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Roar Nets May 7 2006

Poor propagation this day.  K-index = 5,  Solar Flux = 87
0630z - 0800z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0630z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln only 2/1, up to 5/8 briefly about 0700z then faded out.
0630z - G4HMG John from Devon 2/1, up to 5/7 momentarily then nil.
0708z - VK4ZD 3/4 briefly then lost him.
0718z - I had to leave the net at this time, but Klaus did well. Thanks again Klaus.  Well done!
Greetings Bill,
Conditions were peculiar during our ANZO net with the European signals rapidly coming and going 
06:55z  G4YZE, Bill, quickly increasing to 59/59, only to disappear again
07:07z  VK4ZD, Bill. Initially 57. Got 58. Good copy here until the end, but few others were able to hear Bill and vice versa.
07:10z  G4HMG, John, increasing from 11 to 59/59, but disappearing again. John arrived back from continent on Saturday
07:16z  SM4CSF, Nils. 56/56, but only after I had swung the beam up north and away from VK & ZL.
07:16z  G3LUW, Brian. 56 here. Fairly steady signal during the rest of the net.
07:28z  OH6SM, Martti. Variable, up to 59/59. Also heard by Bill, VK4ZD
07:35z  CT/AD6XX, Laszlo. 11 for a start, increasing to 57 here. Laszlo confirmed that he will be attending the convention in CPH.
07:55z  Net came to an end, Brian closing the gates.
73     Klaus, HB9CQS
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre net on 3,694
John G4HMG in charge.from Devon.
Sixteen on the net in very unstable conditions..
1130z - 1230z  International Net on 14,293.
1130z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9, down to 3/4 at times.
1130z - G4HMG John from Devon 2/1 here
1139z - CT/AD6XX Laszlo from Lagos up to 5/6 at times.
1142z - UX4UA Nick from Kiev 5/9. Nick's birthday,  Happy 55th Nick !
1145z - KF4QBE Joe from Bradenton FL up to 5/6 here
1149z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 2/1 here
1200z - G0JWE Don from Derby 1/1 here, Nick got him 5/7.
1209z - SM0DMJ Karl from Nyneshamn 5/9
1221z - Net ended.   Very scratchy today. Both Jim and I were struggling a bit.
From Bert VE3BGG after the net : -
Hello Bill,
Again today I tried vainly to joint the International net at 11:30 Z but to no avail. Although I heard
your station dimly once or twice and called several times in the first half hour there was no response
from anybody. Of course, the K index was 5 and I shouldn't have expected any results. The propagation
has been as bad as I've ever experienced.
Margaret and I were in Spain most of the month of March so of course were out of touch. Since returning
home I've attempted to join the net nearly every Sunday without any luck. Guess I'll just have to keep
trying and hoping!
Our weather has been fine for the past three-four weeks with temperatures up to 25 degs. Last weekend
we drove to our cottage near Ottawa (a 300 mile drive) to clean up the gardens, sweep the lawns, check 
the bass to see if they were spawning, etc. We will return to the cottage the first week of June and spend
the summer there with occasional trips home to see if the house is still standing!
My rig at the cottage is an old Icom that I bought second hand in 1987 but it still puts out 100 watts. The
antenna is a G5RV strung between two pine trees, about 30 feet above the ground. With no amplifier I doubt
if my signal will cross the "pond", particularly with the present lack of cooperation from the sun.
As a matter of fact, I'll be somewhat busier than usual at the cottage this summer as my Surgical Society is
having it's 53rd. annual reunion in Ottawa this September. Margaret and I will be busy helping to organize
that occasion.
Earlier this Spring  I retired from Rotary International after 50 years as a Rotarian - now I'm an "Honourary"
Rotarian. However, I've joined our local Probus Club and am enjoying the fellowship there. As a matter of fact,
our Rotary club started and sponsored the Cambridge (Galt) Probus Club in 1987 - the first Probus club in
North America.
Hopefully the sunspots will start to reappear in sufficient numbers soon and my contact with the 11:30 net will return.
'Til then, 73
From Coos VE2GTI : -
Sorry Bill, that I wasn't there this morning.
I am member of a large choir and last night we gave a concert in a cathedral with among others Shubert's
mass in E-flat Major  D.950. We were home very late last night and I slept in a bit, also because the church
did not require me there early this morning as in other Sundays.
This afternoon we sing  again in another part of Montreal.
Next week I shall be in SW Ontario for the internment ceremony of our son and the week thereafter is our
wedding day as you know.
So, I guess I shall be QRV again on June 4.
73's to all and you.
Coos, VE2GTI
1800z - 1900z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,693
Seven on the net in rather noisy conditions.
Messages Received.
From Joe Simonet W0TBC via Don G0JWE
I have received notification from Joe Simonet (W0TBC) that George Adam WB1GAQ died on 18th April.
Joe asks that George's details are deleted from the directory.
Obituary includes the following : -
George F. Adam III, 82, --- died Tuesday April 18 2006 at Roxbury VA hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Adam had served in the Army Air Corps 314 bomb wing, 29th Bomb Group during WW II.
He was an active member of Rotary International, a Paul Harris Fellow and recipient of Rotarian of the Year.---
From Henk VK2GWK, received on May 4.
Dear all!
From today we have changed our e-mail addresses and our web pages.
Agnes can be reached under:
Henk can be reached under:
We have our new and updated web site at: Feel free to visit there.
Please change your e-mail address book.
With best regards
Agnes and Henk Tobbe
N.B. Next weekend May 13 is our AGM of Roar in the UK.  We look forward very much to a great get-together
when we shall be honoured with the presence of President Laszlo and xyl Helga.
But we may not be able to have a presence on the nets next Sunday. 
                That's all for this week,
                     73 de Bill g4yze.
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