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

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Roar Nets July 31st - August 2nd 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 31st July and 2nd August 2016
 
0530z - 0600z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 57-8 later peaking 59; he gave me 4-5x9
Peter VK3KCD was 58-9 and gave me 59+5
John ZL2JPM was 57 and gave me 42
 
From Phil VK2MCB
The net returned today with Peter’s return from overseas and Bill back in harness after his hip operation. VK4ZD gave me a 57 and VK3KCD a 59, but both of them were 49 to me due to S9 QRN at my QTH.
 
0600z - 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 55 and gave me 55-6
John ZL2JPM was 55
Doug ZL1BFS and I exchanged 59 reports. Doug was portable at his club station
Peter VK3KCD was 55 and gave me 34
Klaus HB9CQS was 44 dropping to 33
Pertti EA7GSU was only 11 today
Henk VK2GWK was 56
Miika OH2BAD was 11 here
I went QRT at 0632z
 
From Doug ZL1BFS (to Pertti before the net )
I realize I am a week late on your attached email, but I was not available last week. I intend to take my gear and Linear up to the Radio Club, where we have a 4 element tribander at 25 metres height. I’ll try that on the 31 July Sunday sked, for both the 0600 sked and the 2200 sked if you want to try that one too?
With a 25m high antenna on top of a hill, I should have at least 1 or 2 S points improvement on both send and receive over what I can do at home - it is worth the experiment, don’t you think?
 
From Phil VK2MCB
A bit of a washout from the VK ZL perspective. HB9CQS was a 55 and gave 54, Pertii EA7GSU was heard here at 32. The ZLs were strong: ZL1BFS was 59+10 as to be expected using the antenna at his radio club, and John ZL2JPM was 59.
 
From John G3OKT
Some interference today from the RSGB IOTA contest – many S9+ signals all over 20m.
The QSL forecast at 0305z was SFI 71 A 6 K 2 sunspots 13
OH2BAD responded to my CQ at 0558z; we exchanged 5.7 b/w but Miika was up to 5.9 here at 0610z. By then, Miika heard both G3OKT and G3LUW at 5.9.
EA7GSU heard the voice of VK2MCB at 0607z, but said Phil was too weak to copy.
HB9CQS was very weak here at 0615z (I could just recognize Klaus’ voice); later he was 5.5 here and 5.8 with Miika. Later still, Klaus peaked 5.7 here with QSB down to zero.
EA7GSU was just heard on CW at 0618, came up to 5.7 with Miika, gave Klaus 5.8; later Pertti was 5.6 here and gave me 5.6/7 QSB. Pertti said he had copied Henk VK2GWK at 5.3 at 0620z, but was suffering S5 QRN.
VK2MCB apparently gave Pertti 3.2 at 0622 and got 4.1 when Pertti was only 4.2 here.
G3LUW exchanged 5.9 b/w with Pertti, gave Miika 5.6, but could not hear G3OKT; Brian was 3.2 here.
G4HCK was called in by Pertti but Nick was very weak here – 2.1? Nick was 5.3 with Pertti.
At 0617z, all ROAR stations disappeared into the comparatively low noise, even though an Italian contest station continued at 5.9+20dB! I just heard G3LUW go QRT at 0626 and Pertti who acknowledged Brian.
G4HCK fluttered up to 4.2 here with fast QSB. Nick got 5.8/9 from Pertti.
HB9CQS was heard at 2.2 to give VK2MCB 3.3 at 0628.
I went QRT at 0640z, being only 4.1 with Pertti.
Sadly nothing was heard from Doug ZL1BFS - for all his trouble, neither here nor by Pertti; no VKs were heard here either.
 
From Doug ZL1BFS to Pertti on Monday Aug 1st :
I guess that proves it. A better antenna and a hilltop site doesn’t fix the problem of poor propagation. I started calling on 14295.2 regularly from 2155. Phil came back to me 5.6/7 at 2158. Sequentially we both called on SSB on that frequency, and Phil heard Klaus 3.1, but I don’t think Klaus heard him. I was listening on 14306 regularly and at about 2205 continuously on my second receiver, but heard nothing. At 2215 Phil went QRT - by this time he was 3.2 so the VK path to ZL was also packing up. For the next 5 minutes I kept giving my callsign on CW, but there was no discernible response.
I was running a kW PEP on SSB, and about 600 watts on CW, to a 4 Element tribander at 25 metres height. If anything was going to get through, that should have.
Phil says he probably won’t be on the ROAR Net next Sunday, and I will be back at my own QTH and I’ll listen, but won’t come on unless I hear even a little peep from some European station.
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
Many thanks for the report. I started calling on 14295.2 at 2202z (sorry
for the delay) and immediately worked Pertti who then QSYed to 14306 while I continued on 14295.2. I tried both SP and LP. On LP there was a faint activity. It was not much more than a change of the background noise. That was all I noticed. LP being better (!) than SP could be due to the mountains.
As usual: 1 kW from my 3-element dynamic antenna, UltraBeam UB50. Comforting to know that Phil heard me.
I hope there will be an improvement as we reach our autumn.
 
From Pertti EA7GSU
I was calling on both qrg’ SSB and CW but nothing heard.
Klaus was on 14295,2 calling Phil, VK2MCB but had no luck either.
Band was very quiet to all directions.
Thanks anyway for being there, wish you a good week.

From John ZL2JPM to Doug on Aug 1st
Yes, proved to three decimal places. The solar flux is now back to 71 and even the path to Oz is very time sensitive. I received a 59 from VK2MCB (returned a 55) , but Bill was only ever 55 (55) and I could just sense you, Doug with the extra power, etc, but of course not readable (as is usual). Heard VK2GWK for a short burst (52). Heard Phil trying to get Europe a few times, but of course NO signal from Europe.
After 10 minutes, even Phil deteriorated to 33 and that was that!
Well, imagine: 1Kw, 4 Element Beam and an experienced operator using CW and Voice – and no luck! Still, many thanks to Doug for putting that best of options together for this experiment. I’m afraid we’ll be needing a Plan B very rapidly
 
From Nick G4HCK
This morning was not in our favour. In fact I could only hear OH2BAD, EA7GSU and HB9CQS at 07.30 (BST). I think someone needs to find the ‘on switch’. Hopefully things will be better next week.
 
Response from Jim G7NKS
Sadly, the big yellow orb 100M miles away has different ideas! Topband and MF are our friends now for the next 5 years or so!! WSPR on 10mhz is always good as is JY65, but not exactly net conducive!!
With best regards to all Rotarians
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT who was net control;
G3LUW was 5.9+20dB but with QSB; Brian gave Bob and Tommy 5.9 and 5.9+20dB here
G3JJR was 5.9+10dB here but in the noise for Bod G3SZF
G2FUU was 5.9+ to 5.9 with G3JJR
G3SZF was 5.9 here; not strong with G3JJR; had QSB on G3LUW and G3JJR
G4LXD was 5.9+20dB here and with Tommy; Bill was 5.9 here.
G3OKT apologized that he might not be on net next Sunday (wedding anniversary)
Congratulations had been sent to David G3LOD/EA5ALK who was celebrating his 94th birthday in Spain with his daughter Annie G0TZY.
G3LUW will be net control next Sunday.
 
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.310MHz
From John G3JJR
Thanks for the info. It was the transatlantic net at 1200z I was thinking of listening to but I see it's not too active although Pertti is trying to get it going again. I'll have to get a 14mhz dipole up and join him!
 
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693 MHz
G2FUU Tommy had said at 0900z that he would listen for any stations on this net.
 
2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287/8 or 14.310
 
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 2nd August 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0600z - 0630z Tuesday 2nd August 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 55 and gave me 55
Peter VK3KCD was 55-6 and gave me 59
Pertti EA7GSU built from 22 to 44-55 and gave me 31 then 51, peaking at 55
Brian G3LUW was 11
John G3OKT was 11
Miika OH2BAD was 53 at the peak.
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Things are slightly improved. Heard Miika OH2BAD at 53 and got 52, first contact in a long time. Jean Pierre F1CFA was 42 who gave me 52, and heard John G3OKT 31 and Brian G3LUW at 41 but got no report from them. Pertti EA7GSU was 53 and gave me 55 but he faded badly by 0615z. Bill VK4ZD and Peter VK3KCD were both on the net this end Bill at 55 and Peter at 32. Our saviour for the future will be the sun moving south over the equator I suspect.
 
From John G3OKT
QSL figures at 0305z on 2nd August were SFI 72 A 3 K 1 sunspots 13 (steady)
Woodpecker was heard on 14.296 at 0540z at S9+10dB – a good sign!
F1CFA returned to a CQ from G3OKT at 0600z; Jean Pierre was 5.6 QSB and gave me 5.2/3.
OH2BAD and G3OKT exchanged 5.9 b/w. Miika gave EA7GSU 5.9+10dB and got 5.9+10-15dB. Miika said he heard a trace of VK4ZD at 0615z.
EA7GSU gave Bill VK4ZD 5.1 and got 3.1. Pertti was 5.7 here and gave me 5.5.
G3LUW gave F1CFA 5.8, gave EA7GSU 5.5, gave OH2BAD 5.7, could just hear G3OKT, and heard nothing from VK or ZL. Brian was 4.1 here.
PA3AHC got 5.9 from Miika. I could just recognize Malcolm as “a voice in the noise” but had no copy. Malcolm exchanged 5.5 b/w with Pertti.
VK2MCB was heard by Jean Pierre at 4.1 at 0617z, increasing to 5.2 at 0635z. Pertti told VK4ZD that he heard Phil at 5.2.
At 0625z Jean Pierre and Phil exchanged 5.2 b/w.
G3LUW and G3OKT came up to 5.5 b/w, but still neither had copy of VKs.
F1CFA gave both G3LUW and OH2BAD 5.9, and now heard G3OKT at 5.5.
VK3KCD was heard by EA7GSU at 0626z, but was too weak to copy.
By now EA7GSU was 5.9+ with G3LUW, and Miika was 5.9+10dB with G3OKT. Pertti gave me 5.9 and Brian 5.9+10dB.
PA3AHC Malcolm was touching 5.9 in QSB with Pertti at 0632z.
VK2MCB was just heard here saying that he was copying Brian as the net ended at 0640z; Miika heard VK at 5.2 for “the first time in weeks” and got 5.3. I caught a few words of Phil but still had little copy here.
F1CFA announced that he would be on holiday until the end of August.
(Incidentally, near this day 3 years ago VK4ZD gave me 5.9 and was 5.9+15-20dB here!)

From Peter VK3KCD (by e-mail today)
Back home and note propagation has not improved. On Sunday, had good contacts on 40 but 20 was a washout. The only report I received was from Bill VK4ZD and the only signal from Europe was Klaus HB9CQS at 33 but not workable today Bill is 59 and Phil 32 and no DX. 73 Peter VK3KCD

That’s all for now,
73s from John G3OKT
4th August 2016
Weekly Report