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Roar Nets December 28 2008

Propagation still fragile.  K-0, A=1, Solar Flux=69.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0800z - ZL1RD Rob from Auckland 3/3 here
0800z - VK3KCD Peter from Flinders 2/1 here
0839z - ZL1RD Rob now 5/6 gave me 5/5
0839z - DK1II Franz from Lingen 3/2 got 5/6 from Rob.
0840z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 3/2 got 4/3 from Henk.
0842z - VK2GWK Henk from Nelson Bay 1/1, up to 5/5 by 0912z.
0842z - PA0SDZ Les from Zwolle 2/1, got 5/5 from Henk
0902z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 5/8
0912z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa (also Mike G8LES) 5/5
0928z - Net ended.  Great to hear the signals coming through
though not so good as last week.  Thanks for trying !
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694.
G0SQH Derek in charge from Ringwood.
Attendees : -  G4WRU Mike, G0PCF Bruce, M0BDI Ralph, G4MVO Jim,
G3LUW Brian, G3JJR John,  G2FUU Tommy,  G0MMO Norman and G4YZE Bill.
A good net in rather noisy conditions.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1225z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9.  Temp +12c, unseasonably warm!
1225z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 4/5
1225z - SM0DMJ Karl from Nyneshamn 3/2 here Jim gave 5/8
1234z - G8LES Mike (with G4HMG) 4/5
1238z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 4/3, got 5/9 from Jim.
1239z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 got 5/7 from Jim.
1240z - G0JWE Don from Derby 1/1 got 5/5 from Jim
1242z - KF5BD Jack from Albuquerque 1/1 here, Jim "not quite readable".
1302z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 2/3 here, got 5/9+10 from Jim.
1308z - EA5ST Manuel from Valencia 2/1 here, Jim got him with difficulty.
1315z - Net ended.  We managed with difficulty.  Jim had high noise level.
and there was no useful short skip to let me hear the Europeans.
Better Luck next year !  The solar flux is still stuck at 69.  I long for it to say 73 (or more)
From Coos after the net : -
Dear Bill,
For years I have known that I have a 'worn' disc in the lower lumbago area.
Generally it does not bother me  but sometimes (as in May) there is an 'attack'
with unbearable pain. Such an attack hit me on Friday. Result: no movement. My height (6'6") does not help.
Slowly slowly I got out of bed this morning but much too slow to go to the basement shack and thus much too late for ROAR.
I hope you had a Good Christmas and I  wish you and all ROAR  members a Happy and healthy New Year.
73's  Coos VE2GTI  
And from Cees PA2X : -
Dear Bill,
Last sunday-net I was QRV from a holiday location in the North Eastern part of the Netherlands.
I was using an Icom IC 706MK2G with just 100 watt into a vertical antenna.
I was happy that Jim was able to copy me with 57 and John HMG copied me with 59
Regards  PA2X - Cees - Bussum
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694.
Ralph M0BDI and I had a rather scrappy net in very noisy conditions.
Then I had the following from Brian G3LUW.
"Another noisy affair. EA/G4HMG John was loud and clear from Spain, with season's greetings from Diana EA/G4MVV and Mike EA/G8LES. G0JWE Don's signals were up and down. Mike G4WRU was steady copy. G0PCF Bruce and G2FUU Tommy both came up to 5&9 towards the end, but we were all troubled by the Continental QRM. The net ended at 1927"
(Brian was only about 1kHz down from us but I heard nothing from them.  The joys of shortwave radio !)
Messages Received.
From Jack KF5BD in Albuquerque.on Xmas eve.
Merry Christmas To All and Best wishes for 2009.
The good news here is that The Tower Service crew came early this am [9am] while it was still cold freezing and raised my beam.
It checks out fine and on Sunday I will try to join the early morning net work.
Jack Page, KF5BD,  ABQ, NM. USA .
And from Brian G3LUW who is providing the QSL cards for the Birmingham 2009 Convention : -
Hi Bill,  Have a look at GB2RI on  Any suggestions on the content of the text ? I would be very happy to change or amend it   73  Brian
                                                 That's all for this week,
                                               A Happy New Year to you all,
                                                            de Bill g4yze
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