here has been unusually mild - plus 10 deg. C. 
and no snow at all! It looks as though we are going to have a "green" Christmas which is too bad for the children
that were looking forward to a week or two of sleighing, skiing and skating! 
Margaret and I are flying out to Regina, Saskatchewan on Friday next to spend the Christmas week with our daughter
and her family, hence I will be unable to  join with you all on Sunday next.
Allow me to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please pass those greetings on for me to the other members of the net!
73 to all!      Bert - VE3BGG
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