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Roar Nets March 20th - March 22nd 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 20th and 22nd March 2016
0700z - 0730z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports
Phil VK2MCB was 48-59 (Spanish QRM) and gave me 59+10-20
Noel VK2IWT was 59+10 and gave me 59+20-30
0730z - 0830z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
Propagation forecast at 0610utc was SFI 89 A 18 K 3 sunspots 26
From Bill VK4ZD
Coco YO9BC was 57 and gave me 58-9
Brian G3LUW and I exchanged 57 reports
Peter VK3KCD was 22-33
Phil VK2MCB and I exchanged 55 reports
Noel VK2IWT was 33
Klaus HB9CQS was 59-59+5 and gave me 59
John G3OKT was 56 and gave me 55
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 57-8, and reported that I was 56-7 on 40m
Alain F4GHB was 57-8 and gave me 58
Malcolm PA3AHC was 56 and gave me 55
Nick G4HCK was 56-7 and gave me 51-57
Len VK4BLZ was 44 here
I went QRT at 0829z
From John G3OKT
Unusual (poor) propagation; serious Contest QRM at first.
YO9BC was 5.9 here; Coco was 5.9+10dB with HB9CQS in exchange for 5.9; Klaus said Coco was 5.9+40dB between QRM!
VK4ZD was 5.5 here, coming up to 5.6 at 0854, and gave me 5.6; Bill remained the strongest of the VK signals and found other VKs to the south seemed “encapsulated” at lower strength. Bill gave G3LUW 5.7 but with QSB right out! EA7GSU gave Bill 5.8/9 at 0816z.
G3LUW could copy VK2IWT; gave Klaus 5.6; gave G3OKT 5.5
HB9CQS was only 2.1 here in Contest QRM; came up later to 5.4 but never to his usual strength! Klaus gave G3LUW 5.4, gave G3OKT 4.3, gave VK2IWT 5.3, gave VK3KCD 4.3 in exchange for 5.5.
VK2IWT was 3.3 with Bill; Noel gave Klaus 5.8 but was just a voice here – no copy.
VK3KCD got 2.2 from Bill; I had no copy of Peter here.
EA7GSU gave Bill 5.7, G3LUW 5.2, and HB9CQS 5.9+10dB in exchange for 5.9. Pertti suddenly came up here to 5.9 at 0750z, just as he said I came up from 4.1 to 5.9+10dB; Pertti gave VK2MCB 2.1, VK2IWT 1.1, VK3KCD no copy, PA3AHC 5.9, F4GHB 3.1, and G4HCK 3.1.
F4GHB was 5.7/8 with Bill; Alain barely heard here at 2.1
PA3AHC also just heard here; Malcolm was 100% copied by VK4ZD.
G4HCK was only 2.1 here; Nick got 5.6/7 from VK4ZD.
VK2MCB also only 2.1 here; Phil gave me 4.1, Alain 5.3’ gave EA7GSU 4.1 and got 3.1; was 5.5 with VK4ZD.
PA0SDZ (I think) came in at 0822; Les not coped here but gave Klaus 5.7 in exchange for 5.4?
VK4BLZ (in Toowoomba) was heard by HB9CQS at 0822; Len gave Klaus 5.7 and received 5.4.
The net closed at 0827; VK4ZD was still 5.6 here.
0900z -1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT who was net control.
G7OAI/P was 5.9+20dB here with QSB. Gave me 5.9+20-60dB, G3LUW 5.7/9, G2FUU 5.7/8 and G4LXD 5.9+20dB.
G3LUW was 5.9+10dB, and was hearing G3JJR at 5.5-6
G2FUU was 5.9 to 5.9+10dB QSB
G3JJR was 5.4/5 running on a whip antenna on top of the car; said I was going up and down in QSB, coming up a lot at 0947. John was still 5.5 here.
PA3AHC Malcolm called in but I had no copy here
G4LXD was 5.9+10dB here; gave 5.9 to all except G3JJR whom he could not hear. Bill got 5.9 from G3LUW.
Tommy and Brian said they would listen on 80m at 1800z in case of any callers.
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.3115MHz
From John G3OKT
I called in briefly at 1505 en-route to cutting the hedge! Pertti EA7GSU was 5.7 and gave me 5.8
HB9CQS gave Pertti 5.9+10dB. Klaus was 5.5 here down to 2.3-4.3 as he turned his beam towards the west.
Pertti was calling CQ US members of ROAR but received no response.
PA3AHC Malcolm could just be heard here (3.1) but was not copying me.
I left at 1515z.
From Phil N9HWO
At 1500 UTC, I listened and called on 14.310, and heard some very distant stations but could not make them out. Band conditions were poor at that time.
I will not be on ROAR frequencies on 22 March as I will be traveling and attending a Diocesan Holy Week Chrism Mass.
Also, next Sunday is Easter Sunday, and I will not be on the air at 1500 UTC. I probably won’t be on the air at 2000 UTC either.
1800z – 1830z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287/8 or 14.310
From Phil N9HWO
Two Spanish-speaking stations with strong signals were having a QSO. Conditions were good, but I did not hear any ROAR stations on nearby or alternate frequencies. I worked several QSOs on nearby frequencies.
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 22 March 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0730z - 0800z Tuesday 22 March 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 58 and gave me 59
Phil VK2MCB and I exchanged 57 reports
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 53-7
Malcolm PA3AHC was 44-55 before dropping back to 33 and gave me 44-55
Brian G3LUW was 55-6
Klaus HB9CQS was 59 and gave me 58-9
From John G3OKT
Sorry missed today’s sked – late night last night due to Club Charter Night.
From Brian G3LUW
Called Peter VK3KCD. He gave me 5&9 and was 5&7 here. Almost the same with Phil VK2MCB. I was unable to copy Bill VK4ZD throughout, although I could hear his voice. Pertti told me Bill was copying me at 5&6. Pertti EA7GSU was 5&9 both ways. Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 5&6 reports. I had no copy at all on Malcolm PA3AHC. At about 0745 conditions started to deteriorate. By 0755 I had no copy on Australia and Klaus was very weak. I closed down on the hour, with Pertti still a good signal.

That’s all for now,
73s from John G3OKT
25th March 2016
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