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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets June 18th - June 20th 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 18th and 20th June 2017
 
0530z - 0600z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCD was 55 and gave me 55
 
0600z- 0700z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 32 and gave me 41
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59 also
Pertti EA7GSU was 41 and gave me 41 also later improving to 52 and 51 respectively
Klaus HB9CQS was 41
Nothing heard after 0620z
No other stations were heard
As a result of no propagation at this time we decided to try some short path for the Tuesday net.
 
From John G3OKT
QSL gave at 0305z : SFI 75 A 15(red) K 3 sunspots 28 (steady)
EA7GSU was heard on CW at 0602z – very weak at <S1. Pertti then heard on SSB at 0616 but still weak. Pertti was 5.7 with OH2BAD.
HB9CQS was 4.2 QSB here at 0602, gave 5.7 for VK2MCB. I called Klaus but no response. By 0634, Klaus was only 5.1. However Klaus was 5.9+5dB with Miika.
F1CFA was 5.8 here at 0606; John Pierre gave me 5.4-9 QSB. Jean Pierre heard VK4ZD in the background.
G4HCK was 5.7 here and gave G3OKT 5.5. However, at 0628 Nick was down to S1/QSB.
OH2BAD was 5.9+; gave G3OKT 5.8 and G4HCK 5.9+10dB.
G3OKT had no sign of VK4ZD or VK2MCB.
PA3AHC was 5.9+10dB with OH2BAD. Malcolm was just heard here at 0645 but no copy.
VK2MCB was called by HB9CQS at 0614z. Klaus gave Phil 3.1 and got 4.2
EA7GSU was only 4.1 here at 0618 – probably pointing away. Gave Malcolm 5.1 at 0624. By 0636, Pertti was 5.6 here and giving both Klaus and Miika 5.7/9.
F1CFA gave G4HCK 5.7 at 0657, gave VK2MCB 5.1, and gave HB9CQS 4.2. Jean Pierre was 5.6 here.
G3LUW appeared at 0638 but was hard to hear at 2.1. Brian gave Pertti 5.9 and got 5.8.
PA3AHC was 5.9+10dB with OH2BAD at 0647. Malcolm was still only 1.1 here
HB9CQS was up to 5.2 here at 0648. Pertti was 5.5 in QSB. PA3AHC detectable but no copy.
G0EGW called in at 0653 but no response from Pertti. Gave 5.5-6 for Malcolm +QSB to nil.
G4HCK gave Pertti 5.9 at 0654. Pertti was only 3.1 here then, but was 5.6 at 0658
OH2BAD was 5.7 here at 0658 (pointing S not E).
YO9BC came in at 0701z (having misunderstood the net start time). Coco said EA7GSU and HB9CQS were very strong. Coco exchanged 5.9 b/w with Klaus, and 5.8/9 b/w with G3OKT.
I left the net at 0710z.
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Doug ZL1BFS was 55 and gave me 46
Pertti EA7GSU was 41 and gave me 32 (I think!)
Klaus HB9CQS was 43 and gave me 32
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,6945
From John G3OKT (Net Control)
Poor conditions – UK signals down, noise S6!
G7OAI/P was 5.9+20dB at 0800z
G3LUW Brian was up to 5.9+10dB by 0820z
G3JJR John was 5.9; received G3LUW and G3OKT OK, but G4LXD was 5.8 down to zero in QSB
G3SZF Bob was 5.9/7 in QSB – said other stations were just above his noise level
G2FUU Tommy was 5.9 here; got 5 .7 from G7OAI
G4LXD - Bill was nearly Q5 with G3JJR; 5.7 with G7OAI (suggested a problem!); just heard by G3LUW; and down to 4-3.5 at 0901z here (usually 5.9+20dB!)
Tommy confirmed he will be Net Control next week.
G3LUW confirmed that G3OKT should send out the draft report on the Banbury AGM.
We had a good discussion in spite of signals being down; The net closed at 0905z
 
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 20 Edward H AL Pell City ROAR Pres-Elect
2 WN5V 7 David W LA Welsh ROAR
3 N9HWO 7 PHILIP B IL CANTON ROAR SEC
4 KB6NU 1 Daniel M MI Ann Arbor FIRST TIME CHECK IN
5 NG2H 6 Kenneth R VA Palmyra ROAR
6 KE0JWK 1 Karl P MO Lonedell FIRST TIME CHECK IN
7 AC5JP 1 TOMMY R AR JACKSONVILLE FIRST TIME CHECK IN
8 N5MIG 1 JOSEPH F AR HELENA ROTARY PRES-ELECT
9 AF1E 8 JOSEPH G NC CONOVER ROAR
10 KC8FPT 1 FRANK J OH ELMWOOD PL FIRST TIME CHECK IN
11 K2JMC 1 JOHN M NC CHARLOTTE FIRST TIME CHECK IN
12 KC4D 6 WILLIAM W VA LYNCHBURG ROAR
13 KB6NU 2 DAN M MI Ann Arbor ROAR
 
THE TRANSCON NET NOT ONLY HAD A NUMBER OF NEW CHECKINS, WE GAINED A NEW MEMBER, N5MIG, Joseph.
 
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 20th June 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0600z - 0630z Tuesday 20th June 2017 EUR net on 14,295.2
From John G3OKT
Good conditions for Europe; not good for VK/ZL.
At 0605z QSL gave :- SFI 74 A 5 K 1 sunspots 26 (steady)
EA7GSU Pertti answered G3OKT’s CQ at 0600z; Pertti built to 5.8 here; gave me 5.2.
F1CFA gave Pertti 5.5, gave G3OKT 5.5 and received 5.7.
G4HCK was 5.7/8 and gave me 5.8; Nick gave Pertti 5.5/6 and received 5.8.
VK2MCB was called by Pertti at 0605z and heard at 5.1, but Pertti had lost Phil by 0612. Phil was not heard here but gave Pertti 4-5.3
PA3AHC got 5.5 from Jean Pierre. Malcolm gave Pertti 4.3 in exchange for 5.5 + QSB. At one stage Malcolm reached a remarkable 5.9+10dB here.
G4HCK heard only a few words from Malcolm, and gave Jean Pierre 5.5 at 0638z.
HB9CQS got 5.7/9 from Pertti in exchange for 5.4. Klaus and G3OKT exchanged 5.9+10dB. Klaus called VK3KCD but heard no reply. Klaus gave Pertti 5.8 +QSB; had trouble hearing F1CFA; gave Malcolm 5.5 in exchange for 5.5/9; heard Nick at 5.5; gave HB9CQS 4.2 and Pertti 5.1 at 0631z.
F1CFA gave EA7GSU 5.5, PA3AHC 5.5, VK2MCB 5.1, G4HCK 5.5 with QSB and HB9CQS 4.2.
HB9CQS was 5.9++ with G4HCK. Nick said F1CFA and PA3AHC were “just about here”.
VK2MCB was called by Pertti at 0630z but there was no response – Phil was presumed QRT.
G3OKT left the net at 0638z.
 
Special Net 2100z – 2230z on 14.2952 Tuesday 20th June 2017
Special net suggested by Phil VK2MCB
Things have not been good with Aus/NZ- Europe as I don't need to explain. Bill is now back in Aus from his American adventure and we think that it is worth a trial of short path to see things are any better.
Bill's (VK4ZD) original examination reveals the following for possible short path times:
VK1 to G 2200-2230z
VK1 to HB 2230-2300z
VK1 to EA 2300-0030z
VK4 to G 2100-2230z
VK4 to HB 2130-2230z
VK4 to EA 2130-2300z
So, if any of you stalwart Northerners are up for a trial on Tuesday late your time, Bill will attempt to make contact with the UK (G stations) Tuesday from 2100z and with HB and EA from around 2130z. Regrettably, I can't make it this week at this time.
If you think it is possible, could you advise, otherwise Bill will be sleeping overnight at Lockyer Waters for no reason. I will attempt to do a trial this Sunday at 2200z (11 pm your time and 8am Monday our time) just to see if it is a possibility.
I know it is difficult for Europe, so we don't expect too much but it would be fun if it worked. Put it this way, we will call and see what happens. Hi Hi.

From Bill VK4ZD
We ended up on 14.293 clear of QRM today at 2100z
Doug ZL1BFS was 55 and gave me 54
Klaus HB9CQS was 55 and gave me 54-5 (on the long path)
John G3OKT was 54 and gave me 55 on the short path
Nick G4HCK was 54 and gave me 54-5 on the short path
Vernon G0EGW was 55-6 and gave me 58 on the short path
Pertti EA7GSU got propagation around 2120z he was initially 53 building to 55 and gave me 41 building to 45 and then 37 with QRM
I went QRT at 2155z
It worked!
What now?
 
From John G3OKT
20m was very busy at 2100z hence lots QRM from S9 stations; propagation promising, Woodpecker S9+20dB at 2107z on 14.2892; band became quieter but with QSB ca 2130z.
EA7GSU was heard on CW at 2106z ca 5.5.9. Later came up to solid 5.6 on SSB.
HB9CQS beaming long path to ZL1BFS at 2108z was 5.9 here, and gave Doug 4.4 and G3OKT 5.9
ZL1BFS was not heard here. Klaus had little copy of Doug short path. At 2138z, ZL1BFS was heard by HB9CQS at 3.1 when QRM allowed. Doug was 3.1 with Pertti at 2138z when QRM allowed.
VK4ZD long path was 5.4/5 with HB9CQS and 5.5 with EA7GSU at 2138. Pertti said Bill was “coming up”
G4HCK was 5.5 here; gave Pertti 5.7 in exchange for 5.6/7. Nick was 5.5 with HB9CQS. Nick gave Bill VK4ZD 5.3/4 short path and was heard by Bill at 5.4
VK4ZD was 5.5 b/w here short path with QSB on Bill downwards every 2 secs, I could hear Bill long path but weaker and “hollow sounding”. At 2145 Bill was peaking 4.4 here on long path.
G0EGW pointing East gave VK4ZD 5.8 and got 5.6; gave G4HCK 5.7; gave EA7GSU 5.8
At 2133z I had “explosive QRM” but heard G4HCK at 5.5 and Nick copied G3OKT at 5.7, Nick also copied HB9CQS at 5.8, as did G3OKT.
I left the net at 2155z.
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
Many thanks, John. I am glad that we managed on Tuesday evening. For Bill and Di it is 7 o’clock in the morning so I wonder how often we will be doing this.
Like Pertti I can switch between long path and short path within a few seconds and I did this many times only to get confirmation that short path doesn’t work.
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Congratulations to Bill for making such good contacts at 2100z
We need now to decide what to do in the future. Noting Bill VK4ZD’s success at 2100z I suggest we add that as an additional net time for Sunday and Tuesday. But, given the late timing for European members, we retain the 0600z timing as it gives those ROAR members, mostly in Europe, who wish to make contact at this time the opportunity to do so.
So, if we agree, I will be on the air for both times, 0600z and 2100z. If no one is there, it is little to lose as conditions are not favourable.
73s Phil VK2MCB
 
That’s all for now!
73s from John G3OKT
23rd June 2017

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