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Roar Nets January 14th 2018 and January 16th 2018


ROAR Nets Report for Sunday 14th January 2018 and Tuesday 16th January 2018
0730z - 0800z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 59+5 and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCD was 37-48 and gave me 59
Noel VK2IWT was 59+10-15 and gave me 59+40
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+5-10 and gave me 59+10
0800z- 0900z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From John G3OKT
The QSL website at 0605z gave SFI 71 A 7 K 4 and sunspots 0 for the 2nd day
Tadzigistan was <S1 to begin with but its modulation came up to 5.7 when I was beaming East.
YO9BC was 5.8 at 0800; Coco gave me 5.6/8; Pertti said later he had heard Coco at 5.3
G4HCK was 5.6 QSB at 0812 talking to Pertti. Nick “just heard G3OKT”.
G0EGW called HB9CQS; Vernon was 5.5/7 here but his signal fluttered up and down – it was only 3.3 later at 0840.
ZL1BFS was heard here 3.1 at 0823. Doug and Vernon exchanged 5.2 b/w
PA0SDZ called me at 0827. Lez was 2.1 here and gave me 4.4
ZL1BFS peaked 5.3 here at 0828; Doug got 5.5 from Lez and gave 4.2 “when woodpecker was off! Doug came up slightly here to 5.4 at 0842
ZL2JPM got 5.9+ from Doug. John was heard here at 2.1 – first for some time. Great to hear you John!!
VK4ZD was heard after Doug at 0830 – Bill was only1-2.1 here, getting weaker at 0840. Bill said it was difficult listening in VK by 0845. Bill signed “off and clear” at 0847
HB9CQS was only 4.2 here at 0834. Klaus gave Lez 5.4 and exchanged 5.6 b/w with Vernon.
G3LUW Brian was heard calling quietly at 0846.
Doug ZL1BFS said QSB was like a light switch turning on! Gave G4HCK 5.2.
EA7GSU suddenly came up to 5.9+ b/w here as the skip distance changed.
I left the net for 80m at 0837z

From Bill VK4ZD
Noel VK2IWT was 59
Phil VK2MCB was 56-7 and gave me 58-9
Peter VK3KCD was 58-9 and gave me 59+60 (with the preamp on)
Doug ZL1BFS was 59+ and gave me 59+ also
John ZL2JPM was 57-8 and gave me 55
Klaus HB9CQS was 44
Pertti EA7GSU was 11
Vernon G0EGW built from 11 to 44
Les PA0SDZ was 11
At the end of the net at 0850z I believe I heard John G3OKT and Nick G4HCK 33 briefly
From Pertti EA7GSU after the net
Strange condx continue! When you think the band is empty, next min there are S9‑plus stns.
Or when talking with somebody, he disappears suddenly completely.
Anyhow, I heard a very rear station today first thing when opening rx: YO9BC! Coco was 53 from the back of beam talking to John, G3OKT. John inaudible. Condx opened to G-land on last minutes of meeting. ZL1BSF was 53 weakening towards the end to 51 and Bill was 41 at the beginning but fading out slowly. I recognised also John, ZL2JPM with 31.
Woody Woodpecker was active and another broad band - type of noise transmission swept slowly occasionally over the band with “sisters” every 50kHz distance.
The fixture of my beam to rotor seem to be loose and aerial is turning with the wind. Luckily I have eye contact to see the direction, hi. Need of lift basket to repair it!
That is all. Greetings
Pertti, ea7gsu=

0900z - 1000z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
From John G7OAI/P
I responded to a call from G3OKT at 0959 and opened the net. G3LUW was also present. G3JJR soon joined us. Malcolm, PA3AHC called in at 0913 and didn't re-appear. Bob was next, and finally, following his 'constitutional' Derek, G0SQH just before we closed at 0943. Brian contacted Tommy, G2FUU by landline, and it was good to hear that he is recovering and expects to be back on air next Sunday.
Signal reports from me:-
G3OKT, 59+60
G3LUW, 59+30
G3JJR, 59+10
PA3AHC, 58
G3SZF, 59+30
G0SQH, 58
G3OKT will be in control next week.
I closed the net at 0946.

1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
2230z - 2300z Informal Transcontinental net on 7.118 +/- QRM
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 70 A 9 K 0 and sunspots 12 (after 3 days at 0)
20m was changeable for Europe but very poor for ANZO signals
YO9BC was 5.7 QSB at 0800z; Coco had Michael YO9GTX in the shack; gave me 5.6/8.
F1CFA, Jean Pierre was 5.6/8 with Coco. Just perceptible here as a voice in the noise;
EA7GSU was only 4.1.9 on CW here at 0803; exchanged “good morning’ with G3OKT
G4HCK called CQ Rotary at 0814. Poor signal here but Nick got 5.9 from Pertti
VK4ZD Bill was just 3.1 at 0823 talking to VK2MCB (Phil was not copiable here)
HB9CQS Klaus was only 4.2 here; gave Bill 2.2 and got 5.2 at 0823z.
I heard Bill say no ZLs were on the net at 0824.
Klaus came up to 5.4 here; heard me at Q3; Pertti was 5.7 here
G0EGW was 5.2 here at 0827 – Vernon heard me at 4.2, but got 5.9 from Pertti
I called VK4ZD but no response at 0838z when I left the net.
A disappointing net – I had expected more from the QSL forecast!
From Nick G4HCK after the net
Well the band has been even more challenging over the past couple of days. Today’s net was interesting. I could hear HB9CQS EA7GSU and Vernon G0EGW. Coco was also on at 08.00 and he was 5.7 but left the net very quickly. I could also hear voices in the distance – that I think was VK or ZL but they were not strong enough to work.
I found it interesting how propagation can change in a very short time. Recently I could not hear Pertti then 40 minutes later he was 5.9 ++++ So despite the poor conditions it is showing how propagation (D and F lavers) can impact upon radio communications. I have also been looking at the web site which gives a lot of information about what’s occurring up in the heavens – just wish I had a greater understanding of all the information it supplies.

From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 57 and gave me 56
Phil VK2MCB was 58 and gave me 59+10
Klaus HB9CQS built from 33 to 55 at the end of the net and gave me 52 I believe
Vernon G0EGW was 11 at first and got to 33 with me
Thanks to all above for the contributions.


Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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