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Provided by John Thompson G3OKT
(In memory of Bill Learmonth .. G4YZE .. SK)

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Roar Nets February 21st - February 23rd 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 21st Feb and 23rd Feb 2016

0730z - 0800z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 59-59+5 and gave me 52-9 with massive QSB
Noel VK2IWT was 59+20 and gave me 59+20-40
Phil VK2MCB was 59+5-10 and gave me 59
Reg VK7KK was 58 but seemed to have lost power shortly after joining
 
From the log of Phil VK2MCB
07:38 VK7KK LSB 7.110.000 55 Reg
Reg went QRT almost immediately and did not return. Suspect a technical problem.
07:31 VK4ZD LSB 7.110.000 59 59+ Bill
07:30 VK2IWT LSB 7.110.000 59 59+20 Noel
07:29 VK3KCD LSB 7.110.000 58 59 Peter
 
 

0800z - 0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
Forecast SFI 100 A 6 K 2 sunspots 46 at 0605z.
From Bill VK4ZD
The net started normally but was interrupted by the 3XY1T DXpedition starting up on 14.285 and listening 5-10 up.
We initially moved to 14.298 but the QRM then overlapped this frequency so we QSY'd to 14.305
before dropping to 14.304 to minimize interference to a station on 14.307

Malcolm PA3AHC was 55 and gave me 55-6
Noel VK2IWT was 44 and gave me 55
Peter VK3KCD was 57-8 and gave me 59
Klaus HB9CQS was 58-9 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 57
Brian G3LUW was 55
Les PA0SDZ was 55
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 59 and dropping in QSB
John G3OKT was 45-56 and gave me 55-6
Miika OH2BAD was 57 and gave me 58
Alain F4GHB called in but I did not hear a report
Nick G4HCK was 55-6 and gave me 57
Phil VK2MCB was 55 and gave me 55
I went QRT at 0901z
 
From the log of Phil VK2MCB
QRM necessitated two frequency changes finally finishing on to 14304 khz. Didn’t get many reports but gave the following.
08:37 F4GHB USB 14.295.200 Jean Pierre
08:34 G4HCK USB 14.295.200 56 Nick
08:18 OH2BAD USB 14.295.200 57 57 Miika
08:07 VK2IWT USB 14.295.200 41 Noel
08:03 EA7GSU USB 14.295.200 55 Pertii
08:03 PA0SDZ USB 14.295.200 53 Les
08:03 HB9CQS USB 14.295.200 58 Klaus
08:03 ZL2BFS USB 14.295.200 57 57 Doug
08:02 G3LUW USB 14.295.200 56 Brian
08:02 G3OKT USB 14.295.200 55 John
08:02 VK3KCD USB 14.295.200 51 Peter
08:02 VK4ZD USB 14.295.200 55 55 Bill
08:01 PA3AHC USB 14.295.200 42 Malcolm
08:01 YO9BC USB 14.295.200 55 Coco
 
From John G3OKT
Propagation good with low random noise but difficult to manage the net in the midst of hectic competition for Japanese dx.
YO9BC Coco was first to be heard at 0800z 5.9 here
VK4ZD only 1.2 at 0805 but peaking 5.5 in QRM at 0815 and solid 6.6 by 0823. Bill gave me 4.5.
PA3AHC got 5.8 from Coco and 5.5 from Bill but only just hearable here – no copy, 1.1?
VK3KCD Peter, best signal here for some time – 5.6 with G3LUW, 5.4-5 with HB9CQS, S4-2 with QSB here.
VK2MCB gave Coco 5.5, PA3AHC 4.3, exchanged 5.5 b/w with VK4ZD; Phil gave G3OKT 5.3, G3LUW 5.5. ZL1BFS 5.7, PAoSDZ 5.3, EA7GSU 5.5; Phil was 5.4 here.
HB9CQS was 5.5; gave Bill 5.9; exchanged 5.9 b/w with Pertti, gave Coco S8-9, G3LUW 5.5 and G3OKT 4.3.
G4HCK exchanged 5.9+20dB b/w with OH2BAD. Nick was 5.5 here between the QRM
VK2IWT Noel was not heard here but was 5.4-5 with Klaus.
EA7GSU was 5.7; Pertti and G3LUW exchanged 5.9 b/w; Pertti gave YO9BC 5.8, PA3AHC 5.8, VK2IWT 5.1, VK3KCD 5.4, exchanged 5.9 b/w with HB9CQS and gave VK4ZD 5.9 with QSB.
ZL1BFS was 5.2 with Pertti;
OH2BAD was 5.9+20dB as usual here, got 5.9 from G3LUW, gave Bill 5.8 and VK2MCB 5.7; Miika had no copy of Les PA0SDZ.
PA0SDZ was just heard here at 0821 under the noise 1.1? Les was 5.5 with VK4ZD.
Trying to dodge the QRM, the net moved to 14.305 at 0834 but I had serious German QRM from 143067.
The net then homed in on 14.304 at 0840 – EA7GSU was again 5.7 and gave VK2MCB 5.2 in exchange for 5.3 from Phil.
VK4ZD was 5.5 on 14.304 at 0842 before the pile up found us!
ZL1BFS gave Klaus 5.7 to 5.5 in exchange for 5.5; Doug was 5.4 here between the noise; Pertti gave Doug 5.4 in the clear; Doug was 3.3 with Miika in exchange for 5.5.
ZL1BFS heard me at 4.3
VK2MCB gave G3OKT 5.8; Phil was 5.5 here at 0848.
I left the net at 0850 as controller for the 9am UK net.
 
0900z -1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT who was net controller.
A good net today of 7 members but QSB. Hack Green SDR was off air according to John G7OAI.
G3LUW Brian was 5.9+10dB with QSB to S9+20dB.
G7OAI, John was a solid 5.9 here. Brian heard John at 5.7.
G2FUU Tommy had found a disconnect in his antenna but was still lower signal than usual – 5.7-9 QSB. Brian gave Tommy 5.9.
G3SZF Bob was 5.9 down to 5.5 in QSB; Bob heard me 5.9 to 5.7 in QSB. John suffered QSB on Bob from readable to non-readable. Brian heard Bob at 5.9.
G0PCF was 5.7/6 here; Bruce was suffering S9 noise level. Brian heard Bruce at 5.9+10dB down in QSB to no copy!
G4LXD heard me consistently at 5.9; G7OAI with occasional drop-out.
Tommy will be net control next week, Feb 28th; G7OAI on on March 6th and G3LUW on March 13th

From John G7OAI
Work has started on my property, which has necessitated the removal of my HF aerial system. It is unlikely that I'll be back on by Sunday this week, but WX permitting, should be back by the 6th of March, with an inverted 'L' for 80 & 40.
The hope is, being resonant on those bands, that the noise floor might be a bit lower.
The cobweb type for 20 will be done in the late spring, as the final assembly will need to be done on the flat roof, so a couple of days of dry calm weather will be required!
 
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 and 1500utc Net on 14287kHz or 14310
From Phil N9HWO
1200 – 1215 utc on 14.287 : Called EA7GSU’, CQ Rotarians on Amateur Radio, CQ Rotary and CQ with no responses heard. This is before daylight locally so not ideal for 20m.
1500 – 1530 utc on 14.310 same calling pattern as earlier. No responses heard.
 
From Pertti EA7GSU
My report of Trans-Atlantic net at 1500hrs utc on 14310kHz:
Firstly: I am not monitoring any other frequencies for NA. Maybe in the Summer when skip is reaching S and SW of US, I will start, but at the moment propagations are not there.
I called on full hour and got back Bob, G3SZF with 57 report. Continuing to shout there came also Malcolm, PA3AHC back with good 59. No other stations were enticed to catch the hook and we were chatting about half an hour till 1528hrs.
No stations heard from state-side. Next try on Sunday again.
 
1800z – 1830z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
G2FUU Tommy said earlier that he would listen for any callers.
 
2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287/8
From Phil N9HWO
2000 – 2015 utc on 14.287 - same calling pattern as before. No response. Did hear other non-Rotary QSO’s on other frequencies
 
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 23rd February 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0800z - 0830z Tuesday 23rd February 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 57-9 and gave me 59
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 58-9 before I dropped to 54
Brian G3LUW was 44
John G3OKT was 22
Les PA0SDZ was 57-8
Miika OH2BAD and I exchanged 57 reports
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59 reports.
Conditions were unstable and the path did not remain open as long as expected
 
From the log of Phil VK2MCB
08:09 HB9CQS USB 14.295.200 53 Klaus
08:04 OH2BAD USB 14.295,200 53 53 Miika 55 at 0823z
08:03 PA0SDZ USB 14.295.200 53 53 Les 32 at 0833z
08:02 VK4ZD USB 14.295.200 59 57 Bill
08:00 EA7GSU USB 14.295.200 57 55 Pertii
07:59 G3OKT USB 14.295.200 41 John Poor recept 31 at 0811z
07:58 G3LUW USB 14.295.200 55 Brian
 
From John G3OKT
Prop. forecast at 0605utc was SFI 94 A 4 K 1 sunspots 29 (low)
Conditions pretty poor. Heard Brian G3LUW at 5.4 at 0758z
EA7GSU Pertti was 5.7 pointing his 2el YAGI towards the US or 5.9 turned this way; gave me 5.9+10dB
VK4ZD Bill was just detectable, little copied. Gave 4.4 and got 3.3 from Brian?
OH2BAD was 5.9+20dB, gave 5.9 for EA7GSU, G3OKT and PA0SDZ. Miika gave Bill 5.7.
PA0SDZ only 2.1 here; Les exchanged 5.8/9 b/w with Pertti.
VK2MCB got 5.3 from Miika, no copy of Phil here. Phil was 5.5 with Pertti - ‘weaker than Bill”
HB9CQS was 5.5 here. Klaus gave Pertti 5.9 and me 4.3.
I left the net early at 0815z.
 
 
 
That’s all for now,
73s from John G3OKT
25th Feb 2016
Weekly Report