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

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Roar Nets May 14th - May16th 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 14th and 16th May 2017
 
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 59+5 and gave me 59
Pertti EA7GSU was 449 in QSB
John ZL2JPM was 57-9 and gave me 54-5
 
0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 44 and gave me 43
Pertti EA7GSU was 44-55
Klaus HB9CQS was 22-33
 
From Doug ZL1BFS
On the 14295.2 sked on Sunday 14th May, my new Mosley beam did appear to pay some dividend.
I actually heard Pertti EA7GSU 2.1(up to 3.2 for very short periods). I didn’t try to call him, because I wasn’t sure whether silences were him passing it to someone else, or whether it was just QSB. My propagation software told me the MUF was 13MHz, so to just hear him in that environment is promising. With my new beam, I seem to have a 10dB improvement in Signal to noise.
 
From Nick G4HCK
I joined the net on Sunday which produced some interesting results. Klaus (HB9CQS) who normally I can just hear, was 5.9. Pertti was 5.9 with qsb, Vernon (G0EGW) I could just hear and I believe Malcolm (PA3AHC) joined us but I could not hear him. So it was a small net – I think Pertti made contact with the VKs but the path was not in our favour. The SFI was very low (from memory - 69) so really we were swimming against the tide. There was a comment re a change of time next week but as communications with VK was so difficult I don’t know if a change was agreed.
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
ROAR/RIBI was absent during this weekend, being at its 2017 AGM in Banbury, UK. If anyone’s interested I’ve started a ROAR AGM 2017 page of pictures on my website at www.oldplace.org.uk
 
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
 
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QEM
From Ed N4EDT
id callsign checkin name state city remarks
1 N4EDT 15 Edward H AL Pell City Treasurer
2 N4NGV 1 NORMAN H NC ELIZABETH CITY FIRST TIME CHECK IN|
3 W5PDW 2 John A TX Magnolia| ROAR
4 AF1E 5 JOSEPH G NC CONOVER ROAR
5 WA4NJY 1 JOHN E FL BRADENTON FIRST TIME CHECK IN Guest
6 KG4BFR 1 Tiernan C FL Hollywood FIRST TIME CHECK IN| Guest
7 NG2H 4 Kenneth R VA Palmyra ROAR
8 KB1XG 4 ALBERT M MA EAST LONGMEADOW ROAR
9 N9HWO 4 PHILIP B IL CANTON ROAR SEC
10 WN5V 3 David W LA Welsh ROAR Alternate Net control
11 WA1SJG 4 Susan J MA East Longmeadow ROAR
12 N4POY 1 Jerold L TN Germantown ROAR Member
 
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 16th May 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 16th May 2017 EUR net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
I may not be able to be on air this day as I will be preparing to fly to the USA the following morning
I have noted long path propagation to Europe at quite different times to what we are attempting.
There should also be short path at 2200z.
I suggest that for those who are able to get out of bed that 0500z is likely to be the strongest signal times for that (long) path to VK
The times for ZL are likely to be very much earlier in the UK 0000z to 0300z.
 
From John G3OKT
I tried 20m at 0500z and there were no signals heard at all apart from a weak pile up on 14.171. Nothing heard from VK/ZL. I called VK4ZD at 0512z but received no response.
 
QSL figures for 0605z were SFI 71 A 14 K 2 sunspots zero for 6th day running!
HB9CQS was below the noise at 0700z and also said at 0703z that I was very weak.
G3LUW got 4.2 from Klaus who was 3.1 here at best. EA7GSU was 5.6/7 with Klaus.
EA7GSU gave G3OKT 5.9+20dB when I was pointing to Spain; Pertti also gave Klaus 5.9+
G3LUW was 5.5 with Pertti and Brian was just heard here at 1.1
VK2MCB was 5.5 with Pertti but Phil was not heard here. Pertti relayed 4.1 report for Brian from Phil. Pertti was S4 with Phil (?)
ZL1BFS was called but Doug was not heard either by G3OKT or EA7GSU
G4HCK and EA7GSU exchanged 5.9 b/w. I had no copy of Nick here.
G0EGW was 5.9 with Pertti. Vernon was only 3.1 here
PA0AHC got 5.9 from Pertti
HB9CQS was still difficult to copy towards the end of the net – Klaus said G3LUW and G3OKT were still very weak.
OE1SF a visitor called in at 0727 – was 5.9+20dB with Pertti
The 20m net closed at 0740z; Pertti proposed moving to 7132 kHz
 
On 40m the band was very busy. Both EA7GSU and HB9CQS were Q5, Klaus was 5.7 (?)
We looked for a quieter frequency and I lost Klaus and Pertti but found PA3AHC on 7126.9 kHz. Malcolm was a good 5.7/8 here and gave me 5.9+20dB!
Malcolm said he would not be on next Sunday’s ROAR net – being in Poland.
G3OKT will also miss the Sunday nets, being in Eastern England on grandfather duty!
PA3AHC and G3OKT were on 40m today from 0740z until close at 0808z
 
From Malcolm PA3AHC
Yes , it was a really good QSO with John , and Klaus was also 5/9 there before he abruptly had to leave .
I suggest we revert on Tuesdays to our original practice of QSY’ing half-time to 40m , if today’s experience was any guide.
 
From John G3OKT
I agree Malcolm. I was surprised how good 40m is for Europe and I'm sure we could find a relatively clear spot and avoid the overcrowding. The Americans use 7118 kHz and ANZO uses 7110. Don't know why they're different. Be easier to remember if we used the same albeit in different regions?
 
From Doug ZL1BFS
No, sorry John, I cannot make Tuesday skeds. I have a regular sked on 80m with my 94 year old father at the same time.
 
For those who have a FACEBOOK Account, Di VK4ZD posted on 15th May :
Diane Main shared a link to the group: ROAR International Fellowship of Rotarians of Amateur Radio.
President John (ZL2JPM) has provided us with detailed plans for everyone to be able to communicate with us in Atlanta.
As the attachment is being stripped by the mailer, please click on this link to view the document:
http://www.ifroar.org/Atlanta/Atlanta%20Communications%20Plan.pdf
 
 
That’s all for now!
Sorry, I will be away from home on Sunday 21st May and probably also Tuesday 23rd May.
73s from John G3OKT
17th May 2017

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