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Roar Nets December 7 2008

Propagation still very fragile.  K=3, A=20, Flux=69.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0800z - ZL1RD Rob in Auckland 3/4 to 5/6 throughout.
0800z - VK3KCD Peter in Flinders 1/1 here, Rob got him well.
0800z - VK4ZD Bill in Gatton 1/1, up to 4/4 by 0825, &  5/5 by 0845z
0815z - EA/G4HMG John in Benissa 3/4, up to 5/9 later.
0825z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 2/1 here,got 4/5 from Bill ZD
0825z - EA/M0BDI Ralph from Majorca 5/9.  (Back to UK next Sunday Dec.14.)
0832z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/9 here.
0832z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 5/6, got 5/5 from Bill
0850z - VK2GWK Henk from Nelson Bay up to 5/7.
0854z - M0VVV Tony from Fareham 3/2 here, got 5/7 from Henk.
0908z - Net ended. A very interesting net.  Rob came in well but could not get me very well
Bill ZD reported evidence that the new sunspot cycle has started.
"A Thousand Welcomes Cycle 24.  Where have you been?"
He also reported they had a good trip to a local rum distillery.
Henk also had a visit to a rum distillery down there.
Henk is planning a trip to Europe in spring commencing in Finland.
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,693.
G3LUW Brian in charge from Lifton, Devon. In very good conditions.
On the net :-  G3JJR John 5/9,  G2FUU Tommy 5/9,  G0SQH Derek 5/8,
G0PCF Bruce 5/9,  G4MVO Jim 5/9  and G4YZE Bill.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9+.  2 inches of snow and -4c.
1234z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 4/7. Some snow and minus 10c.
1243z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 3/2 here, Jim got him well.
1245z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here, Jim gave 5/7
1254z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/6, Jim got him quite well.
1300z - PA3AHC Malcolm from Naarden 1/1 here,  got 5/7 from Pertti
1302z - M0HKB  1/1 no details.  Pertti gave 5/9
1320z - Net ended.  Not the easiest of nets.  Even Jim was going down at the end.
Coos was quite good here but had little copy on me. He was trying - not too successfully -
to tell us about his birthday party on Friday 5th, but see his e-mail below.
Jim having trouble with his unsighted computer programme. Auto check-in needs restoring.
Alan Rogers, a colleague of "Young Jim" from Harvard Radio Astronomy faculty is coming to fix it.
"Young Jim" , Professor James Moran, is currently in Chile working on a 600Ghz-800Ghz
(0.5 to 0.375mm wavelength) radio telescope on a mountain location 16,500 feet above sea level. 
                                              Wot no oxygen??  
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,693.
Not much here except noise and general Euro-qrm then Surprise-Surprise :-
1900z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/9
1906z - G2FUU Tommy from Nazeing, Essex 1/1 here, John gave 5/9+20.
1928z - Net ended. In such long skip conditions it would be perfectly viable
for John to run an 80-metre net from Spain into the UK during the dead of winter.
Propagation is very variable of course but it's worth a try.
Many thanks John!
Messages Received.
From Coos VE2GTI : -
Sunday evening
Hi Bill.
Recap of what I said this morning under pretty appalling conditions.
Temp -10C A sprinkling of snow on the roads but not on the grass.
Thursday we witnessed the opening of a brand - new supermarket. Really 'super' They support our Club with presents for our annual golf tournament. We advertise their name at each hole.
Friday (my birthday) we were the guest for dinner by an ex-Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial student and her husband. The couple are from Ghana. Very intellectual. I was her counsellor 1989-1994.Why so long? Well, she was studying under the RF  three year 3-H program. In her second year, liver trouble manifested itself. (cause: anti-malaria pills while living in Ghana). So bad that she needed a transplant! That was successfully performed in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal and financed largely by the Quebec Government and a small portion by our Rotary District.
She survived and not only finished the course but ended with a PhD in Chemistry!!  She could not return to Ghana; too dangerous. Now she has a superb job with the Canadian Government and is doing very well.
Her husband is also no slouch because he has a PhD too, but in another division of chemistry.!  He is employed in private enterprise.
It was a fantastic evening.
(Something now rings a bell above my eyes. Did I write this story before?????Hmmm I'm not sure.)
Coos, VE2GTI  
(I think I' ve heard about it before but it is well worth repeating.  Congratulations Coos! -  g4yze.)
                                                                        That's all for this week,
                                                                             73 de Bill g4yze
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