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Roar Nets February 15 2009

Propagation poor.   K=2, A=18, Flux=70.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
I did not achieve much on this net though Klaus did well. 
Thanks to Peter VK3KCD for the following : -
Good morning Klaus
Heard you at 5x3 at 0805 and I think you heard me but then your signal got weaker despite being Q4 to 5 for the next 35 minutes I even resorted to CW at one stage but to no avail.
We have been strangely cut off from the bushfires here until this afternoon when the wind went round to the NE and there is now a very strong smell of smoke.
Thankfully the fires have not been very close to us here in Flinders. I believe Melbourne has had quite dense smoke haze which I shall experience when I return there in the morning.
I shall be QRT until early April as I am off to Argentina and the Antarctic on Friday.
Hope the propagation continues to improve and we may have a contact on my return.
73   YIR   Peter  VK3KCD
And the following reply from Klaus : -
Good morning Peter
I heard you coming back to my CQ RI net call and I also answered, but then I lost you. Sorry! One reason may be that I am hampered by poor hearing.
I use a MFJ Speech Intelligibility Enhancer trying to improve on this. It splits the audio frequencies in four octaves, 300, 600, 1200 and 2400 Hz which
may then be dampened or amplified individually. In my case, it is the higher frequencies which are disappearing and need to be amplified. The Enhancer helps some, but not enough.
I am glad to learn that you have not been near the terrible fires which hit Victoria and which we have followed on the TV.
We feel sorry for all the people who have been hit and lost family members, acquaintances or property. It is very sad.
The trip to Argentine and the Antarctic sounds fantastic. Maybe we will get a report in our ROAR Magazine?
That would be nice. I wish you an enjoyable trip. Don't hit any icebergs.
73  Klaus, HB9CQS 
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
G3JJR John in charge from Wolverhampton, in good conditions.
"On parade" were :-  G3LUW Brian, G3SQH Derek, G2FUU Tommy,
G0MMO Norman, G0PCF Bruce, G4MVO Jim, G4YZE Bill,
and EA/G4HMG John via Skype through the station of Derek G0SQH.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1228z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster NA 5/9
1233z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/8
1238z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln only 3/3 now, got "solid signal" from Jim.
1240z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/8
1255z - PA3AHC Malcolm from Naarden 1/1 here, got 5/6 from Pertti
1305z - OH1TG Pasi from Kokemaki 5/9
1313z - Net ended.  Jim still having it cold  Minus 7 and going down!
They are having their annual Past Presidents Dinner today at the third attempt,
previous attempts aborted due to severe weather.
Contacts still very erratic in fluctuating propagation.
1700z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
1855z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/9+, gave me 5/9
1902z - G0SQH Derek from Ringwood 4-5/9? in heavy qrm, but readable.
1904z - G2FUU Tommy from Nazeing, Essex 4-5/9
1908z - G0PCF Bruce from Southend 4/7
1913z - GM3JAE IAN from Inverness 1/1 here, got 5/9 from John.
1916z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 5/9+
1930z - Net ended.  A very interesting net with Euro signals very strong
           and UK signals coming up later.  A pleasant surprise!
Messages Received.
From Peter VK3KCD on 11th February.
Good morning Bill
It seems the propagation gods may e smiling on VK3 at last heard you Q5 strength very little last Sunday (Feb 8) and Klaus peaked 5&7
and I understood he heard sufficient from me to call it a contact! The fires in Victoria have been horrendous and it appears they have become
the country’s worst ever natural disaster. The area on fire is in the Great Dividing Range North,  North East  and East of Melbourne and extending
into the country north of that. The area is heavily wooded  and has many deep and inaccessible gullies. Since last Saturday the air flow over this
area has been from the South so here in Melbourne it has been a bit surreal as the fires are still burning 50 tho 100 Km from the city but there is
no smoke to be seen or smelt. Flinders is about 80 Km South of Melbourne right on the southern coast of Victoria and the closest fires to that
area have been more than 50Km away and travelling from us. The Mornington Peninsula (East coast of Port Philip Bay) has been spared apart
from a couple of rapidly controlled grass fires. Last Saturday (Feb 7) the Temp reached 46+ Celsius and what really exacerbated the condition
was an unprecedented heatwave in the 40 to 45 temp range for 5 or 6 days in the week before drying everything out.
The long and short of it is that we are OK but lots aren’t and the death toll is approaching 200 and rising.
Will be on on Sunday all being well but after that will be away until early April.
From the toasted south to the frozen north
73 YIR Peter VK3KCD  
And again from Peter VK3KCD : -
Further to my earlier email our District 9810 has opened an appeal and the Governors of the affected Districts are meeting to determine how best
Rotary may help. The Red Cross and The Salvation Army have been in the field and the local Radio Amateur community has been operating an
emergency Red Cross Communications Network and the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Net (WICEN)has been activated and is running portable
repeaters as needed.
The community response to appeals by various bodies has been overwhelming in both kind and money and the Government response has been quite
prompt with promises to “cut red tape” we all hope with success, even the insurance industry has been lending a sympathetic ear!
While Victoria is in the grip of an emergency we all feel for those affected by flood in the North but as you might imagine the fires
have rather overwhelmed news from other places.
That’s plenty from me
73  Peter  (VK3KCD)
                         That's all for this week,
                            73 de Bill g4yze
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