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Roar Nets January 20 2008

Propagation very erratic, generally poor.   K=3, A=9, Flux=71
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo net on 14,293 Long Path.
Apologies from Klaus HB9CQS who was disabled with 'flu this week.
Here the band opened about 0830z with half-heard voices including : -
0845z - VK2GWK Henk from Nelson Bay 4/4 gave me 4/3
0849z-  DU9/G4UNL Roy from Mindanao1/1 here
0850z - VK3KCD Peter from Flinders 1/1 here
0851z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton up to 4/5 gave me 4/3
0856z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 5/5
0901z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/9 "on the beam"
0907z - Net ended,  signals going down and solar noise increasing
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre net on 3,693.
G3JJR John in charge from Wolverhampton.
Eleven on the net in very noisy conditions.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 4/8 in noise.
1230z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 4/3
1234z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here but Jim got him 5/5
1254z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 1/1 here.
1302z - Net ended, Jim's signal going down and qrm increasing.
Jim had minus 6c and some snow promised for today.
Coos had minus 18.2c and beautiful blue sky.
Klaus had Flu' and did well to join us. I think Jim got him alright.
Cross-Pond conditions very bad. Jim had fluctuating noise streamers
which got worse as time went on. Better Luck next week !
1900z - 2000z  UK Evening 80-metre net on 3,693.
Nothing heard here but some Euro-qrm.
Messages Received.
From Secretary Brian G3LUW.
Been off the air with a bad chest infection for a couple of weeks.
Recovering now and will join you on Sunday if I feel up to it.
A very welcome positive message from Bill Pollitt VK5CV.
Bill has done so much over the years to implement the irrigation of the Murray Riverside area !
Greetings Bill.
Several months ago you expressed your interest in how we fruit growers in the irrigation areas
were managing under drought conditions.
Since July 1, 2007 we have been restricted to using only 32 % of our normal entitlement of irrigation water.
The government offered to buy out the irrigation growers with permanent crops. 
About 15 percent of the growers accepted this offer.   
When driving through the district now it is so sad to these orchards of dead fruit trees.
My family decided to beat the drought.  We pulled out the trees of the less profitable crops
and drastically altered our irrigation methods.  Currently we are  holding crops of very nice citrus ready
for harvesting in May. 
On December 17 there was some heavy rain in one part of the catchment area, about 1000 km to our North.
It will take 7 to 8 weeks for the water to reach us.  This will give us some relief.
But that good news was tempered with us in early January having two weeks of very hot weather with
temperatures of 40 to 43 C. nearly every day.
On January 15 a mighty tropical monsoon rain system came across Queensland - the state to our North.
Almost all our catchment area is flooded.
So commencing in two months time we are going to have a big flood.  Just how big we can only guess.
Our last flood was in 1976 with our river at Waikerie running 10 meters above pool level..
Our properties are well above flood level.
There has been about average rains in our wheat growing areas during the last 3 months.
I trust that you and yours are well. 
I am reasonably well - my age is 95.  I still have my driving license.  
I play the keyboard and sing in the club choir.
Bill.     vk5cv
                               That's all for this week,
                                  73 de Bill g4yze
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