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WEEKLY NEWS

Provided by John Thompson G3OKT
(In memory of Bill Learmonth .. G4YZE .. SK)

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Roar Nets April 21st - 23rd 2013


Roar Nets April 21st and April 23rd 2013
SFI 105 A index 4 K=0 Figures from QRZ
Solar Flux down but K zero. Propagation good for VK DX on 20m,

0615z - 0700z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD :
Early propagation on 40mx only fair but improved rapidly as the net progressed which was just as well as Phil VK2MCB was operating QRP as the parrots had eaten the feed for his main antenna. Under considerable difficulty Phil put out a good signal and I think he was heard by Brian G3LUW on the 20mx net. Present were Peter VK3FPSR/M, Bill VK43ZD, Phil VK2MCB/QRP, Noel VK2IWT, Reg VK7KK and myself. Bill VK4ZD has sustained damage to his 20mx antenna in a storm during the week so not quite his usual booming self on that band.

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD :
Good signals in spite of the temporary demise of my cubical quad:
Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports
Brian G3LUW was 56 and gave me 56
John G3OKT was 54, and gave me 58
Jean-Pierre was 53 and gave me 55
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 57
Reg VK7KK was 57-9
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59 reports
Coco YO9BC was 58-9 and gave me 54
John G4HMG/P was 42
Vitor CT1BJZ was 53 and gave me 56
Noel VK6NS (visitor) was 55
Fred G7PZE (visitor) was 53 and gave me 57
Guenter DG8OP/M was 53 and gave me 56
Martti OH6SM was 53-5 and gave me 57
Doug ZL1BFS called in to say he had heard limited propagation
Phil VK2MCB was QRP and may have been heard in Europe
Malcolm PA3AHC - I heard at the very end of the net briefly 42

From John G3OKT :
Net was open at 0657, Brian G3LUW exchanging 5.6 b/w with Bill VK4ZD. Brian was 5.9 with Pertti EA7GSU and 2.4 with G3OKT. Brian could just hear me.
Bill VK4ZD had lost the use of the cubical quad as result of severe storm, but was a good 5.8 with me on the 160m horizontal delta loop. He gave me 5.4. I was 5.6 with Pertti.
Peter VK3KCD was initially 4.5 with me but increased and stayed at 5.6 with some QSB. Peter gave G3LUW 5.7, G3OKT 4.5, F1CFA 4.3
Pertti EA7GSU got 5.9 from G3LUW, exchanged 5.7 b/w with G3OKT, and later gave G3OKT and OH6SM both 5.9. Pertti gave G4HMG/P 5.7 with QSB, VK3KCD 5.2, HB9CQS 5.9, VK2MCB nor VK7KK nor F1FCA not copiable.
Reg VK7KK was not heard by G3OKT but was 3.4 with Klaus HB9CQS
Phil VK2MCB was running very low power and not heard by G3OKT
YO9BC Coco was 5.9 with G3OKT and 5.9+ with G3LUW, gave 5.8 to HB9CQS and “just copiable” to F1CFA and VK3KCD. Coco said he would not be on the net next week.
Vitor CT1BJZ was 5.6 with G3OKT; he gave VK4ZD 5.6, me 5.5, Coco 5.7, Klaus “very strong and clear” and G4HMG “in the noise and just hearable”.
Klaus HB9CQS gave VK3KCD 5.7, G3LUW 5.5 and “difficult copy” for G3OKT – he was 5.5 with QSB with me
G4HMG/P John was not hearable by G3OKT
VK6NS a visitor from Kalgoorlie was just detectable with G3OKT, got 5.3 from G3LUW and 3.4 from HB9CQS
G7PZE Fred (a visitor) was 3.4 with G3OKT, 5.9 with EA7GSU
DG8OP/M Guenter was not heard by G3OKT, but exchanged reports with VK4ZD
OH6SM Martti was 5.9+20dB with me when using his linear amp; gave 5.7 or 4.3 to VK4ZD depending which of Bill’s two antennae. Martti gave Klaus 5.8. Martti exchanged 5.7 b/w with VK3KCD
CT1BJZ Vitor got 5.4 from VK3KCD; he could hear Peter at 4.3
VK3KCD heard HB9CQS at 5.9
G3OKT left the net at 0853z.

From Doug, ZL1BFS :
I monitored the whole of the 0700-0800 ANZO net, but conditions were so poor in Whangaparaoa (near Auckland, where I now live) that I didn't bother to come on. For most Europeans, all I heard was noise - with the occasional bit of voice squeezing through. The exceptions were EA7GSU and HB9CQS who were 5-5/6, and Bill VK4ZD who was 59+. Mostly Peter VK3KCD was readability 3, but for one over only he came up to 59. It seems that Europe can generally get to VK land, but signals peter out by the time they reach ZL. I checked into the net briefly at 0759.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
G3OKT John was Net Control under strange conditions of very slow QSB
G3LUW Brian was 5.9+20dB, gave G0MMO 5.9, G7OAI/P 5.8/9, G3JJR 5.9, and G4HMG/P 5.7
G0JWE Don could read G3LUW (though down on usual strength) and G3OKT but with much noise; gave G0MMO 5.9
G4HMG/P gave G3LUW and G3OKT and G0JWE 5.9, he was 5.9 with QSB with me
G4WRU was 5.9, gave me 5.9, Brian 5.9+, but G4HMG/P only 2.2 - sometimes no copy at all
G7OAI John was 5.7/8 with me (some doubt whether dipole ends were high enough even though he was1000ft asl, and whether car battery was limit to power), got 5.5/6 from G4WRU
G0MMO Norman was 5.9 with me; he reported heavy QRM and no copy of G7OAI nor G3JJR nor G4HMG/P. G4WRU was just discernable.
G3JJR John had suffered damage to his dipole in high winds; he gave G0MMO “very good signal” and fast QSB on G7OAI and slow QSB on G4HMG/P!

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU :
Trans-Atlantic net 21.04. at 1200z
I was waiting on the qrg and spot on 1200 came Coco, YO9BC with 59+ signal calling members. Before I had my finger on the trigger, Klaus responded and was 59 as well. Coco had visitors and had to make it short.
I then called for Mike N4PF who came back with promising 58 signal giving me 56.
After a while of changing reports crisscross, I heard Malcolm 54 but then lost him without my report.
Klaus had problems with Mike, but he heard Malcolm to some extent. Mike read Klaus well but didn't hear Malcolm. Then he begun to lose my sig's and decided to wait for next Sunday. Klaus also almost retired but then came John, G4HMG/p from clear freq. and copied me with S5. We had short chat and as everybody got frustrated about the noisy/lazy band, I decided to close the net 1442z.
Very peculiar band with deep QSB and quickly changing "pipelines"!

From Klaus HB9CQS :
Hi John,
Re Transatlantic net: Like Pertti I was hampered by deep QSB. When you thought that you had a decent contact the station disappeared or became a Q2. Pertti and Coco were doing fairly well, but Mike, N4PF, almost disappeared and Malcolm, PA3AHC, disappeared completely. Before closing down I managed to work John, G4HMG/P, who remained 44 to 54 for some minutes. John and Diane are camping on the border between Somerset and Devon. While staying there they will see Brian, G3LUW.
Winter has not given up yet. On Saturday morning we found 2 - 3 inches of snow on the ground.

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

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,288
From Bob WB7RQG :
We had six check-ins this Sunday
Ed, N4EDT Joe, W0TBC Reuben, W2LGF.
Guests were; Jeff,Ve3/G6ZGU and Jim, KG6MUM.
I was net control today.

From Pertti EA7GSU :
I was listening to the Trans-Continental at 1900z, 2000z and 2100z but had no luck in finding anybody. There was around 2000z another NA net running on 14287kHz and several other nets heard too but none of them had any of our members on check-in list.
Propagations fair but the almost regular Greek(?) net was on 14285kHz maltreating their rigs and trying to shout each other down. Signal spread appr. 6kHz and S9+20dB. They occupied the freq for about 2+hrs.
Times can only get better!

0700z – 0730z Tuesday April 23rd NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0730z Tuesday April 23rd UK 40-metre Net on 7,170/7,173
From Jean Pierre F1CFA: I was ready this morning, waiting for Pertti, leaving Madonna in bed !
We were 4 stations : GSU, CFA, LUW and John SMG in the noise. I wonder if you were present ??? Pertti called you...
I verified that the vertical Antenna was interesting in some cases and the Magnetic loop for others...Several stations confirm. But in any case, the comfort of receipt is beautiful.
The French Radio Association ( which published my description in March ) refused the name Magnetic, since, with a 4,5 m diameter that antenna has a perimeter longer than 1/10 the wavelength...
I don't care, the result is beautiful...
But, but, but, that antenna is fitted for a single frequency and can rip just +/- 20 Khz with an acceptable ROS. More over, it's necessary to rotate it 90° for a good receipt. What a happiness to rub a part of the QRM and QRN !
In fact, it's very convenient for the ROAR.
For the 20m band I tested an other exemplary but with no interesting result.
We have got a new member ( it's not a Rotarian, but...could become.. ) : F4GHS, Alain.

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

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