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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets August 25th - 27th 2013

Roar Nets Report August 25th and August 27th 2013
From QRZ : SFI 117 (125) A7 (7) K1 (2) (figures in brackets last week)

0515z-0600z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Just Bill VK4ZD and me on 40 today. Bill had been working on the tower for the 40 mx beam during the afternoon. We had 5x9 signals both ways. I shall be absent from the nets next week.

0600z - 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Propagation into Europe back to brilliant at Lockyer Waters this week.
Coco YO9BC was a good 59 but disappeared before I could say hi
John EA/G4HMG was 55 peaking to 57 and gave me 59
Brian G3LUW was 56-7 and gave me 58.
John, G3OKT was 57-8 and gave me 59+10
Miika OH2BAD and I exchanged 59 reports
Kamel 7X2GK (visitor) was 57 and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCD was 59
Alain F4GHB 58 and gave me 59
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 55 and gave me 59
Pertti EA7GSU/P was back home with a whopping 59+5 signal - gave me 59+10
Malcolm PA3AHC was 42 to me and gave me 58-9
Joe DF2WF from Aachen (visitor) was 58 and gave me 59+10
Vitor CT1BJZ was 57 and gave me 58
Dam IK5WGK (visitor) was 55 and gave me 59+
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59 reports when he called in at 0702z
The net was closed at 0704z

From Peter VK3KCD
This week on 20mx Bill VK4ZD had the best of the propagation but I’m not complaining about the conditions here. I exchanged reports with Brian G3LUW, Miika OH2BAD, Alain F4GHB, John G3OKT, Pertti EA7GSU, Vitor CT1BJZ and Klaus HB9CQS. I also exchanged reports with Joe DF2WF who called in as a guest.

From John G3OKT
Propagation good again but my S meter was still held at S9 by QRM plus QRN crashes to S9+20dB. Beginning to suspect hyperactive receiver (?), though the noise floor had dropped to S6 by early Monday. Pertti had suggested to try 14.292 today , but the net was already going on 14.293 at 0600.
First heard Coco YO9BC at 5.9+ getting 5.9+20dB from John EA/G4HMG and 5.9+ from Bill VK4ZD. John got 5.5/6 from Bill.
John EA/G4HMG was 5.9+5dB here, same as Bill VK4ZD. Bill gave me S7
Brian G3LUW got 5.9 from YO9BC and EA/G4HMG, but was only 3.6 here. Brian got 5.4 from Peter VK3KCD
Bill VK4ZD was now riding over my noise at 5.9+10dB
Miika OH2BAD came in at 5.9+30dB, gave me 5.9+, gave VK3KCD 5.6, and exchanged 5.9 with VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 3.7 peaking S8 with me but challenged by QRM.
Pertti EA7GSU was 5.9+10dB with me; gave VK4ZD 5.9 peaking to +10dB; gave me 5.9, gave VK3KCD 5.5 and received 4.3, and got 5.9+5dB from Bill.
Alain F4GHB was 5.9+10dB QSB with me and got 5.5 from Pertti.
Malcolm PA3AHC was below the noise here but got 5.8/9 from VK4ZD, 5.7 from EA7GSU, and 5.9 from OH2BAD.
DF2WF, a visitor, was below my noise but I heard that he got 5.9 from Pertti and 5.6 from Vitor
CT1BJZ Vitor was 5.9+10dB with me, gave F5GHB 5.9, gave VK3KCD 5.5 and got 5.7 from Miika and VK4ZD. Vitor (like me) was suffering heavy QRM.
IK5WGK a visitor named Dam in Florence was 5.9+10dB with me.
Klaus HB9CQS came in at 5.9+20dB, gave me 5.9 and gave VK3KCD 5.7. Peter was 5.8 with me by the end of the net.

From Vince YO9BC
Just a few words - I feel bad, because my QRT was made much to early, from Anzo net last Sunday. Sundays mornings are a bad day for me ...My wife is usually away to the church , and I am alone in the house. When a visitor is ringing to our house, I have to go two floors down , 6 rooms distance , and ...obliged to QRT for the NET ! That’s exactly what happened.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694,5
Brian G3LUW will be net control next week.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU
We were there at 1100 utc and I stayed until 1200 utc calling few times also on CW. We were HB9CQS, N4PF, G8LES, AF1E and PA3AHC.
I try again next Sunday at 1200 utc on 14292 kHz.

From Peter VK3KCD
I also listened on 14293 at 1100z but heard nothing and by then all other signals had disappeared from 20mx. My propagation software only offered a 25% chance of propagation. However 40mx was wide open to North America and the Caribbean so my presence in the shack was not completely wasted!

From Vince YO9BC
I was present on 14 293 kHz at 12 to 12.6 hrs calling , listening , but no body show up ! Band was dead ?

From Bert VE3BGG who e-mailed on July 21st (received by Pertti and copied on) “Again and again our over-active sun keeps the ionosphere totally confused and unable to bounce our signals across the Atlantic!! And then again, if it isn't the Sun causing interference it is our fellow hams and their d--n competitions swamping the frequencies. It has been months since we have been able to talk together during the 12:00 hr. Sunday net. I tried again this morning but again no luck. Mike in Kentucky (N4PF) was kind enough to answer my call but Europe was a no-goer.
I am well and will finish my prostate cancer treatment in October, thank goodness. As far as my oncologists can see the combination of radiation and androgen suppression has done a good job and I am cancer free. (for now?) It really doesn't matter a great deal to me for I will be 88 this November.
Our weather this summer has been unusually hot and humid - weeks of temperatures in the high 30's C, with accompanying severe storms with occasional tornados! (But not close to us, thank goodness).
Margie and I have been keeping busy though. Last month we flew to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to visit our daughter and husband to see one of our grandchildren receive her degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Almost all of our family gathered there -our son and his wife and son, our two daughters and their families (from Ottawa, Nova Scotia and Saskatoon. Great fun!
At home the two of us play bridge ( not very well) with our various bridge clubs, attend live theatre, dine with friends, garden a bit, watch TV and generally enjoy life. I'm still a member of our local Ham club and talk to some of the boys daily on 2 metres. Please convey my 73's for me to all of my ROAR friends in England and the Continent. I am missing them! Please keep well yourself and I hope we can QSO soon! Regards and 73's”

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

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
Much QRM-Contesters.
Ed, N4EDT was net control today. The following checked in;
Pertti, EA7GSU Jack, KF5BD Bob, WB7RQG and guest
Jim, N6RXV.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday August 27th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0725z Tuesday August 27th EUR net on 7,150 and 14,293
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
Today, just before the starting time of the Tuesday Net meeting, we tested together with Brian G3LUW, the propagation on 7,150 MHz. It was excellent but many stations were on. I gave 59 to John, he gave me 55/6. Then, we move together on 14,293 MHz at 7005 utc. I just can hear Pertti EA7GSU and Brian G3LUW at the noise lever. They could not hear me. Before I closed, I noticed on 7,165 MHz a VK6...Station from Perth arriving 59 in Europe, in QSO with a German station from Sarrebrück...So silly !!
I suggest the next frequency to be used : 7,150 / 160 ?????
What say Pertti ??

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