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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets October 1st - 3rd 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 1st and 3rd October 2017
 
0630z - 0700z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB and I exchanged 59 reports
Peter VK3KCD was 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 58-9 and gave me 58-9
Vernon G0EGW was 56 and gave me 56
Klaus HB9CQS was 56 and gave me 54-5
Pertti EA7GSU was 44 and gave me 55
Les PA0SDZ was 44 and gave me 44 also
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me 59 and Doug ZL1BFS was also 59 and had me 55. Interesting that I heard both Klaus HB9CQS and Vernon G0EGW a 31 signal talking to each other but I couldn’t get a response to my call. Peter VK3KCD was not readable here.
 
0700z- 0800z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Pertti EA7GSU was 56-7 and gave me 56-8
Phil VK2MCB was 44
Reiner DG7LAC (visitor) was 55
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 33
Doug ZL1BFS was 56 and gave me 57
Klaus HB9CQS was 56-7 and gave me 57-9
I went QRT at 0734z
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Conditions were not favourable today. Doug ZL1BFS and Bill VK4ZD were good signals but Europe was poor. Klaus HB9CQS was a 55 signal here but only copied me 31. Pertti EA7GSU was 55 but no report was exchanged. Also, Nick G4HCK was heard with a 53 signal but no report exchanged
 
From Brian G3LUW
Conditions on 20m were very poor. Heavy background mush here, which is unusual for me. Klaus HB9CQS and Pertti EA7GSU were very strong. Klaus was the only one to contact Australasia., and he spoke to several of the regular Europeans. SFI=89 A=16 K-2 I heard none of the others.
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From Brian G3LUW
Malcolm PA3AHC called me prior to the 80m net. Loud and clear both ways. Conditions on 80m were very good. Those present were Tommy, John in Rochdale, John in Crewe, Bill G4LXD, Derek G0SQH and Bob G3SZF. I closed the net at 0845
 
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
 
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QRM
From Ed N4EDT
The Transcon net opened at 2230Z on 40 meters, 7.179 MHZ, adjusted from 7.188 do to QRM. The 20 meter net opened at 2300Z, on 14.288 MHZ. Joe Spears was live on DSTAR during the net. We will have more stations active on DSTAR during future nets. The exact operation of the DSTAR facility are still up in the air. No decision has been made on whether to run the DSTAR during the HF nets, or operate on DSTAR as a separate net. DSTAR does offer us the ability to dependably communicate with area out side of those supported by current HF propagation.
 
We did allow a member of the Lions Club to join our net and will assist him in becoming a Rotarian if he desires. Net participation continues to affirm there is no truly effective way to simultaneously communicate with all North American ROAR members on HF. We will continue to operate on both 40 and 20 meters but, may seasonally adjust the net operating times.
 
id call checkin name state city remarks
1 AF1E 11 JOSEPH G NC CONOVER VICE PRES 40M +DSTAR
2 N4EDT 40 Edward H AL Pell City PRESIDENT ELECT 20M
3 W9WB 1 Kent E IL Minooka FIRST TIME CHECK IN
4 N4ZAX 1 PATRICK S GA ROSWELL FIRST TIME CHECK IN
5 KG5HCL 1 Russel J TX Garland FIRST TIME CHECK IN
6 N9HWO 19 PHILIP B IL CANTON ROAR SEC
7 KB1XG 19 ALBERT MA EASTLONGMEADOW ROAR 20M
8 W8SOO 7 KEN R MI Brimley ROAR 20M
9 KG5DTI 1 Larry T AR Paragould FIRST TIME CHECK IN
10 N5MIG 4 JOSEPH F AR HELENA ROAR Net Logger check in only.
11 K5DMW 1 Daniel M LA Baton Rouge FIRST TIME CHECK IN 20M
 
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 3rd October 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 3rd October 2017 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
I was required on a business conference call at this time and so Diane VK4DI took my place.
Klaus HB9CQS and Diane exchanged 59 reports
Phil VK2MCB was 53 and gave Di 52
Les PA0SDZ was 43 and gave Di 54
Pertti EA7GSU and Diane exchanged 59 reports
John G3OKT was faint to Di
Peter VK3KCD was 57-9 and gave Di 59
Brian G3LUW was 53 but then dropped out
Nick G4HCK was 53 and gave Di 55 dropping to 52
 
From Phil VK2MCB
Better conditions all round on Tuesday.
VK4ZD was making money apparently and delegated to Diane VK4DI with good success.
Diane and I exchanged 53 reports and had good signals from Europe.
Klaus HB9CQS was 59 and gave me 57; Malcolm PA3AHC was 51 here and gave me 57
Nick G4HCK and I exchanged 53 reports and John G3OKT was 53 and gave me the same.
To reach John is a great achievement these days.
Brian G3LUW was 53 here and gave me 31 and Les PA0SDZ was 54 and gave me 57
Pertti EA7GSU was 59 and gave 57-8
All stations gave Diane decent reports and were very appreciative of her presence.
In summary, I assessed Tuesday a great success!!
 
From John G3OKT
QSL site at 0605 utc gave SFI 86 A 7 K 3 Sunspots 25 (still going down)
Low noise on the band, occasional QRN to S5. I called CQ at 0700z but no response.
Soon heard HB9CQS say "good morning" to Di VK4DI - Klaus gave her 5.9
VK2MCB was just hearable at 0703z. Phil (then 5.1 here) gave Klaus 5.7 and got 5.9
G4HCK called Di. Nick was 4.1 here, gave Phil 5.3 and got 5.4
For some time, I was lost in "a soup" of weak stations -
PA0SDZ, EA7GSU, G3LUW, HB9CQS, PA3AHC but selective propagation changed dramatically towards 0730.
HB9CQS was only 5.1 here, later (0706z) peaking 5.5 and gave me 4.1
VK2MCB now 5.3 here , peaking 5.5
VK4DI was also 5.5 here with fast QSB; Diane gave G3LUW 5.3
PA3AHC was called by Phil. Malcolm just a trace here, got 4.1 from Phil
G3LUW 1.1 in the noise
EA7GSU got 5.9 from Phil and Di. Pertti was hardly hearable here at this stage.
PA0SDZ also 2.1 here; Lez was 5.4 with VK2MCB
HB9CQS suddenly heard at 0718; 5.3 here but in the wrong direction!!
VK4DI gave G4HCK 5.3 and said G3OKT was "just there" at 0726
EA7GSU was only 4.3 here at 0727 but suddenly shot up to 5.9+20dB at 0730z
PA0SDZ was 5.9+10dB with Pertti who said VK4DI and VK2MCB were both S9 with him.
VK3KCD Peter had been on the net according to Phil (and passed regards)
VK3DW had also been on according to Pertti
HB9CQS still only 1.1 QSB as I went QRT at 0738 (very unusual!)
 
From Nick G4HCK
Today was very interesting. Pertti had gone AWOL (I could not hear him) but I could hear Phil and Diane both 5.5 at times. I could also hear Klaus. I still have the problem with the beam which did not help but despite the low SFI I still made VK.
I think we need a lady in the driving seat more often !!!!
 
That's all for now; I was in London on Sunday so missed all nets.
73s John G3OKT
5th October 2017

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