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Roar Nets April 25 2010

Propagation very unstable.  Much fading, worse on trans-atlantic path.  K=0,  A=12,  Flux=74
N.B. This net re-timed (again).  0600z - 0730z from May 2.
0630z - 0730z  Europe - Anzo net on 14,293 Long Path,
0630z - VK3KCD Peter from Flinders 5/7
0630z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 5/8
0630z - ZL1BFS Doug from Gisborne 1/1 here
0636z - VK2IWT Noel from Uralla only 2/1 here
0640z - VK2GWK Henk from Nelson Bay 5/9
0645z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 5/5
0649z - G3LUW Brian from Devon 2/1 here
0656z - W6GMP Cliff from Sonoma CA 1/1 here, got 4/4 from VK4ZD.
0659z - EA8CPN Gerald from Tenerife 2/1,  up to 5/8 by 0712z
0701z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/9
0703z - G0JWE Don from Derby 2/1 here, got 4/4 from VK3KCD !!!
0721z - YO9BC Vince (Coco) from Ploiesti 5/9+
0747z - ZL1RD Rob from Auckland 2/1 here, got 5/6 from Klaus and Pertti !
0800z - Net ended.  A very interesting net with signals much improved.
Henk/VK2GWK flies to Rome May 10, Mediterranean cruise until May 27 when they fly from Venice to Amsterdam.
Three weeks in Holland.returning to VK on June 23.  He may try to make contact from Holland on 80m & perhaps on 20m.
From Douglas Birt ZL1BFS re last weeks net.
I have been listening for the last two weeks, but signals have been so weak that it wasn't worth coming on.  This week I will hopefully have a linear working, so that might help, provided I can hear you. Then perhaps Vince YO9BC might get a ZL as well!   Douglas   ZL1BFS
From Peter VK3KCD re. this net :-
Great net yesterday. Did not really hear the EA’s but copied everyone else R4-5. I think the propagation peaks to Southern Europe a little earlier but the current time is ideal for central and northern countries. I will not be on next Sunday so will listen for you all in a couple of weeks.
YIR 73 Peter VK3KCD
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre net on 3,694
G4WRU Mike in control from London in noisy conditions.
Supported by :-  G3LUW Brian,  G3JJR John,  G0JWE Don, 
M0BDI Ralph,  G2FUU Tommy,  G4MVO Jim G4YZE Bill.
1130z - 1230z  International net on 14,293
1128z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/9 briefly but down to 1/1 by 1135z !
1132z - YO9BC Vince (Coco) from Ploiesti 5/9+
1132z - G0JWE Don from Derby 2/1 here, got 5/9 from Coco.
1139z - PA3AHC Malcolm from Naardeen 1/1 here. Did not reply at all.
1145z - W8SOO Ken from Sault St.Marie MI 5/9, a great signal.
1155z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 2/1 here, Ken got him well.
1205z - Net abandoned due to very poor conditions.
Apologies from Pertti who was collecting his sister from the airport at this time.
Also from Klaus HB9CQS.  He will be otherwise engaged this next week or two.
1700z - 1730z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,694
G4WRU in control in very noisy conditions.
On Parade :- M0BDI,  G0JWE,  G3LUW,  G2FUU  and me.
1800z - 1830z  North American Transcontinental Net on 14,288.
Many thanks to Jack KF5BD for the following report :-
As Jim W1QUO and AF1E said this was a communal net today.  We were without a leader today.
Joe AF1E saved us with the best signal . In fact Jack KF5BD copied AF1E better than usual. Welcome back Ted KL7USN . KI6DCD Chuck  heard Ted and relayed to Jack. Sorry prop was so lacking for your first day back Ted. Joe WOTBC could be copied part of the time. Thank you Chuck for the relay.
In spite of the poor prop here in the States Jim W1QUO [MA] and Joe AF1E  [NC] both worked Pertti EA7GSU who lives in Spain now. We took a vote and agreed to shut the net down early due to the poor prop.  Reported by Jack KF5BD the way HE heard it Sunday .
I had a note from Nancy Ferguson [John W0QWS] former net control of the mid states net on Sunday afternoon . John is fair recovering in a rehab facility.
Messages Received.
A disturbing message from our Vice President Mike Sanders/G8LES.
Just back out of hospital - yes hospital
Was delivering election leaflets on Sunday. Ran out of breath with tight chest.
Went in to Basingstoke as self admission.
Eventually found two arteries 25% restricted so now put on 7 tablet regime to prevent arterial disease.
Groin painful and bruised where they went in to squirt some printer ink about inside!
No need to clean spade yet.
Not good news for me as just turned 57 on 21st seems too young for this sort of thing.
                            (Best wishes from us all Mike.  Take care !)
From Don G0JWE :-
Morning Bill,
I replied to Peter’s report on my signal last Sunday.  I thought you might like to see his reply ref new set and beam.
73   Don            
Hi Don
Yes keeping well apart from the usual things that wear out as one rapidly approaches 70 like cataracts etc! Got a new rig late last year an IC7700 and am enjoying the extra power of 200 Watts. Still using the short V beam most of the time but have a portable spider beam I put up in the back yard from time to time. Propagation can’t get any worse than it’s been and it certainly seems it is improving. We will of course have a dip over the June to August period but I am hoping the next equinox will bring even better conditions. With the blessing of the ionosphere I see no good reason why you should not work VK and ZL. If I don’t catch up before all the best for the AGM and give my regards to all at Oxford.
73 Peter/VK3KCD
                                 That's all for this week,
                                      73 de Bill g4yze

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