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Roar Nets April 8th 2018 and April 10th 2018


ROAR Nets Report for Sunday 8th April 2018 and Tuesday 10th April 2018
The trial on Sunday 8 April which brought the ANZO 40m and 20m nets thirty minutes earlier was unsuccessful.
These nets will revert to the previous start times.


0600z - 0630z (Trial) Anzo Net on 7,110
0630z-0700z Next Week

From Bill VK4ZD

Phil VK2MCB was 57-8 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 59

From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me 58
Douglas ZL1BFS was 58 and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCD was absent due sickness, since recovered.

0630z- 0730z (Trial) Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
0700z-0800z Next Week

From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 57 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 58-9 building to 59+10 and gave me 57
Pertti EA7GSU was 56 briefly and gave me 55
Klaus HB9CQS was 44-55 but climbed to 55 at 0730z and gave me 51
Vernon G0EGW was 11-44
Nick G4HCK was 11
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me 57
Douglas ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 45
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 53
Klaus HB9CQS was 55 and gave me 33
Vernon G0EGW was 57 and gave me 51
Nick G4HCK was heard 31 but did not copy me
From Pertti EA7GSU
Strange as usual with the prop’s. After moving to 20m at 0630 I heard nothing on “our” qrg. I gave my call on CW and phone every now and then but nobody came back.
At 0650 I went down from the shack to check the fireplace and then - … boom!!! It was Bill with 55 signal and my audio wide open!! And I got you (Phil) with good signal and let my imagination hear also Doug with 11 sign. And then: in 15 min it was all over! Until 0740 nothing from ANZO but now came Klaus -CQS and was 41.
I got through to him only with CW. Vernon -EGW was also heard briefly but he didn’t hear me.
From Douglas ZL1BFS
My experience in trying to work this net from about 2006, when my Rotary Secretary, Sam ZL1AOE, died of cancer and bequeathed upon me the responsibility of representing ZL on the ANZO net, is that during low sunspot periods, the path from Europe to New Zealand as a morning to Evening path worked quite well in the European winter, but it became virtually useless in the European Summer. Every year (in low sunspot periods) ZL has been unable to contact Europe at normal net times from April thru to October - and so it is proving to be once again.
My prediction software indicates that it might be better from the evening in Europe to the Morning in ZL - i.e. the sked is 1900 GMT on Sunday night which I would keep at 7:00am on the Monday Morning NZST. However, we did try that a couple of times last year, and it didn’t prove to be conclusive. So it probably isn’t worth going thru that again.
So I guess the thing I will do is to just listen into the net every week from now until October, and If I hear any Europeans, I’ll check in.
From Jean-Pierre F1CFA
The 7h net meeting is from my point of view too late in the morning.
Local time in Europe is 9h...
So, the morning activity is broken since we leave the net meeting about half an hour later.
For example the town hall is just open at 9h !!
It's in fact a terrible choice like "to be or not to be"...
I am sure that you understand !!!!!
It was just a point of view, of course !
For the long distance contact, I am looking for a new antenna...What do you think about a 5/8 vertical antenna for the 20 m band ?
I just have to erect a 12,2 m aluminium tube, put the radian counter weight and to adjust the basis solenoid. Will have a benefit of 3 dB, which I appreciate in my green valley !
Just try it, no ?
Is somebody having tested it ?

From Klaus HB9CQS
This Monday morning, in spite of zero sunspots, conditions on 20M were exceptional. I worked my vertical-wire-antenna-friend, Len, in Toowoomba with a solid Q5 b/w from 07:52z to 08:35z. In fact, our small VK4 / OZ_HB9_EA5_F net was in full swing already when I joined them. Starting the ANZO 20M net at 07:00z, as you propose, is most likely too early for me, - if the aim is to work Lockyer Waters. Needless to say, I will accept whatever you, Doug, John and Bill agree upon. It is not possible to find a window which suits us all.
I still haven’t found out when the band is open for me to Canberra relative to Lockyer Waters. Earlier or later? Or does it vary over the year?
Answer from Phil: My observation is that currently, my opening is about 30 minutes earlier than Lockyer Waters (SE Queensland) and it closes earlier.

From Phil VK2MCB
0700Z is too late for France and too early for Switzerland. As Jean-Pierre states ‘to be or not to be’. We will give the timing further thought.
Anyone having any comments on Jean-Pierre’s question about a 5/8 vertical antenna for 20 metres please let him know.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G7OAI
My report from the GB 80m net on Sunday:-
As the weather was being kind, I drove up to my usual perch on the Pennines. A thin layer of high cloud, no wind, and a temperature of 5.5 degrees C made for a comfortable experience.
I put out a call at 0758Z and Brian, G3LUW responded. At 0800Z I opened the net and Bob, G3SZF and John G3JJR joined us. After a couple of overs, Malcolm, PA3AHC called in from his location in the Netherlands, at 0807Z. After a couple of overs and signal reports, he left us at 0809Z. Bill, G4LXD was the last to join us this morning.
Various topics were aired, including my own recent experience of visiting a local mining museum and descending some 400 feet down into the preserved part of the mine.
Signal reports from my location:-
G3LUW - 59+30
G3SZF - 59+20
G3JJR - 59+20
PA3AHC - 58, occasionally 59+10
G4LXD - 59+30.
G3JJR commented that my signal to him was not very good - sorry John, I'm doing my best! Blame short skip....
I closed the net at 0841Z.
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
2100z-2200z Transcontinental net on 7.185
From Ed N4EDT
Net operated on 7.185mhz, informal net started at 2030z and the formal net commenced at 2100z.
id callsign checkin name state city remarks
1 N4EDT 66 Edward H AL Pell City PRESIDENT ELECT
2 NG2H 20 Kenneth R VA Palmyra ROAR
3 KC4D 23 William W VA Lynchburg ROAR
5 W8SOO 12 Ken R MI Brimley ROAR 20M
6 K9SK 4 Dale W WI Hartford ROAR
7 VA3JYE 1 Jaye K ON Oshawa FIRST TIME CHECK IN - Potential Rotarian
9 N4GRS 1 Gerald R FL Bushnell FIRST TIME CHECK IN
Edward Tyler

0800z – 0830z Tuesday 12th December 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 10th April 2018 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCN was 57
Peter VK3KCD was 59 and gave me 59
Klaus HB9CQS was 55-6 and gave me 56
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was 33
From Phil VK2MCB
Peter VK3KCD was 31 and gave me 41
Klaus HB9CQS was 57 and gave me 51
Bill VK4ZD was 59+20 and gave me 59
Jean-Pierre F1CFA was just heard at 21 but he could not copy me.
From John G3OKT
QSL at 0615z today gave SFI 69 A 10 K 4 and sunspots zero.
The band was empty – no sign of the Tazighstan broadcast harmonic; only an S7 pulsed noise beacon on 14.2638.
I called CQ at 0702z and then again 0722z (and 0725 on CW) but without response.
HB9CQS was just recognised under the noise at 0703z working VK2MCB and VK4ZD; Phil said to be “very, very weak” at 0717; Bill was 5.4/5 with Klaus at 0719. Neither VK was heard here. I called Klaus but heard no reply; he was 1.1 at best here.
G0EGW was just heard (<1.1) at 0723 talking to G4HCK – No sign of Nick here.
HB9CQS signed off with Bill and Phil at 0729. I did same at 0730z on CW – again no response.


Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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