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Roar Nets February 17 2008

 
Propagation still very wierd.   K=3, A=11, Flux=70.
 
0800z - 0900z  Europe-Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0800z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/9
0800z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here, John gave 5/9
0805z - EA/M0BDI/p Ralph from Majorca 5/8, Rob "just heard" him.
0812z - ZL1RD Rob from Albany, Auckland, up to 5/7
0814z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 1/1 here
0814z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln up 5/6 at times.
0824z - GW4KVJ John from S.Wales 1/1 here, Rob "just heard" him
0834z - VK2GWK Henk from Nelson Bay 2/1 here. Rob relayed.
0835z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 5/9, got VK4ZD alright.
0855z - I left at this time. Very interesting though a bit short of propagation. 
Great to hear Rob from New Zealand, our first ZL in a long time !
He was not very strong here and fading out by about 0845z but it was
very promising in marginal conditions.
Rob is a member of the Rotary Club of Birkenhead in District 9910
and is located quite near to the city of Auckland.
His e-mail address is  rob@ix.net.nz 
 
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694.
G3JJR John in charge from Wolverhampton
Six on the net including Tommy G2FUU back on the air while recovering
from a heart-valve replacement op. and sounding very well.
Band conditions were quite dreadful, high noise and low signals.
 
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/8
1230z - YV5CPT Reinhart from Caracas 5/9
1230z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here
1230z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/8
1233z - OH1TG Pasi from Kokemaki 5/9+
1237z - GW4KVJ John from S.Wales 1/1, got 3/3 from Jim.
1253z - LA5HE Ragnar from Telemark 2/1 here, got 5/7 from Jim.
1306z - Net ended with signals fading out.
Jim had minus 12c and half a metre of snow.
Reinhart had 65F (18c) at that hour and beautiful blue sky.
Reinhart was founder President of the Rotary Club of Caracas.
twenty years ago.  He is unable to attend their celebrations but is
writing a letter to say how much Rotary helped him in his private
life and in his business life..
Coos had it warmer now, minus 10 but it had been very cold !!
 
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
Only a few strong German signals coming in over the S9 noise here.
 
Messages Received.
Nothing at the moment so here is one of Pertti's little gems : -
 
     " One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to
hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed,
rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some
quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said,
"What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"
      The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back
with a real zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like
yours and I'll have enough parts for another one."
 
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                           That's enough for this week,
                                  73 de Bill g4yze.
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