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Roar Nets March 23rd - 25th 2014

ROAR Nets Report 23rd March 2014

SFI 155 A 6 K 2 Sunspots 159 (rising)

0645z-0730z ANZO Net on 7118
From Peter VK3KCD
Good propagation this week on 40 marred only by QRN in the North and Phil VKMCB's recently acquired raised noise floor. Present were Phil VK2MCB, Noel VK2IWT, Bill VK4ZD, Diane VK4DI, Peter Vk3FPSR, (big signal this week) Doug ZL1BFS, Pertti EA7GSU initially on CW and exchanged reports with VK4ZD and ZL1BFS, and myself.

From John G3OKT
Vicious random noise at S8/9 but voices detectable here from VK including Diane VK4DI. Heard Pertti EA7GSU on CW but not phone. All lost when a Eur station opened up at S9+ at 0705z. Until then, Bill VK4ZD was about 4.8. Bill gave Pertti 4.5,

From Bill VK4ZD
It looks like I shredded the wrong weekly log sheet.
I do recall that conditions were excellent on both 40m and 20m.
Pertti EA7GSU called in with a 45 signal (I had QRN from a storm).

0730z - 0830z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295 Long Path
From John G3OKT
VKs very strong and random noise only S6; skip distance poor for Europeans.
0730 VK4ZD opened the net giving Klaus HB9CQS 5.9+15dB. Bill was 5.9+10dB here increasing solid throughout the net towards S9+20dB! Bill gave me 5.9.
Klaus went QRT early with a sore throat; he was only a “hollow” S7 signal here (beaming away?)
F1CFA just detectable here at 3.5; got 5.8 from Bill and returned 5.9+10dB. Gave G3OKT 4.4 – 5.3 and Alain F4GHB 5.4
EA7GSU Pertti was 5.9 here, gave both VK4ZD and HB9CQS 5.9, gave me 5.8, Doug ZL1BFS 5.7, Peter VK3KCD 5.4, and Phil VK2MCB 5.5. Pertti closed early with a serious cold.
F4GHB was 3.6 here, gave me 5.6 and got 5.9 from both VK4ZD and VK3KCD.
VK3KCD was 5.7/8 here, later peaking 5.9 with me. Peter gave HB9CQS 5.8/9, F1CFA 5.7, F4GHB 5.9, ZL1BFS 5.9, and G3OKT 5.7
Doug ZL1BFS had suffered wind damage to his antenna and was only 2.5 here. Bill gave him 5.9+10dB and Doug returned 5.8/9 for Bill, 4.2 for me, 5.5 for Pertti, and 5.3 for Alain.
Phil VK2MCB got 5.7 from F4GHB who gave 5.7 to Doug, 5.6 for me, and 5.6 to PA0SDZ.
Phil exchanged 5.9 b/w with Bill, gave VK3KCD 5.2, EA7GSU 5.5, HB9CQS 5.8, F1CFA 5.2, F4GHB 5.3, ZL1BFS 5.5, and G3OKT 5.4.
Ron G0HLL was not hearable here, but was 4.3 with VK4ZD
Les PA0SDZ was a hollow 4.5 with me, got 5.8 from Bill and returned 5.9; was 5.9+ with Pertti and exchanged 5.9 b/w with VK3KCD; ZL1BFS could just hear Les who heard him at 4/5.5
DJ7UD Klaus in Heidelberg was 5.8 with me and 5.9+5dB with VK4ZD
YO9BGR – George and Coco, was 5.9+15 with me and gave VK4ZD 5.8. Coco gave 5.9 for CT1BJZ, 5.9+ for Pertti, 5.4 for VK2MCB, 5.5 for VK3KCD and 5.9 for PA0SDZ
Vitor CT1BJZ with a new HPA was a fine 5.9+10dB here, gave Bill 5.7 and received 5.9+5dB, gave Alain 5.9, VK3KCD 5.5/4 and received 5.9, VK2MCB 5.5, and had no copy of Pertti who copied Vitor at 5.4
VK2MCB Phil gave Les 5.3, Vitor 5.6, and was 4.3/5 with me
DL5HAB, a visitor, was just hearable here, but heard Bill at 5.9 who gave Horst 5.7.
Bill said that IFROAR Editor Richard had had an emergency appendectomy, but was now out of hospital and requesting reports for the Communicator from Vice Presidents by end of May in time for the RI Convention.
The net closed at 0830z

0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From John G3OKT
Only 3 stations today, including Tommy G2FUU who was net control, and John G3JJR. Both stations were 5.9+20dB here.
Brian G3LUW and John G7OAI had given apologies. G3OKT will be Net Control next week.
Net closed at 0950z

1200z - 1300z International Net on 14,292
From John G3OKT
Severe noise and S9+20dB QRN. Pertti EA7GSU and I had a short QSO at 1200z. Pertti suffering his cold, decided to close at 1205 after checking that Mike N4PF did not intend to appear. (Pertti indicated on Wednesday evening that his life spirit was returning!)
I then called into a net controlled by John N1YV, which I mistook on 14.290 MHz for the ROAR net. We exchanged 5.9 reports and I apologized for mistaking the Milwaukee-Florida net for IFROAR!!

1800z – 1830z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,692
From Mike G8LES
I was out doing a film rehearsal on Sunday so was getting kit ready early morning then off at 10:00 to the rehearsal but got back in time to try the UK 80m evening net.
There were only 2 of us G4DCI, Phillip near Loughborough, and myself G8LES
I called from about 17:50 until Phillip came back running 100watts.
Band noise about 7-8 but Phillip was 20 over 9 on S meter and suppressing background noise when speaking.
We discussed his experiments with a doublet antenna for which he was having issues with the home made balun, and he had replaced the coax feed with ladder wire in order to make it cover a wider range of frequencies.
We packed up at about 1820z as Phillip had to go.
I left several gaps for callers but no takers.

2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bob WB7RQG
We had only 5 checkins and I was net control. Those who joined us were;
Joe,W0TBC Joe, AF1E Ernie, WB2UJL Ed, N4EDT and me, WB7RQG. We tried calling Pertti, but no success.

0700z – 0730z Tuesday 25th March 2014 NZ 80-m net on 3693

0800z – 0830z Tuesday 25th March 2014 EUR net on 7172.5
From QRZ : SFI 159 (steady) A=5 K=1 Sunspots 132 (dropping)

From John G3OKT
Only two of us today, Malcolm PA0AHC answered my CQ at 0803.
Malcolm was 3.9 between two very strong Eur signals, increasing to 5.9 as QRM left the frequency.
Switching to his 40m long wire, Malcolm came up 10dB to 5.9+15dB. Easy conversational signals. We both expect to be on the nets next Sunday.
Net closed at 0830z

From Pertti EA7GSU
I was there today (7175,5) for about 10 min and called with my flue
deepened bass voice (used to be second tenor) but heard nobody. I must
have had my ears blocked as well!
Will be OK next Sunday, I hope!

From Jean Pierre F1CFA
Never, never so high QRM on the frequency this morning !!!.
I expected to find somebody, but 3 strong signals occupied the frequency : A Russian, an Italian, An English and also lower in frequency but close to, a French !! I was QRT to 9h15 local....

That’s all for now,
John G3OKT
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