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Roar Nets January 27 2008

Propagation bad and getting worse.  K=1, A=6, Flux=73.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
Thanks to Klaus for the following report.

Greetings Bill,
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 words.
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 Jan.
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 Falun 5/7
1252z - G8LES Mike from Alton 1/1 here but Jim got good copy.
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.
Hi Bill,
This QRM fellow was unfriendly but then, he might be unhappy where ever he is and I am happy to be in Canada.
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 of Namibia.
The year 2010 brings the Rotary International annual Convention to Montreal. I am not on any of the organising committees
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 sightseeing opportunities,
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 perfectly Q5.   
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 heard nothing)
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
Messages Received.
From Henk VE2GWK
Dear Bill,
Last night conditions were not very good although I could work Marti from Finland almost S9 on the short path and Klaus 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 net:
I recently revamped our (Agnes VK2GWI and I) web site which can be reached under two different domain names: or  From the welcome page visitors can access my main page: 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
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