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

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Roar Nets September 25th - September 27th 2016

ROAR Nets Report for 25th and 27th September 2016
 
0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 58-9 and gave me 59
Reg VK7KK was 57-8 and gave me 58
 
0630z - 0730z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 59
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 56-7 and gave me 56 building to 58-9
Coco YO9BC was 57 and gave me 58
Miika OH2BAD and I exchanged 57 reports
Klaus HB9CQS and I exchanged 59+10 reports
Pertti EA7GSU was 58 and gave me 59
Malcolm PA3AHC was 44 and gave me 55
John G3OKT was 55-6 and gave me 55-7
I went QRT at 0730z
 
From John G3OKT
QSL figures : SFI 85 A 5 K 5(red) sunspots 47 (steady)
For the first half of the net, the band was just a noisy soup of snatches of transmissions including music (!), unstable openings, fluttering QSB and occasional QRN to S5. Woodpecker came in once only at S9+20dB at 0635z, but was audible by clicks here long after that. It obviously caused much more of a problem with others.
VK3KCD Peter was 4.1 here at 0630z giving Coco YO9BC 2.1, but neither was heard again.
OH2BAD was 4.3 here initially and never stronger than 5.5. Miika thought he heard G3LUW but Brian was not heard here; Miika gave VK4ZD 5.7.
ZL1BFS got 4.2 from Miika in exchange for 3.3. Doug was 2.2 here - first time heard here for months! Miika had copy of Klaus, Coco and Jean Pierre - who gave Miika 5.5.
HB9CQS Klaus was only 3.2 here at 0652z and gave 5.2 to Doug apparently in mistake for John ZL2JPM.
G0EGW at 0658z gave 5.7/8 for Bill, who said he could only hear Vernon with difficulty and in bursts. Klaus gave Vernon 5.6 and gave 5.2-3 for G3OKT.
At 0700z the noise level dropped and I caught a few seconds of VK4ZD at 4.3.
OH2BAD was 5.2 here at 0703z.
HB9CQS gave VK4ZD 5.9+10dB and G0EGW 5.6 at 0705z. Klaus was 5.1 here.
EA7GSU said Klaus was 5.7/8 when last heard; Pertti was then 5.9+10db with Klaus.
VK4ZD and G3OKT exchanged 5.5 b/w at 0706z and steady until the net ended.
F1CFA was peaking 5.7 with VK4ZD at 0705z. Jean Pierre not heard here nor by Pertti.
I had a brief failure of transmitter around 0718z
PA3AHC Malcolm was just heard here 1.1 at 0720z talking to Pertti.
EA7GSU was 5.9 here at 0721z; Pertti gave Vernon 5.9+10dB, G3OKT 5.7/8, HB9CQS 5.9, PA3AHC 5.9, YO9BC 5.5 and ZL1BFS 5.5.
OH2BAD gave Pertti 5.9, G3OKT 3.1 (Miika was 5.5 here), and had no copy of G0EGW.
HB9CQS at 0724 heard ZL1BFS at 5.5, OH2BAD at 5.3, G3OKT 5.3 (Klaus was 5.1 here) and got 5.9+ from Pertti.
G0EGW was 5.7 here at 0730z.
VK4ZD Bill said he would be on the Tuesday net but then absent in Perth for 2 weeks.
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT (net control)
G7OAI John was 5.8, also using Hack Green SDR as an additional receiver. John
copied G3OKT at 5.9+10-30dB QSB; had difficult copy of G3JJR at 1.9 in S9 noise; copied G3SZF at 1.9, G2FUU at 5.9+10dB, and had no copy of Malcolm PA3AHC.
G3JJR was 5.9+10dB; John heard G7OAI at 5.8; said he could hear Malcolm at first only.
G3LUW was 5.9+20dB; Brian heard PA3AHC at 4.6/7 peaking 5.8
G2FUU Tommy was 5.9+10dB; heard G3JJR in the noise and G3LUW strong.
G3SZF was 5.9+10dB; Bob was 5.9 with Brian.
PA3AHC was 4.5 here, 5.5 with Bob, heard me at 5.9 and was heard well by Tommy.
G4LXD was 5.9+20dB b/w with me; heard G2FUU at 5.9+10dB, both G7OAI and G3JJR at 3.3, and G3LUW at 5.8. Bill was 5.9 via the Hack Green SDR for John.
G0EGW Vernon came in here at 5.9+20dB at 0858z and was able to hear Bill.
Tommy said that he would listen at 1700z for any callers to the evening RIBI net.
 
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 27th September 2016 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 

0630z - 0700z Tuesday 27th September 2016 EUR net on 14,295.2 / 7,136 +/-
From Bill VK4ZD
Signals were almost non-existent
Klaus was the only readable signal heard.
Klaus HB9CQS was 56 and gave me 55
 
From John G3OKT
Figures from QSL were SFI 87 A 22 (red) K 4 sunspots 23
According to the UK University of Lancaster, there had been a significant Aurora at 0000z.
Apart from the broadcast station on 14.300 at S3 and a German station at 5.5 on 14307, the band seemed completely dead.
HB9CQS was then faintly heard at 0630z
EA7GSU was heard on CW 5.1.9 at 0637z
PA3AHC was 2.1 with QSB at 0644z
VK4ZD floated up for a few seconds at 0646z. HB9CQS responded at 1.1. Bill gave Klaus 5.6
EA7GSU came up on SSB at 0650z at 4.1
VK2MCB Phil might (?) have been heard in background at 0652z - Phil still away in Europe (webmaster)
Nothing else was heard so I went QRT at 0700z
 
From Jean Pierre F1CFA to Pertti
The band was dead with that Aurora ( 0,00 UTC ). I just suspected your voice and heard your CW. HB9CQS burst suddenly to 55 for a few seconds and disappeared. I heard two peoples speaking on 7,132 MHZ later. Was it Coco ? Suddenly a VK3 station appeared with a 58 signal. I think that the 40 m band is much better on Tuesday. Why not ?
 
From Pertti EA7GSU to Jean Pierre
Yes, band was like never before!! I heard you 41 at 0634hrs and called, but I was obviously too weak. After you disappeared, I heard John, G3OKT on cw with 419 and we made it! I got 519 in return. For a couple of seconds I heard Bill VK4ZD with 41 and called desperately back on ssb and cw but in vain!
At 0704 I heard John’s cw again when he signed off. After that silence!!!
I dragged the plug at 0726 without hearing a single stn anymore.
One day we will make it again!
 
 
That’s all for now,
73s from John G3OKT
29th September 2016

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