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Roar Nets February 11th 2018 and February 13th 2018


ROAR Nets Report for Sunday 11 February 2018 and Tuesday 13th February 2018
0730z - 0800z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me 39-59 in heavy QRN from local thunderstorms in SE Queensland.
Bill disappeared later in the net due to a widespread power failure due to lightning strikes
Noel VK2IWT was 57 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 52 and gave me 34
John ZL2JPM was 33

From Bill VK4ZD

Phil VK2MCB was 39 -59+5 and gave me 59
Noel VK2IWT was 59+10 and gave me 57?
Peter VK3KCD was 59+5 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+5 and gave me 59+ and gave Klaus HB9CQS 55
John ZL2JPM was 49 in my storm noise

0800z- 0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From John G3OKT
The QSL website at 0605z gave SFI 78 A 6 K 0 and sunspots 35 (rising)
ZL1BFS was heard from the outset, initially 3-4.1 here; 5.5 by the end of the net. Doug gave VK2MCB 5.7 at 0802 but Phil was hardly heard here – 1.1 at best!
PA0SDZ got 3.1 to 3.2 from Doug; Lez was 4.2 QSB here at 0820.
VK3KCD was called by Doug at 0806 who gave Peter 5.4; Peter just a trace here – no copy.
HB9CQS called Lez at 0807; Klaus was 5.3 here, building to 5.5 when Klaus heard ZL2JPM and VK4ZD. Klaus and John exchanged 4.2 b/w at 0815
VK2MCB was 3.2 with Klaus and him gave 4.2. Klaus heard G3OKT at 5.4 at 0818
G0EGW was 5.5 here at 0823; Vernon gave Klaus 5.7, gave Lez 5.2, gave VK2MCB 5.2-3, gave VK3KCD 5.4; and heard G3OKT at 5.4.
G4HCK was on frequency (just detectable) according to Vernon but Nick was not heard here.
ZL1BFS gave Vernon 4.4 at 0828. Doug was 5.5 QSB here and the “strongest signal of the net at 5.7 b/w” with Vernon! Doug also achieved 5.6/7 with Klaus.
ZL2JPM John was 1.2-5 here under Italian QRM at 0840.
HB9CQS exchanged 4.4 b/w with VK3KCD at 0840.
EA7GSU was 5.7 here, but Pertti was unable to hear because of the Italian QRM at S7
As I left the net at 0843 for 80m at 0843, G4HCK gave ZL1BFS 5.3 and got 5.2; ZL1BFS was still 5.5 here; VK2MCB exchanged 5.7 b/w with Vernon but Phil was only just detectable here.
Sorry I won’t be on net next Sunday – will be in Belgium for the w/e.
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was absent due to his power failure
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 59
John ZL2JPM was 55 and gave me 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 53
Les PA0SDZ was 31 and gave me 42. Les eventually built to a 41 with me
Klaus HB9CQS was 57 and gave me 57-8
Vernon G0EGW was 53 and gave me 53

From Bill VK4ZD
Storm noise was peaking S9 on this band as well.
I lost power twice and got it back before the power off for 3 hours in a huge storm.
I did hear Peter VK3KCD at 37 and Phil VK2MCB at 48.
From Pertti EA7GSU
Hello Phil,
I probably have a strange QTH. I have QRM which nobody else seems to hear. This Sunday there was a strong noise - station just on zero with our QRG with S 7 strength. I heard Vernon and Klaus but almost nobody else. Faint copy of Doug but no recognition of anybody else.
Maybe in Summer the luck will strike me, hi!
From Douglas ZL1BFS
The ANSO Net was not particularly good on Sunday 11th Feb. Apart from the woodpecker earlier on, there was a constant S3 noise, and apart from Bill VK4ZD, Vernon G0EGW, and Klaus HB9CQS, most stations were only S3 or less, and very difficult copy. The net was called to a close at 8:55 or there about, but I continued listening to Vernon doing a debrief, when at 9:05 the S3 noise suddenly disappeared, and Vernon’s strength improved by an S Point or more. It had been like something had suddenly been switched on. Vernon also mentioned the sudden drop in noise, so I gave him a call, and confirmed his report. Then Miika OH2BAD came on, and the five of us had a Readability 5 armchair QSO for the next 10 minutes. I have had QSB before - but nothing like this!

0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
John G3OKT was Net Control. John G7OAI will be NC next week (on the 18th), G3LUW will be away.
G3LUW Brian was 5.9+20dB here. Heard everyone at 5.9 at least, except for Malcolm -
PA3AHC who was 5.7 with Brian. Malcolm was 5.7/8 here; gave me 5.9+10-20dB; was detectable by John G3JJR, but not resolvable.
M3HJH, a visitor East of Manchester, was %.(+ with Brian.
G7OAI John had given his apologies for this net.
G3JJR was 5.9+10dB here from Newcastle Under Lyme; G3OKT will bring an ex-RAF meteorological Balloon to the AGM for John to consider as support for an 80m vertical antenna. John confirmed that he had booked The Hand in Llangollen for the Friday and Saturday nights
G0SQH Derek was 5.9 here and gave 5.9 for everybody. Derek confirmed that he had booked the AGM hotel in Llangollen. He and Marie would probably break the journey with a hotel stop-over in Tewksbury
G0PCF Bruce was 5.9 here; promised to e-mail information on his favoured digital modes.
G2FUU confirmed he would list for any callers to the 6pm 80m net
G4LXD Bill heard me at 5.9+20dB; heard G0SQH and G0PCF at 4.8; G3LUW at 5.9; G3JJR and G2FUU at 5.9+20dB; and PA0AHC at 4.8
The net closed at 0948z.

1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
Informal 1900z Formal 1930z Transcontinental net on 14.295 +/- QRM
Information from Ed N4EDT
Operating Frequency the ROAR Net Informal 1900Z Formal 1930Z- 14.285 MHZ +/- QRM
If the QRM is excessive or there is no vacant frequency space around 14.285, the Net will move to 14.325MHZ
The net will be called by Ed Tyler, N4EDT.
We had a good net last weekend with 11 checkins. We are in need of additional Net Control operators. We are in particular need of net control operators in the Western part of the US.
​If you are willing to be either a Net Control or an Alternate Net Control please contact me at the address below.
73, Ed- N4EDT
205-919-4610 (Feel free to text me at this number if the need arises.)

0800z – 0830z Tuesday 12th December 2017 NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0700z - 0730z Tuesday 2nd January 2018 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From John G3OKT
The QSL website at 0605z gave SFI 79 A 4 K 1 and sunspots 26 (rising)
In spite of what had seemed a good QSL forecast, signals were not strong. VK’s weak, and no ZL; and heavy splatter/QRM from an Italian on 14.297.
“Voices in the noise” at 0810 included VK4ZD
EA7GSU was 5.7 here, Pertti gave Bill 4.1 and Vernon G0EGW 5.9
HB9CQS said VK2MCB was 5.2/3 QSB at 0805. Klaus was peaking 5.4 here and exchanged 5.9 b/w with Pertti; no trace of Phil here.
PA3AHC got 5.9 from Pertti; Malcolm was not heard here.
VK3KCD gave Klaus 4.3 in exchange for 4.3/3. No trace of Peter here
G4HCK got 5.8 from Vernon; Nick was a “hollow sounding” 2.1 here.
VK4ZD was 3-1.1 here, coming up in QSB at 0828. Bill was a “very fine” 5.8 with Klaus, who heard me at 3.1/2. Bill was 5.7/8 with G0EGW but under QRM from the Italian at 0833. Bill reached 5.5 here when clear of QRM.
VK2MCB Phil was not heard here, but heard Vernon at 4.2
Vernon instigated a “World Radio Day” procedure - intending to record the result for Rotary? He suggested each station gave their State, Call Sign, Location, Name, Rotary Club, etc. This would perhaps be a good idea for a future trial with less QRM and better propagation conditions?
I left the net at 0840 and HB9CQS QSY’d to another Australian net with Len.
From Bill VK4ZD
Storm Noise again today.
Peter VK3KCD was 35 (57 on my loop) and gave me 59
Phil VK2MCB was 58
Klaus HB9CQS was 35-57 and gave me 58?
Vernon G0EGW was 55-57 and gave me 59
John G3OKT 57 on an SDR rx in Finland - 44 with at my QTH and gave me 41-55
Pertti EA7GSU was 34 on the SDR
Nick G4HCK was 57 on the SDR and gave 31
I went QRT at 0840z
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me 58
Peter VK3KCD was 42
Klaus HB9CQS was 55 and gave me 53
Vernon G0EGW was 53 and gave me 53. Vernon fell to 31 at 0820z then disappeared ten minutes later.           


Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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