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Roar Nets February 24 2008

Propagation poor, generally erratic.  K=1,  A=4,  Flux=72
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
Again thanks to Klaus for the following report : -
Greetings Bill,
More than ever net control was a joint effort this Sunday morning/evening with signals coming and going, 
but thanks to the patience and good help of those participating we managed to have a fine net.
08:08z  EA7GSU, Pertti, mostly 54-59. Beam antenna damaged, so Pertti used the groundplane.
Rain, rain. Apparently not true that The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plains.
08:11z  OH1TG, Pasi. Signals coming and going here. Light snow.
08:16z  OH6SM, Martti. Working ANZO short path for a start. Good signal into ZL-land. No improvement long path.
08:18z  G4YZE, Bill, more R4 than R5 here. Managed to work ZL1RD briefly.
08:21z  ZL1RD, Rob, fairly steady 54-55 here. Got 57 from Rob at one time. Gave Martti 58-59.
08:30z  PA0SDZ, Les. Very weak here, mostly 42. Les got 41 from Rob.
08:37z  EA/G4HMG, John. Real yo-yo signal, 32 - 59. Raining. John called it typical British weather.
09:00z  Last participants closed down.
Also on the net, but not readable here: VK3KCD, VK4ZD, M0BDI, G3LUW and maybe others.
73  Klaus, HB9CQS
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694.
G0SQH Derek in charge from Ringwood.
Ten on the net in marginal conditions. Signals low and with deep fading.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
N.B.      >From next Sunday March 2, this net will commence at 1200z
1225z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9+ falling to 3/4 by the end.
1225z - YV5CPT Reinhart from Caracas 5/8
1225z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here got 5/8 from Jim.
1225z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/8
1234z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/9.  Heavy rain in Spain !
1234z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 4/5
1237z - LA5HE Ragnar from Telemark 2/1 here, got 5/9 from Jim.
1249z - OZ5PD Per from Jutland.1/1 here, got 5/8 from Jim.
1253z - N1CFI Maurice from Zephur Hills FL 1/1 here but Jim got him.
1254z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 1/1, Jim got very good sigs.
1254z - GW4KVJ John from S.Wales 1/1, got 5/5 from Jim.
1254z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 2/1, Jim got some copy.
1257z - M0BDI Ralph from Chichester 1/1.
1301z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 1/1, Jim got some copy.
1307z - W0TBC Joe from Stillwater MN 1/1, Jim got little copy.
1313z - Net ended due to falling signals and deep fading.
Jim had minus 8c and 25 cms of new snow.
Coos had minus 10.4c and beautiful blue sky.
Per is going to the RI Convention in LA in June.
Jim rep0orted that LA will have a Roar booth and a radio station.
1900z - 2000z  UK Evening 80-metre Net on 3,698
G3LUW Brian in charge from Devon.
Five on the net in deep-fade conditions.
Messages Received.
Some more enlightenment from Pertti : -
The following is an actual question given on
a University ofWashington chemistry mid term.
The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the
professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet,
which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of
enjoying it as well :
"Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or
endothermic (absorbs heat)? "
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs
using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats
when it is compressed) or some variant.
One student wrote the following:

"First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is
changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which
souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they
are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that
once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.
Therefore, no souls are leaving. A s for how many
souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different
religions that exist in the world today.
Most of these religions state that if you are not a
member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since
there is more than one of these religions and since
people do not belong to more than one religion, we can
project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and
death rates as they are, we can expect the number of
souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look
at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because
Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature
and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of
Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are
This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate
at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and
pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks
2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the
increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and
pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.
So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa
during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day
in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into
account the fact that I slept with her last night,
then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that
Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The
corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen
over, it follows that it is not accepting any more
souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving only
Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine
being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept
shouting 'Oh my God.'  "
                                That's all for this week,
                                       73 de Bill g4yze
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