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

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Roar Nets May 19th - 21st 2013

Roar Nets May 19th and May 21st 2013
SFI 132 (137) A index 21 (4) K=4 (1) (From QRZ : figures in brackets from last week)

0515z - 0600z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Propagation was good for the ANZO 40mx net at the earlier time. Present were Bill VK4ZD, Phil VK2MCB, Reg VK7KK and myself. Bill has repaired his 20mx quad and hopes to have it back up in the air next week. The timing for 20mx seemed right for this time of the year and would have been even better if the absorption had been lower.

0600z - 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Encouraging reports when using the quad on the ground. Hope to have it in the air next weekend.
John G3OKT was first off the rank with a 55-7 signal and gave me 56-7
Coco, YO9BC was 58 and gave me 54
Peter, VK3KCD was 59
Doug, ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59+
John, ZL2JPM was 59
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59 reports
Phil, VK2MCB was 42 and gave me 53
Pertti EA7GSU and I exchanged 57 reports
Vitor, CT1BJZ was 55 and gave me 56
Les, PA0SDZ was 32 and gave me 57?
Alain F4GHB (our regular visitor) was 53 and gave me 55
Malcolm, PA3AHC was 11 to me
The net closed at 0705z

From John G3OKT
The broadcast station harmonic was steady S7 with me, but worse its modulation gave serious QRM at times which could not be notched out. Bill VK4ZD was initially a good 5.7 with me, but began to fall into the noise at 4.5 around 0645, and by 0650 was virtually gone. Perhaps absorption consistent with the high QRZ ‘A Index’ of 21 today (coupled with a warning of “quiet to major” geomagnetic storms)?
Coco YO9BC called first at 0544 – he was 5.8/9 with me but was only getting me at 5.5 (his antenna was directed to VK). Coco had to leave early for a business meeting.
N5VEZ (a visitor) called me on just 8 watts from Mississippi - Mike was in the noise at S3 but he gave me 5.6 and Coco 5.8
VK3KCD Peter called in with QSB up to a fine 5.6. Peter copied me and N5VEZ at 5.3, ZL1BFS at 5.3, ZL2JPM at 5.7, Coco at 5.7, Klaus at 5.9, Bill VK4ZD at 5.9 and EA/G4HMG at 5.3. Peter was 5.8 with VK4ZD and 5.7 with HB9CQS.
HB9CQS Klaus came in at 5.9+20, gave me 5.9+10
VK4ZD Bill appeared at 5.6/7 on his big loop antenna, cubical quad still on the ground. Gave Coco and me 5.5, was 5.4 with Coco, and was 5.9 with Klaus
ZL1BFS was already in the net but no copy from HB9CQS or G3OKT.
ZL2JPM John was 5.5 with Klaus, but I could only just recognize a voice! Later we exchanged 5.3. and Klaus gave John 5.6/7. I think John later gave Pertti 5.2
PA3AHC Malcolm was in the net but not copied by VK4ZD. Only just heard by me.
VK2MCB Phil was 5.5 with me between the QRM. Gave ZL1BFS 5.5; got 5.6/7 from Klaus HB9CQS
EA7GSU Pertti was 5.7 with me. Pertti gave VK4ZD 5.7, ZL1BFS 3.1, VK2MCB 4.2 , ZL2JPM 5.4, G3OKT 5.7, exchanged 5.7 with VK4ZD, gave Klaus 5.9
HB9CQS called Reg VK7KK, but no response was heard.
EA/G4HMG John was 5.7 QSB with me, was peaking 5.4 with VK4ZD and gave Bill 5.5, and received 5.9+10dB at one time from HB9CQS
CT1BJZ Vitor was 5.6 with me; gave VK4ZD 5.6 and received 5.5; Klaus gave Vitor 5.9. I believe ZL2JPM gave Vitor 4.2 and received 5.3
VK2MCB Phil gave CT1BJZ 5.3 and received 4.2; Phil gave Pertti 5.5 and received 4.2;
PA0SDZ Les was heard at 4.2 by VK2MCB (with phase distortion) and received 5.3. I had no copy of Les from UK.
EA7GSU received PA0SDZ at 5.7 and Peter VK3KCD at 4.1 – 5.1
EA/G4HMG John was still hearing VK4ZD, had exchanged 5.7 with CT1BJZ, was getting PA0SDZ at 5.7, VK2MCB at 4.3, Pertti at 5.9, and ZL2JPM at 2.2.
F1CFA Jean Pierre and F4GHB Alain called in at 0700 just as the net was closing. Alain gave VK4ZD 5.5/6 and received 5.3 from Bill.
John G3OKT and EA/G4HMG exchanged some remarks about the recent ROAR in RIBI AGM in Barnstaple, and the net closed about 0705.

From John ZL2JPM (also repeated below under the 80m Tuesday ZL Net)
The 20m Europe-VK/ZL net has been mixed. The earlier times are suiting ZLs with the most recent example of good propagation occurring on May 19th. ZL2JPM (John) experienced one of the best set of QSOs for some time. Propagation steadily improved to all net members and peaked around 0620z with the most distant stations, EA7GSU (Pertti) and G3OKT (John), at least 5 3 and all other net members 54+ (HB9CQS, VK4ZD, VK3KCD, VK2MCB, CT1BJZ, EA/G4HMG). ZL1BFS (Doug) fared less well with poor reception from Europe. Doug’s antenna is a temporary construction in his current house. This will change during June/July with a move to new site and erection of a permanent antenna.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From G3OKT, Net Control
Signal strengths were not as usual, and with deep QSB.
G4WRU Mike was first on the net at 5.8 with me, but with QSB down to 5.3.
Mike was not well enough to attend the previous weekend AGM, and had even spent this weekend in hospital.
He was however now feeling OK.
G2FUU, Tommy was next on the net at 5.9+10dB
G3LUW Brian was also 5.9+10dB and he could hear all net members, though Mike was only 5.6.
G0JWE Don could hear G3OKT, G2FUU and G3LUW at 5.8 but couldn’t hear other stations. Don said he will not be on this net next week.
G3JJR John was 5.9+10 and could hear all stations but G4WRU was a struggle.
G2FUU will be Net Control next week.
At Tommy’s request, G3OKT promised to e-mail a current membership list of members of ROAR in RIBI.
The net closed at 0848

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU
I kept calling for several minutes without any answer. Band appeared quiet. Then I heard Malcolm, PA3AHC but signal was weak. He was 53 and I got 55. He then disappeared and I kept calling CQ RI. I also tried CW but nothing! At 1214 I decided to close down but then I heard Mike 31. I got 11! He also vanished and I continued to call. A visitor popped in and gave me 57. He was John Peter (Jean - Pierre?), ON3AI. Whilst talking to him, came Coco, YO9BC but he was 57 only and had QRM problems. He closed down and I suddenly heard Mike again with 56 and got 45. I called Malcolm again, but in vain.
Mike disappeared again and as nobody came back to my calls, I closed the net at 1233utc.
A funny band, like opening and closing doors signals came and went quickly. Solar burst?
Klaus HB9CQS e-mailed later that he had been unable to attend the International Net.

1700z - 1730z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
From John G3OKT
G2FUU Tommy was net control. We exchanged 5.9+10dB reports but he couldn’t copy G0SQH Derek under S7/8 noise
G4WRU Mike was 5.8 and he gave G3OKT and G2FUU 5.9+. He heard G0SQH initially but lost him.
He also reported G3LUW was in the noise.
G3LUW Brian was 5.9+20dB with me.
S0SQH Derek was 4.6 and subject to strange QRM. He couldn’t hear G2FUU.G3OKT closed the net at 1735 but was called by a visitor
G8ALR Terry near Stonehenge, and then
GW3NWF Ross in Chepstow (not a Rotarian) who had previously visited Tommy at Nazeing.
He asked to be remembered to G2FUU who had visited several times with his brother-in-law.
G3OKT went QRT at 1742

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Pertti EA7GSU
At 1901 I heard human kind of noise, not readable until 1907 suddenly Bob, WB7RQG bursted calling me with 55 in peaks. I recognized also voice of Joe W0TBC but not readable. Gradually Bob's signal faded to noise and at 1918 nothing was audible anymore.
From Bob, WB7RQG
We had a good net, no QRM and we had seven checkins; Joe,W0TBC Reuben, W2LGF Pertti, EA7GSU who I copied 4/5 and he got me at 5/5. Good to hear his voice.
Other checkins were guests; Dan, KB6NU Bruce, K6JU and Dave, AB7Q.
I was net control.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday May 14th NZ 80-m net on 3693
From John ZL2JPM
NZ ROAR continues through the enthusiasm of its two active members and their participation in the ANZO and Europe nets on Sundays.
NZ’s Tuesday nets at 2000NZST on 3693 KHz have generally been successful but QRM has increased recently such that S9 or better guarantees listening pleasure.
Recent ANZO Nets on 40m have not been so successful for ZLs with poor propagation experienced from both ends of the North Island. The strongest signal, VK4ZD (Bill), has barely been better than S4 and the other VKs inaudible. Perhaps propagation will improve during the winter months.
The 20m Europe-VK/ZL net has also been mixed. The earlier times are suiting ZLs with the most recent example of good propagation occurring on May 19th. ZL2JPM (John) experienced one of the best set of QSOs for some time. Propagation steadily improved to all net members and peaked around 0620z with the most distant stations, EA7GSU (Pertti) and G3OKT (John), at least 5 3 and all other net members 54+ (HB9CQS, VK4ZD, VK3KCD, VK2MCB, CT1BJZ, EA/G4HMG). ZL1BFS (Doug) fared less well with poor reception from Europe. Doug’s antenna is a temporary construction in his current house. This will change during June/July with a move to new site and erection of a permanent antenna.
Doug ZL1BFS added that he is currently preparing a submission on the draft Unitary Plan of the newly formed Auckland Council, which effectively sets a limit on the height of aerials to 10.66metres. It is expected that all stages of getting the draft plan changed will take up to three years, and at the end of the process it is hoped that Planning Rules in the greater Auckland Area will allow aerials up to 20 metres."

0700z – 0730z Tuesday May 14th UK 40-metre Net on 7170
From Pertti, EA7GSU
We are against the Summer propagations, short skip. The band is open long distance about 2hrs earlier.
To begin much earlier is not my desire.
The evening skip seems to step in at about 1800 -2000utc, which could be an alternative or then occupying 20m,
which could entice ROAR DX's as well!
Jean-Pierre, F1CFA was 55/57, Brian, G3LUW was 53/5nil and I had no copy of Malcolm, PA3AHC at all.

From Jean Pierre F1CFA
It's difficult ! Much people all around are watching their TV set on 20h local time. We disturb them in emitting.
18h seems better, but the sun is already high in the sky. Must be tried...
As suggested by Brian G3LUW, we have to try before the 20 m band on 14,293 MHz. 0700 utc ???
(Jean Pierre please note net start time has moved to 0600z G3OKT)

By the way, I tried in several occasions the 18 MHz band. It's interesting...Many Spanish stations and English too.
Low QRM and QRN

Pertti EA7GSU replied - It seems in light of the responses so far that we need to listen! Please check during the week, if you can, the 40m band around 1800utc.
I listened this morning the 14145/14155 area after the sked and it sounded quite clear. Klaus is using 14305 for his DK comm's and it also is fairly quiet. It is away from the heterodyne of Asia and far enough from the 14295/7 QRM.
We can on Sunday decide where we try on coming Tuesday.
Is this OK?

Malcolm PA3AHC added - Well, folks, I won't be with you next week, but all I can contribute from this location (poor antenna too for 40m) and rig, is that so far it has not been an outstanding success. Please not earlier ( I'm still working you know, often with international contacts in Asia), but a bit later is ok.
On the one hand, I liked J-P's comment about 18mhz+, which I have also noted, but ONLY in the afternoons. On the other hand, a shift to 20m would also be ok, since skip-wise daytime it's not too bad here, but would that not be the easy way out ?( Ho, ho !)
I hereby leave this matter in your capable hands.

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