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Roar Nets March 6th - March 8th 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 6th March and 8th March 2016
0700z - 0730z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 59
Peter VK3KCD was 59
Noel VK2IWT was 59+20
Reg VK7KK was 58-9 and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was 57-8 and gave me 56-7
From Phil VK2MCB
07:16 ZL2JPM LSB 7.115.000 51 51 John
07:08 VK7KK LSB 7.115.000 59 59 Reg
07:08 VK2IWT LSB 7.115.000 59 59 Noel
06:58 VK4ZD L SB 7.115.000 59 59 Bill
06:55 VK3KCD LSB 7.115.000 59 59 Peter
0730z - 0830z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
Propagation forecast at 0605 utc : SFI 98 A 4 K 1 sunspots 68 (falling)
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD and I exchanged 59 reports
Phil VK2MCB was 58 and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was 44 building to 56-7
John G3OKT was 57-8 on his doublet and gave me 57
Klaus HB9CQS was 59+5-10 and gave me 59
Alain F4GHB was 58-9+5 and gave me 59+
Noel VK2IWT was 44 and gave me 55-6
Pertti EA7GSU was 58 and gave me 59
Nick G4HCK was 58 and gave me 55
Vitor CT1BJZ was 57 and gave me 57-9
Malcolm PA3AHC was 56-7 and gave me 55-6
Len VK4BLZ (in Toowoomba) was 55 here
Brian G3LUW was 56-7 56-7 and gave me 53
Miika OH2BAD was 59
Les PA0SDZwas 57 and gave me 58
Rafael IV3EZJ was 57-8 and gave me 58-9
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 57 and gave me 58-9
Tom G1IZQ (visitor) was 58 and gave me 58-9
I went QRT at 0844z
From Phil VK2MCB
08:44 G1IZQ USB 14.295.200 57 57 Tom
08:34 F1CFA USB 14.295.200 53 52 Jean Pierre
08:30 IV3EZJ USB 14.295.200 57 56 Raffaele
08:19 PA0SDZ USB 14.295.200 58 57 Les
08:04 OH2BAD USB 14.295.200 59 58 Miika
07:59 G3LUW USB 14.295.200 57-8 58 Brian
07:59 VK4BLZ USB 14.295.200 56 Len
07:45 PA3AHC USB 14.295.200 56-7 54 Malcolm
07:38 G4HCK USB 14.295.200 59 57 Nick
07:38 EA7GSU USB 14.295.200 56 56 Pertii
07:37 VK2IWT USB 14.295.200 43 Noel
07:36 F4GHB USB 14.295.200 59 58 Alain
07:35 HB9CQS USB 14.295.200 59+10 59 Klaus
07:33 VK3KCD USB 14.295.200 42 Peter Sometimes up to readibility 5
07:32 G3OKT USB 14.295.200 59 57-8 John 57 on the Spider Beam
07:31 ZL2JPM USB 14.295.200 57 54 John
07:31 VK4ZD USB 14.295.200 59 58 Bill
From John G3OKT
An excellent net – all the better for starting 30 mins earlier. Phil also said conditions were great to VK.
VK4ZD and G3OKT exchanged 5.7 b/w using my spider. On the doublet Bill gave me 5.7/8. Bill later said I was up to 5.8 at times but Bill stayed a constant 5.7 here.
VK2MCB gave VK4ZD 5.9, G3OKT 5.7 on the spider or 5.9 on the doublet; gave HB9CQS 5.9+10dB; gave both F4GHB and G4HCK 5.9; gave EA7GSU 5.6. Phil was 5.7/8 here but down to 5.6 by 0840z.
VK3KCD was 5.5 here and gave me 4.5; Phil gave Peter 5.2; Peter gave John ZL2JPM 5.5.
HB9CQS gave VK4ZD 5.9, VK3KCD 5.6/7, ZL2JPM 5.6, and G3OKT 5.3. Klaus was 5.5 here and 5.9+10dB with VK4ZD.
ZL2JPM was only just heard here; down for VK4ZD at 4.4 and 5.4 with Miika OH2BAD.
F4GHB Alain was 3.4 here in the noise; gave Klaus 5.8 and gave Bill 5.9+ in exchange for 5.8/9. Alain came up to 5.6 here at 0800z and gave VK2MCB 5.8, VK2IWT 5.7, G3LUW 5.6, G3OKT 5.7, EA7GSU 5.9+, PA3AHC 4.5 and Klaus 5.8. By now Alain was 5.9+5dB with VK4ZD. Alain received John ZL2JPM at 5.4/5.
VK2IWT did not touch the S meter here – I could detect his voice only at 2.1; OH2BAD gave Noel 5.3. At 0745z, Noel gave VK4ZD 5.6 and received 4.4.
EA7GSU was 5.7/8 here; Pertti gave Bill 5.9 in exchange for 5.8; gave both VK3KCD and ZL2JPM 4.1; and Alain, Klaus, G3OKT, “and everyone else” 5.9.
G4HCK exchanged 5.5 b/w with G3OKT; Nick gave F4GHB 3.1, EA7GSU 5.7, Bill 5.9 in exchange for 5.8; and Nick gave G3LUW 5.2.
PA3AHC gave VK4ZD 5.5/6 and got 5.6/7; Malcolm “could hear VK2MCB OK”, and was 5.4 here. Peter VK3KCD said he was copying Malcolm for the first time in ages (at 4.3) and got 4-2/3 from Peter.
G4HCK was 5.6 with VK3KCD and gave Peter 5.4.
VK3KCD was 5.7 with F4GHB who gave Peter 5.5-7. Bill VK4ZD gave Peter 5.9+5dB.
HB9CQS suddenly came up here to 5.9+20dB at 0756z. Klaus gave F4GHB 5.4/5, Nick 5.5 to 5.6, said Pertti had QSB between 5.9+10dB and 5.7/9; said VK2MCB was 5.9 and VK2IWT was 5.6; and received Malcolm at 4.3.
Klaus called VK4BLZ into the net : Len could just be heard here; was 5.5 with VK4ZD and 5.6 with VK2MCB.
G3LUW gave VK4ZD 5.3 and HB9CQS 5.6; Brian was 5.6 here and 5.6/7 with VK4ZD.
EA7GSU was 5.9 here at 0802z, gave VK4ZD 5.7, Nick 5.7, exchanged 5.6 b/w with VK2MCB; gave VK2IWT 5.2, PA3AHC 5.7 and G3LUW 5.9.
OH2BAD came in at 5.9+10dB having missed the earlier start time, and gave 5.9 for all European stations and got 5.9 from VK4ZD. At 0812z, Miika was 5.9 with VK2MCB in exchange for 5.8; Miika gave VK3KCD 5.8.
G3LUW was 5.7/8 with VK2MCB; Brian gave Phil 5.8. Brian also gave VK3KCD 5.6 and got 5.5.
PA3AHC was 5.6/7 with Phil. Malcolm gave Phil 5.4/5; Malcolm was 5.5 here at 0805, gave EA7GSU 5.7 and HB9CQS 4.3; and was received by VK4ZD at 5.6/7 with QSB.
PA0SDZ Les gave Bill 5.8 and got 5.7; gave VK2MCB 5.7 and got 5.8; gave VK2IWT 5.4; Les exchanged 5.6 b/w with G3OKT.
G4HCK gave Phil 5.7, and VK2IWT 4.3; had no copy on ZL2JPM; gave PA3AHC 3.2, VK3KCD 5.4, HB9CQS 5.5 and Miika 5.9+.
At 0823, HB9CQS gave G3LUW 5.5, PA0SDZ from 5.5 to 4.4, and OH2BAD 5.9. By then Klaus was down to 5.6 here and PA0SDZ was 5.5.
IV3EZJ called in at 0825z. Raphael was 5.9+10dB here, gave VK4ZD 5.8/9 and got 5.7/8; gave PA3AHC 5.5 and got 5.4; gave EA7GSU 5.9; gave VK2MCB 5.6 and got 5.5.
EA7GSU gave 5.9 to all of PA0SDZ, OH2BAD and G3LUW.
G4HCK gave VK4ZD 5.7/8 at 0827. Nick was now 5.6 here. Malcolm gave Nick 5.4.
G3LUW gave ZL2JPM 3.3. Brian was still 5.7 with VK4ZD; and confirmed G3OKT and G4HCK were 5.6.
OH2BAD was up to 5.9+20dB here at 0830z; Miika gave Klaus 5.8/9.
F1CFA appeared at 0836z. Jean Pierre was 5.9 here and gave me 5.9; gave PA0SDZ 5.2; gave VK4ZD 5.8 and got 5.7; got 5.3 from VK2MCB and gave 5.2
Bill confirmed that the Tuesday Net should also start early at 0730z.
The net closed at 0847z
Sorry, I shall be absent next Sunday.
0900z -1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT who was net controller.
Apologies received from John G7OAI who had building difficulties!
Good net – 8 stations this week.
G3LUW 5.9+20dB (apologies for absence last week through visit of hedge cutter!). Brian said Diana was currently staying in Hampshire.
PA3AHC Malcolm was an excellent 5.7 at first; down to 5.5 later. Gave me 5.9+10dB at first but later down to 5.5 b/w. G3LUW was in the noise for Malcolm; Brian copied Malcolm at 5.5.
G3SZF was 5.9+20dB here; Bob received Malcolm at Q3
G2FUU Tommy was 5.9 here. Malcolm was in the noise; Everyone else readable, though Derek QSB’d into the noise.
G0SQH Derek was 5.9 here with QSB to 5.7. Most stations received by Derek at 5.9. Confirmed that he and Marie had booked into the last room left for ROAR AGM
G0PCF 5.9 here., 5.7 with G3LUW. Bruce said he was hearing Malcolm for the first time!
G4LXD 5.9+15dB here. Gave 5.9 for all except Malcolm who was 5.7. Bill was 5.9 with Brian.
The net was closed at 0950z.
Sorry, I will be absent next Sunday.
John G7OAI has since reported :
I took advantage of the fine Wx yesterday and made good progress, successfully installing the new mast & aerial, and then today trimmed & tuned the system, which is now working on 40 & 80 without the ATU. Noise level is unchanged, perhaps a bit worse, but hopefully the signals will be better...
I am committed to RAYNET next w/e, but could take the net the following Sunday, the 20th.
Re. the car door problem, the central locking wouldn't release the front passenger door. The garage took a day to break into it, remove the lock assembly and replace it with a new one. Odd that the door that gets much more use - the driver's side - is fine. It seems to be a VW fault, usually the same door...
Normal service has been resumed.
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.310MHz
From Pertti EA7GSU
Here is my report of the Atlantic net on Sunday March 6th at 1500hrs utc on 14310 kHz:
It was actually on 14.311 MHz because of the ARRL contest crowding the band and still we had a strong station on both side of our channel.
I started on the hour and after a couple of shouts the faithful Bob, G3SZF came back but very weak. As I was beaming 300°, I had to turn to N 00° and it helped several S-units the report. He was 58 and I got 59. This was followed by an other faithful, Malcolm, who exploded in 59 and was reading me well, too.
After several calls in vain we agreed to quit for the day and I promised to be calling in a week again. Sorry Phil, we didn’t make it yet!
The closure took place at 1518 hrs. 73 n gl in hunting
From Phil N9HWO
re TransAtlantic Net at 1500z on Sunday on 14.310MHz
At 1500z I attempted to listen on 14.310 but the band was filled with a contest and I didn’t hear any ROAR QSOs or calls.
1800z – 1830z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,693
G2FUU Tommy said earlier that through absence, he could not listen for any callers.
2000z - 2030z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287/8
From Phil N9HWO
At 2000 UTC all I heard was contesters.
Conditions seemed to be good and I heard several European stations, but the contesters overrode everything else. I will try again next Sunday.
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 8 March 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0730z - 0800z Tuesday 8 March 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
Prop. forecast at 0605utc was SFI 94 A 24 K 2 sunspots 61 (falling)
From Bill VK4ZD
Malcolm PA3AHC was 55 and gave me 54
Brian G3LUW was 55 and gave me 56-7
John G3OKT was 55 and gave me 54
Klaus HB9CQS was 59+10 and gave me 59+5
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 56 and gave me 57
Coco YO9BC was 58 and gave me 58 peaking to 59+10
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 57 before taking the members to 40m
I went QRT at 0815z
From John G3OKT
The forecast was grim but the net was probably timed just right.
G3LUW Brian was just heard at 0730 and still only 2.1 at 0802z.
VK4ZD exchanged 5.5 b/w with G3LUW. At 0734, Bill was just bucking the S meter between 2.1 and 3.4, and gave me 5.5 at 0735z. By 0738, Bill was a solid 5.6 here, peaking 5.7 by 0748 but then started going down again. By 0758 Bill was 5.3/5 in QSB and 4.3 at 0807z.
HB9CQS never got strong here : 2.1 initially, 4.1 on the spider antenna (low noise) at 0750, though Bill copied Klaus at 5.9+5dB.
G3LUW gave Bill 5.6/7 at 0744 but Brian heard no sign of Klaus.
PA3AHC was called in by G3LUW but no copy of Malcolm here. Malcolm heard Bill at 5.4 and got 5.5.
F1CFA was heard by Bill at 0753 but I heard nothing of Jean Pierre here. Jean Pierre gave Bill 5.7 and got 5.6 in return.
YO9BC came in at 5.9+10dB here. Coco gave Bill 5.8 to 5.9+10dB in QSB and got 5.8 from Bill; gave F1CFA 5.8/9; gave G3LUW 5.8 and got 5.9; but Coco could barely hear G3OKT.
Klaus said he was copying me at 0805z when I left the net, but not Coco.
From Brian G3LUW
After this morning’s net, Jean-Pierre suggested we try 40m. There were good signals between F1CFA, HB9CQS & G3LUW on 7138 kh/s No other station was heard.
That’s all for now,
73s from John G3OKT
10th March 2016
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