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Roar Nets February 25 2007

Propagation improving.  K=1,  A=2 and Flux=76.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo net on 14,293 Long Path.
0800z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 5/6, down to 3/3 by 0830z then up to 5/8 by 0900z.
0800z - VK5CO Brian from Port Pirie 5/9, down to 4/5 at the end.
0808z - EA/G4HMG/p John from Los Madriles up to 5/7 here, got 3/3 from Bill.
0833z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 4/5 here, got 5/7 from Brian.
0838z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/9
0903z - GW4KVJ John from S.Wales 1/1 here but John got him in Spain.
0905z - Net ended.  The  "double hump" in  propagation more evident now, first before 0800z
and the second after 0900z.  The later one will soon disappear.
From this weekend try 0730z - 0830z then into the "summer" schedule 0630z - 0730z from 25th March.
Bill VK4ZD and Diane had been to a Rotary celebration (ed) in Brisbane attended by ex RI President Glen Kinross
Great to hear Brian VK5CO again. Brian and a group of ten family and friends are doing a Mediterranean
cruise in July. Fly to London 30th June then a week in Paris then fly to Barcelona to join Med. cruise.
HB9CQS Klaus will be back to his old home in Denmark next weekend.
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre net on 3,693.
G2FUU Tommy from Nazeing in charge.
Fourteen on the net in good conditions.
1230z - 1330z  International net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/8 today. Got more snow and minus 9c !
1230z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 2/1 here but Jim got him well
1230z - EA/G4HMG/p John from Los Madriles 5/8 at times. Moving to Calpe on Thursday
1230z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 4/5 here but Jim had no copy.
1230z - CT/AD5XX Laszlo from Lagos up to 5/8 at times. Going for a scan this week.
1230z - OZ5PD Per from Jutland 1/1 here but Jim got him well.
1230z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/8 briefly but disappeared.
1230z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 3/4, got 5/9 from Jim.
1245z - YO9BC Coco from Ploeste 5/9+.  Very cold. Down to minus 25c at night.
1247z - GW4KVJ John from S.Wales 2/1here but Jim had some copy.
1247z - G0JWE Don from Derby 1/1 here but Jim gave "beautiful signal".
1256z - VE3BGG Bert from Cambridge ON 5/9 here today. Spring coming. Almost up to zero !
1310z - W0TBC Joe from Stillwater MN 4/6 here.  18 inches of snow and very cold !
1320z - OH1TG Pasi from Kokemaki 4/5 here.  Nice and cool. Minus five.
1327z - Net ended. A good net despite marginal signals . Thanks to all who took part.
1900z - 2000z  UK evening net on 3,694
Brian G3LUW in charge from Devon.
Eight on the net in increasingly noisy conditions
but we managed to keep it going until about 1935z.
Messages received.
I asked Bill VK5CV how he was as we had not heard him since December.
He sent a great reply including a sort of "Life History" which will appear in a future Communicator I am sure,
but I give you all the following extracts for now ; -
Thanks for your thoughts.  I do appreciate you keeping in touch with me.
I am as well as my 94 years allows.
There are 15 in our mens' choir.  I enjoy practice on Monday mornings and we sing regularly to people in the
various retirement groups, as well as at various community and church functions.
On Thursdays I take my portable keyboard to Day Care - a community health service for the oldies.
I play and we all sing the music we loved years ago.   On Tuesday evening, Shrove Tuesday social evening,
we sang "Don't Have Any More Mrs. Moore".  The music of old England is still popular.
I have a problem maintaining my ham radio equipment,  there is not another licensed ham within 40 kilometers
of me and the rotator on top of the 32  meter high mast is a problem.
Hopefully propagation will improve soon and I will be there.
 73 for now,
Bill            vk5cv
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