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

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Roar Nets October 2nd - October 4th 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 2nd and 4th October 2016

0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,110
 
0630z - 0730z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From John ZL2JPM
Propagation conditions for ZL to at least some European Stations is coming up for ZL’s. Coco (Y09BC) was heard at 0630 at 53 but did not respond. HB9CQS gave me 51 and was 53 here. Pertti (EA7GSU) was discernible but clearly not workable. No VKs or other European stations were heard. This is the first solid contact with Klaus since March 2016.
Doug (ZL1BFS) and I made contact on the ZL national repeater linked UHF system prior, as we can’t work each other on 20m.
Email is seemingly more reliable!!
 
From Nick G4HCK
And we thought it could not get worse – wrong !!!!
I did hear HB9CQS and EA7GSU just but they could not hear me.
I did speak to John G3OKT and for a short period of time he was 5.9 then vanished. I had a quick chat with Vernon G0EGW and that was the end of my hours excitement – well nearly – just before 08.30 someone decided they wanted the frequency and started to call CQ.
The challenges of amateur radio. Hopefully conditions will be better next week
 
From Jim G7NKS
Aurorae are pretty to look at and make for great news items but make for lousy radio!
 
From Pertti EA7GSU
More and more excitement, you never know how much worse the band can be. My window opened with Coco, yo9bc with good and steady signal (58/9//59 bw) but then the follow-up was different: Klaus was 53bw, whisper of John, g3okt and good sigs by Doug zl1bfs (51/53) but he heard me only 22. Signal from John zl2jpm was 41 !!! but no qso. Out of a ROAR pile-up (at least 3 stations talking simultaneously) I detected Vernon but only with 21 signal. Another whisper from Nick g4hck and voice detection by Malcolm with 31 sig’s.
But at least we were many members active. Aurora will not last forever!
 
From Peter VK3KCD
Greetings all. An aurora explains a lot. 40 mx was complete wash out here but on 20 I had a brief contest contact with a YO at 0600z. At net time between 0630 and 0645z I heard YO9BC and HB9CQS in two brief snatches at 22 with other background whispers then zilch so went QRT. Hope things have calmed down by Tuesday.
 
From Klaus HB9CQS (to G3OKT)
Many thanks for our fine 57-bw-QSO yesterday. Amazing that we managed so well when others were hit by the worst conditions seen for many months. Pertti’s description is very much to the point. When the net started I heard several RS-22-stations calling simultaneously, so I was much surprised when I heard Doug, ZL1BFS, through it all loud and clear. It must be about six months since I had a proper QSO with Doug. At 06:34z Doug was 55 and gave me 54 – 56. At abt. 06:45z John, ZL2JPM, called me and we had a brief QSO. John was 53 here and gave me 52 (as far as I recall John rarely uses preamplifier when giving reports). My last contact with Doug was abt. 07:00z. His sigs had dropped slightly but were still readable R5.
Before I closed down I managed to have a fairly decent QSO with Pertti. After an only half-decent QSO with Vernon, G0EGW, I went QRT at 07:27z.
The propagation prediction collected on DX-Summit said SN 0. Now we know what to expect.
 
From Markus DL5ABG (before the net)
Hi John, many thanks to take me on your weekly report, that´s fine for me.
A have a wire dipole for 80m/40m/20m band, so this should work for Europe.
To work the UK and the US should be more a challenge and it depends on the current conditions.
Nevertheless I will turn on my radio on Sunday for the ROAR net!
vy 73 de Markus DL5ABG
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT
G3LUW was net controller. Brian was 5.9+20dB here and 5.9 with Tommy.
G7OAI/P was 5.9+15dB here and 5.9+ with Tommy.
G2FUU was 5.9+20dB here and with Brian.
G3JJR John was 5.9 here
PA3AHC was 5.7 with QSB here; gave me 5.9-5.9+10dB. Malcolm was not heard by G3JJR and was 5.7-4.6 with Brian.
G0EGW was 5.9+10dB here; Vernon heard me with QSB; was 5.9+ b/w with Brian; gave 5.8 for Bob; gave G3JJR 5.9; was not strong with G2FUU but gave Tommy 5.7/8; gave Malcolm 5.7.
G3SZF was 5.9 with both G3LUW and G3OKT; Bob gave 5.7/8 for Vernon.
G4LXD Bill was 5.9+ here.
G7OAI had booked the Banbury Hotel for the 2017 AGM and recommended phoning the Hotel rather than booking through the website.
Tommy was celebrating a family birthday and wouldn’t be available to listen at 1700z.
G7OAI will be net controller next Sunday and G3OKT on 16th October.
 
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.310MHz
 
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 4th October 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0630z - 0700z Tuesday 4th October 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
From Klaus HB9CQS
An eventful morning. From here quite impossible inside Europe, but almost perfect for VK and ZL.
06:37z Coco was heard and worked but his sigs were below the noise level. His report to me unknown. Lost.
06:40z Peter, VK3KCD, was 42. Got 32 from Peter.
Abt. 06:44z on a CQ Rotary call I heard John, G3OKT. Later I may have heard Alain, F4GHB, but none of them came back to me. Other stations answered my CQ ROAR calls and I worked VK2DON, Don, his/mine 57-9/59, VK4TP, Kerry, 57/59, ZL2JML, Warren, 57/59 and our president John, ZL2JPM, 59 b/w. At 07:04z Doug, ZL1BFS, joined John and me. Exchanged 73s with John at 07:11z and with Doug at 07:13z.
 
From Doug ZL1BFS (received 6/10/16)
I don’t know whether John ZL2JPM or Klaus has told you, but we had a wonderful experience on our Tuesday evening last.
Each Tuesday evening, at 8:00pm the entire active ROAR contingent in New Zealand meet for a half hour sked. (That, by the way, is just John and I at present). Last Tuesday (4th October 2016) at 8:00pm (that’s 7:00am GMT) I was calling John on 7110, when I heard him calling me on the New Zealand UHF national link. He said Klaus was there, and coming through 59. So I QSYed to 14295.2, and there was Klaus talking to John. He was 57 at that stage, but came up to 59 a little later. I couldn’t hear John, but after Klaus had finished with him, I called and we had an armchair QSO. I have looked in my log, and that is the first time since 22 February that I have experienced signals like that.
Just wanted to share the experience with you.
 

From John G3OKT
From QSL, at 0335z SFI 88 A 14 K 4 sunspots 32
Apart from two weak stations (a VK and an I) the band was completely dead at 0628z. Woodpecker was heard as clicks only (S<1) at 0703z, so conditions were very poor. QTH here was in thick fog!
G3OKT called CQ at 0628z – no response.
HB9CQS was heard at 0637z calling YO9BC – Klaus was only 2.1 and gave Coco 2.1 QSB. By 0643 Klaus was 4.2 here and at 0647z peaked 5.5 in slow QSB. By 0655z, Klaus had gone down again to 2.1 – I heard his “QSL” as I went QRT at 0700z.
ZL1BFS was called by Klaus at 0640z and they were still working at 0703z. I had no good copy of either, though I feel sure that I did hear Doug in the noise.
VK3KCD got 4.2 from HB9CQS and gave Klaus 5.2 (?). Peter was not heard here.
F4GHB was called by Klaus at 0643z, but Alain was not heard here.
VK2DON was worked by Klaus at 0647, but Don was not heard here at all.
 
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
I was on the net this morning. I must complain about Klaus !!
I was on and ready to contact ZL1BFS and moreover ZL2JML (Warren ),
with a 55 signal to me.
But, but, but, Klaus made no room for another station, and he made no
break before an answer. Of course, he was not hearing me (he was just
bursting several times a quarter of second !) and covering my calls
with a 59 signal to ZL2JML or ZL1BFS.
So, no contact for me this morning. I closed at 6h45 UTC.
Otherwise, the band was dead !

That’s all for now (Apologies - I will be absent from ROAR next Sunday)
73s from John G3OKT
6th October 2016

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