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Roar Nets September 14 2008

Propagation still poor - but there was a sun-spot earlier in the week !   Solar flux creeping up, now 69.
0630z - 0730z  Europe - Anzo net on 14,293 Long Path.
0650z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil on CW 3/2/9, no contact.
0711z - EA7GSU now 5/7.  Reported a light contact wiith VK2GWK on CW earlier !
0716z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 4/5. No copy on Pertti.
0738z - Net ended. Pertti reported a nice day.  John had swum 60 lengths of his pool !
From Peter VK3KCD later.
Had a good contact with Rob ZL1RD from 0635 to 0700z when the QSB started to take us out.
At approx. 0645 to 0650z I heard a weak signal at S1 and was unable to identify the callsign.
Rob had no copy of it at all. Otherwise nothing else heard.
Apart from 14mHz being very quiet all is well here and hoping that as the equinox arrives
propagation may improve!    73   YIR   Peter VK3KCD.
(Great to hear Rob has got his mast repaired - ed)
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre net on 3,693
G3JJR John in charge from Wolverhampton
Eight on the net in fluctuating conditions.
1130z - 1230z  International Net on 14,293.
1125z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9
1125z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/9
1130z - YV5CPT Reinhart from Caracas 4/7
1135z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/9
1135z - OH2WT Esko from Helsinki 5/5
1140z - G0JWE Don from Derby 1/1 here, got 4/4 from Jim.
1143z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here, got "pretty good sig" from Jim
1145z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 4/3
1153z - GM4JAE Ian from Inverness 1/1 here. Jim just heard him.  John gave 5/4.
1210z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 1/1 here but Jim got him
1217z - W0TBC Joe from Stillwater MN 2/3 here, Pertti got him 4/3.
1224z - Net ended.  Very difficult with much qrm and qrn.
Jim reported heavy rain.  Cool nights, 14c. Pertti OK with blue sky and 25c.
Coos also had heavy rain but temp 19c going up to 25c.
Reinhart is off to Germany for a month's holiday.
Great that Ian GM4JAE could join us.  Hang in there Ian.things can only get better!
1800z - 1900z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,695
G3LUW Brian in charge from Devon.
Six on the net including John EA/G4HMG via Skype through the
station of Don G0JWE.
Messages Received.
From Don G0JWE and others.
Much traffic on the visit by Don and John G3JJR to Birmingham NEC Convention site.
Propagation next June is still unpredictable.  I guess it may reach SSN 20 giving solar flux about 80
which is still quite poor. We can make a more accurate estimate in a few months time.
Do we want to go to the expense of installing a beam, or settle for a trap dipole on the (high) roof ?
This decision will have considerable impact on the ROAR budget.
                                    That's all for this week,
                                       73 de Bill g4yze
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