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Roar Nets February 28 2010

Propagation quite good.  K=0,  A=1,  Solar Flux=78.
0800z - 0900z  Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path.
0800z - ZL1RD Rob from Auckland 5/9
0800z - HB9CQS Klaus from Sachseln 5/9
0800z - VK4ZD Bill from Gatton 4/5 in S5 noise
0815z - EA7GSU Pertti from Genalguacil 5/8
0815z - EA/G4HMG John from Benissa 5/9
0831z - OH6SM Martti from Lapua 5/9+
0855z - I4KDR George from Modena 5/9 (for a report)
0900z - Net ended.A very interesting session. 
- Rob, a semi-retired university lecturer, divulged that he runs a business marketing
radio equipment e.g.cables, connectors and radio sets, obtained on the far east market.
He and xyl Helen are going to a radio show in Hong Kong in April.
- And Klaus - whom I had long known as an intrepid trans-atlantic yachtsman,
marine architect and veteran of the Danish Merchant Navy - "to get some
oil under his finger-nails"  also did 3 years post grad. research at the
London Ship Model Basin before becoming a technical adviser to the legal
profession dealing with marine dispute cases.
- Pertti had better weather. "+12c and the birds are singing."
- Martti also had better weather. "Temps up to zero Celcius for the first time in 60 days
having been down to minus 20c much of the time. But still too much snow."
0900z - 1000z  UK 80-metre Net on 3,694.
G0SQH Derek in charge from Ringwood in fair condtions.
Supported by ;_  G4WRU Mike,  G3JJR John,  M0BDI Ralph,
G0MMO Norman,  G3XZV John,  G2FUU Tommy,  G4MVO Jim
and G4YZE Bill.
1230z - 1330z  International Net on 14,293.
Apologies.  I missed this net due to other commitments.
Many thanks to Jim for the following report : -
Hello Bill,
Thanks to the top signal of Klause(HB9CQS) the net was successful.  The following stations with signal reports are listed:VO1NP(Nate) 5x7; EA/G4HMG(John) no copy; EA7GSU(Pertti) 5x7-5x8; HB9CQS(Klaus) 5x9; YO9BC(Coco) 5x8-5x9; WN5V(Dave) 5x8-5x9; W0TBC(Joe) no copy; W8SOO(Ken) no copy; SM4CSF(Nils) poor copy; KF5BD(Jack) 5x5-5x6; AF1E(Joe) 5x7 at times.
Thanks to the efforts of Alan Rogers, who rebuilt a water-logged antenna a week ago and also with the use of common mode ferrite chokes, we achieved appreciable noise reduction.  I am also in a learning period with the use of Clear Speech technique for reducing noise.
73   Jim Sr.   W1QUO
And thanks to Klaus for the following report -:
Greetings Bill,
Signals were generally good and the QRM bearable.
Here is an extract of my log:
12:31z  W1QUO, Jim, in control, starting early from his new dwellings. Fine signal. Mainly 57 here.
12:31z  EA7GSU, Pertti from Genalguacil. Mainly 59 both ways.
12:32z  YO9BC, Coco. Booming in here. Got 59+20 from Ploiesti. Coco's new station is just superb.
12:36z  EA/G4HMG, John. 59 with some deep QSB. Unfortunately John had poor copy on Jim.
12:42z  WN5V, Dave from Louisiana. 58 here. Dave is busy on coming convention.
12:42z  AF1E, Joe from North Carolina had a fine day with spring coming up.
12:48z  W8SOO, Ken from Sault St. Marie reported an unusually mild winter with patches of open water seen on the lakes
13:08z  PA3AHC, Malcolm. No copy here. but Pertti managed, - almost.
Jim, still working on setting up his station on the new location, was hampered by a  3 - 4 seconds delay when switching to receive.
VO1NP, Nate, was on the net but again no copy here.
73 - Klaus, HB9CQS 
1800z - 1830z  UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694.
Much heavy Euro-QRM,  mostly of the CW tuning kind.
I gave up after about ten minutes.
Messages Received.
From James Moran jr / K1AKE
Dear Bill,
It has just been announced that my good friend Alan Rogers
has won the Grote Reber Medal, which is perhaps the most prestigious
award in radio astronomy. Grote Reber was the second founder of
radio astronomy, who used his ham experience (W9GFZ) in the late
1930s to do pioneering work by himself.
Alan put in an enormous effort to build from scratch and install the 20-m
vertical for Dad and get it really working well.
He listens in on your net every Sunday morning to see how Dad's system is working.
Yesterday, he picked up on the discussion of the delay in the "clear speech" 
digital processor and called dad to figure out how to get around that problem.
Best wishes,  Jim, jr.
James Moran
Chair, Astronomy Department, Harvard University and Senior Scientist.
(Our hearty congratulations to Alan Rogers on this very prestigious award
and our thanks also for all his very skilled assistance to Jim W1QUO) 
And from Les PA0SDZ
Hello Bill,
For a rather long time I was not in the ROAR-net. The reason is a sad one. After a period of illness my beloved wife Miek passed away on January 2nd. As soon as possible I will participate in the ANZO-net again. My greetings to all ROAR friends. Leslie PA0SDZ. 
(Thanks for telling us Leslie.  Our sincere condolences. Join us when you can)
                                        That's all for this week,
                                           73 de Bill g4yze

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