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

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Roar Nets May 12th - 14th 2013

Roar Nets May 12th and May 14th 2013
SFI 137 A index 4 K=1 (from QRZ)

0615z - 0700z ANZO Net on 7118
Note Time Change for this Net to 0515z - 0600z from Sunday 19th May


From Bill VK4ZD :
First to call in this week was John, ZL2JPM.
He was initially 57-8 and gave me 54-5.
By the end of the net we exchanged 59+10 reports.
I next heard from Pertti, EA7GSU. Signals weren't as good as previous weeks but we exchanged 53 reports.
Peter, VK3FPSR / Mobile called in with a very respectable signal considering his 10 watts output.
Initially he was 55 peaking at 58. He gave me 59+10.
We closed the net at 0651z

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
Note Time Change for this Net to 0600z - 0700z from Sunday 19th May

From Bill VK4ZD :
Signals were noticeably lower this week and all concurred that the skip had already passed.
Mike G8LES was first to be heard with a 55 signal, but due to his high noise level he could not hear me.
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 56
Alain F4GHB (a now regular visitor) was 55 and gave me 56
Teru, JM2HBO was 57 and gave me 59
Doug, ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59+10
Malcolm, PA3AHC was 52 and gave me 11
Coco, YO9NC was 53
Klaus HB9CQS was 55-6 and gave me 57
Jean-Pierre, F1CFA was just detectable here
Vitor, CT1BJZ was 31
John, ZL2JPM was 51
Rob, ZL1RD called in with a fine 59 signal and gave me 59+20
Phil, VK2MCB also called in briefly and was 31 to me

An earlier e-mail from Doug ZL1BFS to Pertti said – “Sorry I wasn't on the net last Sunday. I had a feed-line fault, and when I started trying to feed a kilowatt into an open circuit, I developed some very high voltages in my antenna tuner! I'll try again this week if I remember my name and callsign! (Doug attached a dementia test!!)

From John G3OKT - Apologies from UK stations – most were at the ROAR AGM in Barnstaple, Devon.
Advance of Net time noted for next week.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
G2FUU Tommy was Net Controller and put out a CQ.
However, most of the stations in ROAR in RIBI were absent at their AGM in Barnstaple, so Tommy didn’t get any replies.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
Earlier from Pertti EA7GSU :
I will not be qrv today on 1200 net. So please listen for the other regulars instead! CU next Sunday

From Mike N4PF :
 “I could hear Klaus marginally, about 2 x 2. Thought I heard G8LES at some point, and knew that YO9BC was in there.
The bottom fell completely out at 1230z. Much co-channel interference.
Reminds me of the stretch of bad weeks we had last year.
Better luck next week.

From Klaus HB9CQS to Mike N4PF :
Many thanks for your brief report and for your efforts. After having called you several times I at last heard you, but only a few words now and then. I also had difficulties with Malcolm who was skipped out here. Coco was booming in as usual, 59+20 while Mike, G8LES, was 44 only after I had turned the beam towards NW.
I look forward to a Sunday with good propagation conditions!

Mike G8LES gave the following observations on his noise level - It was the 3KW Compaq Uninterruptable power supply in both the shack creating hash on lower frequencies. This has been fixed with an EMI filter on the mains output of both and now the medium wave is again audible. They were conducting electrical noise onto the mains wiring. It doesn't seem to have made too much difference to the background noise on HF but I do notice an improvement on 4 metres now down to S2 with the masthead preamp on. Certainly I have proved that the noise is only coming down the HF antenna cable as a dummy load produces a quiet receiver, so that checks out the coaxial cables. Unfortunately a high background noise is a problem when living in a populated area, like it is here. My neighbour switches something on early in the morning and it produces a buzzing crackle on 20m just in time for the Anzo net. GRRRR. All that work did not help the signals today!

From Pertti EA7GSU :
It seems to me that the time is difficult at the moment. I am lucky to have a low qrm level, usually only S1 but afternoon’s qrn is rising to S2/3. It has been better and we can only hope that the propagation will improve. There seems not to be any better slot for better time. Even in the evening, the 1900utc Trans Continental US net has been very poor. Right when writing this, Ed, N4EDT came back with only 57QRM normally having been good sig. No other participants audible. The usual overmodulated QRM from 3kc up inhibited good copy.
Perseverance is all I can recommend! I try again next Sunday

1700z - 1730z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
From G3OKT :
G3LUW Brian was Net controller – he was 5.9+20 and gave me G3OKT 5.9
G0JWE Don had QSB up to 5.9; he couldn’t hear G0SQH, but could hear G2FUU Tommy at 5.9; Tommy said Don was just about readable in the S9 noise!.
G2FUU Tommy was 5.9+10; gave me 5.9+20 with QSB
G0SQH was 4.6 with me and in the noise, not copied by G2FUU; got 5.5 from G3LUW
G4DCI Phil was 5.9+20dB with both me and G2FUU
There was some discussion of the AGM held on the previous day in Barnstaple. G3LUW closed the net at 1730z

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,288
From Bob WB7RQG :
Joe-W0TBC was net control with seven checkins;
Jack, KF5BD Ed, N4EDT Pertti, EA7GSU and me WB7RQG.
Two guests joined us; John, W6JPP and Nick, KB1RVP. Signals were up and down. I could hear Pertti and everyone else but the two guests.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday May 14th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0730z Tuesday May 14th UK 40-metre Net on 7170
From John G3OKT :
I listened 90 mins before the net - 40m was very lively – I heard an EA3 at 5.9, a K8 in Ohio 5.9 and a G4 in Devon a 5.9+20. I had an intermittent problem with my rig when I called in at 0655z. Brian G3LUW was already there (net control) at 5.9+10. Quite a lot of QSB on the band and heavy interference from a DJ on 7172, so we moved to 7168. Brian gave me 5.9++ (when working!)
EA7GSU Pertti was there but only 1/2.4 in the noise with G3LUW.
M0RGI Ian called in at 5.9+20. Gave me 5.9+
F1FCA Jean Pierre was 5.5 when no QRM
G7OAI John was 5.9+10 with me; gave me 9+30dB at one point!
G3TKK Peter near Lytham St Annes was a fine 5.9+20 with me; he said G3LUW was QSBing between 5.3 and 5.9+20; G7OAI was 5.7 with G3TKK; John gave Peter 5.9+30 at one point; G3TKK gave EA7GSU and F1FCA 5.3.
PA3AHC Malcolm called in but was hardly heard by other stations; he was 5.8 with me
I left the net at 0730z.

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