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Roar Nets January 5th - 7th 2014

Roar Nets Report January 5th 2014
SFI 215 (135) A 6 (3) K 1 (1) Sunspots 178 (95) (figs in brackets from last week)

0645z-0730z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Just Phil VK2MCB and myself on 40mx this week. Phil had sustained some damage to his 40mx dipole and hence was working from his mobile rig.

From Bill VK4ZD
I missed this net - sorry Peter, I lost track of time whilst working to renovate our new office.

0730z - 0830z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Signals were lower than expected but there were many stations on frequency.
Peter VK3KCD was 57-9 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 55-7 and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was 55-7 and gave me 56
Alain F4GHB was 55-7 and gave me 59
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 54-5 and gave me 57
Alain F4GHB built up from 54 to 56 eventually and gave me 58
Coco YO9BC was 55-7 and gave me 56
Phil VK2MCB was 31 and gave me 53
Klaus HB9CQS was initially 57 building later to 59 and gave me 59
John EA/G4HMG was 42 and gave me 57
Vitor CT1BJZ was 43 building to 55
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 57-8
Les PA0SDZ was 53-4 and gave me 57
Malcolm PA3AHC was 32 and gave me 55
John G3OKT was 53, and gave me 46
Brian G3LUW was 42 and gave me 44

From Peter VK3KCD
Very busy net on 20mx this week and I counted 15+ check ins. My propagation window was quite brief and I exchanged reports with Bill VK4ZD, Doug ZL1BFS, John ZL2JPM, Klaus HB9CQS, Pertti EA7GSU and Les PA0SDZ. All other signals were at or below my noise floor.

From John G3OKT
Particularly high sunspot activity today but VK signals disappointing – opening just before 0800z but then declining again towards 0830. European signals came up strongly towards 0830. I was suffering switched S9 noise here again so some reports missed.
At 0730 I heard Brian G3LUW calling EA/G4HMG. I called but no response.
F4GHB Alain came in 3.4 here. He later said on 80m that I got up to 4.8 with him.
At 0735 Coco YO9BC was 5.9 +10dB and talking to VK4ZD, but no copy of Bill here.
Coco gave HB9CQS 5.9, but Klaus was hardly hearable and still only 3.3 by 0751.
At 0752 John EA/G4HMG was 5.9 here
Pertti EA7GSU was 5.8 & gave reports 1.1 for VK2MCB and 2.1 for EA/G4HMG.
Klaus HB9CQS fluttered up to 5.5 and gave VK3KCD 5.4 “when in the clear”
Bill VK4ZD was not hearable here and still unintelligible at 1.1 by 0758
At 0804 Doug ZL1BFS was 5.7 with me, got 5.5 from Klaus and gave Klaus 5.3. Doug gave Pertti 4.3 and got 5.3. Doug was copying Phil VK2MCB at 5.8
At 0806 Les PA0SDZ gave Peter VK3KCD 5.3 but was only 1.3 here.
At 0807 ZL2JPM got 5.6/7 from Klaus but was only just detectable here at 1.2
Vitor CT1BJZ could just hear ZL2JPM at 4.3
Klaus was now 5.9+20dB here!
At 0812 Bill VK4ZD was 2.3 with me and fluttered up to S5 but copy was difficult under splatter from another station.
Jean Pierre F1CFA was only 1.4 here with QSB, but gave ZL2JPM 5.2 (?) and was 5.4/6 with VK4ZD
At 0813 Alain F4GHB was 4.5/7 here and he could hear F1CFA and ZL2JPM at 5.3, ZL1BFS at 5.6, Pertti at 5.9, Klaus at 5.5 and Les PA0SDZ at 5.3
Malcolm PA3AHC was 3.5/7 here at 0815, gave VK4ZD 5.5/6 and got 3.2.
By 0818 Pertti was 5.9 here and gave Phil VK2MCB 4.1
John EA/G4HMG was 5.8 here and said that VK4ZD had come up in the last 10 minutes to 5.7. John gave Coco and Klaus 5.9+, but was only getting other VK/ZL at 1.1.
John also gave Brian G3LUW, Les PA0SDZ and G3OKT all 5.9.
At 0820 VK4ZD gave 5.2 for EA/G4HMG. I gave Bill 4.6 but couldn’t hear Bill’s reply under my noise.
Klaus unusually was able to hear Les (at 5.5), and also gave Alain 5.7.
At 0825 using my vertical to receive, I heard Pertti at 4.8 giving Peter 4.3 and me 5.9 (?). I just heard G3LUW in contact with ZL1BFS.
Doug ZL1BFS was just able to copy PA0SDZ who gave Peter VK3KCD 5.3.
At 0832 Bill VK4ZD was 4.7 here and got 4.4 from Malcolm who now said that Bill had gone down into the noise.
Malcolm PA3AHC was now 4.5 here, gave Klaus and EA/G4HMG 5.9 but was only getting odd words from VK4ZD. Bill was now getting me at 5.3 on the short path but heard me rather echoey on the long path.
At 0837 Doug ZL1BFS was now 5.8 here and gave me 5.4.
Brian G3LUW was 5.8 here and both Brian and I were 5.9 with F1CFA. Brian gave VK4ZD 5.4, ZL1BFS 5.7 and G3OKT 5.9. Jean Pierre was now 5.9+ with me.
At 0844 Malcolm gave me 5.7 as we closed the net.
Mike G8LES e-mailed that he was not available for the nets this week – he was away from home in the community with the SHLAA sites consultation for the villages, 1,852 houses proposed by land owners. It doubles the size of our villages !

0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From John G3OKT
Brian G3LUW who was Net Control, was a very strong 5.9+30dB here and got 5.8 from F4GHB. Severe storms had been causing Brian much effort - taking down and putting up aerials.
Alain and G3OKT exchanged 5.9. Alain gave Bruce 5.4, and Tommy 5.8, but couldn’t hear Derek G0SQH.
John G7OAI was 5.9+20dB here and gave G0JWE 3.8, G3JJR 5.9, G0PCF 3.7/8, Tommy 5.9 and G3OKT 5.9+40/60dB!!
Bruce G0PCF was 5.9+20dB here, and reported that Susan had a bad cold.
Tommy G2FUU was 5.9+20dB
Derek G0SQH was 5.9
Don G0JWE was 5.9+20dB here but had no copy of F4GHB and also reported that “G0SQH had disappeared”. Don was 5.9 with Brian.
John G3JJR was 5.9+30dB here and got 4.8 from Alain
Malcolm PA3AHC was strong – he and I exchanged 5.9 reports, but Tommy said Malcolm was down in the noise at 3.4-7.
G3OKT will be net control next week (12th) and G7OAI the week after, weather permitting.

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,293
From Pertti EA7GSU
The "weather" appeared to be poor but I called anyway several times until at 1205 I heard faintly Mike's voice. There was funny,
fluttering qsb on his transmission so that only parts of words were readable. He was about 34 with me so I decided to go on CW. We made it 449 both ways and came to the conclusion that it is useless to try anything more. After a few minutes chat I made CL.
Klaus sent mail telling he heard me and tried with CW but I was too quick to close my stn. I am sorry!

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

2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
We had a good but small net. Ed, N4EDT was net control.
Those joining were; Joe, W0TBC Dave, AA9PK
Pertti, EA7GSU and KT4HT I did not get his name, and me
Bob, WB7RQG. I could not hear Pertti at all.

From Pertti EA7GSU
Against my expectations the band was open to some extent and I heard
very faintly, like through 10 doors some communication going on. I
then recognized Ed's voice and called again on CW several times until
my "voice" was heard. After Ed turned his beam, we made 56/52 contact.
I heard also Joe, W0TBC with 42 but my wings are too short to carry my
voice to him. It is improving, though! Days are getting longer!

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

0730z – 0830z Tuesday January 7th EUR net on 7175
From QRZ SFI 204 (143) A 4 (3) K 2 (1) Sunspots 245 Figs in ( ) last week
From Bill VK4ZD
I heard the 1A0 station (too weak to work in a pileup) working many on this frequency but could not identify ROAR members on any proximate frequency. I did work an EA7 station on 7.190 with a 4 element beam - he was 59+20 and gave me 59+5
Last Monday we had a major thunderstorm go through which damaged my 40m beam. Repairs are planned.

From John G3OKT
At 0725 I heard G3LUW calling but he didn’t hear me. A Malta station attracted many calls to the frequency including two ZLs at 4.6!
By 0740 the ROAR net was established on 7173 but I had S9+20dB splatter from a station on 7175 for the rest of the net. 40m generally had high level of atmospheric noise on my 80m doublet.
Brian G3LUW gave EA/G4HMG 5.5 and got 5.3. Brian was peaking 2.8 with QRM here! Brian left the net at 0757. He was suffering stormy conditions at his QTH.
John EA/G4HMG was 5.7/8 here but said I was not strong at 4.5.
Pertti EA7GSU and I could hardly hear each other. He gave John 5.9+20dB (?) but was only 4.7 with severe QRM with me.
Jean Pierre F1CFA exchanged 5.8 with Pertti but was only 3.8, later peaking 4.9+10dB in the QRM with me. At 0750z he gave me 5.8.
Diana EA/G4MVV brought greetings to the net.
Pertti EA7GSU heard me at 5.7; he was 2.8/3.5 in QSB/QRM on my doublet antenna, though always received fully Q5 on my vertical antenna.
Pertti called VK4ZD at 0803 but had no response. QRM was still S9 here. Pertti then left the net.
Jean Pierre F1CFA also suffering bad QRM and noise went QRT at 0805.
Malcolm PA3AHC remained at 5.9+10dB and gave me 5.9 peaking +20dB; Malcolm was hearing Jean Pierre and John at 3.3. Today is Malcolm’s XYL birthday!
Malcolm and I closed the net a 0812z.
A difficult net with good potential for DX. (See Brian’s note below).

On 7/1/14 Brian G3LUW copied me the following interesting article :
Solar Flux Index hits new Cycle 24 High.
On Saturday the Solar Flux Index (SFI) jumped up over 200, the first time this has happened in Solar Cycle 24. The record SFI for the current cycle was 190, which
was set on September 24, 2011 during the first peak of cycle 24. We are clearly experiencing a second peak as the SFI hit 215 on Saturday and 218 yesterday.
The SFI is expected to remain over 200 for the next week (220, 220, 215, 215, 215, 205 and 200 - Monday through Sunday).
The last time the SFI was above 200 was during Solar Cycle 23 in late October 2003, for about a week ranging from 210 to 298. W3LPL, Frank Donovan, remembers the "Solar flux above 200 was common twelve years ago during the second peak of solar cycle 23, especially during the four months from mid-Oct 2001 through mid-Feb 2002. Our Six Meter operators will remember "the last period of almost daily transatlantic F layer propagation" which was from mid-October 2001 through mid-February 2002.
So keep an eye on the higher bands this week, including 50 MHz!

That’s all for now,
John G3OKT
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