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Roar Nets March 28 2010

Propagation improving but too much contest QRM.  K=1,  A=6,  Flux=86
0700z - 0800z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0705z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/9 in the clear
0705z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 3/5, up to 5/7 by 0730z
0705z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 5/6 in the clear
0715z - VK3KCD Peter from Flinders 2/1 up to 4/6 by the end.
0719z - PA0SDZ Les from Zwolle 2/1 here but Bill got him OK
0721z - JM2HBO Teru from Komake 4/5
0748z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 5/9+
0805z - VK4ZD.  We tried a 17m contact, on 18,150, but I heard nothing there.
Overall a very creditable net in severe qrm conditions.  Many thanks to all.
VK4ZD still enjoying the heat. 30c today.
OH6SM Martti enjoying much warmer wx.  Plus 2c today, mixed rain and snow.
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694,
G3LUW Brian in charge from Devon.supported by : -
G4WRU Mike,  M0BDI Ralph,  G4MVO Jim,  G0JWE Don, 
G2FUU Tommy,  and G4YZE Bill.
1130z - 1230z  International Net on 14,293.
1125z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 5/8 in the clear but mostly lost in qrm
1134z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/7 in the clear.  Only 10% copy in the qrm
1135z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 4/5 in the clear but obscured by qrm
1148z - I gave up at this time due to ferocious contest qrm.
It should be much better next week.
1700z - 1730z  UK evening 80-metre net on 3,694
G4WRU Mike in charge from London supported by :-
G3LUW Brian,   M0BDI Ralph,  G4FTA Robert,
G2FUU Tommy,  G8LES Mike and G4YZE Bill
Messages Received.
From Jack KF5BD in Albuquerque : -
Thank you Bill for commenting on 17meters.
My Beam is 10/15/20.  My Amp has a 15/17 position.
I thought maybe the 15 meter segment of my beam might work if I used a tuner. 
so I gave it a try and it did tune up for 18.150 OK.
Then I put it on the air yesterday and worked Estonia from here [Albuquerque, NM.] using 500 watts to the beam.  The tuner tuned up with a 1.5 to one which suits my radio OK .
In the old days when my radio was tubes 3 to 1 suited the radios but today my radio would shut down with that ratio HI.
(Many thanks Jack. Following your tip I find my old amp (Trio 922) will tune 17m on the 15m position so I can put about
200w into my little low dipole without roasting the tuner.. (But my beam will have nothing to do with it ! )
Poor by the 1500w into 4-el beams normal on your side but shows its possible.
But I think most of our members are not really equipped for dx on 17m so we will likely have learn to to live with the
contest qrm  It does not happen every weekend.  We might get on 15m soon if the sun wakes up !
Thanks again Jack  -  de Bill g4yze.
                                                    That's all for this week,
                                                       73 de Bill g4yze

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