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Roar Nets October 29 2006

Propagation rather poor.  K=4 and Solar Flux = 75.
Much contest pollution all day.
0730z - 0830z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
Heard Klaus HB9CQS faintly also John G4HMG.
Called but could make no impression on the contesters.
Thanks to Klaus for the following - and congratulations to Klaus and Peter VK3KCD.
Greetings Bill
Not a big net. Lots of stations on 14.293, - only they were not ROAR members.
07:38z  VK3KCD, Peter, 46 here for a start, but lost Peter after 15 minutes.
08:25z  Went QRT.
Received my QSL card today for the OZ5PD convention QSO with Peter. Much appreciated. Thank you, Per.
73    Klaus, HB9CQS
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre net on 3,693.
Tommy G2FUU in charge from Nazeing Essex.
Sixteen on the net in very noisy conditions.
1230z - 1330z International Net on 14,293.
I missed this one but John G4HMG and Brian G3LUW both reported
contest activity so intense as to make a net impossible.
Many thanks to Jim W1QUO and to Coos VE2GTI for the following.
Dear Bill,
              12:10-12:20 UTC very good QSO with Maurice, N1CFFI, FRIEND of ROTARY, returning to Florida
residence for winter ( Zepher Hills, Florida ) sends 73 to all Rotarians.
               Contest QRM made normal operation impossible with European stations. 
Did hear G4HMG about 12:34 and VE2GTI at 12:36.  Keep the spark alive.  Will try next week.    
73  Jim  W1QUO
29 October 12. 44 ZULU
I started 7 min before time and made  14.293 a clear frequency here!
Alas, nothing heard but noise and vague voices in the dumps.
Very strong winds here, rain intermittent, temp.2.5C
73's     VE2GTI
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,693.
Nine on the net in increasingly noisy conditions.
Messages Received.
House-Building Report from Pertti/EA7GSU
Happy Sunday everyone,
So the autumn has come to Andalucia with rain and wind. My little cabin for private meditation has suffered loss of roof material.
And the rain of course has damaged the chip board underneath.
Air has been very moist so the Jeep didn't start. Manuel, the man with heavy machinery who had just finished the transfer of my
water tank higher up the hill, cannot keep his fingers off from anything which doesn't work. I wanted to wait a couple of hours to
get the car going but Manuel felt it will be just a snap to start the car. Ordinary magical finger movements under the bonnet did
not help so he decided for down the hill-start. The hill was not long enough and the road was wet and soft. A couple of hours later
the engine DID start, but the track was stil soft. After an hours "baking the sand dough" the car sunk in it. No problem, he came
(the following day) with one of his heavy machines - and up it came but covered by mud. So I had to drive it to a ford in the river
where the water level was up to the floor of Jeep.
By driving forth and back for a while I found the right colours and washed the rest by hand.
For the first time the fire place has been tried. First scaring away the bats, the lizzards and spiders from the chimney with a gas
torch and then the warmth began to radiate to the house. It is not cold indoors (23-24 C) but the moisture...
Chesnut harvesting has ended. The village cooperative offered a party on Saturday evening. Roasted nuts and sharp snaps to flush
them down was on offer foc.
There has been development with my application for the construction of steel tower for solar panels and an aerial. The architect has
asked evidence that the land where I want to erect it is mine!! The papers will be delivered tomorrow. We have a saying here:
" Always one paper is missing".
The inverter which is intended for the supply of 230V for the house does not work! It is producing the power if the connection to the
load is short. But the manufacturer confirmed my suspectations of non function when the house cable network is connected
because of high capacitance. So, looking for compensation and a replacement!
Wind and rain have given time to make some house decoration which remind me from my roots. The horn and shoes are made of
birch bark and are present from a friend (OH2KK).
Similar dressing and tooling was used by shepherds still 100-150 years ago.
...And the MUSIC is filling the house! How I have missed the good old and happy tunes from the past. The HiFi does work, sort of,
in spite of the volume control cracking a bit and the CD player needing cleaning to stop the jumping of the tracking system.
But 33 rpm records play like ever!
In Andalucia autumn rain means rebirth of the nature. The rain after 4 months drought is revitalising the roots and seeds, grass is
shooting, some flowers appearing and the world is turning from burnt brown to bright green. Part of nature is prepared for the rest,
but they, too will take advantage of the liquid of life. Life goes on.
Have a beautiful autumn!     Pertti
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