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Roar Nets January 13 2008

Propagation even more fragile.  K=2, A=7 Flux=76
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
I heard little apart from John EA/G4HMG from Spain.
Many thanks to John for the following report.
Hi Bill,
Herewith notes from early net 13/01/08
07.50     OH1TG 4/4- 5/7 later Pasi gave weather as disgusting. Rain No Snow and 4.5c
0825      HB9CQS  Emerged from noise increasing to 5/8 Reported good festive season but WX bad.
             PA0SDZ   Les reported good Christmas but now rain and wind
             G0JWE    Don thin 5/5 obviously did not eat enough at Christmas
             G4YZE     5/9 both ways but out in cold with rest of net 9c
             PA0MNK/MM  Rinus in SV waters Visitor 5/9 both ways with me.
             GW4KVJ  John reported windy 8c Peggy had minor fall at MU Meeting bit bruised
Thus we had 8 on net but very patchy propagation.
I counted 9 on your lunchtime net but sadly no confirmation from Jim or Coos although I had a little copy on them. It will take more than small a bulldozer to clear that path I think.
Best wishes to you and Josie from us both,
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre  Net on 3,694.
G2FUU Tommy in charge from Nazeing, Essex.
Thirteen on the net in fair conditions.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/7 to 5/9 throughout. Promise of 30cms snow and minus 2c.
1240z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 4/5 got me 4/3, minus 7c and brilliiant blue sky.
1242z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 4/5, got Jim 5/9, doing alright with +17c.
1245z - OH1TG Pasi from Kokemaki 5/4 got me 3/2
1246z - GW4KVJ John from S.Wales 1/1 here but Pasi got him.
1250z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/8, got 3/4 from Jim.
1252z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here, got 5/8 from Jim.
1300z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 4/5 here
1300z - SM4CSF Nils from Falun 4/5 here. Temp minus 1c. No snow.
1310z - Net closed with increasing noise and falling signals.
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
Nothing heard here but Euro-qrm.
Messages Received.
From Nate VO1NP---Inter alia---
---From the ARRL.
ARLP002     Propagation de K7RA....
We just saw eight days of sunspots, but now the solar disk is spot-free. The big story
this week is the sighting of the first spot of sunspot Cycle 24. The sunspot has now
faded away, but a new spot is emerging near the solar equator, and it has the same
polarity as the Cycle 24 spot last week. This is odd, because the spots from the new cycle should emerge at high latitudes, like last week's did.
News reports this week said Cycle 24 has begun, but actually Cycle 23 hasn't ended yet.
Cycle 24 spots should gradually increase in number, while Cycle 23 spots fade away.
Some time around solar minimum we should see the count of Cycle 24 spots equal, and then outnumber Cycle 23 spots.
I believe that is really the start of the next cycle, when we begin to see more Cycle 24 spots emerging than Cycle 23 spots.
                        That's all for this week,
                         73 de Bill g4yze
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