ROAR Nets Report for 12th and 14th February 2017
0800z - 0830z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 59 and gave me 59+20
(past Rotarian) was 59
0930z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
The long path into Europe
did not really open this Sunday.
Phil VK2MCB was 33 and gave me 51
ZL1BFS was 54 building to 56-7 and gave me 55 building to 57-9
Klaus HB9CQS was 22
From John G3OKT
QSL at 0605utc gave SFI 76
A 5 K 0 and sunspots 18 (steady)
The band was noisy, also contest QRM and
with poor propagation. Woodpecker only S6!
ZL/VK were heard in the noise at
0830, but I had poor copy. Pertti recognized ZL1BFS.
EA7GSU and G3OKT
exchanged 5.9 b/w; Pertti had QSB to 5.7.
PA3AHC and EA7GSU exchanged 5.8/9
b/w but I had no copy of Malcolm here.
G0EGW got 5.9+ from EA7GSU. Vernon was
VK4ZD was still only a voice in the noise when heard at 0840 –
Vernon G0EGW said later on 80m that
this 20m net had been hectic! He could just hear VK4ZD and ZL1BFS in spite of
horrendous QRM (5.7/8?)
1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,692
G3LUW was net controller. Brian was 5.9+25dB here and gave me
PA3AHC Malcolm was 5.7 both here and with G3LUW; Malcolm gave Brian 5.7+
G4LXD Bill was 5.9+20dB here
G7OAI John was 5.5/9 here with QSB; said all
stations had QSB; gave Vernon and Tommy 5.9; John had no copy of Malcolm direct
but had good copy via the Hack Green SDR.
G3SZF Bob gave Malcolm 4.7+ in an
S7 noise level. Bob was 5.9+10dB here
G3JJR John was 5.9 with Brian; was
hearing Malcolm via the Hack Green SDR, and everyone else by radio
Vernon said G2FUU was only 4.9 in QRN
G2FUU Tommy was 5.9+15dB here and also
mentioned the QSB
G3OKT confirmed that he would be Net Controller next week,
The net was closed at 0946z
1200z – 1300z TransAtlantic Net on 14,287/8
or at 1500z on Sunday on 14287kHz or 14.310MHz
1800z – 1830z RIBI evening 80-metre
Net on 3,694 MHz
2000z N.AM Transcontinental Net on 14,287, 7205
0700z – 0730z Tuesday 14th February 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0830z - 0900z Tuesday 14th February
2017 EUR net on 14,292
From Bill VK4ZD
Coco YO9BC was 44
Phil VK2MCB was 44
Brian G3LUW was 33
Nick G4HCK was
John G3OKT was briefly 33
Klaus HB9CQS was 56 before dropping
to 54 and gave me 55
was 44 at best and gave me 53
Les PA0SDZ was 11
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 22
John ZL2JPM called in towards the end of the net and
was 54 here
From John G3OKT
QSL website at 0605z gave SFI 75 A 4 K 0 sunspots 16
I had QRN to S3 and the broadcast harmonic on 14.3 MHz was S5 with
G3OKT called CQ at 0830 on 14.292 – no reply
YO9BC called CQ on
14.2952 at 0839 and gave me 5.6/7; Coco was 5.8
G3LUW Brian came up at 5.7
with news that ROAR stations were on 14.292
EA7GSU gave YO9BC 5.7-8 (now on
14.292) and got 5.3-4 from Coco;
Pertti was 5.5 here beaming away, later
strengthening to 5.7 b/w with G3OKT.
YO9BC came up to 5.9 in QSB.
got 5.7 from Pertti; I could just tell Les was there, just pkg 2.2 in QSB
HB9CQS was 5.8/9 with Pertti and gave EA7GSU 5.8
VK4ZD was 5.3 with Pertti;
Bill gave Klaus 5.6-4 and got 5.5. Bill was only 1.1 here.
VK2MCB was 4.1
with EA7GSU; I had no sign of Phil here. Phil was 5.3 with Coco; Klaus HB9CQS
got 5.7 from Phil but was only 5.5 with G3OKT.
PA0SDZ could hear Phil VK2MCB
at 4.2 but not Bill VK4ZD. HB9CQS gave Les 5.2 and got 4.4
F1CFA was only 3.1
here at 0851, and 3.2 with HB9CQS. Jean Pierre got 4.1 from Les but was lost in
G3LUW reported that he had had no copy of VK nor ZL
reminded us that he would be busy with the ARRL contest on Sunday.
I went QRT
The net worked well today (ie, with change of frequency)
for most of us and I expect that we will continue to use 14292.
starting time, a never ending problem: With the sun moving north we have to
start earlier. We have often observed that the propagation curve had two humps.
Bill’s and Phil’s reported observations of an EA7 station may relate to a first
hump. Today after 08:45z signals increased b/w between MCB/CQS and MCB/GSU.
Could be the second hump. If a decision is made to start at 07:30z, as suggested
by Bill and Phil, I will be there.
From John ZL2JPM to Bill VK4ZD (13/2/07)
heard VK activity – extremely weak on the usual frequency, but did not try the
lower one. Can’t recall an email alerting to the lower frequency either.
disagree with your belief that the current time is ‘right’ – the MUF predictor
and my logs going back over the years indicate that our current net time is out
by up to two hours (for ZL). The best time for 14MHz at this time of the year is
about 0600z and 0830z is well beyond that. Even splitting the difference to
include VK we’re looking at 0730 at the latest
From Bill VK4ZD to John ZL2JPM (14/2/17)
agree that other years were different.
If only it were that simple.
listening for Europe at the historical times John and tell me what you hear.
I have been listening and I have had no propagation at historical times, and
some days the only stations working into Europe on the long path were ZL's and
at times much later than I expected.
I would love to be proven wrong, however
I can’t pull propagation out of a hat.
Other regular daily nets such as with
EA7BA have gone by the board as well because the band is abnormal and
inconsistent at the moment.
From Pertti EA7GSU (15/2/17)
It is a little
problem like being between tree and bark. Prop˙s are only getting to G - land
around the end of sched time. But I will be there at 0730utc and we will see how
the weather will change. CU on 14292
That’s all for now.
73s from John G3OKT
17th February 2017