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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 7th 2013

Roar Nets April 7th and April 9th 2013
SFI 137(120) A index 5(5) K=1(2) Figures from QRZ (last week in brackets)
Solar Flux up and K down. Propagation very good for VK DX on 20m, but S7 noise and contest splatter to S9 in UK. Not so good conditions and noisy on 80m.

0615z - 0700z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
The ANZO 40mx net was held in good conditions this week, present were Bill VK4ZD, Peter VK3FPSR, Phil VK2MCB and myself. Peter VK3FPSR had his usual big signal and we were pleased he had been able to restore his dipole after the storm damage a few weeks ago. While he still has an essentially intact roof on his house he advised that there was probably 12 months of repairs still to be done on his property. Until next week, Peter.
EA7GSU Pertti said later that he had heard VK4ZD on this net at 5.4. Bill said later that he had started construction of a 40m beam at Lockyer Waters, tower already up at 21m.

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From John G3OKT:
VK4ZD Bill (Net Control) was already calling from Lockyer Waters at 0700, steady 5.9 here in UK throughout the net!
PA3AHC Malcolm was peaking 5.7 with Bill, but barely detectable with G3OKT.
VK4ZD gave G3OKT 5.8, ZL2JPM 5.9, and both VK3KCD and VK2MCB 5.9.
VK3KCD Peter was 5.5 b/w with me, gave G3LUW 5.7, CT1BJZ 5.6, PA0SDZ 5.6, and ZL2JPM 5.4.
ZL2JPM John was 4.5 with me, 5.9 with VK4ZD; John gave Brian G3LUW 4.4 and HB9CQS 5.6/7
VK2MCB Phil was 5.5 with me, gave Klaus 5.9 who gave Phil 5.6; Phil gave Les PA0SDZ 5.5 (and appreciated that this was their first contact in 12 months); Phil exchanged 5.3 b/w with EA7GSU
CT1BJZ Vitor gave VK4ZD 5.9, who heard him at 5.8; Vitor was 5.8 with me; gave Les PA0SDZ 5.8 and Malcolm PA3AHC 5.6.
G3LUW Brian was 5.9 with VK4ZD with QSB down to S7; returned 5.9+10dB to VK4ZD !
EA7GSU Pertti exchanged 5.8/9 b/w with VK4ZD; couldn’t hear CT1BJZ who couldn’t hear Pertti either; Pertti and G3OKT exchanged 5.5 b/w; Pertti could hear Malcolm PA3AHC at 5.3.
HB9CQS Klaus was 5.9+10 b/w with VK4ZD, and received 5.9+20 from EA7GSU. Klaus gave G3LUW and G3OKT 5.4 – he was 4.4 with heavy noise (back of beam?) with me.
PA0SDZ Les was 5.9 with VK4ZD, but only just hearable by G3OKT under S7 noise and S9 contest splatter. Les received 5.7/9 from Pertti
Klaus and Bill spoke for all in appreciating Vitor’s preparations for the Lisbon Convention and for securing the special event call sign of CS6RI. Registration in the HoF was known to have been made by PA3AHC, EA7GSU, HB9CQS, VK4ZD and G3OKT. Vitor had yet to check availability of the internet in the HoF.

From Bill VK4ZD:
Superb signals from all:
Malcolm PA3AHC was first off the rank - he gave me 56 and I gave him 56 peaking to a very respectable 57
John ZL2JPM and I exchanged 59 reports
John G3OKT was 58, and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports
Phil VK2MCB and I also exchanged 59 reports
Brian G3LUW was 59 and gave me 57
Pertti EA7GSU and I also exchanged 59 reports
Vitor CT1BJZ was the best I have ever heard him - 58 and gave me 59
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59+10 reports
Les PA0SDZ was 59 and gave me 59+10

After a lot of discussion about Friedrichshafen I closed the net at 0815z

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
Sunspot Index 137 today, though signals down a little on average. Not all stations could hear each other.
Brian G3LUW (net control) was 5.9+20dB with me (G3OKT who was 15 minutes late leaving the earlier 20m sked)
Bruce G0PCS was 5.8 with G3OKT, Norman G0MMO 5.9 and not able to copy John G4HMG/P who was staying with Diana in a caravan just inside Somerset on the Devon border of the UK – he was 5.8 with me (G3OKT), he gave me 5.9
John G3JJR was 5.9+5dB with me, 5.7/8 with G2FUU
Don G0JWE was 5.9 with me but not receiving others very well
Tommy G2FUU was 5.9+10 with me; he gave G0MMO 4.5/8-9, and me 5.9 though “not as strong as usual”;
Mike G4WRU was 5.8 with me; he gave G0PCS 5.6; G0MMO 5.7; G3JJR 5.9+5
Brian closed the net at 0850z

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU
Heavy contest qrm seems to be the pest every Sunday.
I heard Mike, N4PF 58 and Klaus, HB9CQS 57. We had a visitor, N4NSS/m whom I did not copy. Just when closing the net at 1432z, I recognized the voice of Bert, VE3BGG. So also did Klaus, but we were not able to exchange reports. Bert was 2.5 with me.
Pertti was monitoring the 20m band this afternoon to get a feeling of the propagations now. Klaus read his propagation tables and did not promise any improvement unless the net is moved later by at least 3-4 hours. Pertti will communicate late today/tomorrow about the postponement of sked time.
From Klaus HB9CQS :
I have nothing to add to Pertti's report on the transatlantic net.
73 Klaus

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

2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,288

0700z – 0730z Tuesday April 9th NZ 80-m net on 3693
John ZL2JPM informed me (G3OKT) by email that a ROAR Net in New Zealand also operates, but so far, and despite extensive advertising in each of the NZ Rotary District Newsletters and The NZ Amateur Radio Callbook, only Doug ZL1BFS and he are its participants! They live in hope for a threesome or moresome!
“The Net Operating time is every Tuesday at 2000 NZ Time – whether Daylight or Standard Time (0700z in the months April-October and 0800 otherwise). The frequency is 3693, so as to allow the possibility of Australian involvement.
I have not sent in Signal reports, as Doug and I generally receive each other 5/9+, with occasional exception when we transferred to the ANZO frequency of 7118.
Both Doug and I participate in the Sunday nets when we are able: me from Wellington and Doug from just north of Auckland (more extensively explained in the recent report)
Many thanks for your reports. We are happy to submit reports as well: that might also help to advertise our presence a bit more.
With kind regards from John ZL2JPM”
(I listened today at 0700 and 0730 but heard nothing – G3OKT)

0700z – 0730z Tuesday April 9th UK 40-metre Net on 7170/7173
From G3OKT John :
G4HMG/P John and G3LUW (Brian, Net Control) were already there at 0700z – John an excellent signal from the car at 5.9+10dB on the Blackdown Hills, Somerset.
G3LUW Brian was 5.9+ with me
EA7GSU Pertti was only 3.6 with me under S7 QRM/QRN – he said he had problems with his antenna; Pertti was only 4.2 with G4HMG. Pertti closed early (see below).
G3LUW gave Pertti 5.7, F1CFA Jean-Pierre 5.6 and G4HMG 5.9
Brian suggested moving to 7173 to avoid QRM; G4HMG said Pertti then came up to 5.8
G4HMG John gave G3OKT 5.9+20
M3YSB (a visitor, John) called in from near RAF Chivenor; he was 5.8/9 with me, got 5.5 from G4HMG; M3YSB said G3LUW and G3OKT were 5.9+30 dB with him.
Pertti later said
“Sorry for the abrupt disappearance from the qrg. It is the antenna cable problem - most probably. The distance to the aerial park is about 100m and feeders consist of 3 - 4 pieces of coax. In spite of good quality connectors and self vulcanizing tape around, the moisture gets into it and I must run through the cables with SWR meter to find THE spot.”
Malcolm PA3AHC responded :
“I understand, Pertti. Don't talk to me about connectors ! I just found two ( new, so they were the last thing I looked at ) in-line connectors which were open circuit !
I came to the Net late, but heard Brian, John and one 'newcomer '.
Cheers and hope to find you folks next week..
Malcolm


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

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