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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets July 2nd - July 4th 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 2nd and 4th July 2017
 
0530z - 0600z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59
Phil VK2MCB was 59 and gave me 59+20
John ZL2JPM was 57 and gave me 54-5
 
0600z- 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
No Europeans heard
Phil VK2MCB was 43 and gave me 45
John ZL2JPM 55-6 and gave me 54
Doug ZL1BFS was 57 and gave me 59
 
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
Finally it was a not too bad net meeting today.
I heard Pertti on the wide band web SDR with a good 54 signal !! but on frequency 42
For G3OKT, following the antenna position, it was a good 57 signal on top.
G4HCK was 54
HB9CQS 42 as usual
Malcolm PA3AHC was 54
The QSB was strong today
 
From Pertti EA7GSU (nearly midnight Sunday!)
We made it with Doug but it was slow CW and repeating many times. He was 319 and I got 219. Not exactly a rag chew quality!!
I think for time being it will be LP, hi.
 
From John G3OKT
OH2BAD was his usual 5.9 at 0603z both here and with F1CFA but things got worse after that!
HB9CQS was just a small voice in the noise (no copy)
G4HCK was on the band but not heard here. I called CQ at 0617 but had no response. By 0644 Nick was 2.1 here and got 5.1 from Pertti. I still had poor copy of Nick at 0655.
F1CFA was 5.7 here at 0627z; Jean Pierre gave PA3AHC 4.1 and got 5.4; Malcolm was just detectable here and got 4.1 from Pertti at 0643. I heard Malcolm for 1 sec only at 0653 but then he was gone!
EA7GSU and G3OKT exchanged 5.8 b/w at 0640z; Pertti gave Klaus 5.8/9 and got 5.7/8. Klaus and I still only exchanged 2.1 b/w here at 0647, but Klaus came up to 5.3 QSB as I closed at 0700z
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G7OAI/P who was net controller
Brian, G3LUW called at 0800, and I responded. Since I will be engaged with RAYNET activities for the next three weeks, Brian agreed to let me run things today, and he will take my place next week.
John, G3OKT soon joined us, followed by Tommy, G2FUU. Bruce, G0PCF called next, then Bob, G3SZF and a bit later John G3JJR. After a couple of rounds, Vernon, G0EGW called to say 'hello' and didn't stay on, as did Malcolm, PA3AHC. Finally Bill, G4LXD, joined us.
Conditions continue to be a bit odd, with considerable variation in signals. Some better than usual and some worse, compounded by vicious QSB from time to time. We were all dismayed & concerned to hear of Margaret's accident, and all of us wish her a speedy recovery.
Reports as below.
G3LUW - 5x8
G3OKT - 5x9+10 but 5x5 on occasions
G2FUU - 5x8-9 the most consistent signal
G0PCF - 5x7
PA3AHC - 4x2
G3SZF - 5x8 and 5x5 sometimes
G3JJR - 5x4, but 5x9 at best.
G0EGW - 5x3-4, worst I've heard him
G4LXD - 5x7
Reports to me varied considerably, with difficulty noted from FUU, JJR and LXD.
But we managed OK until I closed the net at 0858.
 
From John G3OKT
Conditions were "trying" today - worst John JJR had known! Low signal levels and QSB.
G3LUW was 5.9+10 (later QSB to +20dB). Brian reported that Margaret had been victim of a road accident. All in the net offered sympathy and wishes for her full recovery.
G7OAI/P was 5.7-9 QSB
G2FUU was 5.9; gave G7OAI/P 4.9; got 5.9+10dB from G3JJR; gave G3LUW and G3OKT 5.9
G0PCF was only 5.5 here and 5.7 with G7OAI/P. Bruce disappeared later.
G3SZF was 5.8/9; Bob gave G7OAI/P 5.7/9 and had no copy of Vernon.
G3JJR was only 5.7 here; 5.7/8 with G7OAI/P in exchange for 5.4 to 5.5.
G4LXD was 5.8 here, 5.7 with G7OAI/P and gave 5.9 for G7OAI, G2FUU and G3OKT; and heard G3JJR at 5.8
G0EGW was 4.5 here and Vernon got 4.3 from G3LUW.
PA3AHC was just a squeak here at 0828z, no real copy; Malcolm was Q3-4 with G7OAI/P and not moving John's S meter.
 
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
 
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QRM
From Ed N4EDT
id callsign checkin name state city remarks
1 N4EDT 22 Edward H AL Pell City ROAR Pres-Elect
2 WA1SJG 7 Susan J MA East Longmeadow ROAR
3 WN5V 9 David W LA Welsh ROAR
4 AF1E 10 JOSEPH G NC CONOVER ROAR
5 KC4D 7 WILLIAM W VA LYNCHBURG ROAR
6 NG2H 8 Kenneth R VA Palmyra ROAR
7 KB1XG 7 ALBERT M MA EAST LONGMEADOW ROAR

The net today was challenging due to localized storms, rain generated static noise, lighting and just generally flukey propagation conditions.
The net checkins made directly into roarnetlogger.net facilitated net activities. Several of the net participants were first recognized when they checked in on net logger. That allowed net control and the relay stations to become aware the distant stations and communicate with them.
Netlogger.net is available for use by all of the IFROAR nets. For more information, contact ehtyler@icloud.com
 
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 4th July 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0600z - 0700z Tuesday 4th July 2017 EUR net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil advised that he could hear Klaus but could not get back to him.
I missed this net, but checked short path at 2100z.
Nothing was heard at all.
Indications are that propagation has changed so that any conditions would not be available until 2130z-2200z.
No doubt this is now impractical for our European friends.
 
From Phil VK2MCB
I could copy Klaus at 0605Z talking with Pertti. Klaus was a 31 signal. I tried on a number of occasions over the next 20 minutes to gain contact with no success. All in all, it was pleasing to know that I could hear some one from Europe. Interestingly, I did have good copy with a Spanish mobile station EA5ON/M. He was for ten minutes or so a 52 signal. This indicates to me that when opportunities arise, the path is open from EU to Aus. I hope Pertti tries to point his beam long path to VK at least once in the net. I tried short path at 2100z without success. The band was dead.
 
From John G3OKT
QSL gave SFI 72 A 5 K 1 sunspots zero after 3 days at 11
HB9CQS and I exchanged 5.7
EA7GSU was weak with Klaus - only 4.4? I could just tell Pertti's voice at 0605z 2.1?
Pertti reported a QSO late Sunday with Doug ZL1BFS giving 3.1.9 and getting 2.1 only. Pertti was 100% with Klaus, peaking 5.4. Pertti was only 3.1 here at 0613 (pointing away?
PA0SDZ was very weak with Klaus at 0615. Les gave Klaus 5.5 and was only 4.3 QSB here; Les was 5.3 with Klaus and gave me 5.4
HB9CQS was peaking 5.8 here by 0616. Klaus gave G3OKT pkg occasional 5.9 and was 5.9 himself here as I went QRT at 0620.
From Klaus HB9CQS
No ANZO stations heard in Europe and with the skip constantly changing the European side of the net was difficult.
At 06:00z only Pertti, EA7GSU and John, G3OKT were heard here. John was peaking 57 with deep QSB. Got the same from John. Pertti was surprisingly weak, 54 with QSB and occasionally disappearing. Got a “peaking 57” from Pertti.
Kept listening for other stations but it wasn’t until 06:14z that I was able to copy Les, PA0SDZ. Les was 53. Got 55. Les sent 73s but stayed on the net and later worked Pertti and Vernon, G0EGW.
At 06:18z, shortly after John had gone QRT, Vernon and Nick, G4HCK, were very strong here. Worked Vernon first and then Nick. 59 b/w. At this time Pertti had hardly any copy on the G's and I am not certain that conditions improved for Pertti.
Jean Pierre, F1CFA was there also and worked the Gs but I was unable to copy Jean Pierre.
About 06:25z Vince (“Coco”) called in and Pertti worked him. Coco was 43 here. I changed to an easterly azimuth but signals didn’t improve and I lost Coco. Nick was copying Coco and called him but Coco had gone QRT.
The net closed at 06:41z.
 
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
Our new international president was hearing your (G3OKT's) comments about the weather and send me an extraordinary good weather today !!
Your signal was 58 today, John, But the QSB was extremely strong.
This morning I used the Web SDR located in southwest England on my computer. I heard Klaus 59+
I guess you know that SDR ? It's : http://southwest.ddns.net8073/
But some others are spread all over the world. I got also the one located in New Zealand !!!!!
 
 
That’s all for now!
73s from John G3OKT
7th July 2017

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