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

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Roar Nets July 9th - July 11th 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 9th and 11th July 2017
 
0530z - 0600z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 59 and gave me 59+20. Happy birthday to Carol
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59 also
VK2ARH (visitor) was 59+10
 
0600z- 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 55-7and gave me 57-9
Doug ZL1BFS was 57 and gave me 57 also
John ZL2JPM was 54 and gave me 44
 
From John G3OKT
QSL site gave SFI 87 A 3 K (red)5 (Aurora at 0300z "not significant")
Band busy with a Contest - an HG0 stn dominated the ROAR frequency at S9+10dB!
YO9BC called CQ at 0600z, but I lost Coco in the QRM - gave me 5.8/9?
HB9CQS was 5.3 Klaus got 4.2 from Jean Pierre F1CFA
PA0SDZ was heard but Les was lost here in the QRM
G4HCK was 5.4 here - Nick said he could just copy me
I went QRT at 0630 (the band remained "bedlam" at 0720z)
 
From Jean Pierre F1CFA
It was very hard today !
The Hungarian station was on 14297 and later a Russian station on 14294 !!
I just heard G3OKT, Coco and Klaus. Another station was trying to meet us, but covered by the QRM.
I think that the Hungarian station was working 10 KW as he was heard also in New Zeeland...
By the way, please try the New Zeelander SDR : http://kiwisdr.jks.com:8073/
 
From Nick G4HCK
Well the wheels appear to have come off the waggon this morning. Conditions were not in our favour. I did hear Klaus just and I thought I heard John (G3OKT) and that’s it. The contest did not help and at 06.55 (GMT) I decided my ears (via headphones) could not take any more. The door had definitely been slammed closed today as far as our net was concerned.
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
Exceptionally poor conditions. Add the contest QRM.
Heard Coco, YO9BC and Les, PA0SDZ very faintly. None of them workable.
Exchanged call sign with Phil, VK2MCB and John, G3OKT but everything else was not copyable and they quickly disappeared.
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From G3OKT - G3LUW was net controller; Brian was 5.9+10-20dB here with QSB
G3JJR was 5.9 to S9+10dB; got 5.7 from Brian
G2FUU was 5.9 with Brian. Tommy gave G3LUW 5.8, 5.9+ for G3OKT, but was only 5.8 to S4 here in the QSB
PA3AHC Malcolm was called by G3LUW at 0822z but there was no reply
G3JJR said G2FUU was up to 5.6 in fading;
Worth noting that a Dutch station was solid 5.9 on 3693 today!
We had a good discussion and were pleased to hear that Margaret is making good progress.
Bruce G0PCF had prepared a good response to G4HCK re access to RIBI budget for training purposes. G3OKT to forward this to Nick.
John G3OKT will be Net Control next week.
 
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
Tommy G2FUU said earlier that he would probably look in on this frequency at 6pm
 
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QRM
 
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 11th July 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0600z - 0700z Tuesday 11th July 2017 EUR net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Vernon G0EGW was 54 and was heard best when I was heading east. Vernon heard me best on short path.
Klaus HB9CQS was 54 and gave me 53-4 when beaming east was also heard best when I was heading east. Klaus could not copy me on the long path. Very unusual propagation.
 

From Klaus HB9CQS - to Bill and Vernon
Thanks for our QSO this morning, Bill. How we managed is really a mystery to me. When I started on the net I had the UltraBeam pointing LP towards ANZO. Then while talking to Coco I switched the Ultra Beam to an easterly direction to get a better signal from him and to my great surprise I heard you, Bill with a copyable signal 43 - 54. If I understood you correctly you were working Vernon and me LP so I switched back to LP but there was no signal from you and during our QSO I was beaming SP. What happened is beyond me. Any suggestions? Back scatter somewhere? The mountains perhaps?
Vernon, what beam direction did you use when talking to Bill?
 
From Bill VK4ZD
It certainly had me confused.
I was beaming LP when I heard you both and I lost you when I went short path.
What seems to be is that when we both beamed to the East we got the best signal.
Figure that one out ?????
 
From John G3OKT
Poor conditions this morning.
G4HCK was just copied at 3.1 mentioning "Bill" - was this VK4ZD?
HB9CQS Klaus was also heard calling VK4ZD but low in the noise.
I gave up at 0620z
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
Very poor conditions. At 06:03z I was able to work Coco, 54 here with deep QSB. Briefly heard Jean Pierre 54 QSB but lost him. In order to better copy Coco I shifted the antenna from ANZO LO to SP and to my great surprise I now heard Bill, VK4ZD. Over the next 12 minutes it was 43 – 54 b/w. Bill explained that he was beaming LP so I shifted back to LP only to find that it killed his signal. During our entire QSO Bill was beaming LP while I was beaming SP. Bill also worked Vernon, G0EGW so I mailed Vernon and learned that he had used SP also after having tried LP in vain. So all three of us were beaming in an easterly direction. Amazing!
 
 
That’s all for now!
73s from John G3OKT
15th July 2017

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