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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets October 27th - 29th 2013

Roar Nets Report October 27th and 29th 2013
From QRZ : SFI 165 (133) A 3 (3) K 0 (0) figures in brackets from last week

0615z-0700z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
What a pleasure to meet you (G3OKT) in London and I did enjoy the Australia Exhibition at the R A. My journey was entirely successful and as you know I met up with Malcolm in Amsterdam.
The 40 mx ANZO net enjoyed good propagation but Phil VK2MCB seems to be plagued with an S7 noise floor making copy difficult for him. On frequency were Phil VK2MCB, Bill VK4ZD, John ZL2JPM and Noel VK2IWT. Jason (a Rotarian) joined us through his father’s station VK3NQS. I understand he called in last week and has also joined our Facebook page.

0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
I got to the frequency spot on 0700z and commenced to try and find a place to squeeze into. There was nowhere so I took the path of least qrm (only S9) on 14.293 and called.
The first station I heard was John ZL2JPM who was 59 in the clear.
Peter VK3KCD was initially 58-9 in the clear but built up to 59+15.
I did hear Pertti using his ED7 callsign (I couldn’t hear the last letter).
I thought I heard Klaus HB9CQS but when I called he didn't come back to me.
John G3OKT was 59+ to me and gave me 59+
Alain F4GHB was 49 and seemed to hear me well
Colin VK3NQS called in with a 59 signal
Due to the incredible QRM we shut the net down at 0720z
Better luck next week. I hope the propagation is as good.

From Peter VK3KCD
20mx was a washout due to contest QRM which was a shame as the numbers were quite favourable.

From Doug, ZL1BFS
My apologies for this Sunday - I had to attend a 70th Birthday celebration (not mine)

From John G3OKT
Conditions excellent today, pity we were overwhelmed by the CQ Worldwide SSB Contest. From 0655z I found S9+20/30dB stations every 1kHz or less all across the upper 20m band, continuously calling CQ and leaving little opportunity to put in a Rotary CQ. At 0705z I heard Bill VK4ZD on 14.293 at 3.9+10dB – a fine signal but every other word interjected by 3V7A et al on the same frequency. I think Bill gave me 4.9. John ZL2JPM and Alain F4GHB were mentioned but not heard, and Miika OH2BAD was heard, but communication was impossible. Bill closed the net at 0717z.
Apologies- I will not be on Net next week owing to a Fri – Sun full-club Rotary outing to Northern England.

0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT
UK now on winter time so the net has moved to 0900z. Tommy G2FUU was net control – he, John G7OAI and Mike G8LES were 5.9+20dB here; Brian G3LUW arrived later at 5.9+30dB on a new 80m dipole; Mike G4WRU and Don G0JWE were 5.9+15dB; Mike heard John G4HMG/P and John G7OAI at 5.5; and John G4HMG/P was 5.9+10dB with me and gave Tommy 5.9 over heavy noise but was only 4.7 with Tommy; Bruce G0PCF appeared briefly and gave Brian 5.7 and reported difficulty hearing John HMG and was not heard again. Storm force winds twisted my open feeder at 0915z so I had to continue without my HPA and poor SWR. Several members of the Net were concerned about the effects of forecast winds bringing down neighbouring trees. As Brian LUW commented, the sunspot number was really high and very helpful to propagation. John HMG reported that he and Diana were returning to EA next week though John might be on the Tuesday 40m net before they left. Tommy, Brian and John OKT all said they would be unable to join the later 1700z net.
Tommy closed the net at 0950z. Neither he nor John OKT would be on the 80m Net next Sunday.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
Repeated from Pertti EA7GSU (last week)
The slim participation and even more the not very good propagations at this time of the day makes me think of the viability of the net. Opinions needed, please!

1700z - 1730z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,692

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
I cancelled the net because of too much QRM.
Contesters were very busy on all bands.

(From Pertti EA7GSU last week)
Next week, I intend to participate in the CQ Worldwide SSB contest in SBSO on 10m with a ED7T call sign to keep the skills alive, hi! No serious effort will be made though! Just wrapping the 4:1 balun for the 10m 4-el Yagi

0700z – 0730z Tuesday October 29th NZ 80-m net on 3693

0730z – 0830z Tuesday October 29th EUR net on 14.150
From QRZ SRI = 160 (136) A= 3 (2) K= 3 (0) Figures in brackets last week

From Pertti EA7GSU
I was there and scanned the 14150 +/- 5 kc but heard nobody. I kept calling about 10 min but closed then the station thinking: it must be the storm in UK having cut all the electricity.

From Jean Pierre F1CFA
We were two on 14,150 MHz this Tuesday, meeting with PA3AHC Malcolm...But we heard no more stations on the frequency… Malcom told me he get also the storm with a hard wind blowing 220 Km/h...
His dipole antenna, 5 meter high, had no problem !! he was running 200 Watts with his power amp.
I received him 52/57 and he received me 53/57 following QSB. The frequency was clean, with perhaps a ken Russian blowed by the wind !! We closed at 9h50.

That’s all for now, sorry not much from me due to presence of grandchildren!

73’s to all
John G3OKT
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