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

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Roar Nets February 12th - February 14th 2017

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
Jason VK3FNQS (past Rotarian) was 59
 
0830z- 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
Doug ZL1BFS was 54 building to 56-7 and gave me 55 building to 57-9
Vernon G0EGW was 22-33
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 4.4 here.
VK4ZD was still only a voice in the noise when heard at 0840 – working ZL?
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?)
 
0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,692
From John G3OKT
G3LUW was net controller. Brian was 5.9+25dB here and gave me 5.9+
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
G0EGW 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, 19th Feb.
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
 
1900z – 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 briefly 44
John G3OKT was briefly 33
Klaus HB9CQS was 56 before dropping to 54 and gave me 55
Pertti EA7GSU 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 (steady)
I had QRN to S3 and the broadcast harmonic on 14.3 MHz was S5 with QSB
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.
PA0SDZ 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 noise here.
G3LUW reported that he had had no copy of VK nor ZL
Pertti reminded us that he would be busy with the ARRL contest on Sunday.
I went QRT at 0858.
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
The net worked well today (ie, with change of frequency) for most of us and I expect that we will continue to use 14292.
About 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)
I 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.
I 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)
I agree that other years were different.
If only it were that simple.
Try 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

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