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WEEKLY NEWS

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

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Roar Nets September 17th - September 19th 2017

ROAR Nets Report for 17th and 19th September 2017

0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,110
NEW Start time 0630z next Sunday

From Doug ZL1BFS
It was great on Sunday on the 7110 net being able to hear Pertti and Vernon - for a short while. They started at about a 4.4 but by the time I got an opportunity to call them they were down to 2.3, so I don’t know if they heard me.
14295.2 was not so good. I heard Bill VK4ZD about 5.5 at the start of the net, then he faded away and I heard nothing more.

From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57-8 and gave me 54-9
John ZL2JPM was 56 and gave  me 52
Pertti EA7GSU was 56 and gave me 55 - easy copy here in VK4
Doug ZL1BFS was 55 and gave me 57
Vernon G0EGW and I exchanged 55 reports
Jim VK2LC (visitor) ws 59

0630z- 0730z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
NEW Start time 0700z next Sunday

From John G3OKT
The QSL website at 0605z gave SFI 72 A 30(red) K 4 sunspots 13 (steady).
Probably the worst net ever. I called CQ from 0630 until 0650 when G0EGW came back at 1.1 - said I was 5.8/9. Vernon sounded like he was on a QSB roundabout peaking S7. Apart from Klaus HB9CQS heard weakly at 0638, Vernon was the only station heard. I went QRT at 0712z, but as I shut down, I heard Les PA0SDZ at 5.7 and Malcolm PA3AHC at 1.1
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
Nothing doing. Some time before 07:00z I was briefly able to identify your voice and after 07:00z Bill, VK4ZD, was 31 for a few minutes but that was all. Hope that Tuesday will be much better.
 
From Nick G4HCK
Well today was a first – I could hear a couple of people but they were very weak so I spent most of the time listening to a local BBC radio station. The SFI was 72 and the K factor 4 so it was not in our favour. Certainly a change from recent solar activity when the SFI was well into the 100’s. But what can we expect with the experts telling us we are in/near the bottom of the sun spot cycle.
Well perhaps it will be better on Tuesday – I hope to find someone.
 
From Bill VK4ZD (in an e-mail to Nick)
I was able to easily hear EA7GSU and G0EGW on 40m and made contact with Pertti on 20m in a 10 minute window on 20m. Definitely hoping for better on Tuesday.
 
From Jean Pierre F1CFA (To Pertti)
What is happening ? No station heard this morning, except a surge from HB9CQS ! Have a nice WE.
On Sunday, I was on frequency and heard HB9CQS on burst 55. Nobody else.
On Tuesday we had qso 55 B/W with Pertti and I heard you on a burst 51 !
I am a lone some cowboy, sure of it !
 
From John G3OKT (in reply to Jean Pierre):
Thank you Jean Pierre - I am sure we all feel like lone cowboys at present with peculiar (and poor) propagation conditions.
I have decided to join the ANZO net next Sunday at 6.00z on 40meters. It seems my antenna and transmitter will work OK but can never be sure of sure of conditions. Can you work40m?
 
From Jean Pierre - Yes John, My antenna, the 83m loop, works pretty well on 40m.
So soon ! Jean-Pierre
 
Reply from Pertti :
Just a big black hole¡¡ I was listening the whole period until 0720 I heard Bill, VK4ZD who was 51 growing to 55. I heard nobody else. At some time I thought I recognised the voice of John, G3OKT but I think it was a hallucination!! I kept calling every 5min on sub and cw.
One day it will be better!
But I was on 40m and made it with VK4ZD (55/56), ZL1BFS (31/22) and ZL2JPM (42/31)!
 
From Bill VK4ZD

John ZL2JPM was 57 and gave me 53
I did not make contact with any other ROAR members and as John went QRT, so I responded to a call from a friend in Japan and turned the quad to the north. At 0710z I turned the quad back to long path Europe and heard Pertti calling me.
Pertti EA7GSU was 54-5 and gave me 51, building to 54-5
We finished our QSO at 0722z
With conditions only starting at 0700z we agreed to suggest a new start time of o700z for next Sunday and Tuesday.
 
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G3OKT who was net control today.
John G3JJR and I were 5.8-9 b/w.
G3SZF Bob was 5.9+5dB, gave me 5.9+20dB, gave G3JJR 5.8 and had S7 noise level.
PA3AHC was 5.7 here with QSB. Bob said Malcolm was OK but not strong. John could hear Malcolm but no copy.
F4GHB called at 0835 and gave me 5.4. Alain was 4.7 here in S7 noise and with QSB. John could tell Alain was there and received a "promising" signal.
I closed the net at 0845z.
 
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
From John G3JJR
Tommy was on 3.694 at 6.05 p.m.local calling 'CQ Rotary'. We had a qso for about 30 minutes and he was as perky as ever. I think his absence (on the earlier am net) was due to a minor domestic but all is well and he intends to be back next week.
 
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QRM
From Ed N4EDT
id callsign checkin name state city remarks
1 N4EDT 38 Edward H AL Pell City ROAR Pres-Elect
2 KB1XG 17 ALBERT M MA EAST LONGMEADOW ROAR 20 m
3 AF1E 9 JOSEPH G NC CONOVER ROAR USCB East VP
4 WN5V 2 David W LA Welsh ROAR
5 N9HWO 18 PHILIP B IL CANTON ROAR SEC
6 WA1SJG 17 Susan J MA East Longmeadow ROAR
7 VE1NY 1 Kenneth W NS NEW WATERFORD FIRST TIME CHECK IN
8 NG2H 16 Kenneth R VA Palmyra ROAR
 
Do to propagation conditions the 20 meter net was a total bust. The 40 meter net was difficult. We are looking forward to using D-Star to broaden the reach of the net
 
0800z – 0830z Tuesday 19th September 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
 
0630z - 0730z Tuesday 19th September 2017 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
NEW Start time 0700z next Tuesday

From John G3OKT
QSL site gave at 0605z SFI 72 A22(red) K 2 sunspots 12 (steady)
Conditions very poor as forecast by QSL and the bc station was much less than S1!
G3OKT called CQ 0647z; I think PA0SDZ came back?
EA7GSU was about 4.1 b/w on CW then on SSB with QSB at 5.1-2?
Pertti was doubling with Les at 0653z
G0EGW came up at 0657z - Vernon said he heard VK4ZD. No trace of Bill here.
Vernon briefly came up to 5.5 - in fast QSB down to 1.1
I heard Pertti weakly as I went QRT at 0705z.
 
From Bill VK4ZD

Pertti EA7GSU was 329 on CW at 0640z building to 44 then 56 at 0654z and gave me 55 then 57-8
I could just hear Vernon G0EGW at 22 here but we had a chat on Skype when condx failed :)
 

From Les PA0SDZ
The roar-nets on Sunday and Tuesday were -anyway in Holland- disappointing. Sunday I had only a weak qso with Malcolm PA3AHC, and the band remained silent.
Sunday I heard you very weak at 06.47 and somewhat better at 06.53 (43) and again only Malcolm at 06.57. Nothing else. QRT at 07.05. 73 and cuagn.
 
From John ZL2JPM on 19th Sept:
For the first time there were some sparks of life on 40m beyond VK. Pertti (EA7GSU) and Vernon (G0EGW) were heard. In Vernon’s case, the copy was about 41 – I heard him say he could not quite copy me! For Pertti, less distinct – 21-32. As for 20m – not at all good. Even VK vanishes after 0640z
 
Note also that for those who are suffering a bit and want to invest in DSTAR – or who have DSTAR and fret about not having a place to go, I’m on REF626R – the IFROAR Module (have a look at www.626.nz ) most of the time when I’m at the QTH – just listening for Rotarians!!!
73’s

and FYI, from John ZL2PMM on 20th Sept:
I have been thinking about DSTAR as a way for more IFROAR members to get in touch with each other and although there are some learning issues and for some, equipment issues, DSTAR seems to provide a parallel pathway for the ease, pleasure and reliability of the Ham communications we once experienced with HF.
I was connecting my recently built raspberry pi hotspot to some Dstar reflectors and noticed that REF626 was supported here in New Zealand. I’ve just asked the owners of that reflector whether they would entertain making REF626R a module for IFROAR members. Well, the email was sent and about 20 minutes later I was informed that they’d be delighted to host the “R” module for IFROAR and to make available a Reflector FORUM if we so desired. My offer to make some contribution towards costs was declined. I am overwhelmed by their good-will and offers of assistance.
The Module “R” will be labelled “IFROAR” and we’ll be able to use it pretty much from now on. At the time of this Email, I’ve not seen it come up in the Dashboard, but I’m sure it will shortly.
I’ll be making a formal press release to all members via Webmaster Bill in a day or so, but I wanted to share this news with you first and I’d encourage you to think about how we can maximise this resource. Send me your ideas. The Atlanta Convention certainly showed there was an interest in Digital Comms and now we havethis initiative to make good use of.
Some technical details:
· The reflector is REF626
· The dashboard is www.626.nz
· To connect on a DSTAR radio, link to Reflector “REF626RL”
· The IP address in the DPlus_Hosts.txt file for those with Hotspots should be REF626(tab)626.nz or REF626(tab)202.137.244.157
· If you are using an RF link via repeater, simply use REF626R as the reflector name and it ought to be resolved.
· Apart from DV4MINI software, most of the other hotspot software should be able to address the R Module. (Some software only permits modules A, B, C & D)
Any issues with connectivity, please don’t hound the owners – come back to me and I’ll sort out any issues with them.
My thanks to the Owners of 626.nz: as they say: “Let’s do this”
73’s
Dr John P Moriarty
President, International Fellowship of Rotarians of Amateur Radio
ZL2JPM@Moriarty.biz

That's all for now!
I might try 7110 Mhz next Sunday at 0600z - it tunes up well here and the band is lively
73s from John G3OKT

More Members Emails
Reply from Malcolm PA3AHC on 19th Sept
John , Noting your suggestion about taking a look at 40m for Tuesdays, especially as these days the down under boys seem to be keeping pretty quiet , and recalling that this net was initiated for EU by Dear Silent Key John on 40 , mentioning too that I just put this idea to Les PAOSDZ who has been my only contact on 20 these last couple of weeks – at about 120 km distance (!) , after checking that that band seemed open and fairly busy with local/EU stuff , it does seem like worth a try .What do we all think of that ?
 
From Pertti EA7GSU on 21 Sept
Subject: timing - On two occasions the band has opened very late for Anzo, i.e. after 0700utc.
We suggest (Bill and me) to postpone the start of Sunday/Tuesday morning meetings by half an hour or starting at 0700utc.
What say? Comments to John, G3OKT.
 
From Bill VK4ZD
Yes, I agree with Pertti.We should start the nets 30 minutes later at the moment
 
From Klaus HB9CQS
I agree entirely with Pertti and Bill. May even try 40M (7.110) at 06:30z.
 
From Nick G4HCK
Its 08.20 BST and VK5AEP is peaking 5.7 as I type. However as we all know what happens today may not happen tomorrow.
 
From Brian G3LUW
We got home from Tenerife yesterday. We were a bit uneasy after the weekend as we were flying home with Ryanair. I have replied to Bill & Pertti and will try at 0700gmt on Sunday.
 
From Malcolm PA3AHC
This seems to be a done deal now , which I support in principle , not only because I might get a bit more sleeping time , but because I notice recently when operating my second shack (*) upstairs at the back of my real business office when things are quiet that there's quite a bit of EU/DX activity on 20 m particularly in our afternoon time , so this can only be a change for the better, in my opinion.

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