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Roar Nets May 27th 2018 and May 29th 2018


ROAR Nets Report from for Sunday 27th May and Tuesday 29th May 2018

0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7,110 
From Bill VK4ZD
VK2MCB was 59
Doug ZL1BFS was 57 and gave me the same

From Phil VK2MCB
Bill VK4ZD was 59 and gave me the same
Doug ZL1BFS was 53 and gave me 55

0630z- 0730z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Phil VK2MCB was 44
Doug ZL1BFS was 55 and gave me 53
Graham VK7KT/m (visitor) was 57 and gave me 59+
As propagation was absent we decided to try 0500z on Tuesday
From Phil VK2MCB
I copied both Bill and Doug with 44 and 59 signals and just managed to hear Klaus HB9CQS with a brief 31 signal before he faded away. This was at 0644z.
Based on this, and the fact that Bill had calculated that propagation would be better at 0500z, I recommended that we give the earlier net time a try on 29 May. This provoked a couple of responses below:
From Nick G4HCK
Is there a 05.00z - I can understand the ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ that’s what I am normally doing at 05.00 zzzzzzzzz


0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
No Report
1700z – 1730z RIBI evening 80-metre Net on 3,694 MHz
2100z-2200z North American Transcon net on 7.185
From Pres. Elect Ed N4EDT
Net Start times for the ROAR net May 27, 2018
Informal net at 2130Z
The Formal net will Start at 2200Z 7.185 mhz
IT is IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO LOG INTO THE ROARNETLOGGER.NET WEB 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 2000Z 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
Report from Ed N4EDT

id callsign checkin name state city remarks
1 N4EDT 71 Edward H AL Pell City PRESIDENT ELECT
2 AF1E 20 Joseph G NC Conover VP USCB East
6 K9SK 6 Dale W WI Hartford ROAR
7 KI4FSZ 1 Jeff A FL St Petersburg FIRST TIME CHECK IN
8 KE8IYR 1 Brian D OH Barnesville FIRST TIME CHECK IN
9 KE4ARJ 1 Charles C VA Meherrin FIRST TIME CHECK IN
10 N5HEJ 2 Hartzel E TX Lufkin Friend Of ROAR
The propagation and noise levels made communications very difficult. Propagation was swinging signal reception from S5 to 10 over 9 in seconds.
The noise level, mostly from local but heavy rain, was nearly constant. When the rain declined the band began to go long.
Net control was the only ROAR station running more than 100 watts. Without a strong relay station, some stations could not be heard.=

0800z – 0830z Tuesday NZ 80-m net on 3,693
0500z - 0530z Tuesday 29th May 2018 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 59 also
Phil VK2MCB was 44-54 and gave me 55
Phil made good contacts with Klaus HB9CQS and Coco YO9BC as well as Doug ZL1BFS
I went QRT at 0329z but then heard Vernon G0EGW calling me off the back of the quad so I turned to the short path and had a 15 chat with him. Vernon was 44-55 snd gave me 55 as well.
From Phil VK2MCB
Propagation was better at this earlier time. I copied a strong station from Barcalona, EA3BEM. He was coming in here with a 58 signal with 1KW of power. My 100W were close to his noise level with him just copying my callsign.
Bill VK4ZD was 55 gave me a 54
Klaus HB9CQS was 53-54 and gave me 53
Coco YO9BC was 43-53 and gave me 44
Doug ZL1BFS was 59 and gave me 57.
From John G3OKT
Thanks Phil, sorry didn't get this till it was too late (I was listening around 0700z, today Tuesday). However will try again soon but you've probably heard the UK had "the mother of all thunderstorms" over the weekend. Dead modems all over the place! Don't think BT has enough technicians to fix all the problems!
Will get back to you ASAP
73s John G3OKT
From Nick G4HCK
Just for interest today around 05.15z the band started a downward trend – now 06.35z and the path to VK has gone – even VK3MO is down in the noise. Sorry my clock does not have 04.30z – also don’t think the XYL would be too happy as the shack is in the room next to the bedroom. Interesting to hear the woodpecker about on 20m.
O what fun we have on HF !!!
On 29/05/2018 11:58 PM, Klaus Dwinger wrote:
Dear Bill
Starting today at 05:00z didn’t help us much. I never heard you. At 05:05z I worked Phil 53 b/w but he was gone again after a few minutes. Pertti was the only European station heard and worked. I gather that Coco and Vance were also active.
The propagation predictions below stems from my electronic log, Swisslog. 20M is red and 40M is white. From top to bottom: Bill LP, Bill SP and Phil LP. Having used the Swisslog prediction for many years, I consider it second to none, – accepting of course that conditions vary from day to day.
The predictions show that for Bill 05:00z is only slightly better than 06:00z. For Phil the best time to start the net is about 06:30z. Needless to say, the prediction covers HB9 – VK4/VK2 only. Pertti, located south of me, ought to be much better off.
In any case, it will be difficult to keep the ANZO net going during the summer and early autumn.
I have looked into the possibilities of having a pure European net. At present 20M appears to be open from about 0800z to around 1800z. For HB9 the afternoon is slightly better than the morning.
So hw?

Hello Klaus

Thanks for the info.
I believe we are experiencing condx that we have not had before (not in my memory anyway).
The condx we experienced on Tuesday were positive for Phil and I was able to have a QSO with Vernon on the short path on 20m from 0530z.
Certainly it is almost impossible to accurately predict condx these days.
The program I use I have found to be excellent and is more often right than wrong.
Based on today’s numbers here are the predictions for today that I see from my location to HB9, G and EA

Bill Main, VK4ZD



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