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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets September 22nd - 25th 2013

Roar Nets Report September 22nd and September 24th 2013
From QRZ : SFI 110 (93) A8 (6) (figures in brackets last week)

0515z-0600z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Bill VK4ZD and I had most of the 40mx net to ourselves until Reg VK7KK called in toward the end. Good signals were enjoyed by all and Bill received an apology by text from Phil VK2MCB. Matters relating to special event calls for Rotary’s anniversary in February and also the 2014 convention in Sydney were discussed.

0600z - 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
We are still being challenged for the frequency by Russians but I believe that we need to continue using the frequency. In the event we do need to move, Peter VK3KCD has identified 14.297 as a likely candidate.
Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports
John ZL2JPM was 53 and gave me 53-5
Malcolm PA3AHC was 32 and gave me 56-7
John EA/G4HMG was 54 here
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59+20 reports
Brian G3LUW was 57-9 and gave me 59.
Chris G0TSQ (visitor) in East Grinstead was 54 to me and gave 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 57
Alain F4GHB was 59 and gave me 59+
Coco YO9BC was 59+5 and gave me 59+20 - advised that George YO0BGR would take over but George did not respond when I called for him
Phil VK2MCB was 57-9 to me - a pleasant change
Wally VK6YS was 55 to me but had trouble hearing me with my quad pointed to Europe
Pertti EA7GSU got late propagation again, and was 57-9. He gave me 59

From Brian G3LUW
Conditions on 20m were good but we had the continuing problem of Russian QRM. We had definitely been on the frequency 14292, for some time before they appeared. They were very loud here in the UK. Coco YO9BC and Bill VK4ZD asked them in Russian to move, to no avail. It is coming to the point that we are going to have to move, as they are hell-bent on causing us problems, despite the fact that we have used the frequency for ten-plus years. I did suggest we moved to 14295, but the VK’S did not agree. Anyway, something must be done as it is spoiling a very pleasant net. Bill VK4ZD was 5&9 and gave me 5&8/9, Peter VK3KCD & Phil VK2MCB were much weaker but I could read them both at 5&5. I did not hear the New Zealanders. The usual Europeans were present and John EA/G4HMG and I had a conversation a little higher in frequency after the net.

From John ZL2JPM
I was pleased to receive Coco (YO9BC), Alain (F4GHB) and Klaus (HB9CQS) with respectable signals (56+) – particularly so with Alain whom I’ve not worked before. No copy to Malcolm (PA3AHC) or John (EA/G4HMG). The UK stations were only there because I knew they were – nothing over (22)! Bill’s (VK4ZD) signal started out weakish (53), developed (57) and then abruptly fell away after 0620z. I did briefly copy Wally (VK6YS) (53) and Malcolm (VK2MCB) (33) but not Peter (VK3KCD). Copy to fellow ZL Doug (ZL1BFS) is probably forever doomed as skip works against us. We move onto Daylight Saving next Sunday so that might help as there is currently good European signal strength in our late afternoon.

From Peter VK3KCD
Conditions on 20mx were so poor into VK3 that I have little to report.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,695 and 3697
From Brian G3LUW
Tommy G2FUU was in charge of the 80m net, and we were joined by Mike G4WRU, John G3JJR, Bruce G0PCF, and Norman G0MMO. I was unable to be on the lunchtime or 80m evening nets.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU
The International net was thin like earlier. We were only Mike, N4PF and me and had a visitor, Zori HA3HQ. He was happy with just report and did not turn up later. Propagations fair, 56 both ways.
We still keep going to keep the continents connected, hi! Better next Sunday!

From Mike G8LES
I gave several calls at lunch time but to no avail on 14.293 signals were there up and down the band but no ROAR members.

From Rachid 3B8FP in Mauritius who posted on September 23 on ROAR’s Facebook page “I have not been able to contact ROAR members with the exception of Terunobu. I tried listening on 20 metres but no propagation.” Rachid has also posted a very interesting propagation tool at http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html

1700z - 1730z UK evening 80-metre Net on 3,694

1900z - 1930z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
Conditions were not very good today. Joe, AF1E was net control with the following checkins; Joe, W0TBC David, W5QAP a guest Pertti, EA7GSU I could not hear and Greg, KE5DX another guest and me Bob WB7RQG.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday September 24th NZ 80-m net on 3693
From John ZL2JPM
The ZL 3693 Mhz Net of Tuesday 17th September continues with both Doug (ZL1BFS) and John (ZL2JPM). Recent conditions have been quite noisy with Doug indulging in a kilowatt to punch through and my fight-back with 100w! Signals between us are generally (59+) but noise levels at Wangaparoa are S9; in Wellington, a bit better at S5+.

0730z – 0830z Tuesday September 24th EUR net on 14.150
From John G3OKT
QRZ forecasts today were SFI 108, A5 and K1. E
Mid Europe and VK good but skip prohibitive for short distance.
Brian G3LUW was net control, and at 0620z was already in QSO with VK3VBI.
John EA/G4HMG was also there and later Pertti EA7GSU.
Malcolm PA3AHC could not be heard at all here but got 4.4 from EA/G4HMG, and 5.5 to 4.1 with QSB from Pertti, who lost Malcolm altogether towards the end of the net.
Ron VK3VBI (non Rotary) was 5.7+QSB with me and 2.2 with John, but gave Brian 5.9+15dB and G3OKT 5.9.
G3LUW was 4.5 with me and gave me 5.5. Gave Ron 5.7 and Pertti 5.9+. Brian also gave EA/G4HMG 5.9+20dB when John was using his G5RV antenna; and no copy Malcolm.
John EA/G4HMG was 5.8 (later 5.9 along with Pertti) with me and returned 5.5
Pertti gave Brian 5.9+10dB, G3OKT 5.9 and later came up to 5.9+20dB with me.
Phil G4DCI called in at the end, getting 5.9 from Pertti. He was only 5.5 with me.
John EA/G4HMG will not be on the net next week.
Decision was made to move the net to 7170 kHz next week at 0730z to enable everyone to copy each other.

Finally, Doug ZL1BFS suggested that the following from the Kiwi ZL DX Group may be of interest to ROAR Members :-
After World War 1 and with the banishment of radio amateurs to the supposedly "useless shorter wavelengths" an amazing period of radio exploration took place. Amateurs all over the globe soon learnt that far from being useless these wavelengths seem to allow communication over long distances. Amateurs in ZL were at the forefront of this activity with the first ZL to VK QSO in April 1923, and then world record distance QSOs between ZL and Argentina in May 1924, ZL and California in September 1924, ZL and Connecticut on the US east coast just weeks later, and the ultimate Z4AA Frank Bell's QSO with Cecil Goyder G2SZ in London on 18 October 1924.
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the record breaking activities of these early pioneers of Amateur Radio, ZM90DX will be on the air between 1 October 2013 and 31 October 2014 on all bands 1.8 MHz to 1.2 GHz and beyond in all modes. Activated by the Kiwi DX Group, an informal group of DXers and contest enthusiasts, ZM90DX will be used around New Zealand and a special commemorative QSL card will be available as well as an award program for contacts with ZL during this period.
Not only will ZM90DX be active at expected times and on expected bands, but in the spirit of those early pioneers the ZM90DX operators will also be calling CQ on bands and in directions one may not necessarily expect with the intention of exploring the boundaries of radio propagation.
This will be an unparalleled opportunity for Amateurs all over the world to work ZL while celebrating the exploits of those early trail blazers whose work paved the way for radio communications as we know it today.
Further details can be found on http://www.zm90dx.com/.
Note: "Please remember this is a ZL based activity NOT ZL9 Campbell & Auckland Islands".
ENSURE your logging software logs ZM90DX correctly as ZL and NOT ZL9, Auckland / Campbell Islands.
To update the Country File for your logging software please visit: http://www.country-files.com/

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