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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 4th - 6th 2013

Roar Nets August 4th and August 6th 2013
From QRZ : SFI 107 (108) A5 (11) K2 (2) (figures in brackets last week)

0515z-0600z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Good conditions on 40mx with Bill VK4ZD, Phil VK2MCB and myself. Phil has acquired a new antenna and is working on a permit for a tower. Looking forward to even better signals from near Canberra.

0600z - 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Propagation more than made up for last week with the best conditions for many weeks into Lockyer Waters.
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 59
Phil VK2MCB was only 31 to me this week
Les PA0SDZ was 55-6 and gave me 59
Malcolm PA3AHC was 53 and gave me 55
George 9H4F (visitor) was 54 and gave me 55-6
Coco YO9BC was 59+ and gave me 59+ also
Albert ON3UZ (visitor) was 56 and gave me 59+10
Vitor CT1BJZ was 55 and gave me 59 from his (alternative) Tomar QTH
Alain F4GHB was 56 and gave me 59
Joe DF2WF (visitor) was 55 and gave me 59 from Aachen
John EA/G4HMG was 42 and gave me 56-8
Brian G3LUW was 42 and gave me 55
Wally VK6YS called in at 0700z with a 57 signal off the back of the quad and made multiple contacts into Europe.
The net was closed at 0715z

From Peter VK3KCD
20mx started poorly from my QTH and Bill VK4ZD ( 5.9 here) had much better propagation. Toward the end of the net the path to Europe improved and I exchanged reports with Alain F4GHB, Les PA0SDZ, Brian G3LUW and John G3OKT. Just as I was closing I heard Wally VK6YS at good strength. All other signals were whispers in the noise!

From Brian G3LUW
I was unable to get on the 20m net until very late due to family commitments. I exchanged reports with Bill, Peter and Phil down-under. I could hear you (G3OKT) quite well, and I suspect you heard me.

From John G3OKT
Band noise S4, remarkable conditions for VK, but also very high QRM from other stations.
Phil VK2MCB just hearable at 2.5 at 0600 but came up to 5.6-7 at 0650; talking to –
Bill VK4ZD who was 5.9+10dB (!) and gave me 5.7. Bill stayed at 5.8 to 5.9+ throughout the net.
I heard Peter VK3KCD briefly between the QRM at 5.6 and he heard me at 5.6-7
Les PA0SDZ got 5.6 from Bill but was barely detectable here.
Malcolm PA3AHC got 3.1 from Bill but again was barely detectable here.
George 9H4F, a visitor, was 5.7 here and got 5.4 from Bill . George gave Bill 5.5 to 5.6
Coco YO9BC was a good 5.9+10dB here and got 5.7-9 from VK4ZD
CT1BJZ Vitor joined the net but I couldn’t hear him through the QRM
Alain F4GHB was up to 5.8 with me; got 5.5 from Bill
Joe DF2WF another visitor was 5.7 here, gave Phil VK2MCB 5.6/7
John EA/G4HMG was 5.9, gave Bill 5.6-8 and received 4.2
Brian G3LUW was 5.9 between QRM and gave Bill 5.5 and received 4.2
Phil VK2MCB briefly peaked 5.9+5dB here and gave Brian 5.4; Phil could hear Les PA0SDZ at 5.5 I think; John said Les was 5.8 in Spain. Phil gave G3LUW 4.5 and Brian gave Peter VK3KCD 4.4 and received 4.3
By 0700, VK4ZD was still 5.9 but suffering strong QRM from a nearby station
Wally VK6YS in Perth appeared at 5.9 with me, giving me 5.7 and Brian 5.5. Les PA0SDZ who was still nil copy here got 5.5 from Wally who also copied Malcolm at 5.3/4
John EA/G4HMG was 5.9+10dB by now with me, got 5.2 from Wally and received 5.5 from John.
The net closed at 0715 and Bill said he and Diane would be away next Sunday and were not sure of returning in time for the net.
Klaus HB9CQS later e-mailed that he had to miss this net while catching up on sleep!


0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694,5
From Brian G3LUW
I ran the 80m net. There were only four of us, which was a shame, because the conditions were excellent. John G7OAI/P was a very good signal "from the top of the hill" using a full size 80m dipole, and excellent signals were received from John G3JJR and Tommy G2FUU.
John G7OAI will be Net Control next week.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Klaus HB9CQS At 12:00z
I sent my first CQ RI net. It was answered by Mike, N4PF, who was very weak here and only 23. I gave up continuing the QSO but kept listening, occasionally giving a CQ RI net call. At 12:09 Malcolm, PA3AHC, called. Malcolm was fully readable here which surprised us both since the skip distance is normally too long for a decent contact. Malcolm was 57 - 59 with deep QSB at times. I got 57 - 59 from Malcolm.
At 12:13 Coco, YO9BC, called in. Coco was his usual 59+20 here and gave me the same. Coco later called Mike who gave him a 55. Coco had difficulties copying Mike, but managed to get the 55 report.
Coco went QRT at 12:33z and the net closed at 12:41z.

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

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
Only four check-ins and two of them were guests.
Joe, W0TBC was net control and me. The guests were;
John, KB3TKT and John, W2JAT.


0700z – 0730z Tuesday August 6th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0725z Tuesday August 6th EUR net on 14,150
From John G3OKT
Sorry, couldn’t make it this week, but Jean Pierre F1CFA responded to last weeks report : Sometime ago we left the 40 m band. But, to day, it's amazing to say that it seems better to me, with for example the British stations arriving strong, to come back to the 40 m band. What do you think? Have you tested the 40m band at this time ?
(reference the July 28 report : Thank you very much Jean Pierre - yes, I noticed the fast QSB. In fact it was quite difficult to report signal strengths. Early in the QSO Brian gave a good strength for Pertti but towards the end he could not copy him at all. On Sunday too, I could only recognise VK3KCD voice occasionally under all the Contest QRM - suddenly he was 5.7, but minutes later he was gone again. We are experiencing interesting times at present!)

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