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Roar Nets November 9 2008

Propagation still rather modest.  K=4 at first improving to 2 later,  A=16,  Flux 68.
0730z - 0830z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
I did not do so well on this one. Good contacts with EA/G4HMG John and Pertti EA7GSU in Spain.,
ZL1RD Rob from Auckland only 3/3 today,  VK2GWK Henk and VK4ZD Bill 2/3 up to 4/5 at times.
Thanks to Bill VK4ZD for this report : -
Hi Bill
Today was an interesting net for me at this end. Diane and I were at our portable QTH in Lockyer Waters.
An hour before the sched time I spoke with Roy DU9/G4UNL and Rob ZL1RD joined us until about 0700z.
Roy had another Rotarian, Fred, visiting with him.
Fred was a Rotarian of some 27 years and had been a member of the Rotary Clubs of Kirra-Currumban (Queensland),
Katherine (Northern Territory) and Enfield (a suburb of Adeleaide, South Australia).
At sched time we had on frequency Peter VK3KCD S9+, Rob ZL1RD S9+ & Henk VK2GWK S7.
I heard small amounts of signal from EA7GSU Pertti and later yourself G4YZE Bill.
At 0820z everyone left the frequency except Peter VK3KCD and myself.
Diane VK4KYL and I both chatted with Peter VK3KCD until 0830z.
When Peter signed I was called by Martti OH6SM on the short path.
When I turned my antenna Martti was 57. He gave me 55 back.
We chatted comfortably until 0840z.
We look forward to the bands improving.
As next week (Sunday 16th November) is my birthday I may not be on air as my daughter
Alizah and Son-in-Law Colin may wish to have us over to their place for the evening meal.
73's   de Bill, VK4ZD
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre net on 3,693.
G2FUU Tommy in charge from Nazeing, Essex.
M0BDI Ralph 5/9+,  G0JWE Don 5/7,  G4WRU Mike 4/6,  G3JJR John 5/9,  G0MMO Norman 4/6,
G3LUW Brian 5/9+,  G4MVO Jim 5/9,   and me G4YZE.
John G3JJR - when his computer turns on it switches on his neighbour's central heating !
GW4KVJ John. -  He and Peggy are now happily settled in their home and John has permission
to erect his 10 metre high flexi-mast there.  We hope to hear you soon John !
John's address is  : -   R.J.Gardner,  Abbeyfield House,  76 St.Martin's Road,  Caerphilly,  Mid-Glamorgan  CF83 1EH
Tel.  02920 807793.   His e-mail address is  : -   (Please correct the entry in the Roar directory)
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1225z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9+
1225z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 3/5 in noise. Beautiful day.  20c.
1225z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF up to 3/4, up to 5/7 at times.
1229z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/9+.  Temp 6c, going up.
1240z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/9.  Blue sky.
1240z - VE3BGG Bert from Cambridge ON 5/7.  Wx cold but wet. Snow to the north.
1252z - PA3AHC Malcolm from Naarden 1/1 here,  Pertti relayed.
1315z - Net ended. Propagation just faded out here.
A very interesting net while it lasted.  Jim's club, Fitchburg, doing well with their Calendar Sale for charity.
Nate's club in St.John's having "great success"  fund raising for their Honduras Charity.
Coos back from a "wonderful trip"  to Holland.  "Lots of fun".  Will do his postponed trip to Barcelona early in the new year.
Bert having much QRN.  Gave a talk to a neighbouring Rotary Club about Probus this week.
John had a group of visiting Rotarians in his shack in Spain.  They passed greetings but signals were not really good.
enough for me to get their details.  Nice try anyway !
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,693.
G3LUW Brian in charge from Lifton, Devon. Conditions fair at first rapidly becoming impossible.
G4WRU Mike 4/5  -  2/1,  G0JWE Don 5/8 - 2/3,  G2FUU Tommy 5/9+,  M0BDI 5/9,  G8LES Mike 5/9+, and me G4YZE.
G8LES Mike still suffering headaches but managing to keep busy.  Doctors suspect "Lyme Disease",  (caused by a tick bite).
1938z - Net ended, signals going into the noise.
N.B. Brian will not be on the net this weekend due to family commitments in Surrey.
Messages Received.
From VK5CV Bill Pollitt in Waikerie : -
Thanks Bill for your email and for your thoughts.
For my age I am very well. I will be 96 on 16 December.
I went to choir practice this morning.
Tomorrow - November 11 - our choir will sing at our "Remembrance Day" function.   
I was a pilot and one of the few survivors of RAAF 8 Squadron - Torpedos.
As I am unable to maintain my ham radio equipment, I have reluctantly relinquished
my ham radio licence. 
Best wishes to all ROAR members.
Bill.     (ex VK5CV)
                                                                That's all for this week,
                                                                   73 de Bill g4yze
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