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Roar Nets March 31 2013

Roar Nets March 31st and April 2nd 2013
SFI 120(98) A index 5(11) K=2(1) Figures from QRZ (last week in brackets) Solar Flux up but K also up, Propagation good but serious QRM

0615z - 0700z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Bill VK4ZD was busy participating in the contest*, so was not present for the ANZO nets. On frequency were Phil VK2MCB, Noel VK2IWT, Reg VK7KK and myself. We were joined by 2 guests VK3FACF and VK5FCDL. Propagation was fair but Reg VK7KK had difficulty with the VK2’s.

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path :-
From Peter VK3KCD :
Very good propagation was completely spoiled by contest QRM!!! In Bill’s (VK4ZD) absence I made contact with Klaus HB9CQS and we exchanged 5.8 reports in the clear, which was not too often, and I heard Pertti EA7GSU at 5.6 in the clear and again the above comment applies. Doug ZL1BFS called in and I think he gave Klaus 5.9 and Pertti 5.9 but again I was beaten by the QRM. Doug was 5.5 here, again when in the clear. I heard no other stations trying to check in. Due to the difficulty imposed by the QRM the net was closed by mutual agreement at 0715z.

From Klaus HB9CQS :
During this weekend one of the big contests, the CQ World Wide WPX SBB contest*, was running and the QRM was murderous when we started the ANZO net at 0700z. These days, contestants do not stop calling CQ to take a breath. They breathe while their recorded CQ calls are transmitted. End result: no small pauses in the QRM. After a quarter of an hour the Europeans gave up. The QRM may not have been quite as heavy for the VKs - ZLs. At least, VKs and ZLs were heard here after the Europeans had stopped.
My log shows these contacts: Peter, VK3KCD, net controller VK/ZL, 3.8 here and he gave me 5.8, Pertti EA7GSU 3.9+ both ways, Vitor CT1BJZ, 3.9 here and gave me 5.8.
Before I pulled the big switch I believe I briefly heard Doug, ZL1BFS.

(Doug, ZL1BFS has since said “I was on the ROAR net, and I received the best signals from Pertti EA7GSU and Klaus HB9CQS that I have received for years – both were over 5.9+5. But they couldn’t receive me well, nor could I hear any of the other European stations, because of the phenomenal QRM from the CQ WW Contest. It was a shame that my swan song from Gisborne was spoiled in this way.”
Doug explained “that I was using a temporary rig and aerials as I had moved most of my equipment to my new QTH at Whangaparaoa, near Auckland. This Sunday, was the last time I operated from Gisborne, as I have now sold my house and I am moving permanently to Whangaparaoa.”)

From Pertti EA7GSU :
As Klaus reports, the QRM was like a wall. Sometimes the impression was that there three layers of stations working within +/- 1kHz from our qrg. I also detected Peter and Doug but no change of reports. Klaus was 5.9+20 and thus the only one really contacted. After he closed the net, I had my RX on the spot and heard Malcolm, PA3AHC at about 1235z. Still no QSO!

0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From Mike G4WRU
Tommy G2FUU was in charge and started calling on 3.693 at about 0755z in extremely noisy conditions. I answered his call and we had a short chat. Tommy then called cq and G7OAI John replied. He was just below my noise level but Tommy and I could just copy. Next to call in was G4HMG John from somewhere in England in a caravan, and with a very weak signal, but I knew he was there, but could not copy. G3JJR came in and was a good signal with me. Derek G0SQH turned up briefly with a very weak signal and disappeared when Tommy called him in for a second over. A very noisy and skip changing net, and Tommy closed it at about 0838z.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
Klaus HB9CQS was away during the transatlantic net was unable to report on this.
From Pertti EA7GSU :
Conditions were the same as for the earlier ANZO Net. This time so much luck that with Mike, N4PF we changed 5.7/5.9 reports, and good communication also with Coco, YO9BC. We considered with Mike that we should postpone the sked time by one hour. This is to be discussed next Sunday.
Without the contest qrm the propagations had been good.

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

2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,288
Pertti EA7GSU was listening during the Trans-Continental at 2000z on 14287 but heard not a trace of anybody.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday March 26th UK 40-metre Net on 7170
From Pertti EA7GSU :
Half an hour before the net, the band sounded fairly well open, but at 0700z the skip obviously deteriorated. I made a call and heard faintly John, G4HMG. He was 4.4. Then came Jean Pierre with 5.7. The sunrise noise was very high. We moved 3kc's up because Jean Pierre had qrm by some Italian stations.
I called Malcolm, PA3AHC but didn't hear anything. John heard him but very weakly. I understand J - P heard him too but becos of qsb I wasn't sure. John came up to 5.5/5.6 towards the end of qso and we closet at 0730z.
I wonder if we are too late? It appears like the skip is cutting short with the daylight. Brian, G3LUW maybe able to judge if we should start earlier?

Response from Brian : Hi Pertti, I did not hear a thing on Tuesday. This morning there were several EU signals on 40m including two from Spain. I suggest that we try 7170 again next Tuesday at 0700z. 73 Brian G3LUW

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

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