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Roar Nets August 18th - 20th 2013

Roar Nets Report August 18th and August 20th 2013
From QRZ : SFI 125 (103) A7 (6) K2 (2) (figures in brackets last week)

0515z-0600z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Just Bill VK4ZD and Phil VK2MCB on the 40mx net. Phil came up running QRP (5 watts) and both Bill and I had good copy on him. He reverted to the main rig when conditions deteriorated in the middle of the net. By the end we had 5x9 between the three of us.

0600z - 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Propagation into Europe reduced to just adequate this week.
Brian G3LUW was 53 and gave me 55.
Peter VK3KCD was 59
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 55 and gave me 55 also
Malcolm PA3AHC was present but not heard here
Pertti EA7GSU/P was initially 53 later peaking to 55 and gave me 56-9
Phil VK2MCB was 31 to me and successfully worked Pertti
John G3OKT was 54 and gave me 37
John ZL2JPM was 41 to me - unusually light
Coco YO9BC was 59 and gave me 5.7-9
Alain F4GHB was 56 and gave me 58
John EA/G4HMG was on frequency but I did not hear him respond to any of my calls for checkins
Erwin OM2AD (a visitor) was 54 and gave me 57
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59 reports when he called in at 0650z
The net was closed at 0703z

From Peter VK3KCD
Propagation into Flinders on 20 was quite good this week favouring the UK at first and then shifting back East again which is most unusual. Bill VK4ZD was his usual strong signal and my first European contact was a scratchy one with Malcolm PA3AHC who I think said he was running low power. I also had good contacts with Brian G3LUW, John G3OKT, Pertti EA7GSU/P, Alain F4GHB, Coco YO9BC and Klaus HB9CQS. OM2AD called in as a guest.

From John G3OKT
Interesting swings in propagation this week. Certainly a week to envy the benefits of a rotatable beam! Tazigstan harmonic again never below S9 with me, and QRM from two S9+20dB Russian stations 1kHz away caused much trouble at least to Coco and me.
Incidentally, Pasi OH1TG e-mailed Aug 18th to say “14293 is too noisy here in Finland. Besides The Tazigstan harmonic there is a curious additional QRM which I would describe "hitting the anvil with a hammer". A friend of mine from Western Finland describes it "dee daa daa, dee daa daa etc."
At 0600z, I heard Peter VK3KCD at S8/9, between QRM, with G3LUW & PA3AHC.
Peter VK3KCD who later dropped to 5.7, gave me 5.7 and 4.1 for Jean Pierre F1CFA.
Brian G3LUW and VK4ZD appeared giving each other 5.5. Brian was 4.7 with me (later came up to 5.9+20!) and gave VK3KCD 5.8
Malcolm PA3AHC (on low power) exchanged 3.3 with VK3KCD. He was 5.7 with me.
Bill VK4ZD was at best 3.7 with me. Bill gave F1CFA 5.5. No copy of Jean Pierre here in UK.
VK3KCD called Pertti EA7GSU/P in N. Spain and gave 4.3. No copy Pertti here, yet.
Phil VK2MCB was 5.7 here between QRM and got Pertti at 5.3. Gave YO9BC 5.5 who was 5.6 here. Phil was on the usual dipole – his new antenna is still in garage!
Bill VK4ZD heard G3OKT at 5.4
John ZL2JPM could not be heard here. Neither was Les PA0SDZ.
IW9HIK a visitor called in but could not raise VK4ZD
YO9BC Coco gave VK4ZD 5.7/9 who heard him at 5.9; Coco was 5.9+10 here; gave 5.3/4 for F1CFA; Peter called Coco and they exchanged 5.9 bw! Coco gave Klaus HB9CQS 5.5 and G3OKT 5.9+10dB
Alain F4GHB called in at 0630z; he was 5.9+20 with me; gave VK4ZD 5.8, VK3KCD 5.7 and 4.5 for F1CFA.
Bill VK4ZD called Vitor CT1BJZ but there was no response.
John EA/G4HMG was heard but went QRT at 0635z.
Brian G3LUW suddenly came up to 5.9+20dB, gave me 5.9 and went QRT at 0635z
OM2AD a visitor Erwin called VK3KCD with report 5.8; Peter gave him 5.5; Erwin was 5.9+10dB with me; Erwin gave VK4ZD 5.7/8 and got 5.4
Klaus HB9CQS came in at 5.9+20dB with me, gave VK4ZD 5.9 and VK3KCD 5.8 and VK2MCB 5.6/7. Phil gave Klaus 5.6.
Klaus came up to 40dB over S9 with me (!); gave 35dB over S9 for Coco and only 5.5 for F4GHB who by now was 20dB over S9 with G3OKT.
Bill VK4ZD QSB’d down for me at 0645 and was lost in the Russian QRM; however by 0700z was peaking S9 though still suffering QRM. YO9BC had no problem copying Bill but was also suffering the QRM from stations 1.5 – 2kHz up and down frequency. Coco was only getting Klaus at 5.5 but copied F4GHB 5.9.
At 0705z Pertti EA7GSU/P suddenly came up at 5.9 and gave G3OKT 5.8/9 and gave PA3AHC 5.9
By now F4GHB was 5.9+25dB and said G3OKT was peaking 20dB over 9.
The net closed at 0705z but I carried on with Malcolm PA3AHC (5.9+10dB) who said that unusually Peter had consistently been stronger than Bill throughout the net and also that Phil VK2MCB had been heard for the first time (?). I had been 5.9 with Malcolm all morning.
EA7GSU/P Pertti by now at 5.9+10dB was only getting Malcolm 5.5 who heard Pertti at 5.7

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694,5
Tommy G2FUU will be net control next week.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Klaus HB9CQS
During my brief visit to the ANZO net this morning, I learned that Pertti was still mobile and had reached Spain on his way south. Since Pertti might not be QRV for the International Net I called CQ RI net at 12:00z hoping to have at least a European net.
The only station heard was Mike, N4PF. Signals were weak both ways, generally R 4-5 and S 4-5 when in the clear and not down in QSB. We kept going for close to ten minutes but did not hear any other check-ins. I stayed on the frequency for the next half hour but did not hear any ROAR stations.

1700z - 1730z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
Signals were not bad but very few checked into the net.
Jack, KF5BD Dave, AA9PK guest Joe, AF1E Bill, W7ZT and me, WB7RQG who acted as net control.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday August 20th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0725z Tuesday August 20th EUR net on 14,150
From Brian G3LUW
20m was very noisy this morning. Jean-Pierre F1CFA and I had a reasonable QSO and decided to make a test on 40m. We also went back to 20m later and signals were stronger at 0720. Malcolm PA3AHC also came on frequency (20m).
He was 5&5 in France but no copy here in the UK.
We suggest that next we try 40m : Time 0700z Frequency 7155 ( tune up to 7160 to clear QRM ).
In the event of no copy we will revert to 14150 after 0710z Please address any comments to us all. See you next week
73 Brian G3LUW & Jean-Pierre F1CFA

From Malcolm PA3AHC
Re Tuesday's 40m net attempt, I heard J-P calling me but I was not ready with a suitable antenna to reply. Working on that for next week. From here, the band was open but very busy

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