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

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Roar Nets April 30th - May 2nd 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 30th April and 2nd May 2017
 
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me 58
Peter VK3KCD was also 59 and gave 58
Pertti EA7GSU was heard on phone and was copied 31 to 21. Bill had better copy with Pertti exchanging better reports than me.
 
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 58
Phil VK2MCB was 58 and gave me 59
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 53
 

0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Phil VK2MCB
Poor conditions prevailed again but with a few highlights
For example, Nick G4HCK was copied by me 54 and gave 53
Also, Malcolm PA3AHC was 51 with me and gave me 43
Miika OH2BAD was a weak 21 but did not copy me at all
Pertti EA7GSU exchanged 51 reports with me
Klaus HB9CQS was 59 and gave me 58
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 54 and gave me 55
Bill VK4ZD was 53
Doug was 59 and gave me 57
Propagation deteriorated after 0730z when I went QRT.
 
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 56 and gave me 57
Peter VK3KCD was 54
Phil VK2MCB was 54 and gave me 53
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 33 and gave me 53
Klaus HB9CQS was 54 and gave me 42
Then one of my 160m loops fell down so I went QRT
 

From John G3OKT
At 0605z, QSL gave the figures SFI 77 A 6 K 1 sunspots 34 (steady)
HB9CQS was heard calling VK2MCB at 0700z. Klaus was only 2.1 here.
VK4ZD got 5.4 from Klaus at 0703z. Bill was not heard here.
VK3KCD Peter was just heard to give Klaus 5.7 and got 5.6
OH2BAD and G4HCK exchanged 5.9 b/w. Miika was up to 5.9 here at 0727z; said he had no copy of VKs – only Europeans.
VK2MCB was just heard here in QRM at 0718z; Phil got 5.7 from HB9CQS
All VKs were just whispers in the noise here 0716-20z and under serious Italian QRM.
F1CFA was acknowledged by Miika. Jean Pierre was not heard here. Miika also heard PA3AHC, EA7GSU (at 5.4) and G3OKT.
EA7GSU gave OH2BAD 5.4 at 0722z; Pertti was 5.5 here at 0726z; Miika gave 5.9 for Klaus and Miika.
HB9CQS was 5.1 at 0725 talking to VK2MCB; Klaus got 5.8 from Miika and gave 5.5.
G4HCK was only 3.1 here at 0730z and down to 2.1 by 0753z.
EA8DFQ a visitor Pako on the Canary Islands called Miika at 0730z and got 5.7. Pako was 5.3 here.
EA7GSU gave G3OKT 5.9; 5.1 to 5.7 QSB for G4HCK and PA3AHC 5.4.
Pertti was at first 5.7 here, but was 5.9+10dB with my beam pointing at Spain. Malcolm was 5.3 with Miika.
G3LUW was just heard here; Brian got 5.9+ to 5.5 with QSB from OH2BAD
 
From Nick G4HCK
Well perhaps we had a slight ROAR today as I did make contact with Phil (VK2MCB) as well as some other members of the group. I though Miika and Pertti were sitting next to me at one point. I was interested to hear Pertti talk about a festival in his village and the drink stalls that get set up. Needless to say Pertti was the first to leave the net. I hope you had a great time !!!
(later to Phil VK2MCB)
I am listening as I type and there is nothing from the net here. On 14.295.2 I have some contest (or the like) and on 14.292 there is a Russian.
 
From Bill VK4ZD
Condx were very poor from VK4 to Europe on 20m, so no go.
Phil was not available due to other Rotary commitments.
The most exciting condx were on 20m to Botswana and Beth MW0VOW on 40m at 0600z.Diane had a good chat with her.
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,6945
From John G3OKT
G3LUW was net controller. Brian was 5.9+10 to 15dB in QSB here.
G2FUU Tommy was 5.9+10dB
G7OAI/P was 5.9 here; John heard G3LUW at 5.9 pkg+20dB; G2FUU at 5.9 pkg+20dB; and G3OKT +60dB on peaks.
G3JJR John said G7OAI was the strongest he had ever been heard, though with QSB
G4LXD Bill did hear PA3AHC at 5.5/6; no-one else copied Malcolm. Bill heard G3OKT at 5.9+10dB and others at 5.7/8
PA3AHC was called in by Tommy but Malcolm didn’t come back.
G7OAI will be net control next week on 7th May.
G2FUU will listen on 80m for stations during the AGM weekend on 14th May. Tommy said he would also listen on 80m at 6pm today.
The net closed at 0850z
 
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
 
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QEM .
 
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 2nd May 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 2nd May 2017 EUR net on 14,292
 

From John G3OKT
At 0605z, QSL gave figures SFI 75 A 5 K 2 sunspots 11 (down)
Conditions terrible! No sign of any ROAR stations at all, and 14.2952 was subject to continuous pile-ups for a DX station I couldn’t identify. Apart from the pile ups, only 2 other stations were heard on the whole band.
I called CQ on 14.295 every few minutes between 0658z and going QRT at 0717z
I called CQ on 14.292 between times and apart from a quiet Russian stn, heard nothing.
Very disappointing!
 
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
Impossible job this morning...and never ending story !!
Someone have chosen the frequency 14,2952 for a DX call
and a Russian the 14,292...
I tried the 14,287 MHz but nobody....
What can we do ? the ROAR is polluted !!!!!!!
 
 
 
That’s all for now!
73s from John G3OKT
5th May 2017

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