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Roar Nets January 25 2009

Propagation still poor.  K=0, A-1, Flux=69
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0825z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln up to 4/5
0825z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa up to 5/9
0840z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/9
0903z - Net ended. Nothing heard from ZL or VK. Much noise and qrm.
John reported gales 90 - 100 MPH on Friday night.  Some roof damage.
Pertti reported a grey day with 12c.
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,693.
G0SQH Derek in charge from Ringwood.supported by :-
G3LUW Brian,  G3JJR John,  M0BDI Ralph, G8LES Mike, G0JWE Don,
G2FUU Tommy, GW4KVJ John, G4MVO Jim, G0MMO Norman, & G4YZE.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293
1225z - VE2GTI Coos from Montreal 5/7 here, had minus 11 and much snow.
Too much qrm to report further  See his e-mail.
1230z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/8.  Minus 12 and snowing.
1232z - G4HMG John from Benissa 5/8
1233z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/7
1236z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here got 4/4 from Jim.
1244z - OH1TG Pasi from Kokemaki 4/5 with qsb to nil
1256z - G0JWE Don from Derby 1/1 here, Pertti gave 5/9
1302z - Net ended. Weak signals and much contest qrm today.
1900z - 2000z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,693
I heard John EA/G4HMG 3/9 in the qrm, also Brian G3LUW 4/9, Don G0JWE 1/1
Derek G0SQH 1/1, and Mike G8LES 3/9.  Noise and qrm overpowering here
so I gave up after a few minutes.
Messages Received.
From Coos VE2GTI.
Hi Bill,
Our (Presbyterian) Church (large portion Scots) made a lot of noise last night. 250 years birthday (of Robert Burns), can you imagine. They raised $2,300 for the General Fund. Not bad!
My father was crazy about his poems and I inherited a small book (with a tartan on the cover all round) probably printed somewhere end nineteenth century, inside his whole history and  ALL poems. He bought it in Leith in 1914 when his ship called there. He was apprentice deck officer. Probably worth say 500 Pounds?.......
1. Contests are an invention from the devil.
2. Last year our Club had a very successful auction of valuable items (every Rotarian got to find 3 items by hook or by crook).Result $12,000.
    This year (5 June) we have an 'event' (or 'happening') Auction. Every Member must organise minimum 4 of those.
Examples: (all for the highest bidders to get)
a) a visit by 3 persons to the Port of Montreal, board a ship, shown around, the bridge, engineroom, loading/discharging operations. NO CONTAINER VESSELS (they are as dead as a doornail - that is not shipping any more)
b) A visit by 4 persons to my radio shack, explain all that is going in Amateur radio; theory and practice; make contact (hopefully) with overseas. A friend, VE2DOH (ex-Marconi radio officer on British ships) doing 45 wpm, will show cw contacts.
c) Taking a couple to a concert of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in the Autumn. Helmi and I have season tickets. After-concert, conversation in the A1 coffee shop in the 'Place des Arts'.
d) Taking max 10 persons to the work hall where Bombardier build passenger jets.
All a-d are my confirmed 'happenings' but I have already heard from other members about original and  exciting ideas also.
The total dollar result of all highest bidders, will go into our Welfare Fund.
Beneficiaries : Chesshire homes (you must have those in the UK also!); West-Island Shelter for abused women (Montreal lies on a 60 Km-long island in the St. Lawrence River); Paliative Care Pavilion (behind our Hospital)
Well, my friend, here you have a bit of Rotary in action here.  You know: The Rotary ideal is to apply  tricks to raise money WIITHOUT THE ROTARIAN HAVING TO DIP DEEPLY IN HIS OWN POCKETS!
Have a good week.
73's de
                                  That's all for this week,
                                    73 de Bill g4yze.
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