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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets June 22nd - June 24th 2014
ROAR Nets Report 22nd and 24th June 2014

0545z-0630z ANZO Net on 7118
This net advanced to commence at 0515 on June 29th
From Peter VK3KCD
Good propagation within VK this week but poor to bad to ZL.
On frequency were Bill VK4ZD, Phil VK2MCB, Doug ZL1BFS and myself.
We propose to advance the 20 mx net to 0600z and hence this 40mx net will commence at 0515z as of next Sunday.

From John ZL2JPM
I’m afraid propagation at the current times is not boding well from Wellington. I’ve listened in vain over the past weeks for decent contact but without success. Tonight there was the faintest of background activity on 40m. I heard Doug (ZL1BFS) call in, but apparently even he did not hear my call either. Similarly on 20m – very poor propagation there too. Similar performance in prior years at this time of the year, but not as bad. Roll on summer!

From Doug ZL1BFS
I had a S7 noise level on 40m, and the only one who exceeded that was Bill VK4ZD with S9. Some other VKs were readability 3 to 4 through the noise. I bowed out partly because of a distortion on my signal.

That was very similar to last week. I conclude, therefore, that this time/frequency is not workable from New Zealand.

From Bill VK4ZD
It is a challenge right now.
We are advancing the scheds by 30 minutes to try and help. It helps being further north here I guess.

Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports
Phil VK2MCB was 59
Doug ZL1BFS and I exchanged 59 reports

0630z - 0730z Europe - ANZO Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
This net advanced to commence at 0600z on June 29th
From Doug ZL1BFS
On 20m, there was very little noise.
When I tuned up and down the 20m band just before the net, the only sigs I heard were VKs.
No other countries were audible. On the ANZO net, I heard only Bill VK4ZD, Peter VK3KCD about Readability 4, and Phil VK2MCB about readability 3. I could scarcely perceive any signals at all from the Europeans - except perhaps Klaus rose to readability 2 on a couple of occasions.

From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 55 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and also gave me 59
Phil VK2MCB was 53 and gave me 55 - he hopes to have his cubical quad in
the air by Sunday, July 6
Klaus HB9CQS was 57-8 and gave me 56 later peaking to 59
Brian G3LUW was 52 and gave me 55
John EA/G4HMG was initially 31 later peaking at 52 and gave me 33, later peaking to 55
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 53 and gave me 55
Miika OH2BAD was only 31 to me
Vitor CT1BJZ was 57 and gave me 56
Alain F4GHB was 54 and gave me 56
Nick G4HCK wasn't heard by me or any one else until he checked out -
please Nick call a few times - I heard you very clearly when you checked out.
Both nets will be advanced by 30 minutes in an effort to provide some propagation for the more southerly VK stations and ZL.
I went QRT at 0716z

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From Brian G3LUW
There were only 3 of us : Tommy G2FUU, John G3JJR and me. We all had difficulty at times, with a lot of QSB.
I am guessing that we are in a downward phase, but I expect the SFI will go above 100 again before this cycle ends.


1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,292

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

2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
I acted as net control with only two of us checking into the net; Joe, W0TBC and me, WB7RQG. Conditions were good but no participation. Joe tried calling Pertti but could not hear him.


0700z – 0730z Tuesday 24th June 2014 NZ 80-m net on 3693

0700z – 0730z Tuesday 24th June 2014 EUR net on 14,295.2
From QRZ : SFI 93 A 5 K 3 Sunspots 64
From John G3OKT
Propagation Europe only, signal strengths widely varying.

F1CFA called CQ at 0656z – Jean Pierre was 5.9+10dB here but later went down to 4.1 in the (low) QRM.
Correspondingly he gave me 5.9-1. At 0700 he gave G3LUW 5.6 in strong QRM and got 5.4 (but got 5.9 from G3LUW later at 0735).

EA/G4HMG was 5.9 here at first, dropping later to 5.7 but peaking 5.9 + 10dB on received vertical polarization.
John got 5.9 from G3LUW but gave F1CFA 1.1.

G3LUW initially had trouble copying F1CFA, but gave Jean Pierre 5.9+ later.
Brian had solid copy of PA3AHC at 5.7, but Malcolm was only a whisper here.
Malcolm was between 5.2 and 5.5 with F1CFA. Brian and I exchanged 5.6 b/w.

John EA/G4HMG had good copy of Malcolm.
Greetings from Diana EA/G4MVV were heard well and with report of local events.
Brian thought that he had heard VK4ZD around 0650 but unreadable. We called Bill but heard no reply.
We closed the net at 0737z

From Ian GM4JAE
I listened this morning from 0800 - 0821 (local time?) on the 14.2951 net, but although I could hear some long "overs" they were very much down in the noise and I was unable to copy, with one exception and that was G3LUW on just one occasion at 0820 when he started at S3 and went up to S9 before going back down the ladder again!! I called briefly as he handed it over to a French station but I don't think I was heard. I will try again on the 1st and 8th July and see if propagation improves and I can make contact



That’s all for now,
73’s
John G3OKT
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