Propagation poor. K=2, A=18,
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
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
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
EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/8
HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln only 3/3 now, got "solid
signal" from Jim.
EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/8
PA3AHC Malcolm from Naarden 1/1 here, got 5/6 from
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
Contacts still very erratic in
1700z - 2000z UK
evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/9+, gave me 5/9
G0SQH Derek from Ringwood 4-5/9? in heavy qrm, but
G2FUU Tommy from Nazeing, Essex 4-5/9
1908z - G0PCF Bruce from Southend
1913z - GM3JAE IAN from Inverness
1/1 here, got 5/9 from John.
1916z - G3LUW Brian from Devon
1930z - Net ended. A very
interesting net with Euro signals very strong
and UK signals coming
up later. A pleasant surprise!
From Peter VK3KCD on 11th
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
The long and short of it is that we are OK but lots
aren’t and the death toll is approaching 200 and
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
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)
all for this week,