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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets May 26th - 28th 2013

Roar Nets May 26th and May 28th 2013
SFI 121 (132) A index 32 (21) K=4 (4) From QRZ : figures in brackets from last week - Absorption (32) even higher !

0515z - 0600z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Just Bill VK4ZD and myself on the 40mx ANZO net this week and we were joined by VK2FJPR as a guest checking the earthing on his mobile rig. We were able to confirm that all was well with his signal. I shall most likely be absent next Sunday.

0600z - 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
A real challenge for the quad (now back in the air). Most advised of about 2.5 S points (15db) advantage for the quad over the 160m loop.
Doug, ZL1BFS was heard first and we exchanged 59 reports
John, G3OKT was 53 with flutter and gave me 59
Peter, VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports
Les, PA0SDZ was initially 42 peaking to 53 and gave me 59
Coco, YO9BC was 57-8 and gave me 54
John, EA/G4HMG was there but not copyable here
Klaus HB9CQS was 57-9 and gave me 59
Doug, ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59+
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 58-9
John, ZL2JPM was 57-9 and gave me 59 - he detailed his activities with Shelterbox NZ
Henk, VK2GWK called in for a while and was 57 to me giving me 56
Jean-Pierre was only 31 to me unfortunately
Peter, SV8/PA0PMD called in as a visitor and was 55, giving me 59
The net closed at 0709z

From John G3OKT
The broadcast harmonic was fluttering S5 to S9, heavy Russian SSB and CW on 14.292 at S9+20, VK signals to S9 but my signal was barely heard – unusual “one way propagation”.
Coco YO9BC on first at 0551 5.9+10/20 dB but didn’t seem to hear me. Left the net at 0612z
Bill VK4ZD was back on the cubical quad and initially was 5.8/9 with me; gave me 5.3 with flutter. Bill’s signal was much the same on the Quad or on the loop.
Doug ZL1BFS gave Bill VK4ZD 5.9+15dB but I could hardly hear Doug.
Peter VK3KCD was 3.6 in the QRM, got 5.3 from YO9BC
Les PA0SDZ not heard here
John EA/G4HMG was copied well by Coco but John under the QRM for me – 2.3?
Klaus HB9CQS got 5.7 from Bill VK4ZD. Klaus at 2/4.6 under QRM was poor copy for me.
John ZL2JPM was not heard here even when QRM dropped to S3
Henk VK2GWK fluttered up to 5.8/9 here; gave Jean Pierre 5.5/6; copied VK4ZD at 5.6 and received 5.7 from Bill.
F1CFA gave Henk 5.8 and VK4ZD 5.6. No copy of Jean Pierre here.
Pertti EA7GSU could be heard on my Vertical only at 5.5; got 5.7/8 from Henk; heard me at 4.1, VK3KCD at 5.1 and Klaus between 5.7 and zero.
John EA/G4HMG was heard briefly here, got 3.3 from Klaus
Klaus HB9CQS suddenly came up at 0640 like a passing train to 5.9+10dB and then went down to 2.7 in QRM.
By 0655 VK4ZD was receiving Les PA0SDZ at 3.1. Bill was 2.5 with me.
Peter SV8PMD (a visitor) called Bill from Greece to report his strong signal Peter was 5.9+30dB with me!

From Doug ZL1BFS
It was great to be able to work you (John) (briefly) last Sunday. It is the first time I have been able to hear anyone in England for several; weeks. The path packed up pretty rapidly after that, exactly in accordance with my Propagation Prediction programme. Actually, the best propagation between England and NZ seems to be 0500Z, but that is just too early for most people in Europe. Next Sunday will probably be the last time I am on the band for several weeks, On 7 June I am moving to a new home, and it will take a while before I get Building Consents, etc, to put up a mast on the new lot.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From G3OKT (using different FT101 exciter- said by several to have preferable “punchier” modulation to the previous TS830.
G2FUU Tommy was Net Control. He was 5.9+20 with me as were all stations in the Net!
John G7OAI/P was in his car “up the hill”. Gave Tommy 5.9 but was only received at 4.5/7
Mike G8LES couldn’t hear G7OAI. Gave G2FUU 5.5 and me 5.9. Was received by Tommy at 5.9+10dB
John G3JJR said Mike was a solid signal, gave Tommy only 5.7/8 just on the noise level
Brian G3LUW had family visiting and didn’t stay. He said the Band was “quiet as a mouse and in nice condition”. Brian will be Net Control next week. G3OKT will be absent visiting family.
Net closed at 0855z.

From Mike G8LES
The early UK 80 metres was a lot of QSB and even Tommy G2FUU started 5/9 but dropped to 5/2 at one point.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU
Propagations continue to be variable with strong QSB and one way radiation.
I recognized following stations active and trying:
Mike, G8LES was 51/5, he didn't copy me,
Coco, YO9BC with 53/9, no change of report,
John, EA/G4HMG I had no copy,
Vitor, CT1BJZ was 11 with me, Mike, G8LES changed report,
Klaus, HB9CQS strongly influenced by QSB, was 57 to nil and I got 55,
Mike, N4PF started with 55 and gave me 45 but he had no copy of any other station.
Towards the end he recognized Klaus but not readable, he was then 57.
There seemed to be plenty of one way roads, signals heard at one end but not reversed.
Optimists for ever, we wait for better communication next Sunday

From Mike G8LES
Lunch time in the UK was dreadful apart from Coco and Klaus who were both strong. I have had this before if Klaus is good then there is nothing from anywhere else. Coco can be good and USA can still work. Klaus is the critical indicator.
John HMG was adequate and Perti you were the little voice in the static. Not a peep from N4PF.
Band noise was lower today probably all being absorbed!

1700z - 1730z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
From Mike G8LES
I listened from 5pm to 6:10 local time in the evening and didn't hear a soul on 80metres, indeed I mean nobody at all, no discernable signals anywhere, from one end of the band to the other, and the antenna is still up and a good match!

I conclude we need to poke the Ionosphere with a pitch fork as this isn't good enough.
Why don't Radio Conditions read the books we read?


1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob, WB7RQG
We had a great net Sunday with 11 checkins. Ed, N7EDT was net control. Those attending were;
Jack, KF5BD John, W8AUV Pertti, EA7GSU Reuben,W2LGF and me WB7RQG. Guests included:
Don, K0DRJ Bob, KJ6SVX Scott, KC0BZG
David, KD8KOR and Matt, K7PKG. Propagation not as good as last week.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday May 28th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0730z Tuesday May 28th UK 40-metre Net on 7170
From Brian G3LUW
This was the first week that we tried 20m. Unfortunately there was only Pertti and myself present. We were both 5 & 9 plus. The nominated frequency is 14150. Pertti came up on 14152, 14150 being occupied by a Russian station. We called several times but no one else appeared. Next Tuesday we will try again at 0700 gmt on frequency 14150 plus/minus.

From Jean Pierre F1CFA
Tuesday morning I was really on the frequency, but unable to copy Pertti or yourself. I like the Russian stations !!
Before leaving the QRG, I have made contact with a Bulgarian station 59+/59+ because my narrow valley is West/East and not North/South opened !...So Sad !!
I think that the 20m is not a good idea for the moment.
That situation is caused by the sun and his strange new cycle.
On contrary as I said before, I think it's better to try 18h00 utc on the 7,170 MHz, ( if possible ). Hope not TVI problems !!

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