Propagation bad and getting worse. K=1, A=6,
0800z - 0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
Thanks to Klaus for the following report.
Not only was I too close to the Europeans. This
morning I was also too far away from the VKs.
The net did not come to life here until 08:40z when
I recognized your voice without being able to copy
08:52z G4YZE, Bill, 33 at best.
08:53z OZ6SM, Martti, 55 here and happily working
VK2GWK and VK4ZD short path. I learned that G4YZE,
EA7GSU and EA/G4HMG were also QRV.
08:54z VK2GWK, Henk. 33 here. I never found out how
Henk was receiving me. Heard Bill, VK4ZD 22.
That was all. Had splatter from CT3FQ working on
14,303. Called him and we had a friendly exchange of
reports, but it didn't help much.
73 Klaus, HB9CQS
Not our best day! See the message from Henk VK2GWK
at the end.
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694.
G0SQH Derek in charge from Ringwood.
Ten on the net in bad
conditions. Much noise and qsb.
Late news on Tommy G2FUU who had
major surgery to replace a heart valve on Tuesday 22nd
Tommy is home today (Wednesday
30th), feeling pretty well, - "fragile" but very happy
to be home.
1230z - 1330z International Net on 14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA up to 5/9 at times.
1230z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/8 in the clear but a
persistent contester buried him.
1230z - PA2X Cees from
Bussum 1/1 here but Jim got him.
1252z - SM4CSF Nils from
1252z - G8LES Mike from Alton 1/1 here but Jim got good
1306z - PA0SDZ Les from Zwolle 1/1 here, Jim gave 5/7
1306z - EA/G4HMG John from
Benissa 3/3 here, Jim gave "good copy"
1313z - VO1NP Nate from
St.John's NF 2/1 here - I think-. Jim did not get him.
1316z - Net ended due to vile conditions.
Coos promised to report by e-mail and here it is
; Many thanks Coos.
This QRM fellow was unfriendly but then, he might be
unhappy where ever he is and I am happy to be in
When I got up, the temp. was -13 C. Sunshine, wall
to wall blue sky, no wind.
I didn't go to Rotary last week because we had the
father and mother of all snow storms.
Now the virgin snow looks beautiful in the gardens
and it glitters like little diamonds on the beaches
The year 2010 brings
the Rotary International annual Convention to
Montreal. I am not on any of the organising
but one of them needs to set up programs for
entertainment during plenary session meetings for
those Rotarians and/or spouses
who do not wish to attend ALL such meetings. So the
organising committees need to have on hand
visits to Museums, the port (which is big) etc.etc.
I have offered auxiliary help for the committee that
has to set up programs with choices.
That will keep me busy
for a while! I am focusing on the St.Lawrence river
being a 'good' retired shipping man.........(ocean
transport that is).
I tried to convey all
the above to you but I think my 1 Kw. was not strong
enough. When the QRM stopped I could hear you
End of story. 73' Coos VE2GTI
1900z - 2000z UK evening 80-metre net on 3,693.
Thanks to Brian G3LUW for the following report. ( I
Hi Bill, We managed to
hold a net this evening on 3693. I could hear Don
JWE, John KVJ, and Derek SQH, unfortunately they
could only hear me,
and we had two or three overs and said our fairwells.
See you next week 73 Brian
From Henk VE2GWK
Last night conditions were not very good although I
could work Marti from
Finland almost S9 on the short path
very weakly on the long path.
It is not unlikely that we will have the same sort of
poor propagation until at least the end of this year.
Although the new sun spot cycle has officially
started in January and the up-slope is usually twice as
steep as the down slope of the cycle it will take at
least another twelve months before we notice
any substantial improvement – I guess.
May be for the information of all participants in the
I recently revamped our (Agnes VK2GWI and I) web site
which can be reached under two different domain names:
From the welcome page
visitors can access my main page:
http://vk2gwk.com/vk2gwk.php where there is a
notice whether I am on the air or not. When I am on the
air it usually shows on which band or frequency and in
which mode I am operating.
Especially with poor propagation this could be a check
for other hams if it is really me they hear….
Best regards, Henk – VK2GWK
(Take a look, it is a super web site! Bill g4yze)
That's all for this week,
73 de Bill g4yze