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Roar Nets December 21 2008

Propagation still rather shy.  K=1, A=2, Flux=69.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0800z - ZL1RD Rob from Auckland 5/7 here but could not hear me.
0800z - VK3KCD Peter from Flinders 1/1 here but Rob got him well.
0813z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 2/1 here, working Rob.
0817z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 2/1 here, up to 4/4 later.
0818z - VK2GWK Henk from Nelson Bay 2/1
0819z - ZL1RD Rob got me "very weak - but got most of it"
0819z - G3LUW Brian 3/2 here, Rob "got most of it"
0829z - G3TKK Peter from Lytham 3/3 here  Rob just about got him.
0840z - VK4ZD Bill now 4/7 got me 5/5
0845z - VK2GWK Henk now 5/5, up to 5/7 later. got me 5/3
0915z - Net ended. A very good net with good signals from Rob, Bill and Henk.
At present the best time is about 0900z but it will come earlier
(Sunrise in Bolton is 0827z now and will not change much until late January.)
Bill VK4ZD will be absent next Sunday 28th. Family visit to Port Macquarie.
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,693.
G3JJR John in charge from Wolverhampton supported by : -
M0BDI Ralph, G0SQH Derek, G4MVO Jim, G3TKK Peter,
G2FUU Tommy, G4WRU Mike, G3LUW Brian, & G4YZE Bill.
Conditions quite good.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9
1230z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/7
1238z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/9+
1238z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here, got 5/9 from Jim
1238z - EA5ALK David from Calpe 5/5
1238z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 2/2 here got 5/8 from Jim.
1249z - PA0SDZ Les from Zwolle 2/1 here, got 5/8 from Jim
1254z - IK0DQW Danilo from Rome 5/9
1303z - PA3AHC Malcolm from Naarden 2/2 here, John got him well.
1319z - IK8DYE Fiore from Casate, North of Naples, 5/8
1325z - Net ended.  A very good net and great to hear Jim back after the ice-storm
which damaged his antenna. Operating with only seven elements of his 8-element
log periodic they added capacitors to get a working match but limited power to about 700 watts.
It sounded fine here. He had 10 inches of snow on the ground and another 10 inches forecast.
Coos had minus 16c and strong winds.
John in Spain had a beautiful day, +18c.
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,693.
EA/G4HMG John from Spain in control due to long skip conditions.
Attendees were : - G3LUW Brian, G2FUU Tommy, M0BDI Ralph & G4YZE Bill.
Conditions generally difficult and net ended at 1925z.
Messages Received.
From Peter VK3KCD in Flinders.
Just a note to wish you and all on the ROAR nets a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Shame about the propagation into VK3 at present. I have observed that European signals are just appearing at the end of the net and VK2 and 4 are still strong but ZL has all but gone.
This suggests that this far south the band is not yet open. However hope is always alive and perhaps in the New Year propagation will improve.
Again my good wishes for the festive season and to quote our dear departed Laszlo “stay vertical”
Hope to see you in Birmingham
YIR   73 Peter VK3KCD
                                    That's all for this week,
                      With best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas.
                                          Bill g4yze.
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