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Roar Nets August 22 2010
Propagation still fragile.   K=0,  A=1,  Flux=75 & decreasing..
0530z - 0700z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
Many thanks to Henk for the following report :-
G’day Bill,
Very nice to hear you again. Signals really came up  after we struggled a bit at first. I got you S5-6 at the end.
Radio is still important to me, but a lot of time is spent these days in taking and processing photos and learning about photography.
If you are interested you might have a look at my photo exhibition site on Flick. The address is:
Amongst other things there are two sets on that site that may be of special interest to ROAR members: one is hamradio (with a series of boat anchor photos) and one about the activities of our Rotary Club (called Rotary).
Hope to be in the net again next week.
                  Cheers         Henk – VK2GWK
And Many thanks to Klaus for the following report :-
Greetings Bill,
Good opening towards VK, but again impossible to work ZL.
The best time for me to work ZL (LP) is still around midninght ( 22 z ).
Poor conditions within Europe. Signals coming and going. A strong (non-amateur?) CW station is now working near 14291.5. Troublesome.
05:35z  Big surprise!  Bill, VK4ZD/1, came back to my ANZO net call with a 54 signal. Got 57 - 58. Bill and Diane, attending a Rotary conference in Canberra, were transmitting from the conference centre parking lot. Peter, VK3KCD, also attending the conference, missed the QSO. The return trip, 1100 km, starts Monday morning.
05:40z  VK4KYL/1, Diane. Now 55 - 56 here. Bill and Diane closed down at 05:47z. It must have been a drain on their battery.
05:55z  VK2GWK, Henk. 59 both ways, dropping to 57 before increasing to 59 again. We had a fine chat since no other ANZO members called in.
06:14z  LY2BIS, Mike, a guest. Worked by Henk only. Henk gave a 55 and received a 57.
06:15z  G4YZE, Bill. The band now started opening bween VK and G-land. Bill got a 33 from Henk. Later, conditions improved.
06:19z  EA/G4HMG, John. Anything between 43 and 59+10 here. John managed to work Henk. Got a 43 and gave Henk a 53.
06:25z  G3LUW, Brian, called in for a short visit.
06:30z  EA7GSU, Pertti, barely readable for a start and never above a 56.
07:12z  Net closed
                     73   Klaus, HB9CQS
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre net on 3,689.
G3LUW Brian in charge from Devon in fair conditions.
On Parade :-  G7OAI/p John on a hill near Rochdale. He has S8 noise at home.
He was delighted to find conditions quiet on the hill. Noise about S2 !   PLT problem ?
G0MMO Norman,  G2FUU Tommy,  G3OKT John,  G3JJR John, 
G0SQH Derek,  G4MVO Jim,  M0BDI Ralph,  G0JWE Don  and G4YZE Bill.
1100z - !200z  International Net on 14,293.
N.B. This net re-timed..  1130z - 1230z from next Sunday August 29,
1100z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/4 here but got me only 3/ noise.
1103z - SM4CSF Nils from Falun 5/5
1106z - G3LUW Brian from Lifton, Devon 2/2 here, got 5/9 from Nils.
1106z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 4/5
1110z - PA2X Cees from Bussum 1/1 here, got 5/5 from John
1112z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/7
1124z - N4PF Mike from Cynthiana KY 5/7
1137z - PA3AHC Malcolm from Naardeen 1/1 here, got 5/5 from Pertti.
1137z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 5/5
1155z - Net ended. Jim still struggling with the noise from his half-wave vertical
but got me up to 5/6 at the end.  Things should be better at the later hour.
Mike N4PF is Secretary of R.C. Cynthiana KY.
His e-mail address is
1700z - 1730z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
G3LUW Brian in charge in very noisy conditions.
Supported by :- G0SQH Derek,  G2FUU Tommy and G4YZE Bill.
1800z - 1830z  N.Am. Transcontinental Net on 14,288.
Re. Joe W0TBC :-  Following received from Joe's friend Dave Glas W0OXB :-
Joe (AKA "The Big Cheese") is QRX and resting up after some surgery.
Following results from a recent colonoscopy, a bit of Joe's large intestine was removed. He's on a liquid (sans Manhattans) diet for now; but as always, he's in great spirits and waiting to get "sprung" from the hospital.
I tried sneaking in a jar of Manhattans and a QRP transceiver - along with a shortie "OXB Special" HF Zepp antenna but got caught. The dang nurses confiscated everything except the microphone!! I told Joe he's got to stick around for at least one more sun spot cycle!
You can call, drop him a card or stop by and see him - if he's still there! (You should call first!)
Lakeview Hospital - Room 188
927 Churchill Street West
Stillwater, MN  55082
Hospital Telephone: 651.439.5330
Joe's Room: 651.430.8529
Joe Simonet's Home:
120 West Chestnut Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
651.439.4651 (wait several days before calling him at home)
Please keep Joe in your thoughts and prayers!
              73 es TNX,    Dave (WØOXB)

Messages Received.
From Franz DK1II in Lingen ;-
Dear Bill,
I would like to inform you and all ROAR fellows of my upcoming activity from Fidji. Together with 2 more fellows from my RC Meppen and about 10 fellows from our partner club, the RC of Wellington, NZ, I will do some handson work building rotahomes for Koropita Village in Lautoka, Fidji. You will find more information on this project under I worked on this project already 2003 and worked in my spare time as 3D2II.
I received today my renewed Fidji licence with my old call 3D2II, and also this year I will take my radio with me and do some DXing in my spare time. The rig is a K3 and 12 m vertical antenna. I should be active on all bands from 40m to 10 m mainly in CW and perhaps a bit in SSB.
I would be happy to work some of my ROAR fellows on this occasion, and I do QSL 100 % via DK1II and I will also upload the log to LOTW.
73s and see you on the bands
Franz, DK1II, 3D2II
Prof. Dr. Franz Nieberding
Zum Gut Herzford 11
49808 Lingen/Ems

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                                       That's all for this week,
                                          73 de Bill g4yze
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