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Roar Nets April 14th 2013

Roar Nets April 14th and April 16th 2013

0615z - 0700z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Early propagation on 40mx was uneven this Sunday and as Bill VK4ZD had good signals from all present, I asked him to take control of the net. Present were Noel VK2IWT, John ZL2JPM, Bill VK4ZD and myself. Propagation did improve during the net and all exchanged reports. Bill VK4ZD is progressing with the installation of his new tower for his 40mx antenna and has now got accurate measurements for the base and hopes to have the concrete poured later this week. John ZL2JPM will be in Sydney later this week and not returning to ZL until Sunday. He may be an apology next week. Until next week YIR and 73 Peter VK3KCD

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Much better propagation for ZL:
John ZL2JPM was 58 and gave me 59+
Peter VK3KCD was also 58 and gave me 59+
Pertti EA7GSU was Initially 58 peaking later at 59+ and gave me 59
Klaus HB9CQS was 59+10 and gave me 59+15
Coco YO9BC was 59+10 and gave me 59+10 peaking to +20
Jean-Pierre F1CFA and I exchanged 57 reports
Noel VK2IWT was 43 with me and gave me 58
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59+10
Les PA0SDZ was 53-7 with deep qsb and gave me 59+
John G4HMG/P was 43 to me and gave me 57-8
Malcolm PA3AHC and I exchanged 57 reports
Martti OH6SM was 58 and gave me 59
Keith G1FMU (visitor) called in, was only 21 here, gave me 57 I believe
Pete M3KXZ/P with 2.5 watts was a genuine 43 here and he gave me 58-9
We closed the net at 0807z
(From John G3OKT ; Teru san noted on FACEBOOK on April 18th that Lisbon International Convention ROAR Call is CR6RI and gave the url for information as

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From Mike, G4WRU : Tommy G2FUU was net controller at 59+ with me and I contacted him at 07.55 utc. Next on was John G7OAI 55 with me. Next Don G0JWE came on with 56. John G4HMG/P was not legible to me. I knew he was there, but could not read him. Phil G4DCI came booming in towards the end of the Net. Tommy closed the net at 08.41.
Don G0JWE later e-mailed “Hopeless listening this morning. Heard Tommy and Phil but that is about all”

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU :
We were a good bunch of members on the qrg. I opened my rig a few minutes earlier and heard G8LES, Mike with 58 talking to YO9BC, Coco, who was 59 with me. He connected with Mike and Ed.
Then came Klaus with 59+ and we called for more members.
Ed, N4EDT was 58 here and Mike, N4PF usually with good signal, was this time 57 with deep QSB,
Bert, VE3BGG had a good signal, 57 with me to start with but he didn't come back to the call by Klaus. Bert did not receive me well. As a whole, his signal was better than for a long time.
It appears that from my edge of EU the signals are better to US than from the rest of EU. Would the rest of EU challenge my statement???
Around the closing I thought I heard Malcolm, PA3AHC but recognizable only by voice and the "charlie".
As a whole the props seem not to be favorable at the moment. I was following the Continental/US net at 1800z Ed, N4EDT was only 44/44 here. Two hours later Joe, AF1E was a poor 57 and nobody else on the qrg.
Springtime is a time of rapid changes in atmosphere and we just have to adapt to the props. Please keep on monitoring the frequencies and DO respond if you hear any of us. Any suggestions you may have to improve the time to connect is valuable. And connected we need to be! We need to be flexible to be in connection and to be viable!! These times are the best in ten years to connect, remember!!!

From Klaus, HB9CQS :
I agree with Pertti. His location is better than most for making transatlantic contacts.
It is certainly better than central Europe and hence Switzerland.
Conditions deteriorated markedly during the net. Shortly after 12:00 UTC
Mike, N4PF, was 56-57 but quickly dropped to R3. Ed, N4EDT, was 57-58
originally and dropped to 55. I heard Bert, VE3BGG, but he was only R2 here.
Before the net started I heard Mike, G8LES, with RS 34. He was in contact
with Coco, YO9BC, who was 59+.

From Malcolm PA3AHC :
I could certainly agree with Pertti's comment about his advantageous position "on the edge" v. the US, since I heard nothing from him or others, quite unlike the good sked we had in the morning with VK.

From John G3OKT :
Dale Anderson included this on April 14th on the IFROAR Facebook Page “Too bad I moved to a condo; no more antenna farm and I can’t get into the Sunday ROAR net….I am still around though!!

1800z - 1830z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,288
Ed Tyler posted the following on IFROAR’s Facebook page on April 14th:
“The US Intercontinental net today and agreed to setting the net start time at 1900z. The informal warm up will start at 1830z. They will meet on 14.287 + - the QRM. We look forward to meeting all ROAR members on the net.”
From Bob, WB7RQG
This is the results of last Sunday, April 14 net;
Joe, W0TBC was net control. Those checking in were,
Ed, N4EDT Jack, KF5BD and myself WB7RQG
Ed, N4EDT called Pertti and he thought he heard him but made no contact.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday April 16th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0730z Tuesday April 16th UK 40-metre Net on 7170/7173
Pertti EA7GSU said by e-mail :
What's on? I was on qrg from 0700z onwards until 0725z but nobody came back to my calls. Prop's were good, I heard many UK stations.
Jean-Pierre F1CFA replied by e-mail “So Sorry folks”
Malcolm PA3AHC replied “I just heard you calling once, Pertti, before you were drowned in heavy QRM from UK+D.”
Ian, GM4JAE has also e-mailed :
Just to mention that I listened at 0700gmt (0800 local) this morning but heard nothing on 7170/7173, but managed to work a station at Rainham, Kent, Derek G3PQD 5/8-9 both ways on 7.175 so condx to that part of the country was ok. I expect most of the usual Net members were recovering from the RIBI Conference?
Jean Pierre F1FCA made this comment by e-mail on 21st April “With some French OM, when disturbed by some stations on 40 m band, we tested the reverse SSB mode.
It was excellent and the reports better !!
To be tested !”

That’s all for now, 73’s to all
John G3OKT

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