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Roar Nets April 23rd - April 25th 2017

0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 59 and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCD was 59 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 57 and gave me 59
0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 33 and gave me 55
Phil VK2MCB was 53 and gave me 53
Doug ZL1BFS was there but not copiable
I went QRT at 0720z
From Nick G4HCK
I don’t know if the subject matter title is correct as there was no roaring on 20m today – just the odd squeak (sorry Pertti).
The conditions today were really as expected very poor.
I did hear Claus just and other than Pertti who I did establish a contact with that was it.
Ah well let’s hope the bands improve next week and if I keep saying that each week one day it may happen !!!
From Pertti EA7GSU
I thought it should have been ROAR meeting with Down-Under participating.
Lousy condx and I made contact only with Klaus, Nick and Vernon. All of them with very modest reports. I had my beam pointing to SW but nothing heard from VK/ZL lands.
At an earlier point it was referred to EA7BA-net which is running at the low end of band to check the propagations. And indeed: there was Bill VK4ZD chatting with G-stations and a VK6. But my CW went unnoticed and nobody appeared on 142952 either.
So at normal finishing time at 0800 I switched off the rig hoping for better next time.
From Klaus HB9CQS
No VKs or ZLs. I heard Pertti and lost him and probably heard Vernon but when I called QRZ, only an Over-the-Horizon-Radar came back to me. The Italians on 14297 didn't make things better. I closed down abt. 08:00z.
(This Monday morning, again with K value 4, I didn't expect any improvement.
To my great surprise the band was wide open LP towards VK. I started 06:30z
when I worked VK4BLZ, Len, 56 b/w and increasing. I then made apause. Shortly before 08:00z I heard VK6WC with a fine signal and at 08:00z I worked VK3SS, 200 km east of Melbourne. 55 b/w in a closing band.
All we need is someone who can make the rare band openings coincide with the ANZO nets.)
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz

2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QRM .
From Ed N4EDT N9HWO, KC4D, and Net Control N4EDT on 7.188 at 2230Z thru 2307z. Propagation was terrible Midway thru the informal portion of the net, propagation begin to collapse. Signals that were heard at 10 to 20 over 9 were suddenly unheard. During the early part of the net there was a great discussion on inter-club and inter-district cooperation supporting an international Rotary Project.
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 25th April 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 25th April 2017 EUR net on 14,292
From Bill VK4ZD
Klaus HB9CQS was initially 55 and by the end of the net he dropped to 33 and gave me 33
Pertti EA7GSU was 22-33
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
Never Ending Story...
This morning, the only stations having qso was me and Malcolm PA3AHC ( 56 B/W ).
 In the background was also HB9CQS, VK2MCB and VK4ZD.
We were disturbed as European by a strong Italian station working on 14,296.
We tried with Malcolm to move to 7,132, but the frequency was also occupied by an Italian fighter !!!
The QSB was very strong this morning on both bands and we had to transmit fast.
From Malcolm PA3AHC
Absolutely ! Not to mention the Ruskies now on 292 , which I thought was clear at one stage and tried a CQ which sure woke them up ! I also had a look at " good old " 287 but found Germans there so went back up to around 300 which seemed ok . Quo vadis ?
From Klaus HB9CQS
SN 41 and K 3, so conditions ought to have been better than on the Monday. They were not half as good.
05:59z - Phil, VK2MCB, his/mine 43/55 increasing to 54/57.
07:09z - Bill, VK4ZD, 54/55, Bill enjoying his evening meal together with Diane. ANZAC Day.
07:10z - Pertti, EA7GSU, variable signals depending on antenna direction and conditions. Mostly poor.
07:11z - Peter, VK3KCD, 31/31. We just managed to exchange reports. Phil had poor copy on Peter.
07:26z - Pertti worked G4HNK, but I was unable to copy Nick.
07:35z – Phil very weak. Closed down

73s from John G3OKT
Sorry to be late this week – was on a week’s walking holiday!
29th April 2017

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