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Roar Nets May 24th - May 26th 2015

ROAR Nets Report for 24th and 26th May 2015
0545z-0630z ANZO Net on 7110
From Bill VK4ZD
0545z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,110
Note this net retimed to 0530z - 0600z on 31st May
Phil VK2MCB was 59+5
Mike VK3LAN/P (visitor) was 57-8 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 57-8 and gave me 58-9
Pertti EA7GSU said during the following 20m net that he had heard VK4ZD on this 40m but under severe local QRM. Pertti also called on CW on 7114 after the following 20m net and was heard at 5.6.9 by G3OKT (at least!).
From Phil VK2MCB
Only Bill VK4ZD and I were on initially. Bill was 5.9+20 and gave me 5.9. Doug ZL1BFS joined at 0611z. He was 5.7 to me but copied me poorly.
A visitor VK3LAN/P called at 0554z for a radio check and was 5.9 and gave 5.9.
0630z - 0730z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Note this net retimed to 0600z - 0700z on 31st May
Phil VK2MCB and I exchanged 57 reports
Coco YO9BC was 58 and gave me 58-9
Doug ZL1BFS was 58
Pertti EA7GSU was 56-7 and gave me 57-8
Brian G3LUW was 44 dropping to 33 and gave me 55
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 56 and dropping. He gave me 55 dropping to 53
Brian VK2BX a Rotarian from District 9710 was 57 and gave me 57. He has noise problems on his vertical antenna which is heard well in Europe.
John G3OKT was 23 and gave me 41
Malcolm PA3AHC was only 11 to me
Tony 9H1FG (visitor) was 56 and gave me 58 at 0635z
Nick G4HCK was 44 dropping to 33
Klaus HB9CQS was 57 and gave me 56
Alain F4GHB was 55 and gave me 55-6 dropping to 54
We closed the net at 0727z
From Phil VK2MCB
F4GHB was 5.5 and gave me 5.5
HB9CQS was 5.7 and gave me 5.7
PA3AHC was 5.3 (the best signal to me in months) but I did not copy my report
G4HCK was 5.3 and gave me 5.7
VK2BX Brian was 5.7 but I missed my report
G3OKT was 5.5 and gave me 5.3
F1CFA was 5.5 and gave me 5.6
G3LUW was 5.5 but no report copied
EA7GSU was 5.7 and gave me 5.7
ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59
YO9BC was 5.7 and gave me 5.7
VK4ZD was 5.7 and gave me 5.7
From John G3OKT
From QRZ  SFI  98   A 4   K 2   sunspots 69 (falling)
VK/ZL signals were weak and falling further after 0700z; Eu signals were rising here after 0700z
At 0624z YO9BC was heard to successfully request a very strong Italian station to QSY from our net frequency. Coco was 5.7 here.
VK4ZD was only S1 at 0628 but Bill was Q5 throughout the net thanks to the reduced noise on my spider quad, often not touching the S meter. Bill gave me 2.3.
YO9BC gave EA7GSU 5.9+35dB! Coco also gave VK2MCB 5.7, VK2BX 5.8, VK4ZD 5.8/9, PA3AHC 5.8 and G3LUW 5.8.
EA7GSU was 5.7 here (5.9 by 0725); Pertti gave Bill 5.7/8, ZL1BFS 4.1, and YO9BC 5.9+10dB with QSB.
G3LUW was 5.5 here; Brian gave both Pertti and Coco 5.9, gave VK4ZD 5.5 and got 4.4, gave F1CFA 5.9, had no copy of PA3AHC, and gave VK2BX 5.7.
VK2MCB was 5.3 here and gave G3OKT peaking 5.5; Phil gave Coco 5.7, and gave Pertti 5.7 rising to 5.8 at 0710;
ZL1BFS - no sign of Doug here today.
VK2BX was a clear 5.2 here; Brian gave Pertti 5.6/7.
PA3AHC was 5.7/8 with Pertti, was 4.3 QSB here at 0710 and hardly heard by VK4ZD who gave Malcolm 2.1; Malcolm got 3.3-4.3 from VK2MCB, but had no copy of Phil.
9H1FG a visitor Tony was 5.6 here; gave VK4ZD 5.8 and got 5.6, and was 5.5 with VK2BX.
G4HCK was 5.2 here; Nick gave VK2MCB 5.7, G3LUW 5.4, HB9CQS 5.5 and got 4.4 from VK4ZD.
HB9CQS was 5.6 QSB initially; Klaus gave VK4ZD 5.6, VK2MCB 5.7, G3OKT 4.3, VK2BX 5.6, YO9BC 5.9, F4GHB 3.3, F1CFA only Q2 in the noise. By 0714 Klaus was 5.8 here and by the end of the net 5.9+10dB. At 0712 Klaus was 5.7 with  VK4ZD and gave Bill 5.3. Klaus suggested moving the net start time 30 mins earlier next week.
F1CFA gave VK2MCB 5.6, VK4ZD 5.5, YO9BC 5.9+, VK2BX 5.4/5, both EA7GSU and PA3AHC 4.1, and G3OKT 5.3. At this time Jean Pierre was 5.4 here.
F4GHB, Alain, was heard by Klaus at 3.3, gave VK4ZD 5.5/6, and exchanged 5.5 b/w with G3OKT.
At 0656 VK2MCB gave F4GHB 5.3, HB9CQS 5.7, G3OKT 5.3, exchanged 5.6 b/w with F1CFA, exchanged 5.7 b/w with EA7GSU, exchanged 5.5 b/w with F4GHB, and couldn’t hear G3LUW.
At 0703 G3LUW had no copy of VK4ZD, was 5.9+ with EA7GSU and was 5.3 here.
F1CFA gave VK4ZD 5.3 and got 5.6; gave VK2MCB 5.3, gave VK2BX 5.5 and HB9CQS 5.2/3 and Jean Pierre was 5.5 here.
At 0710 G4HCK got 3.3 from VK4ZD; Nick was 5.4 QSB here, gave EA7GSU 5.8, and HB9CQS 5.6.
Pertti relayed greetings from Martti, OH6SM, who hopes to come to this Sunday morning 20m net sometime soon. Pertti was also hoping to work Gustavo in Sao Paulo at the RI Convention.
Pertti QSY’d to 7114 after the net and was heard 5.6.9 here but under heavy QRM.
Information from Bill VK4ZD re Sao Paulo, June 2015
LABRE, the Brasilian organisation representing Amateur Radio operators has committed to providing full blown support for ROAR during the Sao Paulo Convention coming up.
At this stage we know that the call sign used will ZW110ROAR.
They will be on air for the whole of June, not just during the Convention.
They expect to have some sort of station active from within the
Convention and in the HOF at our booth #173.
They also intend that their own LABRE club station will be on air and other support stations on air simultaneously.
I understand that multiple modes will be used including SSB, CW and Digital.
The prime mover for all of this activity is Brasilian Rotarian Gustavo Franco PT2ADM.
His assistance has been invaluable.
73,  Bill VK4ZD
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From John G3OKT
G2FUU was Net Controller and 5.9 here, though at times went down to 5.7 in QSB!  Tommy said G3JJR was under the noise with QSB and not always readable.
G3LUW was 5.7 to 5.9+10dB in QSB. Brian gave 5.9 to G2FUU and G3OKT, gave G3SZF 5.7 and G3JJR 5.9
G3SZF was 5.8 here above the steady S7 noise level but Bob was having difficulty with G3JJR (who was taking an unusually strong signal from G3OKT!)
G3JJR was the strongest here at 5.9+10dB but barely heard Bob and Tommy.
G3SZF said he may still be with family at the time of this net next Sunday.
G3OKT will be net control.
This net closed at 0840z
1800z – 1830z  RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
G3LUW had said this morning that he would listen on this frequency. Also G2FUU if he is back in time from the christening party for his great grandchildren.
2000z - 2030z  N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 26th May 2015  NZ  40-m net on 7117
0630z – 0700z Tuesday 26th May  2015  EUR net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 57
Phil VK2MCB was 59 and gave me 59+10 - he was heard very well in Europe
Brian G3LUW was 57 and gave me 59
Malcolm PA3AHC and I exchanged 56 reports
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 58
John G3OKT was 56 and gave 56 also
Klaus HB9CQS was 57-9 and gave me 57-8
At 0700z I went to 7.145 but heard no European signals
From John G3OKT
Pertti called a few times on 7114 from 0615z before this 20m net started, but he heard only QRM. Again after this net at 0700, Pertti went to 7145 but the QRM here was fearsome (eg., a local Manchester station was 5.9+20dB on 7144). I heard G3LUW at 4.7 and F1CFA acknowledged Brian. Also heard EA7GSU and G3LUW (the strongest) on CW but QRM was just too bad for a QSO.
For 20m, the QRZ figures today were SFI  97  A 4  K 2  sunspots 66
- not inspiring, but it was  low noise, easy listening net. VKs were attenuated and dropping towards 0700. Strong QSB
F1CFA was 5.6 here, 5.8 with VK2MCB; Jean Pierre gave HB9CQS 5.9+10dB, PA3AHC 5.1 to 5.5, G3OKT 5.3 to 5.5.
PA3AHC was 5.5 here, 5.8 with EA7GSU and 5.5/4 with VK2MCB. Malcolm gave G3LUW 4.3 and F1CFA 2.1 peaking 5.5
G3LUW was peaking 5.6 here; Brian gave Pertti and Jean Pierre 5.9, VK4ZD 5.7/8, VK2MCB 5.5, HB9CQS 5.9 and G3OKT 5.5.
VK2MCB was 5.4 here with QSB; Phil gave G3OKT 5.5, EA7GSU 5.7, VK4ZD 5.9+10dB, G3LUW 5.6 and got 5.7, gave PA3AHC 5.4/5.
VK4ZD was 5.6 here and gave Phil 5.9
EA7GSU was 5.7 here; gave G3LUW 5.9, VK4ZD 5.8 and got 5.7, gave HB9CQS 5.9, VK2MCB 5.7,  F1CFA 5.9 and G3OKT 5.7.
F4GHB – not sure whether it was Alain or Jean Pierre under sudden QRM but was 4.3 here.
VK4ZD gave me 5.6 then dropped from 5.5 to 4.4 as 0700 approached.
HB9CQS was 5.6 here; Klaus gave Bill 5.7/8, gave Phil 5.8; was peaking 5.7-9 with Bill, was 5.9 b/w with F1CFA, and got 5.9 from VK2MCB.
The net closed at 0700.
That’s all for now,
73’s from John G3OKT

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