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Roar Nets June 3rd 2018 and June 5th 2018


ROAR Nets Report from for Sunday 3 June and Tuesday 5 June 2018

0430z - 0500z Anzo Net on 7,110 
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 58 and gave me 59
Noel VK2IWT was 59+10 and gave us the good news that his house had sold and he leaves Australia on June 21st on his way to Canada
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 58
From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me 58
Doug ZL1BFS was 44 and gave me 22
Noel VK2IWT was 59+ and gave me the same

0500z- 0600z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 57 and gave me 56
Pertti EA7GSU was 55 and gave me 53-55 and also gave us the good news that he had qualified for a kidney transplant
Phil VK2MCB was 56-8 and took time out to repair the 20m feedpoint of his quad.
At the end of the sched we were both called by Jose WP4OFO who was 56-7 with me.
From Phil VK2MCB
The highlight of this net was the initial very high SWR on 20m which investigation proved that the 20m quad loop had broken at one of the feedpoints. I wound the antenna down, found a stepladder and managed to reconnect it in precisely 35 minutes. Enough time to make very strong contact with Bill VK4ZD. By that time the Europeans had faded away.
From Nick G3HCK
Today was interesting. I bumped into Petti, Vernon and Alain at 05.00gmt (or shortly afterwards). At around 06.30 GMT I went downstairs . Around 07.00 GMT I returned to the shack to find Klaus, Alain and Malcom chatting away so joined a second net. Great to talk to everyone.

0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
No Report
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
2130z-2230z Transcontinental net on 7.185 / 14.285
Net Start times for the ROAR net June 3, 2018
Informal net at 2130Z
The Formal net will Start at 2200Z 7.185 mhz
Following the completetion of the 40 meter net we will move to an open frequency on 20 meters around 14.285.
The frequency will be noted on the site.
This will allow the net control an opportunity to update frequencies and verify the calls of those wishing to check in.
If you haven’t set a pass word on NetLogger you will need to do so. Bring up the web netlogger site and follow the instructions to login. The site will be active prior to 2100Z and I will be glad to provide you check in assistance by email (
Using the net logger program will provide net control with information on who is listening and which stations are having difficulty being heard. Historically there has been a 75 meter ROAR net and as I understand it was very active.
The net will be called by Ed Tyler, N4EDT.​
If you are willing to function as a Net Control please contact me at​
From Bill VK4ZD
I called into the 40m net via the VA3ECO remote station. Ed was very light but I could hear one station arounf 56-7 but he did not hear me. When Ed went to 20m I followed and had Ed around 56-7. He gave me 59. I asked about the audio quality and Ed confirmed that it was good. This was a great test for the station will will use for VE3R in Toronto.
As always, Chris VA3ECO was superb, with nothing being too much trouble. Thanks Chris.

0800z – 0830z Tuesday NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0500z - 0530z Tuesday 5th June 2018 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Peter VK3KCD was 55-6 with me and gave me 56-7 peaking S9 in QSB
No other stations were heard today
From Phil VK2MCB
A medical appointment prevented me from joining the net
Following the net, Bill suggested that Klaus would be having a sked with a friend in Toowoomba Queensland at 2200z.
Bill calculated that it was possible for short path from 2130 to 2230z for him at Lockyer Waters and and from 2100z to 2230 for me, VK2MCB in Canberra.
We decided to try it on Wednesday 6th at 2200z and it worked.
From Nick G4HCK
Band dead today at 05.00 gmt
2200z-2300z Wednesday 6th June
From Bill VK4ZD
On Wednesday Klaus skyped me to say that he was having his 90th birthday and that he had had some success with Len in Toowoomba at 2200z on the Short Path. We kept the sked today and advised Vernon of the event also. Klaus was there at 2200z with a 55 signal on the short path. However Klaus advised he was on the Long Path so I turned the quad to the Long Path. Klaus came up to 57-8 and gave me 58-9. Vernon fired up when he got home and sung Happy Birthday to Klaus. Vernon was 56-7 to me.
Signals stayed pretty constant from 2200z-2300z at this location.
From Phil VK2MCB
I tried calling Short Path from 2100z onwards with no success until I heard VK4ZD call Klaus at around 2155z. They exchanged reports. Klaus was quite weak here so I turned to Long Path. Klaus’ signal improved to 53-55 and he gave me 41. I had to leave, but believe that I would have continued to improve signal strength with Klaus if I had stayed.
VK4ZD’s prediction software for the LP shows VK1 to HB9 as good for 2230 to 0030.
VK3 to HB9 shows as good from 2300 to 0200.
VK3 to G shows as good from 2230 to 0030.
VK1 to G shows as good from 2200z to 2330z
VK3 to EA shows as good from 0230 to 0500.
VK1 to EA shows as good from 0200z to 0500z
VK3 to F shows as good from 2230 to 0230.
VK1 to F shows as good from 2230z to 0230z
Some of these signals could be light at times building as the time gets later.
Based on this, VK2MCB will be on 14295.2 Long Path on Sunday 10 June at 0500z and again at 2200z to see if any stalwart hams are around. I will stay until 2300z.



Philip Byrne
Rotary Club of Canberra

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