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Roar Nets January 10 2010

Propagation better.  A=0, K=0  Flux=82,   up to 93 by Wednesday! :-
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
I did quite well working both VK4ZD and VK2GWK towards the end but Klaus did even better.
Thanks to Klaus for the following report :-
Greetings Bill
Since you probably did not hear how the net started, I am sending you this extract of my log:
08:05z  JM2HBO, Teru. Peaking 55 here. Teru gave me 57. Teru was the first readable signal I heard.
08:07z  VK4ZD, Bill, in control from Lokyer Waters. 33 here for a start, improving to 56 and staying there. Got 53 - 57. 
08:31z  ZL1BFS, Doug. 54 here. Got 53.
08:35z  OH6SM, Martti. 59 here. Got 55 - 57. Martti worked Peter, VK3KDC, 55 both ways. Peter had plus 35C, while Martti had minus 35C a few days earlier.
08:42z  G4YZE, Bill  After the band had opened for Bill, no problems in working the VKs.
08:46z  VK2GWK, Henk from Nelson Bay. Abourt 56 both ways.
09:16z  EA7GSU, Pertti. Signals varying a lot. Mainly 55.
09:24z  QRT
Other stations on the net: Peter, VK3KCD, unfortunately with no copy here. IK2KRZ, Gil, a guest from North Italy. Bill (VK) worked him. Mike, G8LES, about 44 here. John, EA/G4HMG, unfortunately skipped out here. 
The good news: This morning, Wednesday January 13, the solar flux was 93. Worked VK2 and ZL1 and heard big signals from ZL1, W2 (North Carolina), CE, and PY, all around 09:00z.
73  Klaus, HB9CQS
And thanks to Peter VK3KCD for this interesting report:-
First of all may I wish everybody a very Happy New Year and a solar flux of 82 was not a bad beginning!. As I suspect you now know I have finally completed the 20mx section of the spider beam and it was up in the air last Sunday. I hope to get it a bit higher next time but I don’t see me getting it up to 10 metres by myself. It seems that this is the antipodean antenna summer as Bill VK4ZD has a new delta loop up. Weather has been a little extreme in the completely opposite sense to the extremes in the north. It was nearly 44 yesterday and the temperature early this morning is still 33. We have had code red fire alert in two districts in Victoria. Fortunately no fires of any consequence have occurred in the Code Red areas but a fire in the far east of the State has broken control lines in the heat.. As to propagation had a good contact with Teru JM2HBO and  Martti  OH6SM. Heard Klaus HB9CQS and yourself at R2-3 ( up from 1 by 1) just as the net was closing but probably not workable strength. Bill VK4ZD was workable but weak and Henk VK2GWK and Doug ZL1BFS were good strength.
YIRS 73 Peter VK3KCD
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
G4WRU Mike in charge from London in rather noisy conditions.
On Parade :-  G0MMO Norman,  G0SQH Derek,  G7OAI John, 
M0BDI Ralph,  G8LES Mike,  G3JJR John,  G0JWE Don,
G4MVO Jim,  G0PCF Bruce,  G2FUU Tommy, and G4YZE Bill.
Great to hear Tommy back on the air after his rather grim surgical experience.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
1224z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/5 with 100w from his half-wave vertical.
1224z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/9
1226z - WN5V Dave from Welsh Louisiana 5/9
1230z - EA5ALK David from Calpe 5/5
1237z - G8LES Mike from Alton 2/1, got 5/6 rom Dave.
1248z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 5/5
1248z - AF1E Joe from Conover NC 5/6
1259z - G3JJR John from Wolverhampton 1/1, but Pertti got him.
1300z - VE3BGG Bert from Cambridge S.Ontario 5/7
1205z - PA3AHC Malcolm from Naarden 1/1, got 5/4 from Pertti.
1314z - YO9BC Coco from Ploiest 5/9
1326z - VO1NP Nate from St.John's NF 4/4
1330z - Net ended. A very interesting net.
Jim W1QUO hopes to get some more power into the half-wave vertical at his apartment in a week or two.
Bert VE3BGG had given a description of his experiences as a medical doctor. It required four sessions at his club !
There were comments at the end that we had not heard from Coos VE2GTI in a while.  (since September actually).

I sent Coos the following e-mail :- 
Greetings Coos,
                         We (Jim and I and all) have not heard from you in a long time and we are wondering
if you are OK.  I know the net at 1230z does not suit your church service time.
I hope all is well with you and yours.
Hope you still get my weekly e-mails alright.
Please drop us a line by e-mail if you get a moment.
73 de Bill g4yze.
Herewith his fascinating and comprehensive reply :-
Hello Bill,
Thank you for writing me.
Let me briefly answer some of your questions and statements first.
Yes, it is true; nobody has heard from me much.
The 1230Z  net  is indeed not suitable any more. If I were to be participate,  I would have to rise say 06.30 am. Frankly, at my age (83 in last December) I  loathe that! And, as it is, I have to pick up and drive two people with us to church. Once there, I have to put up the hymn numbers on two boards because I am the tallest to reach the first hymn space!
Other than that I turn the tap of activities down a bit.
That applies to Rotary also. However I  did arrange a special licence for ROAR for the Convention in Montreal which event I shall not attend. I am too far from the Palais de Congres.
My Club ('Montreal Lakeshore' is VERY ACTIVE in fundraising. Just a month ago, through a golf tournament (I am in that organising committee in September, we were able to give a cheque for $5,500 for the palliative care pavilion, opened not so long ago. My first wife, Dona, slept peacefully  there until she slept for ever. The same amount  went to a Women's shelter here in our neighbourhood; another $1,250 to Chesshire homes. The last item pleased me also because my deceased son Mark, who was a Spitfire nut  and was building one himself (including the Merlin engine!), was on the Committee for building homes in South Africa. He had RAF Group Captain Chesshire come over from England for the official opening! The Spitfire is now on Vancouver island under'K2'
Yes, I get your weekly e-mails. Thank you.
Yes all is well with us. We both love to live in Canada, a super country, We make a yearly trip to the lovely State of Vermont (end May early June).
Every year we fly to Europe middle October and return middle November.
In 2009 we flew  non-stop to Barcelona and spent most time in lovely Montserrat, Catalunya.
We were entertained by people belonging to the Catalan Bible Society. My sister Tine PhD, Spanish, had studied at Girton College of Cambridge University. She was fluent in Spanish and Catalan. She wrote her thesis about the New Testament which an Englishman  had translated into Catalan in 1813-1870.
The Society wanted to print and distribute a new (second) edition of that part of the Bible. They wrote to Cambridge asking for a copy of the thesis, which, they said, was of a most valuable  work for working on the second edition.
Cambridge said 'no' because Tine had died. Only a legal heir could give the consent for Cambridge  to release the thesis.   The society found out that I was that heir!
So, they came to me. I told Cambridge immediately to send a copy, all charges for the Society. The Society was in clover and byond themselves with joy . Hence the invitation was to come to Barcelona. The Society gave me a copy of the thesis, beautifully bound in hard cover  (two books) and, when the second edition of the N.T arrived, I got a copy of that also.Tine and I are mentioned in the preface of that N.T.!!! There is no other book in the world that has my name in it! Haha.
After Barcelona, Paris (always super!) and then the HS High Speed  train '(Thalys') to Amsterdam
for 4 weeks in Holland.(I am a train nut!)
Then...Back to Montreal.
I have contact from time to time with Chairman Pertti and I tell him what I do when it concerns Finland. For instance, shortly I shall present a home concert of recorded music for people who are not up any more to going the long trip to town to listen to the M.S.O.  The are two works of Jean Sibelius on the program. When I told him that FINLANDIA is included, Pertti told me that he was instantaneously homesick!
It is likely that the Finnish Ambassador will attend, coming from Ottawa. If he comes, I shall present to him a copy of LIFE magazine dated September 1939! It has in it a long article plus photos about the Russian-Finish war. Fun eh? I mean having that copy!    
In 1983 I was counselor for a Finish R.I. Foundation brilliant ambassdorial student who studied at the Université de Montréal (is in French only! She has had a fantastic career. I still have contact with her.She lives in the US, in Maryland , not too far from us .
Well, that's enough. I hope I have satisfied your curiosity adequately. I wish you a happy and healthy New year.
73's de Coos VE2GTI
PS If you want to publish any or all of this in your bulletin, I don't mind.
Many thanks Coos and best wishes from us all in ROAR. Call us when you can.
                              That's all for this week,
                                73 de Bill g4yze

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