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Roar Nets April 9th - April 11th 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 9th and 11th April 2017

0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 59 and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCD was 57-9 and gave me 57
Pertti EA7GSU was 34
Jim VK2LC (visitor) was 59
0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Propagation had a very short window to each location today.
Peter VK3KCD was present but I did not record his report
Coco YO9BC was 55 and gave me 55 also
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 34-55 here and gave me 51-54
Phil VK2MCB was 44-56 and gave me 45-55
John ZL2JPM was 55 and gave me 53
Pertti EA7GSU was 57 and gave me 58-9
Miika OH2BAD was 54 and gave me 56-7
Les PA0SDZ was 54-55 and gave me 53-6
Klaus HB9CQS was 56-7 and gave me the same
Malcolm PA3AHC was 54 and gave me 46
I went QRT at 0746z when the last of the propagation was failing with Klaus.
From Klaus HB9CQS
Not much to report. SN 0, K 5 and very selective conditions. The only station heard was Bill, VK4ZD. The rest was unintelligible mumbling. Worked Bill from 07:24z, his/mine 56-7/56, and until 07:46z when signals were fading and Bill closed the net.
From John ZL2JPM
I listened on the 9th April ANZO 40m net but the propagation was very poor for ZL. I’m sure that we have drifted to later times and recall that, historically, we’d have been an hour earlier!
Who knows these days, but doing the same thing and expecting different results is problematic! With best regards to everyone
From Bill VK4ZD
What I am seeing is that either the band stays closed or the opening is a few minutes long with different times to different locations at either side of the path.
To see how and when the path opens at your location I suggest that you monitor the EA7BA net on 14.156. They are on most days and are constantly trying to keep up to date with the propagation.
ZL's VK's G's F's and of course EA's call into the net.
From John G3OKT
At 0605z the QSL site gave SRI 73 A 16 (red) K 5 sunspots zero
At 0703 I heard VK2MCB being called by unknown EA and I stations, No sign of Phil here.
At 0708z, with a background Russian QSO, I heard no sign of ROAR stations.
At 0716z, G3LUW called me; I went back but got no reply
At 0738z, still Russian QSO with strong QSB; went QRT at 0815z.
From Nick G4HCK
I was about on Sunday –spoke to Vernon and that was it.
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
Brian G3LUW was net controller; 5.9+20dB here with QSB; Brian gave me 5.8 (I was on a temporary, low, long wire antenna). Brian said conditions were perfect today. There were 11 stations on net.
G3ADZ Keith (visitor) in Woodbridge
G4LXD Bill
G0PCF Bruce was 5.9; heard me at less than usual strength. Was 5.9 with G3LUW.
G7OAI/P John gave Bruce 5.8 and G3OKT 5.7/8
G2FUU Tommy was 5.9+10dB QSB here
G3SZF Bob was 5.8 here
G3JJR John was 5.7 here; said I was much down on usual strength
G0EGW Vernon was 5.9+10dB here
G0SQH was suggested to be on Net by G3LUW but Derek not was heard.
Both Tommy and Brian thought they would be on the 1700z net.
G3OKT will be net control next Sunday.
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 3,694 MHz
2200z – 2230z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287, 7188, 14.284
From Ed N4EDT
We had 7 ROAR members check into the net between 2230Z and the beginning of the formal net at 2300z. During the net there were a number of comments from the ROAR members about their clubs activities most of which were focused on youth activities, scholarships and RYLA support. The net was held on 7.188 MHZ which is functioning well for the Eastern half of the country but we still need to locate a station capable of running some power and located in the central part of the nation.
ROAR Net logger is beginning to prove its worth as AF1E was able to communicate with the net even after the propagation changed.
There was much discussion of the upcoming Hamvention in Dayton and the participation of ROAR member at Hamvention.
There was discussion of the ongoing work to configure radios to remote from the RI Convention.
Net start informal 2230Z formal 2300z on 7.188 MHZ Net closed 2321z
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 11th April 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 11th April 2017 EUR net on 14,292
From Bill VK4ZD
The band did not open to Europe today at this time
Peter VK3KCD was 56-7 and gave me 59
Phil VK2MCB was 54 and gave me 56
From John G3OKT
From QSL at 0610z : SFI 74 A 5 K 2 sunspots 13 (steady)
I called CQ Rotary at 0702z and a Russian station came back at 5.5. This highlights a problem for ROAR which moved from 14.295 to 14.292 to reduce QRM but seems to have moved on to a regular Russian net frequency!
HB9CQS Klaus called ROAR at 0706z and PA0SDZ returned. Klaus gave Les 5.3; Klaus was only 4.1 here.
I called CQ again at 0730 but got no response.
G0EGW got 5.4 from HB9CQS on 14.295 at 0736. Klaus was 5.1 here. I called Klaus but he said I was very weak, disappearing at 0740. I went QRT at 0742z.
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
I was on the Net meeting Sunday and Tuesday.
Sunday, I received Bill 56 and got 54 from him. No other contact.
Heard some stations in the background. A Russian station was on the
Tuesday, NO CONTACT except the Russian station, very strong, covering
everything. So sad !! Hear you later
That’s all for now.
73s from John G3OKT
13th April 2017

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