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Roar Nets May 9 2010

Propagation still fragile.   K = 1,  A = 3.   Flux = 75
0600z - 0730z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0602z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 5/7
0621z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/7
0635z - EA8CPN Gerald from Tenerife 5/6 - soon up to 5/9
0635z - VK3KCD Peter from Flinders 5/6
0650z - YO9BC Vince (Coco) from Ploiesti 5/9+
0705z - IK8GYL Luigi from Naples 5/9+ (for a VK report) , got 5/5 from VK3KCD.
0712z - G0JWE Don from Derby 2/1 here
0712z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 5/9+
0727z - Net ended. A very good net with comfortable signals to VK.
Bill VK4ZD and Diane were up at 04.30 organising the produce market for the
Gatton and Lockyer Rotary Club.
Then there was a lot of Mother's Day activity with daughter Mellissa and her family.
Bill is completing his new location at Lockyer Waters, starting with a
radio shack and a 90 foot mast which will carry beams for 20m and 40m.
Is he trying to tell us something about the sun-spot cycle ??
Everybody else also OK apart from John EA/G4HMG who fell on a slippery floor
resulting in bruised forearms and a painful shoulder. Best wishes from us all John!
0800z - 0900z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
Apologies for next Sunday.  Our AGM at Oxford !  Look for Tommy G2FUU.
Struggling a bit with QRM and band noise S7.
On Parade :-  G0JWE Don,  M0BDI Ralph,   G3OKT John from Osweatry,
G2FUU Tommy, G3JJR John,  G4MVO Jim,  and me.
John G3OKT gave a good description of their "Crucial Crew" (see Google)
activity in co-operation with the Social Services, NHS and police briefing
young persons against the hazards of drugs, the internet, & life generally.
1130z - 1230z  International Net on 14,293.
1119z - W1QUO Jim from Leominster MA 4/5 at best
1119z - WN5V Dave from Welsh La. A good 5/7
1132z - YO9BC Vince (Coco) from Ploiesti 5/9+
1132z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil up to 5/6 at times.
1136z - AF1E Joe from Conover NC 5/7
1205z - SM4CSF Nils from Falun 5/8 here
1222z - Net ended.  Jim reported all well at home now. Radio-wise not
so good.  Conditions very noisy and Jim is trying to improve his system.
Dave WN5V enjoying quiet radio conditions, but very pre-occupied by the oil spill.
Joe AF1E had a group of exchange students from India staying there.
He is still busy trying to get his internet interface working for Montreal.
Coco YO9BC finds his beam too sharp for net operations and is planning to install a
vertical antenna for reception.
Great to hear Nils SM4CSF.  First contact for a while.  He has a 4-element beam 18m up !
1700z - 1730z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
Mike G4WRU in charge in very noisy conditions, supported by :-
Tommy G2FUU,  Ralph M0BDI,  Derek G0SQH  and Bill G4YZE.
1800z - 1830z  North America Transcontinental Net on 14,288.
Many thanks to Jack KF5BD for the following report :-
ROAR senior Treasurer Bob  WB7RQG controlled the net today for Joe W0TBC who was not heard on this Mother's Day .
Check-ins were  Bob WB7RQG,  Jack KF5BD,  Jim W1QUO. Joe AF1E and Pertti EA7GSU .
The reporter is happy to write that Jack,  Jim,  and Joe [AF1E] were able to communicate with Pertti via phone instead of CW. 
A record for this group indicating better conditions.
Maybe this will encourage more ROAR members to join us on 14.288 every Sunday at 1800 UTC.
Reported by KF5BD .
( I listened for about five minutes hearing some voices but none at conversation level.  Pertti beats me on this one.  g4yze )
                                             That's all for this week,
                                                 73 de Bill g4yze

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