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Roar Nets May 5th - 7th 2013

Roar Nets May 5th and May 7th 2013
SFI 142 A index 5 K=2 (from QRZ)

0615z - 0700z ANZO Net on 7118
From Bill VK4ZD :
After calling a number of times I was joined by Phil VK2MCB.
Phil has succeeded in putting up a 40m dipole which worked very well;
he peaked 59 with me and gave me 59+10.
It is his intention to also put up a 20m dipole while he works on putting a hole in the rocky ground to accept the concrete base for a tower which later may support a cubical quad antenna.
After about 20 minutes we were joined by a visitor VK2LC, Jim who put a 2nd operator on the microphone, Val from Canada.
Peter VK3KCD is away for a couple of weeks and Noel VK2IWT is now back in Canada.

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,293 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD :
Brian G3LUW was first to check in with a clear 55 signal and gave me 57
John G3OKT initially had a radio problem but later was a steady 55 and gave me 56-7
Peter G3TKK was a voice not heard for some time but had was an excellent 55 and gave me 57
Klaus HB9CQS was peaking 59 and gave me 59
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 58
Alain F4GHB (a now regular visitor) was 54 and gave me 58
Vitor CT1BJZ was 52-3 and gave me 55 later peaking 56-7
Enrico I4GAD (a visitor) called in to assist in our quest for internet Remote Control hardware for ROAR radio activities.
Enrico is a long time user of this type of equipment.

From John G3OKT :
Generally poor conditions – signals down 1-2 s-points on past, with QRM from nearby S9 stations and strange fluttering random QRM (probably local). Brian G3LUW was only 1.5, but was 5.9 with Klaus HB9CQS.
Brian and Pertti EA7GSU exchanged 5.9; Pertti was 5.7 with me; I was 5.6 with him
Klaus HB9CQS was 5.9+20dB with me; gave Pertti 5.8/9 and G3TKK 5.7/8
Peter G3TKK QSB’d up to 5.6 with me
Alain F4GHB was 2.6 under QRM with me; got 5.5 from Klaus
Enrico I4GAD was very clear at 5.9+10db with me.
Most RIBI stations will be at our AGM next weekend so there may not be any G’s on this net.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From John G3OKT :
Signals generally down 1 or 2 s-points with wide variation of QSB reports.
Brian G3LUW was Net Control, 5.9+10dB with me (usually +20dB)
Phil G4DCI and G3OKT exchanged 5.9+20dB reports; Phil was 5.9+10 with Tommy G2FUU who was just 5.9 with G3OKT (usually 20dB stronger)
John G3JJR and John G7OAI were 5.9
Bruce G0PCS was having difficulty with the QSB – G3LUW being right down cf G4DCI and G3OKT who were 5.9+20
Mike G4WRU was 5.8 with me; gave G3JJR 5.5, G4DCI 5.9+10, Don
Don G0JWE was 5.9 with me. Don could hear G3OKT, G3LUW, G4DCI OK but everyone else was lost in the noise.
The AGM next weekend was discussed. Tommy G2FUU will be net control as all others but Mike G4WRU will be at Barnstaple.
G4HMG may be on net /P from a mobile rig at Barnstaple?
G3LUW closed the net at 0845z.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU :
Punctually there was Mike, N4PF when I opened the net. The first burst was 57 but I was only 34 in his meter which didn't promise very good. In the hope of improvement I called again and Klaus, HB9CQS came back with 53 but his PA was not yet red hot.
EA8CW, Javier broke in for report and we changed 59+/59++ reports.
When chatting with Klaus and waiting the smoke to come out from his linear, Coco broke in and I saw his voice smiling.
He was back from Belgium and obviously news were good. We changed 59/53 reports. He told that Malcolm is on QRG and I called him. He came with 57QSB and he also gave me 53.
Splatters by a typical Italian stn 4kc up inhibited the reception of Bert, VE3BGG but Klaus got him 44.
Bert had no copy of ANY EU stn, not even from Coco!
I wanted to engage Mike but he had no copy of Bert either.
Coco went QRT to join the family after the journey and I lost Mike (or vice versa!).
Bert also closed down sending his regards to all telling of faint detection of me, He was then 41 with me.
I turned my beam to N and had a chat with Klaus abt Lisbon and some technicalities with Malcolm and we closed the net abt 1233utc. Klaus had no copy of Malcolm.
We all find the old times better and when Bill, G4YZE was in charge, the jump from British Isles seemed to have been better.
Contrary to tigers, the sun spots are changing and so do the propagations.
In the hope of better we are looking forward to next Sunday.
CU all and more later.

From Mike NP4PF :
I lost contact with Pertti after about 5 minutes. Copied Bert VE3BGG 5x9 but never got to call him. Klaus was at best 5x5, and i tried calling him but got no response. No copy on any other station.
The fact that I could copy Bert in Canada explains the problem. We most always skip over each other.
Skip was short today and in low supply across the big pond!
Here's to better conditions next week!

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

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,288
From Bob WB7RQG :
Conditions very bad but using relays we managed to get 7 checkins. Ed, N4EDT was net control.
Checkins were;
Jack, KF5BD Reuben, W2LGF Tom, W4TDS guest Pertti, EA7GSU Bill, W8WLT guest who helped with relays and me WB7RQG

0700z – 0730z Tuesday May 7th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0730z Tuesday May 7th UK 40-metre Net on 7170
From John G3OKT :
S6 noise level on the band, some QRN and ROAR signals generally down. (A close station gave QRM at S9 !).
I heard Brian G3LUW (just) at 4.5. He gave Jean-Pierre F1CFA 5.6/7
Jean Pierre F1FCA tried two aerials – the vertical was better making him 5.6 with me but with deep QSB.
He gave G3LUW 5.6/7 and me (I think) 5.4
Malcolm PA3AHC and I exchanged 5.7 reports. Malcolm could hear Jean Pierre at 2.2 but G3LUW was down in the noise for him.
Pertti EA7GSU was also there at about 2.4 but couldn’t copy me.
Jean Pierre mentioned G4HMG but I couldn’t hear John.
I had a good short QSO with Malcolm but couldn’t really work anyone else. I left the net at 0720z.

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