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Roar Nets April 16th - April 18th 2017

0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 59
Phil VK2MCB was 59 and gave me 59+10
John ZL2JPM was 57 building to 58-9 and gave me 58-9
Reg VK7KK was 57 and gave me 58-9
0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 58 and gave me 59
Phil VK2MCB was 55 and gave me 56
John ZL2JPM was 33-44
Reg VK7KK was 33
Miika OH2BAD was 43
Doug ZL1BFS was 55-7 who gave me 59
I went QRT at 0743z
From John G3OKT
The QSL website gave for 0605z : SFI 73 A 6 K 1 sunspots 11 (steady)
Band was noisy today, several stations were heard at good strength, but ROAR was caught between QRM from an S9 Italian on 14.297 and the usual Russian net on 14.292. At 0715z Pertti EA7GSU gave me 5.8 on 14.292 and said ROAR was on 14.295.
OH2BAD Miika said on 14.295 that he could hear VK4ZD “very weak”.
F1CFA was given 5.9+19dB by Miika at 0716 but Jean Pierre was not heard here.
G0EGW Vernon exchanged reports with Pertti but was hardly heard here at 0725.
Woodpecker came up at S9 on 14.2864 at 0740z.
I called CQ on 14.292 at 0733; no response so I went QRT at 0743z.
From Nick G4HCK
Today was another eventful day on the net (!)
At around 08.30 Miika came and rescued me – I had been listening on 14.292 and the net was on 14.2952 – was someone trying to tell me something? Over recent months the Russians (or someone from that area) have made this area of the band their’s and this morning there was a station splattering all over the place. I expect the conditions are proving challenging for amateurs in that part of the world as well.
At the end of 45 minutes I had managed to speak briefly to Miika and Vernon and my wife who came into the shack and she was 5.9 +++ (as she always is !!!).
Ah well time to move on; let’s hope Australia returns before too long
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
This morning, we were on frequency with Mika (OH2BAD – F1CFA 5.9 b/w). Mika copied VK2MCB (5.4) and Bill was out !
Later, Mika heard Nick G4HCK calling.
We decided to move the frequency to 14,2952 (our old frequency). Phil agreed and said to Bill. So, NO Russian on that frequency...
Hope we keep that frequency for Tuesday. Happy Easter!
From Klaus HB9CQS to Jean Pierre F1CFA
I took the day off from the net. Understand that the net was not the very best.
Fully agree on the QRG. The Russians start before we do and it is their
frequency. I switched to 14295.2 myself a few nets back for the same reason.
Thanks for your greetings and a happy Easter to you too.
From Pertti EA7GSU
It seems to be so that sometimes the BC harmonic, or Russians or the Italian net are causing QRM depending of the skip. Flexibility is one way to avoid nervous break-down. If we just agree that depending on free space, we move up/down of the nominal qrg. So everybody can make some scanning around if the usual meeting point is empty. What you say?
From Bill VK4ZD
I agree.
Plus or minus a specific frequency always makes sense.
We always have to change times to follow the propagation (or lack of it)
so whenever we make a permanent change of frequency and then vary the
time there will always be someone who thinks they 'own' the frequency.
If we stay on 14.295 +/- then the next time we change time (earlier?)
then we will be in the clear. If not then we are still advising +/-
From Frank Garbelmann 5P2BA in Denmark (Founder of OU0POLIO)
Please note that OU0POLIO will be on the air from 24 April. – 11 May 2017. OM Tor, DJ4MG/5P4MG and YL DL1TM/OZ7TM; QTH near Løkken, EU-171.
OM Tor and YL Ela are non Rotarians but they support us since 2015 and they are also active under the club call DL0POLIO They have agreed to join in ROAR nets during this period so that participants have a change to work the call. I can just not promise anything as it is in holiday style operation.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
G3OKT was net controller on 3.6945, using a restored 80m doublet. 80m was very busy with European signals and a steady S5 background noise.
G3LUW was 5.9+20dB; Brian gave me 5.9+10-15dB
G7OAI/P was 5.9+10dB and gave me 5.9+40dB, gave G3LUW S9+30dB and got 5.9, gave G3JJR 5.9+20dB, gave G3SZF 5.9+30dB, gave PA3AHC 5.5, G2FUU 5.9+30dB, G0EGW 5.9+40dB, and G0PCF 5.9.
G3JJR was 5.9+10 dB here ; John had no copy of Malcolm; got 5.9 from G3LUW
G3SZF Bob had S7 noise level and heard part of Malcolm with QSB
G2FUU was 5.9+10dB; Tommy said Malcolm was not strong; gave me 5.9+20dB; John JJR was a steady S9 and John OAI 5.9 and said Vernon was very weak and in the noise.
PA3AHC was 5.7 to 3.6 in QSB and noise here. Malcolm was heard by Brian but not good copy.
G0EGW was 5.9+10dB down to S7 in QSB, and gave me 5.9+20dB. Vernon reported that 20m had been difficult earlier; he had exchanged a few words with Phil and Bill; had heard Pertti and Klaus, and also Nick G4HCK in QSB.
We had a good discussion of Rotary affairs – Youth speaks, return of Himalayas expedition from Tommy and Annual Account from Treasurer Bruce.
Bob G3SZF said he will be away for the next few Sundays, so next his meeting will be face to face at the Banbury ROAR AGM.
Bill G4LXD will miss the net next week being on a Rotary International trip to Krakov.
Tommy G2FUU confirmed that he will be Net Controller next week. The net closed at 0855z.
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.310MHz
Phil N9HWO (checking with Ed N4EDT) suggests that we drop the 1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8 or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.310MHz from the listing since it is not being used. Instead, we could list 2230 z Informal Transcontinental / TransAtlantic net on 7.118 +/- QEM .
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
Tommy G2FUU and Brian G3LUW had said earlier that they might be available for this net.
2200z – 2230z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287, 7188, 14.284
From Ed N4EDT
No TransCon net. This past week end. Many of the members were off with family and friends celebrating Easter.
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 18th April 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 18th April 2017 EUR net on 14,292
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 44
Miika OH2BAD was 33 here at best
Klaus HB9CQA was initially 44 and at the end of the net he built up to 56-7 and initially gave me 42 building to 56
From John G3OKT
QSL site at 0605z gave : SFI 75 A 4 K 1 and sunspots 0 for the 2nd day
At 0701z I heard Klaus HB9CQS give OH2BAD 5.6. Miika was 5.1 here. Miika gave Klaus 5.9 and got 5.4 to 5.9 in QSB from Klaus
I had no sign of VKs at 0705, but at 0708 I just heard VK2MCB; Phil was 5.5 with Klaus.
VK2MCB and OH2BAD exchanged 5.5 b/w.
F1CFA was on the net but I had no copy of Jean Pierre
I was glad to hear from Phil that Carole is progressing OK
I went QRT at 0715z.
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
It was the same situation as for Sunday for us : OH2BAD and me exchanged
5.9 b/w. For me Klaus HB9CQS was 42. He had no copy of me. I heard,
with difficulty VK2MCB, but Mika and he exchanged 52 b/w. I know that
OH2BAD and PA3AHC had a good contact and that Pertti was also on the
frequency, talking with Klaus.
You know, from my QTH, I am not disturbed by the parasitic frequency on
14,295. And Klaus has, generally speaking, a good signal. It's a mystery
for me, except a problem of beam, that Klaus can't copy me.
From Klaus HB9CQS
Here is Tuesday’s ANZO net as I saw it.
07:01z worked Miika, OH2BAD, mostly 56 – 58 with deep QSB (other antenna direction?). Got 55-56, later 59 on peaks.
About 07:10z I heard Miika working Phil. No VKs heard here.
07:18z Phil, VK2MCB, was now partly readable and 42 here. Got 55. Signals continued to improve.
07:19z Bill; VK4ZD, now workable, his/mine 42/44 increasing to 56/57
07:28z Pertti, EA7GSU switched antenna between omnidirectional and beam. 56-58 (omni) and 32 (beaming VK). Got 58 omnidirectional.
07:42z Net closed. Bill had a fine signal still, but Phil was weaker.
F1CFA, Jean Pierre, was on the net but too weak to work.
That’s all for now.
Sorry won’t be on air Sunday 23rd nor Tuesday 25th, but should be back Sun 30th April.
73s from John G3OKT
20th April 2017

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