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Roar Nets November 2nd - November 4th 2014

ROAR Nets Report for 2nd November and 4th November 2014
0600z-0630z ANZO Net on 7118
From John ZL2JPM
Anzo nets were somewhat challenging as propagation was highly variable.
At 0600-0630 the 40m ANZO net comprised Phil (VK2MCB), Noel (VK2IWT), one new VK foundation member whose call sign was not received in NZ and John (ZL2JPM)
Signal strengths: I gave Phil (VK2MCB) 53 and received 53 (although the strengths varied considerably); Noel (VK2IWT) ditto
From Doug ZL1BFS
I listened to the VK 40m net, but all stations were far too weak at my QTH to be able to be conversational (Readability 3 or worse).  
0630z - 0730z  Europe - ANZO Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From John ZL2JPM
The Europe Net, 14.295.2 was swamped with adjacent transmissions so we moved down to 14.294 at 0630z.
On the net were the “locals”  Phil (VK2MCB), Noel (VK2IWT) and John (ZL2JPM).
No other Rotarians answered calls made over the 0630-0645 period so we all went QRT.
Signal Strengths: I gave both  Phil and Noel 53/54 and received the same – propagation was highly variable ranging up and down by 3 or 4 S points.
From Doug ZL1BFS
At 0630 I also listened on the 20m net, and confirm there was an awful lot of very strong QRM just 1kHz up (14.296) making our usual frequency unusable.  I did hear the group on 14.294, but they were very weak (readability 3 or worse) on this band too, so I just kept listening until Coco YO9BC came up on 14.295.2  at about 0655. Pertti EA7GSU went back to him and I followed.  Over the next 15 minutes, various other stations arrived on the frequency, John-Pierre, Malcolm, Alain, and finally Klaus at 0730 who was a solid 59 in Auckland.  It ended up being a very enjoyable net, in which we had time to chew the rag rather than merely give signal reports
From Pertti EA7GSU
Sunday band was calm and fairly good with little qrm. I was some minutes late when opening the radio but there was nobody.
In the absence of Bill nobody dared to open the channel until 0648
Coco, YO9BC called. We exchanged fine reports and I heard Doug, ZL1BFS
pushing through with force: 5.8 bw. Malcolm took the advantage of fine
wx and got him. He was 5.8  but gave only 4.3 to me. Next was J - P,
F1CFA but I had no copy until about 0715 he burst through with 5.9+.
Klaus, HB9CQS as usual was 5.9 and gave the same. And we then had the
pleasure of visitor Alain, F4GHB with 5.9 bw.
As the start was delayed, so was the closing of the net, too. At
0756utc the last one closed down.
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
Sorry, but I am just mentioned as "various other stations" on Sunday 2 November (by Doug). It was chocking ! ( LOL ).  ZL1BFS was just mentioning our first names. In fact, it was F1CFA, PA3AHC, F4GHB, HB9CQS.
Pertti did not mentioned F1CFA, but, suddenly, as he was just suspected with a poor 3.1, he surged to 5.9+ with me.
The main fact of this QSO was the sudden surge of some stations. Later, I was informed of a huge solar storm. It was perhaps the reason...What a strange solar cycle !!! - Jean-Pierre
From Nick G4HCK  Sorry wasn’t on this net – problems with my linear which I hope to have resolved by next week.
From John G3OKT – sorry I also missed this net, being the Oswestry Club away weekend. I expect to be on next Sunday.
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From Brian G3LUW
The conditions on 80m were very good, but there were only four of us.
Tommy G2FUU was the controller with John G3JJR and Bob G3SZF.
Tommy closed the net at 0930.
Will be in Kenilworth next weekend with G0JWE, checking out the venue for the ROAR in RIBI AGM next May.
1800z – 1830z  RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694
2000z - 2030z  N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Pertti EA7GSU
The NA Continental net was thin. Ed, N4EDT was calling well before keeping the channel free. He worked some W's before the net and gave a shout at 2000utc. We exchanged the report and I stayed on qrg waiting others to respond. He was 5.7 and gave me 5.4/5.
There were no takers and Ed continued to chat about photography with a
station  out of my hearing area and slowly faded out as well at 2015utc.
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 4th November 2014  NZ  40-m net on 7117
From John ZL2JPM
On the NZ net 200NZDT on Tuesday (7117), Doug (ZL1BFS) noted that at about 0700z or later, propagation improved and he worked many European stations.
The NZ Net now uses 7118 as 80m is quite poor at present.
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 4th November 2014  EUR net on 14,295
From QRZ :  SFI  125   A 6   K 1 and sunspot number 93. There was a red magnitude 6.5 solar flare on the previous night.
From Brian G3LUW
I listened and called on 14295.2 at 0800.  We have not had a contact since our clocks went back to UTC recently.  I am going to listen at 0900 this morning.
From John G3OKT
Pertti EA7GSU appeared at 0705z at 5.9 increasing to 5.9+10dB. At 0752 he was 5.9+20dB with Jean Pierre F1CFA. Pertti gave me 5.8-9.
All stations had deep QSB; the band seemed quiet with S2 random noise but QRN increasing to S9.
PA3AHC appeared using low power and was barely copiable here, but then with his HPA, was 5.8 peaking S9 by 0750. Malcolm gave Pertti 5.5 in exchange for 5.5-7.
F1CFA was a fine 5.9+15dB here and gave me 5.8/9 QSB. Jean Pierre heard Malcolm at 5.7.  Pertti gave Jean Pierre 5.9.
IZ0VJK, a visitor near Rome, was 5.9+10 here and gave Pertti 5.8 and got 5.8/9; got 5.5 from Jean Pierre and 4.3 from Malcolm.
We had a good discussion and closed for breakfast at 0750z.
That’s all for now, 73’s
John G3OKT
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