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Roar Nets December 6th - December 8th 2015

ROAR Nets Report for 6th and 8th Dec 2015
0630z-0700z ANZO Net on 7110
This Net retimed to 0700z next week
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 57 reports
Phil VK2MCB was 56-7 and gave me 57
Noel VK2IWT was 59+15 and gave me 59+
Brian VK2BX was 59
0700z - 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
This Net retimed to 0730z next week
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 55 and gave me 57-8
Noel VK2IWT was 55 and peaked at 59 for a while and gave me 59 as well
Phil VK2MCB was 56-7 and gave me 57
Brian VK2BX was 59+10
Doug ZL1BFS was initially 57 peaking at 59+10 and gave me 56 peaking at 59+10
Klaus HB9CQS was 56 but dropped to Q4 by the end of the net. He gave me 53 peaking at 56 and then dropping again.
Les PA0SDZ and I exchanged 55 reports
Jean Pierre F1CFA was 55 dropping to 44
Pertti EA7GSU eventually got propagation around 0730z and built to 55-6 and gave me 56-7
Nick G4HCK was 22
Malcolm PA3AHC was 22 until after the net closed when he came up to 55 while talking with Pertti
From John G3OKT
SFI 101 A 16 (red) K 4 sunspots 41 (rising)
Using the low spider quad, and as per poor propagation forecast, it was no surprise that I heard just noise at 0700.
I called CQ for 10 mins before going QRT. Did just hear Klaus HB9CQS (?) at 0705 - perhaps at 4.1?
Band practically dead – just one Russian stn at 5.8 on 14.297, an M0 calling “CQ contest” on 14.2128, and the woodpecker which came up briefly at only S5.
0900z -1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Brian G3LUW, earlier :
I am afraid I will not be on the air (this) morning. Both my aerials are on the grass. It sounds as though you have it much worse in the North, but we have had almost continuous heavy gusts for two days. I had planned to make repairs this afternoon, but it has just not been possible. I should be OK for Tuesday morning, but the weather will have to improve. Sorry about that, and I hope to be there next weekend.
From John G7OAI, who was net control
I called just before 0900, as another QSO had just finished, and I was anxious to 'bag' the frequency, as the band looked to be quite busy. Tommy responded, so we commenced what we hoped would be the start of the net at 0859. We exchanged overs until Tommy heard G3OKT - I didn't - at around 0920. Then Bob called, and a net was established. Soon we were joined by Bill from Thetford, a welcome new voice. Finally Bruce G0PCF joined us for the last 10 minutes or so.
Tommy, G2FUU, 5x9+10.
John, G3OKT, 5x7.
Bob, G3SZF, 5x9.
Bill, G4LXD, 5x9+10.
Bruce, G0PCF 5x8.
All with some QSB from time to time.
My noise level was between S7 & S8 today, so most of the time I could copy everyone, but had Hack Green SDR on the laptop too, to fill in the gaps when QSB became an issue. We missed Brian, G3LUW, whose aerials had succumbed to the recent gales, and look forward to his return by next Sunday.
I closed the net at 0946
From John G3OKT
Antenna also damaged by high winds, but I managed to get on the air with just 60W to a 40ft vertical (with some power loss to the metal structure of the house!).
Bruce G0PCF gave G7OAI 5.9+10dB down to 5.8 in QSB; gave G3OKT 5.7/8; gave G2FUU 5.9; gave G4LXD 5.9; and didn’t hear G3SZF.
Bill G4LXD was 5.9 both here and with G2FUU; was 5.7 with G7OAI.
G3SZF Bob was 5.9 here; gave me “weak but OK copy”

1800z – 1830z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693

2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
From Bill VK4ZD
I heard Joe AF1E 55 calling for Pertti many times.
I called him a number of times and he eventually heard me and gave me 44 but then the propagation died.
From Phil N9HWO
I was on the ROAR frequency of 14.287 at 2000 UTC on Dec. 6, with some noise and poor conditions. I was joined by a friend of mine, Gary N9GA, who has a much better setup than I do, and lives about 1km from me. We could both hear one other station down in the noise, but could not understand who it was. I called W8SOO and AF1E, but neither I nor N9GA heard any response from them. I would like to know who was trying to answer us. We will listen again next Sunday and pray for better conditions.
If anyone wants to communicate with me other than on Sundays, please email me at and we can set up a date, time, and frequency.
From Ken W8SOO
I monitored 14.287 at 2000 utc today too - I heard Joe, AF1E calling Pertti for a couple of minutes, & I don't think Joe worked Pertti, but did work a VK4, but I lost everything at that point, including Joe...didn't hear either of you guys in the mid-west at all. I monitored the frequency until 2030 utc, thinking Pertti may come in on CW- even checked on 14040, where I had worked Pertti before about a month ago on CW- no luck in either case. Not great condx today even though 14287 was pretty quiet.
If you would like to sked sometime, shoot me an email- probably 40 meters any weekday, SSB.
73- I'll monitor again next Sunday, 14287 @ 2000 utc

From Pertti EA7GSU
On Sunday evening I was listening to the empty band and had time to change the spark plugs in my head computer.
It helped and I came to the conclusion that we have to go back to the basics.
Many years back there was a Sunday afternoon net which W1QUO and G4YZE were running usually around 1200 - 1300 hrs utc on 14288kHz. It was early for the fellows on West and Southwest part of States but we had also Canadians there.
I will start monitoring 20m band around that time and wish that you give your reports about the best reception from Eu/US.
We will find a time suitable to most of members.
I will be also be on coming Sunday on the air at 2000 utc. We will make it !
From Malcolm PA3AHC
Thanks Pertti for making that stimulating change, with which I heartily agree.
Actually, I listened out yesterday but got lost in the contest QRM.
It was good while it lasted, but then we lost our two great anchors.
Let’s reset !
From Joe AF1E
I called Pertti EA7GSU at 2000z but heard nothing. Then I faintly heard Bill VK4ZD calling me. We made contact though just barely and I called it a day. I did not hear anyone else. I am okay with Pertti's suggestion of an earlier time for the net. I am out of town this coming Sunday so I won't be on until the following week.
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 8th December 2015 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 8th December 2015 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7.136+/-
This Net retimed to 0730z (20m) next week
From Bill VK4ZD
Pertti EA7GSU was not fully audible until after 0730z but built from 53 to 55 and gave me 57 at best.
Malcolm PA3AHC was 11 here
Les PA0SDZ was 33-44
When everyone moved to 40m (7,138) Pertti EA7GSU was 35 and gave me 41?
I suggested that if they change the 20m time to 0730z, maybe they could go to 40m first at 0700z
From John G3OKT
Sorry couldn’t get on the net this morning, but with Solar Predictions SFI=101, A=20(red), K=2 , sunspots=50, I don’t suppose I missed much?
From Malcolm PA3AHC
I did get there on Sunday at 1200z but got lost in the contest QRM . Would like to see that one resurrected eventually…
Exchanged brief QSO with Pertti at outset this morning w/o linear , but while up-rigging he was too fast for me and had already QSY’d to 40m where I just found him and Les/PAOSDZ down in the noise but no QSO on my long-wire . Then heard Pertti back on 20m but couldn’t re-rig the old linear on time so missed him there again ! No one can say I give up easily though.
“ Keeping on keeping on “…
From Pertti EA7GSU
We had agreed to start half an hour later, but I was there anyway just in case…
At 0730hrs I heard Bill but very weak, about 31 and got the same back. I kept calling and Malcolm, PA3AHC joined me few minutes later with 53 sigs. Persistently calling, also Les PA0SDZ came somewhat stronger with 57. I found a spot on 7138 kHz and we decided to QSY. By that time Bill was already 57.
There Les was still 57 and I heard also Bill with 41. We did not hear if Malcolm came with us. Continued shouting did not bring more members so 0756 hrs we agreed to close the net down.
Bill suggested to start on 7mc and then qsy to 14mc. It may make sense as the 7mc band is getting crowded later and to find empty qrg is not always successful but 14mc usually is nearly empty. What say?

73s to all
John G3OKT
10th Dec 2015
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