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

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Roar Nets October 30th - November 1st 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 30th October and 1st November 2016
 
0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 58 and gave me 47-59
Phil VK2MCB was 57-8 and gave me 57-9
Noel VK2IWT was 59+10 and gave me 59+30
Malcolm PA3AHC was portable at VK4ZD
John ZL2JPM was 58
 
0630z - 0730z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From John G3OKT
Conditions from QSL at 0310z : SFI 79 A 26 (red) K 4 sunspots 16 (from zero)
As expected, the band was initially dead apart from 3 weak contest stations.
G3OKT called CQ with no response.
HB9CQS was just heard 4.1 at 0634 calling VK4ZD (not heard); At 0731z Klaus was 1.1 signing off with Bill.
G3LUW (said later on 80m that he had) worked no one on this net, but had worked two Ja stns.
 
From Nick G4HCK
Well this morning’s net was very interesting. Was anyone there?? The clocks went back in the UK last night and I was beginning to look to see if I had made a mistake re the time of the net. The web site shows 07.00 gmt but the emails received indicate 0630z - 0730z. It was 07.00z so I continued to monitor. I thought I heard Klaus or was it Pertti. So all in all I was on my own - a little fish in a big pond. The band started to wake up with contest stations taking over the frequency at 07.30z. At this point I decided it was time for breakfast so qsy’d to the kitchen.
Let’s hope conditions improve next week.
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
I heard and worked one station and two call signs. At the net starting time the band was dead here.
06:41z worked Bill, VK4ZD, his / mine 32 / 45. Other ANZO stations were just a distant mumble. Continued listening.
07:07z Bill called with a 57-58 signal, increasing to 59, fairly steady and overriding the contest QRM.
07:09z Called John, ZL2JPM and Phil, VK2MCB, but no reply. Bill expected that they had gone QRT.
07:13z Worked Malcolm, VK4/PA3AHC, visiting Bill and Diane. I am not certain that Australia accepts the CEPT system. Please explain, Bill. - Confirmed
Heard Bill working Pertti, EA7GSU, but Pertti and all other Europeans were 00 here
07:31z Net closed
The big Japanese contest stations were now booming in long path. The band was certainly not dead. I worked 10 contest stations before closing down, including 3 x JA, 1 x VK3, 1 x ZW8 (Brazil).
 
From Pertti EA7GSU
In spite of cqww contest we had an empty frequency!!!
Quiet it was until 0641 when I heard J - P, F1CFA and gave 31 report. But he disappeared before I got my report.
Then calling to various directions and in different modes for half an hour. Slowly from the mud of background noise came Bill, VK4ZD and grew up to 57 at the end of sched 0731utc. I recognised Klaus’ voice but couldn’t read him.
At this point the band was found by the contesters and was crowded!
We wish for better next time!
 
From Bill VK4ZD
John ZL2JPM was 56 and gave me 57
Bruce VK2BX was 33 here
Peter VK3KCD was 33 here
Phil VK2MCB was 33-44 and gave me 41
Noel VK2IWT was 33 here
Klaus HB9CQS was 45-58 and gave me 57-8-9
Pertti EA7GSU was 54-4 and gave me 55-6
Malcolm PA3AHC was portable at VK4ZD
 
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,693
From John G3OKT who was net control.
G3LUW was 5.9+15dB here and was 5.9 with Tommy.
F1CFA called in and was copied by Brian at 5.2 to 3.3/4.
G3OKT John barely heard Jean Pierre at 2.1 in S5 noise level; got 5.3 from Jean Pierre.
G2FUU was 5.9+10dB here; Tommy had no copy of F1CFA
G3JJR exchanged 5.9 b/w with Brian but was down at 5.7/8 here.
G3SZF Bob was 5.9 here; no copy of F1CFA; heard G3JJR down on usual signal but Q5.
G3LUW will be net control next week; G3OKT will be net control on 20th November.
G2FUU said he would not be able to listen for any callers on 80m RIBA net at 1700z.
 
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
 
0730z – 0800z Tuesday 1st November 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0700z - 0730z (later Time) Tuesday 1st November 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
From Klaus HB9CQS to VK4ZD before the net :
Deciding on the schedule time is difficult, I know. I hope that the following may be of some help.
At 06:45z this Monday morning (SN14, K3) the band was dead. I got a weak signal from Len about 06:55z and we decided to wait. Our QSO then started 07:05z. Len was 55-56. When we closed at 07:28z Len was 55-57. From abt. 07:20z Len was able to work Jan, Danish also and living on the Mediteranian coast a few hundred kilometers east of Pertti. Jan was not workable here until 07:28z. Same pattern as on Sunday where I never heard Pertti.
Apart from 06:30z now being half past seven in the morning!, I am fairly certain that there will be no contacts between Europe and ANZO when/if the Tuesday-net starts at 06:30z. And I feel sorry for OKT and LUW who are 10 degrees west of me.
 
From Bill VK4ZD to Klaus before the net :
I think you may be correct.
The best time for both VK and ZL into Europe is currently going to be 0700z
I will be on frequency from 0700z
Even the G's should have propagation to vk from 0730z.
 
From John ZL2JPM
          CALL RST_RCVD RST_SENT STATION_CALLSIGN TIME_OFF

20m F1CFA 51 51 ZL2JPM 2016-11-01-071156

20m VK3KCD 51 51 ZL2JPM 2016-11-01-070830

20m EA7GSU 53 53 ZL2JPM 2016-11-01-070759

20m VK2MCB 57 53 ZL2JPM 2016-11-01-065916

20m ZL1BFS 52 ZL2JPM 2016-11-01-065648 (very briefly – and unusual)

20m VK4ZD 58 57 ZL2JPM 2016-11-01-065624

20m HB9CQS 58 57 ZL2JPM 2016-11-01-065408
Better prospect last night!
 
From John G3OKT
From QSL at 0605z : SFI 77 A 11 K 2 sunspots 12 (steady)
At 0700z HB9CQS just heard here at 1.1 QSB in contact with VK4ZD (not heard here then).
By 0705z Klaus was up to S3 but still only Q1/2 with QSB and high noise
EA7GSU was just recognized at 0705; Pertti then suddenly 5.5/6 at 0718z, gave me 5.8/9. He reported that ZL2JPM, ZL1BFS, VK4ZD at 5.2 coming up to 5.7, F1CFA & PA0SDZ were all on frequency.
By 0747, Pertti was a steady 5.7 here
ZL1BFS was 2.1 here – good to hear Doug!
VK2MCB was 5.7/8 with Pertti at 0728z. I believe Phil and G3OKT exchanged 3.1b/w at 0750.
VK4ZD was heard here at 0733 at 3.1. Gave me 2.2 to 3.3
HB9CQS was down to 4/5.1 again at 0733, but then 3.3 at 0740z. Klaus got 5.9 from Pertti
G3LUW was 3.1 here at 0740; gave VK4ZD 5.5, HB9CQS 5.6 and VK2MCB 5.3. Brian was 5.9 with Pertti.
VK4ZD was 5.2 with Pertti at 0750 but falling; Klaus heard Bill at 5.8; Bill was 3.2 here.
G3LUW was 5.9+ with Pertti as the net ended at 0753.
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
The good news: This Tuesday’s net lasted more than one hour. The bad news: It was not long enough to let John and Brian in properly.
From a QTH ten longitude degrees east of G, the net looked like this:
06:38z Attempted contact with John, ZL2JPM. Aborted.
06:50z Heard Peter, VK3KCD, but too weak to contact.
06:51z John, ZL2JPM, his/mine 55-56/57. John is planning an upgrade of his antenna.
06:53z Phil, VK2MCB, 57-58/59
06:55z Doug, ZL1BFS, 54/57. Doug was weaker than John at this point in time. This changed later.
06:56z Bill, VK4ZD, 59 b/w
07:00z Peter, VK3KCD, 54/56
07:05z Pertti, EA7GSU, 59/59
07:07z Pertti got 52 from John and returned a 52-53. Doug got 57 from Pertti.
07:09z Pertti got 33 from Bill and returned a 51.
07:19z Bill had dropped to 55 here. Got 57.
07:28z Pertti gave Phil 57. Got “beautiful copy” from Phil.
07:30z Phil had dropped to R3-4.
07:41z Brian, G3LUW, 54/56. Brian got 56 from Bill.
07:52z Bill had now increased from 55 to 58.
07:52z Net closed
 
From Bill VK4ZD
NOTE Change in Net Time + 30 minutes
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59 reports
Doug ZL1BFS and I exchanged 58-9 reports
Phil VK2MCB was 53 and gave me 53
John ZL2JPM was 58-9
Peter VK3KCD was 44 and gave me 43
Pertti EA7GSU was initially 33, building ultimately to 59 and gave me 51 building to 59
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 56 and gave me 56
Les PA0SDZ was 44 and gave me 55
John G3OKT was 22-33 and gave me 31
Brian G3LUW and I exchanged 55 reports
 
I went QRT at 0750z - much better timing it seems
 

73s from John G3OKT
3rd November 2016

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