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Roar Nets May 21st - May 23rd 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 21st and 23rd May 2017
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Doug ZL1BFS
I worked Phil VK2MCB and Peter VK3KCD on 40m from 0630 t0 0645 - but atmospheric band noise was very high, so they were only readability 3 to 4.
0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,292 Long Path
From Doug ZL1BFS
At 6:45 until 7:15 I continually called CQ on 14295.2 (and sometimes on 14292) but heard no-body, not even the VKs. Looking at the MUF charts to England, Spain and Switzerland, the best time (though it is marginal) seems to be between 0600 and 0630. There is a much better window between 2030 and 2230 - you will recall I tried that with Pertti last year, but it didn’t bear fruit. It was somewhat inconvenient last year, because I travelled 5km to our Radio Club - this year I now have my own HF beam and the 1kW amp, so if anyone wants to try the evening session, I could cooperate. Otherwise it looks like ZL contacts on the ROAR Net will be absent until about October.
From John ZL2JPM
Echoing Doug's comments. I too have found DX propagation too difficult for my QTH at present. Doug and I have been using the internal UHF linked network throughout NZ for our Tuesday Net as the MUF's are surprisingly low (~4MHz) and the lower HF frequencies are extremely noisy. I could not get any satisfactory copy on the ANZO net last weekend either. Moreover, our local city-wide HF nets (7.05MHz) seem to be the NEW DX! Thankfully there is more to Amateur Radio than sole dependence on HF and I do hope that everyone will read the Communications Plan for Atlanta (on the IFROAR Website) and ensure that they succeed with one of the communications techniques - even if it is only an email of support via ZL2JPM@Winlink.orgto your ROAR team at the Booth !!
73's and kind regards
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Nick G4HCK
I am helping at the 106 Squadron Air Training Cadets as the communications instructor. I now have 6 licenced M6 amateurs with 2 more in the pipeline. It’s been a struggle to get this far and I am now looking for any radio equipment which may be surplus to peoples requirements. I need a HF base station rig and some 2m equipment. We are hoping to have a monthly club station running at the squadron and a local 2m net maybe an under 18 net – I may have to lie about my age to join this one. If you have any gear sitting on a bench and you would consider selling it perhaps you could let me know. I will then forward the information onto the cadets. Obviously they are on a limited budget.
From Brian G3LUW
John G3OKT will be absent on May 21. I have spoken to Tommy and he will be happy to control the net this Sunday. I have put G3OKT down for 28th
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QEM
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 23rd May 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 23rd May 2017 EUR net on 14,295.2

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:
That’s all for now!
I will keep up the weekly distributed report of the regular ROAR Net QSO’s and also the increasing irregular contacts which will be made as we get nearer to the Atlanta Convention (June 10-14), and the also associated FACEBOOK messages and notifications. I hope this will be useful to those who will not be going to Georgia.
73s from John G3OKT
25th May 2017

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