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Roar Nets January 6 2008

Propagation still fragile.  K=3, A=17, Flux 80.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
I managed a good contact with Henk and with John EA/G4HMG and a marginal contact with Bill VK4ZD
towards the end.  Klaus did much better and many thanks to Klaus for this report
Greetings Bill,
Seen from this QTH, but maybe not from the UK, we had a very fine net with good attendance, better than average conditions and a very capable net controller.
08:11z  VK2GWK, Henk, already in QSO with VK4ZD, DU9/G4UNL, VK3KCD and controlling the net. 58 increasing to 59+10 both ways.
08:11z  DU9/G4UNL, Roy. 33 for a start, increasing to 55. Good to have Roy with us again.
08:14z  VK4ZD, Bill. 44 here increasing to 56. Putting a lot of work in the new dedicated shack together with Diane.
08:17z  EA7GSU, Pertti. 58 here, slowly decreasing to 56.
08:17z  VK3KCD, Peter. 32 here, but Peter worked both Henk in Nelson Bay and Bill in Gatton.
08:19z  ON3EL, Josť. Guest?. No copy here, but Henk and Pertti worked Josť.
08:32z  IW2CYL/!, Maximo. Guest? No copy here, but Henk managed.
08:35z  EA/G4HMG, John, with new vertical antenna. It helped a lot. 59+10 here. John was able to work some UK stations.
08:35z  G4YZE, Bill, Just 33 here, increasing to 45. Worked John in Spain. 
09:02z  HB9MCZ, Francois. Guest? 22 here, but Henk had no problems.
09:04z  CT1BJZ, Vitor. 59+10 both ways. Vitor also managed to work the VKs
09:20z  Net closed. Henk stayed with us to the end and did a fine job as net controller. Many thanks.
73  Klaus, HB9CQS
0900z - \000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,693.
G3LUW Brian in control from Devon.
Thirteen on the net in bad conditions.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on14,293.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9 throughout.
1230z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa up to 5/8 at times.
1230z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here, Jim gave 4/4.
1238z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 4/3 here, up to 5/9 later.
1239z - GW4KVJ John from S.Wales 1/1 here, got 4/4 from Jim.
1241z - G8LES Mike from Alton 4/5 here.
1257z - HA1ZV Miklos from Kanizsa 5/8.
1308z - Net ended with falling signals and Jim losing us in having heavy noise.
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,693.
Nothing but Euro-qrm on frequency.
Messages Received.
From Coos VE2GTI    (A long one but too good to edit)
Sunday 6 Jan 18.30 GMT 
Dear Bill,
You may perhaps have noticed that I was not on frequency this morning. The reason? I was still asleep. Why?
Because I went to bed very late after a lovely and most interesting dinner party in our home.
What follows is a bit of Rotary history, which, I thought, I might share with ROAR.
In 1989, shortly after I assumed my responsibilities as District Governor, I welcomed an RF ambassadorial  young lady student from Ghana,
whose name was Joyce Boye. Under the (no longer existing ) 3-year program of Freedom From Hunger,  she started her studies at the well-known McGill University.
I was her counselor but that was a little difficult in the first year for obvious reasons, so a member of the Verdun (part of Montreal)  Rotary Club by the name of Al Hyland,
was very kind to temporarily take my place.
In 1992, Joyce's last year, there were alarm bells in that it was discovered that Joyce's liver was finished and a desperate search was made for a  transplant liver.
Her mother flew over to be with her. Very luckily a suitable liver was found fairly soon and a transplant operation was performed in the Royal Victoria Hospital,
part of McGill. It has proved to be a great success. Later the medical experts divulged that the liver, for sure, was affected by the anti-malaria drugs that Joyce
had swallowed in Ghana over many years. She was told that she could never return to Ghana again!
Note-worthy here is that for this temporary resident there was no Canadian medicare insurance for this type of event  but the Quebec Government gracefully waived
all charges! Meanwhile the study clock was put back two years!. The RF let it be known that they were not going to fund Joyce beyond three years, a decision
which, at the time, we found a pretty harsh one. Undauntedly, the Clubs in the District went into fund-raising gear while the 1993 District Governor John Murray decided
to withdraw $10,000 from the District Fund! Great man! Every member approved. 
Joyce (who actually has the lovely African name of 'Ashami') completed her studies successfully, wrote a thesis which (witnessed by me) she defended successfully
and so she earned a PhD in food science. We had a great party at our home. Meanwhile she had married a Ghanaian man, Kobi, who already  was a chemical engineer
in his own rights and he, successfully, also went for his doctorate at McGill.
Joyce found very quickly employment in the Canadian Government and  now she is high-up in one of the Government's laboratories and already she has been in important
centres of the world to attend conferences. She still takes her anti-rejection drugs and she is checked regularly but doing fine.
Kobi works for a private chemical engineering firm and and he too needs to travel.
This handsome, very intelligent couple was at our home and of course we talked a great deal about the plight of Africa and, lately Kenya. We click so well in that I spent
32 (years) of my working life in Africa and know some of the problems.
Voila, my sleep-in.
End of story.
                        That's all for this week,
                           73 de Bill g4yze.
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