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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets December 22nd - 24th 2013

Roar Nets Report December 22nd and 24th 2013
SFI 144 (157) A 4 (6) K 1 (5) Sunspots 131 (104) (figs in brackets from last week)

0645z-0730z ANZO Net on 7118
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 57-9 and he gave me 59
Noel VK2IWT was 59+20 and I got 59+ from him
Phil agreed to be on air for 40m scheds with me and Noel on 25th and 26th December respectively.

0730z - 0830z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 57 and gave me 59
Miika OH2BAD was 59 and gave me 58-9 - we discussed his upcoming visit to VK
John ZL2JPM was 53 to me but was heard ok in Europe
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was an excellent 56 to me and gave me 58
Klaus HB9CQS was 59+20 and gave me 59+15
Phil VK2MCB was 53 and heard me at 59
Coco YO9BC was 59 and gave me 58-9
Alain F4GHB was 57 with only 100 watts and gave me 59
John and Diana EA/G4HMV and G4MVV were 31 and gave me 53 I think
Malcolm PA3AHC was 42 dropping back to 31
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 dropping to 53 later in the sched - He gave me 58 dropping to 55.
John G3OKT was 53 and gave me 56
Les PA0SDZ 54 and gave me 58-9

From John G3OKT
Conditions were not so good for ANZO this week but Eur. stations were very strong here later in the net. I was troubled by a wideband S9 noise signal, 1 min on and 4 mins off throughout the net, which made copy difficult. At 0800 ANZO stations were still S1 between the noise pulses and then totally blotted out every 5 minutes. VK4ZD was still not touching S1 even at 0810.
At 0730 Klaus HB9CQS appeared at 3.1 with ANZO voices in the background. At 0737 I heard VK4ZD giving reports but he was only 3.1 with me. At 0759 Klaus was still a “hollow 4.3” fluttering up to 5.5. Klaus gave ZL1BFS “very weak”, F1CFA 5.5, YO9BC 5.9+, VK2MCB 5.7 b/w and OH2BAD 5.9+15dB. I think Klaus gave Bill VK4ZD 5.9+15dB and me 5.7/8.
Coco YO9BC left at 0740 after wishing everyone Happy Christmas (including a very amusing Santa voice) and giving HB9CQS 5.9+10dB, EA/G4HMG 5.3, VK2MCB “weak” at 4.4, and VK4ZD 5.8/9.
Alain F4GHB was 5.9 here and gave VK4ZD 5.9, VK2MCB 5.6, ZL2JPM 5.5, OH2BAD 5.9, EA7GSU 5.9, HB9CQS 5.9, F1CFA 4.8, and YO9BC 5.9+10dB.
Pertti EA7GSU was 5.9+10 here, said that VK4ZD was only 4.1 at 0730 but by 0745 was 5.8. Bill gave him 5.5. Pertti gave HB9CQS and YO9BC 5.9+, said I was “strong”, gave ZL2JPM 3.1, VK2MCB 2.1, PA3AHC 4.1, EA/G4HMG 5.1 and F4GHB 5.9+.
F1CFA Jean Pierre was not heard here over the noise.
At 0815 EA7GSU gave F1CFA 5.9 bw, PA5AHC 5.7, EA/G4HMG 5.2, PA0SDZ 5.8 and got 5.3 from VK4ZD.
EA/G4HMG John was 5.8 here and gave VK4ZD 5.2. John came up to 5.9 at 0808 and with Diana on the mic as EA/G4MVV wished everyone seasonal greetings. John now gave Coco “very strong”, PA3AHC 5.9, Pertti 5.2, G3OKT 5.5, OH2BAD and HB9CQS and F1CFA and F4GHB all 5.6/7.
Les PA0SDZ was just a hollow voice here but was 5.4 with VK4ZD
Miika OH2BAD was initially 5.8 with me but quickly came up to 5.9+30dB – he gave me 5.9+20dB, VK4ZD 5.5, VK2MCB 5.6, Klaus and Alain 5.9+20dB.
Doug ZL1BFS got 5.3 from Pertti. At 0820 Doug was suddenly very strong with me – over the noise and about 3.8
Malcolm PA3AHC was only 2.3, fluttering to 5.5 between the noise pulses with me. He was 5.9 with OH2BAD and gave Miika 5.9+30dB. Malcolm was 3.1 with VK4ZD.
Phil VK2MCB also fluttered up strongly but unfortunately during my noisy period.
Jean Pierre F1CFA and I exchanged 5.9+10dB b/w at 0827.
The net closed at 0830, but I carried on with John EA/G4HMG who said “Far East was a wash out for him today” He said that he was not getting my noise.
Malcolm PA3AHC was only 2.3 still, but wished all a Happy Christmas.

From John ZL2JPM and Doug ZL1BFS by e-mail :
It is always a pleasure to be on the Sunday ANZO and Europe Nets – whatever the Sun's mood! Doug's new location is starting to produce some good results and John's recent trip to Lockyer Waters has empirical proof that all antennas need to be at Koala height and BIG! Plenty of Ideas!
The ZL Net extends its best wishes to all ROAR members for the forthcoming
year and a very Happy Christmas to you and your families wherever you may
be. We look forward to meeting you again on the air and of course at Convention in June.
73s -- With kind regards, The ZL ROARers Doug (ZL1BFS) and John (ZL2JPM)

0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,692.3
G2FUU Tommy was net control. He was 5.9 +30dB with me and 5.9 with Mike G4WRU. Tommy gave Mike 5.9+5dB.
John G7OAI and I exchanged 5.9+25dB; John could not hear PA3AHC nor G4WRU
Alain F4GHB was 5.9; he gave me 5.8/9; Alain was only 4.4 with G4WRU.
Mike G8LES was 5.9+25 with me and Tommy
Malcolm PA3AHC was under the S9 noise with me – perhaps 1.8? He wished us all a Merry Christmas
We discussed VK4ZD’s suggestion of registering a special “end polio” callsign for 23rd February 2015. G8LES, G4WRU, G7OAI agreed it was a good idea – G3OKT volunteered to contact Oftel and discuss what could be registered.
John G7OAI will be net control next week – reserve Brian G3LUW if a problem.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Mike G8LES who was listening from 12.15 until about 1300z.
Heard AF1E, N4PF, YO9BC but went off as couldn't hear people.
G8LES
EA7GSU was net control
Call in from Scott KE2LK from Rochester, not a Rotarian, he was welcomed.
F4GHB and PA3AHC were mentioned but I couldn't here them
“Happy Easter!”

1700z - 1730z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,692
Tommy G2FUU had said he would listen in case there were any callers.

2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
Small net today. Joe, W0TBC was net control with the following
check ins; Ed,N4EDT Mike, KD5YOJ and me WB7RQG.
Merry Christmas!

0700z – 0730z Tuesday December 17th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0730z – 0830z Tuesday December 17th EUR net on 7175
From QRZ SFI 136 (154) A 3 (7) K 0 (1) Sunspots 108 Figs in ( ) last week
From John G3OKT
Pertti EA7GSU and F1CFA were in QSO at 0730. Severe QSB at first; Pertti gave me 5.3-8 and he was 5.7 here.
Pertti called in VK4ZD who was 5.4 with him and Bill heard Pertti at 4.3.
Bill was 5.5 with me at that time and heard me at 5.4
Jean Pierre F1CFA was 5.7 with me but by 0740 was 5.9; he gave me 5.3-9 QSB
Diane VK4KYL was peaking 5.7 and just heard me in part at 3.3
Bill VK4ZD then came in at a steady 5.7 with me, got 5.5 from Jean Pierre and gave him 4.3.
At 0755 VK4ZD was getting stronger and gave Pertti S6.
F1CFA gave VK4ZD 5.5 by which time Jean Pierre was 5.9+10dB with me; Bill gave Jean Pierre 4.3
I had S9 QRM from 0750 from a nearby Eur station, but by 0807 Bill was peaking 5.9.
F4BEW, a visitor George from Southern France, called VK4ZD at 0805. George was 5.9+10dB here and gave Bill 5.9. George was peaking 5.9 with Bill.
Malcolm PA3AHC called in at a fine 5.9+10dB at 0807, but VK4ZD was taken over by IK8LVP, a visitor George near Naples.
The net closed at 0810 when Pertti and I, still suffering QRM, went for breakfast. Christmas Greetings were exchanged all round.

From Bill VK4ZD
Diane and I were able to attend this net due to there being no RC meeting this Tuesday. The 40m beam did its job well.
Excerpts from my log:
Pertti EA7GSU at 0720z was 43 and gave me 41
(Diane VK4KYL then operated the station whilst I had a shower)
Jean-Pierre at 0742z was 43 and gave me 55
Pertti EA7GSU at 0743z was 54 and gave me 55
John G3OKT at 0745-0800 was 54 and gave me 57
Pertti EA7GSU at 0757z was 56 and gave me 57
When Pertti said he was going QRT I then accepted calls from a number of other European stations.

That’s all for now,
73’s and may I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year !
John G3OKT
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