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Roar Nets March 25 2007

Propagation fair.  K=2  A=20  Flux=73
0730z - 0830z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0735z - Voices heard but not identified.  Very weak sigs and severe contest qrm.
I tried again at 0820z without success.
Many thanks to Klaus for the following report : -
Greetings Bill
Glad that you are well again. Winter has come back to us. During the past week we had plenty of snow,
but it melts quickly here at the bottom of the valley and the lovely forsythia and early spring flowers survive each attack. 
It was WPX contest weekend and not a good day to receive weak signals. Luckily, the QRM was not as heavy as last Sunday. 
With a few brief "This frequency is occupied" calls, we had 14'293 for ourselves, - at least as I saw it. There was a great deal of splatter,
of course, and Bill, VK4ZD, was hampered by powerful contest station(s) only 1.5 kHz away. 
07:31z  Started calling CQ ROAR net. No answers. Heard Bill, VK4ZD, and Peter, VK3KCD, as a faint mumble.
07:55z  Bill, VK4ZD, all of a sudden jumped to 56 - 57, later to peak 58. Got 57, peaking 58. Steady for the next 45 minutes. 30 deg.C.
07:58z  Peter, VK3KCD. 33 here. Got "56 when in the clear."
08:21z  Carsten, VK4OA. 56 here. Carsten has assembled my new Emtron amplifier and told me that it will arrive Wednesday.
08:32z  Bill, G4YZE. 54 here, when in the clear, which unfortunately did not happen often.
08:39z  Sent 73 and went QRT.

73    Klaus, HB9CQS
Thanks also to Peter VK3KCD for this report :-
Dear Bill
Conditions improved this week but QRM from the WPX contest was very heavy. At 0730z heard John G4HMG call CQ and was surprised
when he responded to my call. He was up to S5-6 but readability marred by the QRM we maintained contact until 0747 when John had
to QSY to 80mx. Later in the hour I herd Klaus HB9CQS up to S9 but again readability affected by the QRM. I understand Klaus heard
me but was unable to copy. From last weekends experience it would seem that Western Europe is still not coming in until at least 0730z.
My propagation program suggests that unless the solar flux gets up to 120 or so these conditions will prevail. When Bill VK4ZD heard you
I do not think I had any signal from you here. ( hard to tell with the QRM )

YIR   73 de VK3KCD
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre net on 3,693
G4HMG John in control from Devon.
Thirteen on the net in fair conditions.
1130z - 1230z  International net on 14,293
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9 with qrm
1130z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here but Jim got him well.
1130z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/9 with qrm
1133z - G4HMG John from Devon 1/1 here but got 5/9 from Coos and Jim
1143z - YO9BC Coco from Ploeste 5/9
1157z - W0TBC Joe from Stillwater MN 1/1 here.  Jim had some copy.
1158z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 5/9 now.
1206z - Net ended early due to severe contest qrm.
W1QUO Jim doing very well despite very heavy noise and qrm
VE2GTI Coos had no copy on Jim.  They had 30 exchange students for a
Sunday breakfast.  Eggs and bacon.  And Maple syrup !  Great stuff.
Helmi just got her Canadian permanent citizen's papers. Now they can travel !
Coco had two stormy days this week but OK now.
He hopes to take delivery of a new 16-element antenna next week. Wow!
1800z - 1900z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,695
Only five on the net in very noisy conditions.
Messages Received.
From Don Cliffe G0JWE.
...................     I eventually purchased a Diamond BB6W from our local emporium which I hope will put me back on the 20m nets.
All I need now is a fine day when Daphne is out and I can climb onto the roof and fix one end to the TV pole.  Don't hold your breath.
Best Western rang me this week to see if everything is OK for the AGM.  They really seem worried that our transfer from Mildenhall
is going according to plan.  The girl said she would ring the hotel to check that everything was OK for us.  Let's hope Brian and Bruce
receive a good reception when they call.
I hope to make 80m on Sunday - I doubt I will have the 20m up by then.
Sorry to hear about Marie and Gordon but hope you are feeling better.

73 de Don
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