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