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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets November 3rd - 5th 2013

Roar Nets Report November 3rd and 5th 2013
From QRZ : SFI 145 (165) A 5 (3) K (0) figures in brackets from last week

0615z-0700z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Good propagation on 40 mx this week spoilt by electrical storm activity reducing readability considerably. On frequency were Bill VK4ZD, Phil VK2MCB, Noel VK2IWT, Jason (2nd op) VK3NQS, and Doug ZL1BFS.

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
As the Russians were using 14.292 still, I called on 14.295.
Peter VK3KCD was heard first and was 55 to me and gave me 59.
Miika OH2BAD and I exchanged 59 reports.
Doug ZL1BFS was initially 57 building to 59 and gave me much the same report.
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 53 and gave me 55
Phil VK2MCB was 21 to me and made good contacts into ZL and Europe.
Alain F4GHB started off at 55 and built up to 57; he gave me 59
Klaus HB9CQS was initially 56 building up to 59+ and I got a 58 report
Pertti EA7GSU was 58 to me, and gave me 59
Jason (2nd Operator) VK3NQS was 43 to 57 with me and gave me 59. He is using his father’s station and advised that he is a 29 yr old Rotarian and a member of the RC of Packenham in Melbourne.
Les PA0SDZ was 55 to me and gave me 59
Due to an S9 data signal on 14.295 we moved to 14.292 at 0750z
Malcolm PA3AHC then called in with a 32 signal and gave me 58
Brian G3LUW called in with a 57 signal (he did my trick and got his times mixed up); I received a 59 report.
We closed the net at 0810z

From Brian G3LUW
I had a tree blown down during the week which destroyed my aerials. I got them all repaired and completed the job early this morning. I did not get on the 20m net until the end but conditions were good on 14292. Bill VK4ZD was 5&9 and gave me 5&7. Pertti was 5&9 both ways as usual. Doug ZL1BFS called me and we exchanged 5&6 reports. Malcolm PA3AHC was there, but I had no copy. Apparently the net started on 14295 but was forced by QRM to move.

From Peter VK3KCD
20mx showed good propagation into VK3 initially but by 0730 all signals apart from Bill VK4ZD had all but disappeared. We were bedeviled by a data station which appeared halfway through the net and was S9. I had good signals initially from, Bill VK4ZD, Doug ZL1BFS, Miika OH2BAD, Alain F4GHB, Jean-Pierre F1CFA, Klaus HB9CQS and Les PA0SDZ.

From Alain F4GHB (in the center of France)
This Sunday the frequency on 14.295 was very clear with a pretty good propagation and also without voluntary QRM ( I guess you see what I mean hi )
VK4ZD Bill gave me 57 and I give him a solid 59
VK3KCD Peter gave me 59 and I sent him 58
EA7GSU Pertti: I gave him 59+ and he gave me 59
VKMCB Phil : he gave me 54 and I gave him 55
OH2BAD Miika : I received him 59+ 10 and he gave me 59
ZL1BFS Doug : I gave him 57 and he gave me 55
I could hear Jean-Pierre F1CFA (or rather I suspected him) but I understood only 30 percent what he said. It’s better that other times …
Two stations called the net but I was unable to hear them.

From Vitor CT1BJZ (received by email via Pertti)
Hello everyone. I have not been active with radio at all because of serious illness of my wife. I abandoned everything to be with her. Luckily situation has improved some and I hope to be with you within short. I was listening last Sunday but heard nobody ( I informed him of the changed time!). I hope everyone is well. Please distribute this to all members.

0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Brian G3LUW who was net controller. There were nine takers including Alain F4GHB at 5&6. The others were Mike G8LES, Don G0JWE, John G7OAI, Mike G4WRU, Tommy G2FUU, John G3JJR, and Bruce G0PCF. All good signals, but the others reported high noise levels.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,292
From Pertti EA7GSU
Mike N4PF came back to my call with a good 59 signal and gave me the same. We kept calling and chatting without any luck until about 1224hrs when Malcolm, PA3AHC joint us. He was first running barefoot with beam down but during the QSO he switched on the PA and got the antenna higher resulting in 57 signal. I got 59 from him. Skip was changeable and I lost Mike a couple of times and he experienced the same with me. Mike did hear Malcolm but signal was too weak for reading so he quitted the net at about 1250.
Just telling the last rituals to close the net, came Coco with the usual force 59+. Reports were changed also between him and Malcolm. At 1259 we closed down the stations.

1700z - 1730z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,692
From Brian G3LUW
The evening net was a washout due to long skip. I heard no-one through the European babble.

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
I was net control and we had the following six checkins;
Ed, N4EDT Eric, N0YET mobile Jack, KF5BD Tom, KN9H and Dave, AA9PK
ED, N4EDT tried to contact Pertti, EA7GSU but was not successful.

From Pertti EA7GSU
I tuned on and around the QRG, heard once Bob WB7RQG calling Joe, W0TBC but didn't hear any answer. There was no traffic on the freq later. I called few times also on CW but no response.
Propagations have been excellent, particularly on 10m, the whole world has been open and stations from all over were audible at the same time.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday November 5th NZ 80-m net on 3693
From John ZL2JPM
The NZROAR frequency for 2000hrs NZT, Tuesdays is moving to 7118 in the summer. We’ve had little success on 3693 of late and QSY to 40m has been beneficial.

The two-some has been reduced recently as Doug (ZL1BFS) works with NZART to ensure that the District Plan changes arising from the Auckland “Super City” amalgamation (of 8 prior jurisdictions) permit satisfactory amateur radio configurations without the need for expensive resource consents. As this is probably the biggest threat to have ever confronted amateur radio (it could easily spread to other centres via precedents) Doug has been working with NZART at meetings to marshal support from the various Auckland Clubs.

0730z – 0830z Tuesday November 5th EUR net on 14.150
From QRZ SRI = 147 (160) A= 5 (3) K= 1 (3) Figures in brackets last week
From John G3OKT
With a clear frequency at 0728, random noise at S6 and occasional QRN at S7, I called CQRI and Pertti EA7GSU responded with a fine signal, some slow QSB & at peak he was 5.9+10dB. He also heard me at 5.9+5-10dB.
Jean Pierre F1CFA also called in using 100W to his Sky Wire and gave me 5.9. He peaked 5.9+15dB and gave Pertti 5.9+10 in exchange for 5.9+20. After an interesting exchange of news, we closed the net for breakfast at 0806z. All three of us currently expect to be on 20m on Sunday morning.

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