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Roar Nets March 7 2010

Propagation quite good.   K=2,  A=2,  Solar Flux=78
0800z - 0900z  Eutope - Anzo Net 14,293 Long Path.
0800z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa,5/9
0800z - G3LUW Brian from Devon,3/4
0800z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 5/7
0805z - G3OKT John from Oswestry 5/7
0808z - ZL1BFS Doug from Gisborne 4/5
0810z - ZL1RD Rob from Auckland 5/7
0813z - VK2GWK Henk from Nelson Bay 5/9
0813z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 5/6
0830z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 5/9+
0835z - JM2HBO Teru from Komaki 4/4 here,
0846z - VK2IWT Noel from Uralla 1/1 here, Bill got him alright.
0907z - PA3AHC Malcolm from Naarden 2/1 here.
0910z - Net ended.. Another very interesting net. 
Bill VK4ZD had 24c and wet, wet, wet !  There were reports of 60cms rain
in parts of Victoria.  Peter VK3KCD still in dock so at least he is dry.
Hope to hear you soon now Peter !
Henk had 24c and not too much rain.
In New Zealand Rob reported conditions "very, very dry". but lovely weather !
On Rotary recruitment Bill drew on his AG (Assistant Governor) experience in Queensland to suggest
a focus on the problem.   Sixty-year old members look for fifty-year old candidates,
fifty-year old members look for forty-year old candidates etc.etc. Worth a thought !
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
G3JJR John in charge in good conditions.
Supported by : - M0BDI Ralph,  G3OKT John, G2FUU Tommy, 
G7OAI John,  G0MMO Norman,  G0SQH Derek,  G3LUW Brian,
G4MVO Jim  and G4YZE Bill.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
This net was wiped out by ferocious contest qrm
I heard, or just about heard,  W1QUO,  EA7GSU,  EA/G4HMG, 
AF1E,  and G8LES.  I gave up about 1250z.   Better luck next week !
I heard Jim say he had a visitor in the shack.
I guess it was Jim jr. (Professor James Moran K1AKE)
Sorry to miss the chance of a chat Jim.  Keep trying.!
Thanks to Pertti/EA7GSU for this comment :-
Hi Bill,
Contest propagation! I recognized Jim, Mike and Joe (af1e) by voice,
not by call sign which was not possible! I made qso with John (-hmg)
and Klaus and nearly with your good self!
Next Sunday will be better!
73   Pertti
1800z - 1830z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694.
1800z - G2FUU Tommy from Nazeing 5/9
1800z - G3JJR John from Wolverhampton 5/9
1809z - G4WRU Mike from London 5/9
1814z - G0SQH Derek from Ringwood 5/9
1840z - Net ended.
Messages Received.
From Reg Emmett VK7TKK
Always interested in your comments, particularly about Alan Rogers winning the Grote Reber Medal,
The University of Tasmania has recently set up a Museum here in his honour as he did much work here in the latter part of his life, during  the 1970’s
Reg    (Reg Emmett, VK7KK, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
(Many thanks Reg, Your first message in a long time.  Keep in touch please.)
For the non-astronomers like myself :-
Following Karl Jansky's report of radio noise from space in 1927 he immediately went on to other work with Bell Labs.
But it was taken up by Grote Reber in Chicago with big dish antennas.  He became the "Father of Radio Astronomy"
producing sky radio maps over a wide frequency range. Seeking to explore ever lower frequencies he moved to Tasmania -
very free from man-made interference and with the ionosphere almost vanishing in the night. He had success down to 2Mhz
and a kilometre-square array of 144m dipoles in Cambridge Tasmania is perhaps his greatest monument and perhaps the
world's first Square Kilometre Array pointing an important way forward in Radio Astronomy.
Our friend Alan Rogers will be presented with the 2010 Grote Reber Medal at Hobart Tasmania in July 2010 for :-
"outstanding and innovative contributions to Radio Astronomy....for many pioneering developments in radio and
radar interferometry, radio spectroscopy,and for his application of radio astronomy techniques to society
To quote Dr.Ken Kellermann of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the USA :-
"Alan Rogers not only changed the course of radio astronomy but, unlike most research scientists he devoted considerable
time and his unique skills to making life a bit safer for us all."
                                                  That's all for this week,
                                                      73 de Bill g4yze

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