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Roar Nets December 18th - December 20th 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 18th and 20th December 2016
0700z - 0730z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57-9
Phil VK2MCB was 58 and gave me 59+10
Noel VK2IWT was 59+10 and gave me 59+40
Robert VK3FRRR/P/QRP (visitor) running 2.5 watts was 33-44 to me and gave me 59.
0730z - 0830z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 58
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59
Phil VK2MCB was 55 and gave me 59
Noel VK2IWT was 44 and gave me 56
Klaus HB9CQS was 56 and gave me 55-6
Pertti EA7GSU was 33 and gave me 41-51
Les PA0SDZ was not heard here unfortunately
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 22-33; Derek HL1ZIX was 57 with my quad back onto him and he gave me 57-8
John ZL2JPM was 44 building to 55-6 and gave me 51
Nick G4HCK was not heard here unfortunately
John G3OKT was not heard here unfortunately
Brian G3LUW was not heard here unfortunately
I went QRT at 0822z
From John G3OKT
From QSL at 0605z SFI 72 A 6 K 3 sunspots 0 for the 2nd day
Poor conditions as expected
G3LUW Brian was heard at 0730; gave me 3.3 ? Poor copy
PA3AHC Malcolm 1.1 here; 5.8/9 with EA7GSU
HB9CQS was 1.1, poor copy, talking to VK4ZD. No sign of Bill here; Klaus was later up to 4.1. Klaus established with Bill that there will be no net on Christmas Day. However there will be an extended net on the following Tuesday 28th Dec.
EA7GSU Pertti – the star of the net! 5.5/6 here with QSB; was 5.9 with Klaus; Pertti gave me 5.9 when he was 5.7 here at 0815; Pertti went down to 5.3 at 0823 but was 5.9 here at 0826
G4HCK Nick just a hint here; 5.8/9 with Pertti
HL1ZIX was heard by Pertti (not me); Eric was gone by 0815
F1CFA Jean Pierre was just recognizable 1.1 here, 3.1 with Pertti; 5.1 b/w with Pertti at 0823; Jean Pierre came up to 2.1 here at 0832; 4.3 with Klaus who got 5.4.
VK4ZD was not heard here at all. Bill went QRT at 0823
ZL1BFS was recognized by voice but I had no copy of Doug.
VK2MCB Phil was on the net but there was no trace of Phil here.
PA0SDZ was on the net but I had no copy of Les here or by Klaus
I left the net at 0836
From Nick G4HCK
Where was everyone – I contacted 2 or 3 stations and that was it !!
Conditions were really poor. I am hoping that father Christmas will bring me a present of good propagation for Christmas day but understand there is no official net on this day. However if all goes to plan I may just switch on the rig to see if anyone else is having a look at 14.295.2 at the normal time on Christmas morning. If we don’t talk before, have a good Christmas.
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,695
From John G3OKT who initiated the net as Net Control but gave over to Brian G3LUW.
Excellent conditions on 80m today – many very strong signals from Europe.
G3JJR John was 5.9+10dB
G3LUW 5.9+30dB said everyone was 5.9 except Malcolm
PA3AHC best signal ever at 5.9. Gave me 5.9+20dB.
G7OAI was at home QTH today. He 5.9 here. Could hear LUW and OKT direct but other stations best heard by Hack Green SDR, rather than through S9+10dB noise!
G4LXD explained how he had challenged his Club with instructions on how to hear the ROAR nets via SDR/Hack Green
G0SQH I left the net early.
From Bill G4LXD
I have published notes on how to use Hack Green on our club website and they can be accessed via the link below : -
I was roundly mocked by one of our members as one who might imitate Hancock asking "How was the weather in China ?" so I was forced to throw down the gauntlet.
In open meeting I promised to pay £1000 into Foundation when he did the training joined ROAR as a full time member.
I am spending the money as I don't expect a call on it !
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.310MHz
From Phil N9HWO
1200z Transatlantic Net
This net, if and when active, is now on the dark side of the grey line (6 AM local time) and I am not participating in it.
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693 MHz
2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287/8 or 14.310
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 20th December 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0730z - 0800z Tuesday 20th December 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 55-7 and gave me 55
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was 56 and gave me 55
Klaus HB9CQS was 56-7 and gave me 55
Pertti EA7GSU was initially 33 building to 54-5 and gave me 56-7
Malcolm PA3AHC was detected as 11
I went QRT at 0810z
Merry Xmas Everyone
Had a nice contact with Klaus HB9CQS last Tuesday as well as Bill VK4ZD, Phil VK2MCB and a scratchy contact with John ZL2JPM. It was unusual to get a strong signal from Phil but during our net there was sporadic E activity on 50 MHz. Many thanks John for your excellent weekly reports and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all ROAR members and their families.
From Klaus HB9CQS
Both the VKs and the Europeans were greatly hampered by one or more energetic S9-woodpeckers. It almost spoiled the net. The readability reports below are with the woodpecker[s] silent for a moment.
07:33z - Bill, VK4ZD, 54-55, increasing to 56 before the net was closed. Got 56.
07:34z - Peter, VK3KCD, 52. Got 54
07:36z - Phil, VK2MCB, 54 increasing slightly. Got 57
07:39z - Pertti, EA7GSU, omnidirectional 57-58 b/w. Poor copy when Pertti was beaming VK.
08:10z - Net closed
No activity from ZL. Malcolm, PA3AHC, had contact with Pertti but was not heard here.
From Doug ZL1BFS
Thanks to all of you for the contacts over the past year. Signals have not often been good, and Cycle 24 has yet to reach its minimum - but we can hope for better things in the future.
I spent the last couple of days taking down, and then re-erecting 6 metres away, my 43 foot monopole. There are certain problems lifting a flimsy 13m aluminium pole through a tree canopy - but it is up now, even though I haven’t run a feedline to its new location. I have found it to be a very useful aerial. Although its receive signal strength is one or two S points below the 20m collinear, or the 80m Inverted V - its noise level is about 4 S points lower, so I can often get Q5 copy from it when the real aerials only produce Q4 or even Q3.
My main tilt-over mast is up with all its Building Permit requirements, but I need some time to resurrect my Mosley Beam, then I can take the ugly 20m co-linear down - after a few comparative on-air tests of course.
From John G3OKT – Sorry I missed this net on account of Christmas preparations, thanks for being there everyone and for all the good wishes. I look forward to the extended 20m net on Tuesday 27th December.

That’s all for now,
Happy Christmas and here’s to a Great New Year!
73s from John G3OKT
23rd December 2016

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